Many people send out greeting cards as a way to reach out to friends and family at the holidays, and it can be an even more special gesture if you make the cards yourself!
If you’re on my mailing list, you’ve been getting the 12 Weeks of Christmas special series of emails, where each week I send details about how to make a special item for the holidays. We’re covering cards right now, and soon will share gifts you can make and then gift wrapping & tag. If you are not on my mailing list, sign up on the right to start getting great info!
So far the cards featured in the 12 Weeks of Christmas have been hand-made cards, using the Stampin’ Up! series of beautiful rubber stamps and color-coordinated papers, inks, ribbons and embellishments. But not everyone wants to hand-stamp all of their holiday cards (some folks send out 300 cards!). I have a great solution! Stampin’ Up!’s digital software, My Digital Studio, can make the task easier while still allowing you to be creative!
You can make the entire card in My Digital Studio, and have it professionally printed through the Stampin’ Up! Printing service. You can design your own, or use some pre-designed templates that you can customize to achieve a beautiful result. Options for your card include adding photo(s) of family or news that you want to share. Cards will be delivered to your door, scored for easy folding, with an envelope – ready to go!
You can also make a hybrid card – do part digitally and part by hand-crafting! Several options:
- Make a digital card, have it printed, and add ribbon or other embellishments for a personal touch of texture and depth.
- Create an image to use for the front of your card using MDS, and print multiples per page. Cut them up and apply to the front of a simple handmade card base, allowing you to have layers of mats on your card for depth and texture. Add additional color with ink, ribbon or glitter.
- Make a tag in My Digital Studio and have it printed – it will be delivered already cut to the correct size. Then apply it to the front of a handmade card. Embellish if desired!
The great thing about using My Digital Studio and the professional printing service is that Stampin’ Up! guarantees the colors to be true, and your results will therefore match the cardstock and embellishments from the rest of the Stampin’ Up! line. No more mismatches!
Contact me if you have any questions about My Digital Studio. I’ll be posting some classes soon!
PS Click on the button on the far right, or go to www.mydigitalstudio.net on November 4-7 for some free downloads – you can use them for My Digital Studio or other digital applications.