By: Susan Wolf Caplan, Product Guru
Digital Stamps is a new stamping term to me. I have been hearing some chatter about them for a couple of months now. Seeing, as I didn’t know what they were all about, I “googled” them. I was directed to a few sites that were offering digital stamps for sale. After looking through a few of them I realized that these digital stamps were in fact a fancy term for Clip Art.
They are line drawn images that you download onto your computer and upload them into your graphics program. You can then resize them and use them as you please.
I was not quite sure how I felt about using these images instead of stamps, so I thought I would experiment with them to help form my opinion.
Below are the pros and cons I found in using these images.
- No storage needed, except your computer
- Manipulates to virtually any size
- Clean to use
- Immediate gratification. One click and it is downloaded on to your computer for immediate use
- Must have a computer
- Computer graphics knowledge, a must
- Whole collection can be lost if your computer has a virus
- Cannot be used with water based mediums, such as markers, water color, etc. The image will bleed
- To date, most images on the cute side
- Image will need to be cut out to be used, unless extensive graphics program placement knowledge ( which I do not have)
- Can’t repeat image, or mask images for dimensional stamping
After using these images I realize that I am a stamping purist. I like the way a stamp feels in my hands. I like the creative process of not knowing how an image is going to stamp out, and where it is going to be placed. When I create art I feel as if my mind and hands are in sync. They are free and in their own “zone.”
I am not able to get that freedom and creativity with Digital Stamps.
They are too planned out for me. I can’t just stamp one in a corner and another in the center of the page. It has to be thought out in advance. I don’t work that way.
So, for those of you who have found that the pros have out-weighed the cons, you might enjoy them. I, for one, prefer to have a good old rubber stamp.
I can’t give this form of stamping a grade. I see the use for them, but I don’t like them, and won’t be using them in the future. It is all in personal taste. So, be my guest and let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you.