Saturday, November 12, 2016

Using a Digital Stamp to Make a Background

Hi to all.
I'm back again with the third challenge from Angie's Digital Stamps. This month's challenge is "Anything Goes". I used one of Angie's digistamps of a cute little cupcake and thought it would be fun to create a background paper with it instead of making it the focus of the card (like I usually do).

I don't know about you, but whenever I'm manipulating images like this, I always go to a Windows Word page and find that I can manoeuver the images however I like. Probably it's because I started doing this back in 1980 something when we first got computers in the staffrooms in QLD schools. I used to make up my own class handouts and was forever trying to make them look interesting and professional-looking. 

This technique is for those of you who do not own/have access to editing programs such as Photo Shop.


1. Start by opening your image in a photo editing program like Photo Manager; and crop it to remove any excess white space. Make sure it's saved as a jpeg file.

2. Open the Word program, create a new page document and insert a rectangle the size of your intended background panel. You can position the images where you want them to be. Insert the cropped image. Reduce the size of the image to suit the size of the intended panel. It's important to now edit the image by changing the "Wrap Text" to "Tight". Also edit the order by bringing this image forward.

3.  The image is now ready to copy and paste. 

4.  Move the images and rotate to suit your design. The little green-ended handle is used to achieved this manipulation. Make sure some of the images fade off the edge of the panel to make it more natural looking.

5. Once you've placed all of the images where you want them, save the page and then print. Leave the rectangle in place as this will show you where to cut out.

I hope you can easily understand these instructions. If there's anything you need help with, please leave a comment and I'll get back to you.

To finish my card I painted around the edges of the card blank with some gold Wink of Stella ink, coloured the image using Copic Markers and secured a foiled and printed vellum panel; before completing by adding some pink enamel dots.

Anyway, head on over to Angie's Digital Stamps; see the amzing designs on display and enter your own design for a chance to win.

Bye for now.



  1. FAB tutorial and and an even fabber card Janelle!

    1. Thanks Therese. Now that I've learnt how do do screenshots, I might be making more of these tutorials. I do love the card and IRL it's a bit darker all over than what the photo shows. :)

  2. This is wonderful, Janelle! Thank you so much for taking the time to prepare this photo tute. I might even be brave enough to try a digi now and then, thanks to you!! Mwah! Hugs, Darnell

    1. Thanks Darnell. It's lovely of you to pop on over - you world-get-aboutter-you! :) You sounds like you had a wonderful time. I'm loving using the digistamps at the moment, so between these and my ScanNCut, I'm hardly doing any actual stamping. But that will change as I'm about to embark on my Chrissy cards, and they'll have some stamping. Huge HUGS to you. Mwah, Janelle. :)

  3. Ah thank you for that - I have never worked out how to do it... have to have a practice with the "tight" part as I never knew it existed.

    Hugs from South Australia

    1. Thanks Heather. The "tight" location lets you place the image anywhere on the page; whereas the other positions will place the image in relation to what's already there. I hope the tutorial helps. Hugs from Queensland. :)


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