I just discovered a new networking site for those interested in the world of digital images for paper projects. The site is called “Crafters Digital Art Center” and it is fabulous. I believe it’s a fairly new site, but it appears it’s growing by leaps and bounds. There are many talented artists who are there to share their love of paper crafting via the world of digital images. I would highly recommend this site if you are a card maker or paper crafter.
I noticed a few challenges and thought it would be fun to participate. I don’t recall ever being part of a challenge before, but 2 of the categories intrigued me so I jumped in to make one card last night and the other today.
The first card was made for the “Color Challenge”. The Color Challenge is being hosted by Steph Hughes at Glitterbabe’s Art. The criteria for the challenge was to use red, yellow, chocolate brown & glitter on the card. The card below is my take on those instructions. I used glitter on the badge the chicken is wearing. Credit goes to Steph Hughes at Glitterbabe’s Art for the image I used.
The second challenge is entitled “Other Theme Challenge” and is being hosted by Vickie Duffill at Nana Vic’s Digitals. I was smitten with the image from Vickie Duffill at Nana Vics Digitals and just had to participate. When all is said and done, I wish I had added some pearls around the scalloped edge of the circle, but since I already submitted the card I’ll leave it as is. I enjoyed using the silk ribbon I’ve had in my stash forever, the colors were perfect for the papers I chose. I have also had the clock face paper clip for years and never had an appropriate card or project to use it on, this seemed to be my chance to add it to this card.
Now while I’m on the topic of Digital Images, I want to make mention of a few very important issues. First and foremost, if you use a digital image and post it anywhere, please give credit where credit is due to the artist who designed the image. It takes just a moment but I feel it is only right to let the artists know how much you appreciate their art work. Second, if you are planning on selling your project or use the image commercially make sure you receive permission (a license) from the artist. I only make projects for friends & families so I’m not sure exactly how that works, but I would suggest you email the artist to be sure you are adhering to the copyright policy correctly. I do feel very strongly that artists always deserve the credit and receive payment if you are going to use their images for commercial purposes.
This brings to mind another issue, organizing images on your computer. My first downloads were saved in a folder called digital images. I didn’t even think to make folders for each individual artist because honestly I didn’t think using digitals would be my cup of tea. Was I wrong or what??? Anyway, I do have a few images that I have no idea who drew the images or the site where they came from. I feel bad I don’t have any way to recognize the artist in those cases. Please accept my apologies. Now, I have started making folders indicating the artist or web address in order for me to know where the image came from. This is a system that may not work in the long run because I have to open each folder every time I need to find a specific category of image. i.e. flowers, holiday, etc. I’m considering making folders for each category and then within each category folder make individual artist folders. I’m not sure if that is the best way to organize, so if you have any thoughts on organization while making sure the artist name/web address is kept with the image I’d love to hear about it. All I know is I want to be sure that I can give credit to the artist if I use their design on a card or project and need to find the best way to organize to accomplish this.
Well I better close this long post for now. Until next time…