Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Digital Stamp PSE10 Digital Coloring Tutorial

Hello and Welcome To Eureka Stamps.
I am Sara, today I have a tutorial for you on how to
digitally color your Digital Stamps.
I am using PSE10.
(This should also work for versions below.  However, if you are
using version 11 the tools are all there just in different places in the program window.)

If you love digital stamps and do not have photoshop now is the time to pick up version 10, you can find it at closeout prices since version 11 is now on the market.  

  I will show you how I digitally colored
the Bear With A Heart  and used him on a card for today's tutorial.

You can also pick up a freebie download I have prepared for you with this link:
**The digital stamps used are not included in this kit you
can pick them up 
from the
with the provided links:


Kit does include:
1 embossed heart paper
5 digi pattern papers
1 Flourished Adventure Map psd file

all digital papers are 300dpi 12" by 12" jpg files

Please pick up the kit and digital stamps so you can try this fun technique.

Kit Preview...

Are you ready for a New Adventure?
You can click on any image below and it will take you to the full size image for better viewing.

If your image is a png you can skip this next step because a png
already has a transparent background.

(I note a little blip of red on his finger, grab a small eraser when this happens and remove the color that is outside the digital stamp line.)

Your adjustment layer is the half moon shape at the bottom of your layers panel

I am going to take a minute here to explain the Layers section a bit more for those who are not familiar with the program.
After I duplicated my original image and had completed the placement into the program I went ahead and duplicated the bear with a heart layer twice,
this created three layers of the bear in the layers panel.
(the layer quantity I create depends on the complexity of the digi stamp or, how many different colors or effects I think I may use.  Each color or DP goes on a different layer.
I do on occasion break this rule of layers just depends on what I am doing, when you get used to the program you will develop your own habits. 
 For in Photoshop there are multiple ways of obtaining the same outcome.

Now the adjustment layer (after you click the half moon automatically opens onto a new layer).
Compare the screen shot from above to the one directly below.
See how the adjustment layer became the first layer?
Then note how I moved the  adjustment layer position in the layers panel.


Now we can move forward with the removal of the excess adjustment layer.

Again the DP when placed creates its own layer in the layers panel
 just like I explained with the adjustment layer.

Because I colored the heart on its own layer I was now able to attach the dp to the heart layer,
when you work like this you do not need to use the eraser because the paper automatically 
snaps into the colored heart position.
I run a Mac to attach layers you move the mouse cursor to the black line between your dp layer and the colored heart layer.
Next hit the 
Option key on your keyboard, this will change your cursor into a double circle
the top circle appears black.
After this shows up you know you are in the right place so click your mouse one time.
Now the dp layer is offset and shows a down arrow pointing to the bear with the colored red heart.
This means you have successfully attached your layers.

In this screen shot you see how I now have merged all the layers into one,
I decided to paint the paws and small heart on this layer.

To merge layers in photoshop
move your cursor up to the very top of the program screen
 click on Layer
Move down to the options
Merge down
Merge visible
choose merge visible, now only one layer will appear in the layers panel as shown in 
the screen shot below.

Here is my finished Bear With A Heart...

Now I will show you how I used this colored digi to make a hybrid card...

In the free download you will receive a psd file called
Flourished Adventure Map
Open this in PSE

Now you have completed your card front.
Print it off onto card stock or I like to use a glossy photo paper.

Cut your mat layer
4 1/8" by 5 3/8"

Cut your card base
4 1/4" by 11"

Score Card base at 5 1/2"
Fold your card base on the score line.

Attach your mat layer.

Attach your printed card front.

I stopped there with my creation however, you can continue to embellish as you wish.

I had fun working with this little guy, hope you have enjoyed  as well.

Any questions you may have contact me at
and I will try to answer them for you.

Don't forget to go pick up the digi stamps at the


and your free download


  1. I am blown away Sara! This is amazing. Now I really have the motivation to install PSE 11 that I received from my brother this Christmas. Thanks for the excellent, detailed tutorial. Deb

  2. Oh wow! I just my might to consider investing into PSE-- wow! You knocked this tutorial outta the park!

  3. What a Stunning Tutorial! I learned so much!! Thank you so much!!

    Many Blessings,

  4. Your tutorial is awesome, Sara!! I've been admiring your "digital coloring" and wondering exactly how you did it.

    Thank you too for the FAB digi kit!! I just added it to my drop box and can't wait to try it!!!

    You ROCKED this tutorial!!!

  5. Great tutorial. I have a very, very old version of PSE, I think it's 2. Yeah, I know, I'm way behind the times! And to make matters worse, I can't figure it out. Maybe someday I'll be able to do amazing things like this. Wonderful job on the card and the tutorial!

  6. Wonderful tutorial...I am going to have to try it after I get moved. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful tutorial with us. Your card is lovely. joann sassy raggedy

  7. Sara - a fabulous tutorial!!! You did an outstanding job with directions, details, pictures and then threw in one of your very own digital paper kits!!! You Rock and this definitely makes me want to give it a try!!! Thank you so much for sharing with us today!!

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  9. Hey Sara ... awesome job with your tutorial. Maybe one day I'll try the digital coloring, but for now I'll stick with my favorite medium ... Copic Markers! :)

  10. So great!! I want to try this for sure!