Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Merging your Rubber Stamps with your Digital Stamps

Hiya Peeps,

I have written this tutorial for those wanting to try merging digital images with your existing rubber stamps. I have used Word but the principal should be same with whatever package you are using.  Please note all pictures will expand when clicked on.

In word you have two ways of bringing your image in. Firstly by copying and pasting. Go to where your digital image is saved on your computer and right click.  Choose Copy.

Open up a new page in word, right click and choose Paste, or a quick way to do this is to press the control key and "V".

Now your image is on the page you will want to be able to move it around.  Right click on your mouse, Choose Text Wrapping and then Square.

OK, now you are free to move your image around the page but you may need to resize.  You will see the square around the image.  Right click on the top left hand corner of the box and Wthen hold down the left click button on your mouse and move it up or down to resize.

When you think you have it in the right postion print out on paper, not your stamping card.  I then put my image against it to see if I have the right height.  Adjust as necessary for your image.  Once I have it in the right place I need to mark where I will need to stamp my image.

 Now you need to get out your stamping card.  You may want to test different cards with the inks in your printer.  For printing digi's with my HP printer I have to use the cheapest black ink I can find.  It is all down to the pigment in the ink.  If I use the original ink, then it smudges with my copics.  I also set to print on draft but again your printer may be different, so please experiment and don't give up.

Place your draft copy with the mark in position on top of your stamping card.  I use a very sharp pencil to go through the marker and pierce the paper and inserting the dot onto the stamping card. This is where I will need to stamp my image.

Stamp your image where you have marked.

Now yo need to mask off your image.  You will need a masking tape, I have used woodware, staz on ink, this is important and the only ink you can use on shiny surfaces and of course your choice of image.  Stamp out your image using the staz on onto the masing tape/film and cut out.

Match the mask over your stamped image on your cardstock and you are now ready to put the image through the printer to add your digi background.

Remove your mask and you are now ready to colour.  Be careful when removing your mask as the printer ink on top of the mask will come off on your hands and you do not want to get this over your image.

And here is my finished card. 

Again I have had drawn the clouds and used B91, B000, C1, C3, C00 

I have embossed the doily and dragonfly with moonglow embossing ink, so it changes from a blue to a gold colour in the light.

Here is the complete list of copics I have used.


Butterfly Girl Image is by Sugar Nellie Simply Sassy HERE
Tulip Garden Digi by Make It Crafty HERE
Lasercut Chipboard Dragonfly and Corner Flourish by Make It Crafty HERE 
Papers by Prima
Moonglow Embossing Powder
Martha Stewart Frond Punch and Border Punch
Pearls and Flowers from stash

I hope you have found this tutorial helpful and I look forward to reading your feedback. 



  1. OMG Excellent tutorial...thanks so much for sharing, definately going to give this a go!!x

  2. Wow Tracy, Thank you so much for this tutorial. I am going to try this later today.
    Finished card is fabulous.

  3. Fab tut Thanks and your card is stunning.
    Chris x

  4. Tracy, thank you for the tutorial! Your card is just breathtaking!
    Hugs, Alina

  5. thanks for this tutorial and your card is stunning!
    Hugs Tiets

  6. excellent tutorial will have to try and give this a go. Thank you. Alison

  7. Wowww, what a beautiful card is this. Lovely stamp and nice colors. Beautiful paper too.
    Thanks for the tutorial.

    Hugs Astrid.

  8. Tracy, You are so clever. Must have a go at this very soon, Sheila:)X BTW Stunning card hun!

  9. OMG, your card is absolutely gorgeous, love just everything about it. Stunner.
    And your tuturol is just excellent.
    Hugs, Yvon

  10. Great tutorial Tracy and gorgeous card. TFS xx

  11. I wondered why my printer ink would smudge, especially after changing the ink. When it's completely empty I can print images willy nilly without problems, but once full.....the trouble begins. Thanks for the amazing tut! Where does one get masking tape? I DEF NEED SOME! Thanks again! A glorious finished product!

  12. Wonderful card! Thank you very much for the tutorial, it's so clear and straightforward!

    luv, Mags x

  13. thank you Tracy, this is so helpful x

  14. Wow ...Tracy what a great and helpful tutorial. I did'nt know about the printer ink. Thanks for sharing.
    Kathleen x

  15. Stunning card, lovely colouring and thanks for sharing this lovely lesson, I'm gonna try it in the near future. Hugs, Marion

  16. I've been intrigued by your digital merging with rubber stamps but am not very adept with the digital image side of the MAC yet & could never get my Microsoft to unzip files for me to use. In due course I will come back to this - thanks for the step by step. Love the dragonflies & butterflies on the card & just the whole composition.
    Paula (PEP)