Digital Stamps are super fun and easy to use on our scrapbook pages. They can be used in multiple ways to either make a bold statement or add subtle interest. You can color them, apply styles to them, use Blend Modes on them, or clip papers to them. Some Designers call them “Stamps” while others call them “Blendables” or “Art Effects.” No matter what they are called, adding them to your digital stash and incorporating them into your digital projects can be a great way to add another dimension to your finished projects.
Today I want to show you a quick way to create a beautiful, blended, multi-colored effect when using a digital stamp.
Here is a digital stamp stamped in black. (Spoiler Alert! This is a stamp I created for a Grab Bag with Manu Scraps; not available until NSD weekend!) Stamped in black, the digital stamp shows a lot of contrast and is quite pretty; however, I want it to be full of beautifully blended colors.
Here is the same brush stamped in color. I don’t really like this at all. It’s flat and has little contrast.
Here is the stamp with multi-colors. I like this and think it’s really pretty. So how would you get this look?
Well, you could grab a brush and select your foreground color, and randomly stamp over the image. Then change your color again, perhaps change your brush, and stamp some more.. and so on. That would definitely take a while, and it takes practice to get pretty blended colors.
But I wanted (and promised) “fun and easy”……so let me share one of my secrets with you.
When I color digital stamps, I very often will use one of my (previously retired) Stratified Overlays or Stratified Rock Styles. In the image below, I simply clipped a Stratified Overlay to the stamp. It took mere seconds to achieve this pretty look.
I have the same overlays in Styles (.asl) format. The Styles use the same color patterns but with the effects that are added to the styles, they create a quite different look. The stamps above and below use the same pattern; however, the stamp above was created by the overlay and the stamp below by the use of the Style. Both are pretty. The Styles add more texture, an embossed look, and more contrast. You would choose to use the overlay or the style based upon the end look you wanted to achieve.
Here is the same stamp with a different Stratified Rock Style applied. So pretty, I think.
If you like the variation of a pattern but want it just a little bit different color… it’s not a problem. Just add a color adjustment layer above the digital stamp. This holds true for both the Overlays and the Styles. Here is the same Style I applied to the 2nd image above, with a few color adjustment layers added, to create a totally different look.
I have been obsessed with digital stamps lately, and I wanted to share with you my joy in creating and using them. But I think without knowing how to color them easily, they aren’t much fun…. so to help you with that, I have bundled up my Stratified Overlays and Stratified Rock Styles and put them back in my store at a super-duper discount.
Youl will find the Stratified Overlays and Stratified Rock Styles at:
Collection values are $20 each, but I have priced each collection at just $8 (60% savings). Or you can choose to pick up both Bundles for just $12 (70% savings).
If you would like to download a PDF of this tutorial, you may do so HERE.
I hope you have found this helpful, and give it a try! Thanks for stopping by today!