I am SO VERY excited!! I decided to take the plunge and purchase Stampin' Up!'s digital scrapbooking software called My Digital Studio. I'm not a scrapper, but I know it can be used for cards as well as online graphics such as blog headers and signatures, plus a whole slew of stuff I just haven't thought of yet!
Anyway, I expected a painful learning curve, but was pleasantly surprised (well, shocked) when I was able to make my first project, the card below, in less than 90 minutes after cracking open the software. Installation went smoothly, and the program is really easy to work with. I started out using a pre-designed 5 x 7 card template, but then altered it to suit the card recipient -- changed colors, moved some elements, added stuff, and so on. WAY COOL!
The top two pictures are how the card looked in My Digital Studio, and how the two card sides would have looked if I had had them professionally printed:
Time didn't allow for professional printing, though, so I used my ho-hum Dell 924 All-in-One printer and a piece of Whisper White cardstock. The colors are not true to Stampin' Up!'s palette, but they work for this particular project.
Notice something different between the pictures from My Digital Studio and the photos of the card off my printer? (Well, besides print quality?) I added BLING! Yup, I added black gemstones from the Holiday Mini to the front and inside of the card to jazz it up! The photos really don't do it justice.
Also, instead of printing double-sided to make a regular card, I printed the two panels separately and trimmed them down to size, then mounted them on a piece of Basic Black cardstock. For good measure, I distressed the edges of the black card base to give it a bit more of a grunge look to match the grungy spots I had designed into the card.
I am so eager to learn more about what My Digital Studio can do! So far it seems to me that Stampin' Up! has thought of everything! Tentatively, my next project will be a new header for this blog. Stay tuned... !
Walk in Peace,
Joyce Spear, a.k.a. StamperJoyce