Friday, April 29, 2011

My first HYBRID cards!

I've owned the software program My Digital Studio since before Christmas.  I used it once and got frustrated because of the lack of content.  When asked, I have even told people that I didn't care for it because I just didn't understand why you'd want to buy a piece of software and then have to constantly buy content additions in order to do a scrapbook which you'd then have to pay to have professionally printed.  Needless to say, I missed the point.  I decided to try it again and this time I tried it, not by selecting a ready-made design, but from scratch.  Imagine my surprise when I went to select a stamped image and saw an entire list!  This program has WAY more content than I knew existed!  lol  I also realized that I didn't have to use the program to make scrapbooks.  I could use it to make things to add to my scrapbook pages or to add to cards.  (The light bulb finally came on!)  Today I made a scrapbook layout which is mostly done the old fashioned way, but I did add elements from My Digital Studio.  (I'll be sharing the scrapbook page in the next couple of days.)  I also used the program to make my own printed paper on vellum for a card!  All I did was use a digital background paper and then added 2 digital stamped images.  I printed it on vellum in my laser printer (which only prints black, by the way) and used that to make the cards.  One was easy because I just attached the vellum to cardstock and it was done!  For the other one I flipped the image over and did a watercolor technique on the back of the vellum to soften the color.  Then I attached it to the card.  I LOVE it!  I love that I can now make my own designer paper by just using my computer and printer.  I love that if I want multiples of the same paper, I can have it rather than depending on the 2-sheets per pattern in the Designer Series Paper packages.  Anyway, I know I've just taken my first steps with the software and I'm sure I'll have more moments of surprise and delight as I continue to learn. 


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