Ordinarily, Friday is the day when we post our weekly tutorial, but this Friday, we’re changing it up and posting a pimptorial, in which we will blatantly hawk those awesome digital zombie stamps* but also show you three nifty-gifty things you can do with them for Valentine’s Day!
*Digital stamps are really just image files with a sexier name. Okay, “digital stamps” isn’t that sexy either, but image files do have this on rubber stamps: 1) they are much easier to store, because they live inside the computer; and 2) they can be resized, which rules.
Thing 1: Make a Cool Card
Since I am a complete sucker for one-eyed wonders and girls with dolls, imagine my expression when Cindy submitted this one-eyed girl with a doll for our digital stamp collection:
Oh yeah. I flipped. In honor of the girl and the doll together, I decided to create a voodoo-and-eyeball themed Valentine.
To start, I printed the image on a piece of decent drawing paper, colored it with markers, and immediately set to altering some scrapbook paper:
Knowing that I wanted stitches on the card (like the stitches on the voodoo doll), I decided to play with a tool I just acquired, which is technically called a Sew Easy Stitch Piercer, but which shall hereafter be known as The Pointy Thing. Hello, pretty The Pointy Thing!
As you may have guessed, The Pointy Thing makes holes so you can easily sew together layers of paper. If you’ve been blessed with an easily accessible sewing machine / sewing room / team of sewing faeries who don’t know the labor laws, you really don’t need one of these. If you haven’t, The Pointy Thing is your friend. Just roll it up the edge of the paper, then grab a needle and some embroidery floss, and you can add some wonderfully dramatic stitches to reinforce your voodoo theme:
As you can see, I even added pins as embellishments. I live dangerously that way.
Beyond that, just layer on the papers, doodle with your markers, and follow your muse! With seven different zombies in the collection, you can make cards all day, especially if you call me to come over and join you.
Thing 2: Create a Cool Candy Tin – without Sanding or Painting!
This year, forget heart-shaped boxes of overpriced mystery chocolates. Follow Cindy’s design instead and give adorable little tins of jelly beans, conversation hearts, or even something healthier, like almonds! All you need is our line art, an Altoids tin, markers, scrapbooking paper or a cute paper bag, glue, a gel pen, and some scissors!
- Print your zombie of choice, color her with markers, and add details and outlines using a white gel pen and a thin black marker.
- Cut the zombie out.
- Trace the empty Altoid tin on a piece of scrap paper. This is the basis of your background for the zombie. Draw or collage background images as desired, then cut out the background piece, ink the edges, and glue the background to the top of the tin.
- Draw and cut out a heart, or cut a heart from a scrapbooking paper. Glue the heart on top of the background.
- Glue the zombie in place on top of the tin.
- Trace the tin again on scrapbooking paper or your cute paper bag and cut those pieces out to line the tin lid and bottom. Glue those pieces in place and decorate them as desired with your gel pen and/or markers.
- Print, color, and cut out one of Sarah’s hearts. (There are three in the collection.) Glue it to the inside lid.
- Cut a strip of scrapbook paper to wrap around the sides of the tin and glue it into place.
- Fill that baby with treats!
Yum! You should probably make a lot of those, and if you do, you should definitely send one to me.
Thing 3: Get Your Embroidery On
Digital stamps aren’t just for coloring, as you can see from this piece that Sarah created:
This is a surprisingly quick project based off of LimeRiot’s tutorial, and it makes an impressive gift. To give away your heart, you need muslin, an embroidery hoop, felt, thread, alphabet stamps, craft paint, and any embellishments of your choice.
- Stretch your muslin across the hoop and tighten.
- Enlarge the anatomical heart image to desired size and print.
- Trim the arrow and discard.
- Pin the paper heart to a piece of red felt, trace, and cut out. Unpin the heart.
- Cut the “aorta” off of the paper heart and pin the “aorta” to a piece of blue felt. By “aorta,” I naturally mean the thing that I am calling the aorta, also known as that middle part that says “Cut”:
- Embroider the pieces to the muslin.
- Stamp “Mi corazon” or other sentiment on the muslin.
- Paint and embellish the hoop.
- Pat yourself on the back.
- Hang on the wall / give to a friend.
Thing 4: The Obvious Conclusion
Our collection of Valentine zombies and assorted hearts is versatile, affordable, and officially endorsed by Congress*. You should totally check it out, and then you should post pictures of things you make to our flickr group! If the undead aren’t your thing, hop over to Cindy’s shop, where you’ll find still more digital stamps!
*Moments before I posted this, Sarah, Cindy, and I formed a band called Congress, shortly after which, we endorsed these stamps. Shortly after that, unfortunately, we disbanded due to disagreements over our 80s-themed aerobics instructor costumes. We are now The Band Formerly Known as Congress, or for short, wonderstrange.