What are digital products and how do I use them in paper crafting?

Digital products are another exciting tool we want to provide for you here at Studio Calico. These products are downloaded elements that add an extra layer of creativity to your paper projects. Paper crafting projects that utilize digital products are known as hybrid projects.

Check out some hybrid projects below to see how our creative team uses them in their paper crafting:

What do I need to create hybrid projects?

Digital Cardstock

Digital cardstock papers make dynamic bases for digital layouts and enhance hybrid projects. Our packs of nine 12x12 papers are designed to coordinate with the monthly Studio Calico kits. We include rich textures, including specialty papers like kraft and grid paper. They are fun paired with the digital layout templates or print your own perfectly coordinated papers.

Digital Layout Templates

Digital layout templates are an accessory to enhance your layout into a piece of art in a matter of moments using clipping masks in Photoshop or any other photo editing software. Once you have your template complete you can print out your project and bring it to life with your Studio Calico supplies. To use this you will need a photo editing software (like Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Corel Paint), your digital photo, cardstock or photo paper and a printer to print our your final project. For added fun you could always add digital paper, journal cards, and text to your template

Digital Stamp Brushes

Digital Stamp Brushes are a great tool to really stretch your kit. They are currently released each month at reveal along with our monthly kits to tie all your projects together! Add digital brushes to your project in your photo editing program for an extra creative element before they are even printed.To use these you will need a photo editing software (like Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Corel Paint), your digital photo, cardstock or photo paper, and a printer for your final project.

Printable Journal Cards & Shapes

Printable Journal Cards & Shapes are one of our easiest digital elements to use! Literally, print and cut out beautiful designed pieces and have them ready to go before your kit even arrives. To use this you will simply need cardstock, scissors, and a printer.

Cut Files

Cut Files are another great tool that continues the theme of our monthly kits. Each month our designers provide fun new designs that you can use on your die cut machine, and they always keep you inspired. You will need A digital diecut machine (such as a Silhouette Cameo ), a cutting mat, blade and cardstock or patterned paper.

I've got the tools to create hybrid projects. Now what?

At Studio Calico we have a very supportive community that is always happy to answer any questions that may come up while discovering the digital world of papercrafting. Our blog is also a great source of information, there you can find tutorials on how to use these products and inspiration to create your own digital designs. If you really want to learn the ins and outs of hybrid paper crafting and digital products, keep an eye on our monthly classes so you can sign up for the next digital class we offer. To start learning now, check out these tutorials: