I don't know about you, but I love to browse through Split Coast to see if there are any stamps I've either never noticed before, or maybe some new ones that catch my eye. Since I lost my job I've had to get a little more creative to stretch my craft budget. I of course have mounds of paper that should last me to eternity, being a paper hoarder, but the desire to always buy more paper, stamps and tools is always there too. Here are some ideas on how to stretch that budget.
Consider using digital stamps
I know this is stretching your comfort zone if you're a hardcore stamper because there's no rubber or ink involved. It took a lot for me to wrap my mind around the idea, but you know what, there are so many benefits to them. Here are a few;
>Budget Friendly - you can often find digital stamps for as low as a third of the price you'd pay for the same rubberized image.
>Space Saving - save it to your computer and you're done! Just don't forget to back up your files. Oh, I guess I should probably do that myself. ;)
>Instant Gratification - shop from home and often receive the digital files instantly, or within 24 hours. No longer wait a week or two for your stamps to arrive before you can play! No shipping costs either!
>Size Matters - digital stamp files can quickly and easier be altered to suit your projects. Resize them, flip the stamp for a mirror-image look, add, colour, or alter them in other creative ways.
>Freebies - it's a lot easier for stamp companies to offer free stamp images without the cost of shipping. Most companies that carry digital stamps also offer free trial images. If you're not sure and want to try before you buy, there are several out there that offer these.
>Earth-friendly - with digital you never need to worry about packaging and little energy is waster in the delivery.
Here are some of my favourite stamp companies that offer digital stamps;
All That Scraps
Mo's Digital Pencil Shop
The Greeting Farm
Here are some cards I've made with digital stamps;
digital stamp from All That Scraps
digital stamp from The Greeting Farm
digital stamp freebie from Dustin Pike
digital stamp from Dz Doodles
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