Saturday, May 4, 2013

Tutorial: Using MS Paint to Modify Stamps

Hey Folks,

In order to save memory in my shop and therefore offer more stamps, I have offered the Crazy Mayzy line as one big stamp sheet with all five stamps together, rather than as individual pieces.  I've received some questions about how to separate them all out, and I thought I'd show you an easy way using MS Paint.  

Now I'm sure some of you have way more fancy and high-tech programs that you can use, but just about everyone with a Windows computer has MS Paint.  If you're on a Mac... sorry, I'm clueless.  :(

Please note that, depending on how old your computer is, your Paint may look different, but it should still have the same options.

First... Open MS Paint.  If you click on the start button in the bottom, left-hand corner of your screen, you should be able to find MS Paint under Accessories.

Windows always comes with MS Paint, as far as I know, so it should be in there somewhere!

Now pull up your MayzyArt stamps.  They're going to look really big!

When using Paint, I recommend the jpg files, as Paint doesn't have the capability to utilize the transparent background of a png anyway.

If you go to the VIEW tab, you can zoom in or out to the right size.

Now find the select tool on Paint.  It should be under the HOME tab.

From here, you've got two options.  If you've got a good mouse and a steady hand, you can select Free-Form Selection

This will allow you to just outline your stamp.

Copy what you've outlined...

And paste it into a blank Paint canvas.

Voila!  Save it to your computer and resize it as you normally would.  Ready to print!

If you didn't want to use the Free-Form Selection, you can also choose the regular rectangular Selection option.  This is good if you're using a laptop with a touchpad instead of a mouse.

But when you paste this into a new Paint canvas, you may have overlap from neighboring stamps.
You can either cut around this after you've printed out your stamp or, if you prefer, you can color over it with a white paintbrush in Paint.

I hope that this is helpful to you!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

MayzyArt Commissions

Did you know that you can order a custom stamp from MayzyArt?

Your custom stamp is personalized to you, contains the design aspects you want, and will NEVER be offered in the MayzyArt shop.  It is yours to keep and hoard or distribute as you see fit!

Here is an example of a custom stamp made for Zoe as a prize for winning the Facebook Banner Contest

(I just stole the watermarked version she made, as my Paintshop program is on the other computer, lol!)

Find information on ordering a commission HERE.

Check out Zoe's blog HERE.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Launching Mayzy May!

Hey Folks,

It's May!

The month of May holds a special place in our hearts, here at MayzyArt.  I can't imagine why.  But to celebrate, we're going to be doing fun things ALL month long!  Expect lots of new stamps, challenges, a special blog hop in the middle of the month, and all sorts of chances to win free MayzyArt stamps!

Let's start this party right with a HUGE MayzyArt sale!  Use the coupon code MAYZYMAY to get a whopping 50% off all orders now through Saturday!

Holy cow, Mayzy's going crazy!

Speaking of which, we've uploaded FOUR brand-new stamp packs to the shop!  Introducing a new line of cartoon stamps called Crazy Mayzy!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Silhouette Cameo Tutorial

Hey Crafty Ladies and Gents,

Jo has made a great tutorial on how to cut out images using your Silhouette Cameo.

Check it out!

MayzyArt is Sponsoring a Challenge

Hey guys!

Click the image above to check out the latest challenge from Through The Craftroom Door.  It's Anything Goes and you could win some MayzyArt stamps!

Monday, April 29, 2013

New Stamps!

Hey Folks,

We have a new set of stamps in the shop today!

If there's an interest, I will consider putting the three Steampunk stamps together in a value pack.  What do you think?

Sunday, April 28, 2013

MayzyArt Challenge #016

Hey Folks,

It's time for a new challenge!  We've got a fun theme this time.  It's...


The challenge, as always, is Anything Goes, but bonus points are awarded for taking the theme into account!

Let's see what awesome creations the Design Team has come up with...

And, surprise!  Announcing the newest member of the MayzyArt Design Team.....

I hope everyone will swing by her blog and show her some love!

Now, look to the sky and show us how the rainbow inspires you!

Rules Reminder:

-The MayzyArt Challenge is open to anyone!  Entries can by Anything Goes, but extra points are awarded for using the inspirational theme. All entries MUST include a hand-colored, stamped image, though it does not need to be a MayzyArt image.  Stamped images can be digital, physical or hand-drawn but must be a central focus of the card.

-You may enter as many times as you would like, but please only enter with new cards created and posted during the contest time frame. 

- In order to enter, post a link to your blog post featuring the project.  Please be sure that you list on that post that you wish to enter the project into the MayzyArt Challenge.

- There will be two winners of the MayzyArt Challenge!  The first winner will be drawn at random from all entrants.  That winner will receive an $8 discount code for  The second winner will be chosen only from those entrants that used a MayzyArt stamp in their project.  It will be selected specifically by Mayzy and will be featured for the following two weeks on this blog.  That winner will also receive a $15 discount code for!

- Entries must be received by Friday, May 10th.  The winner will be announced on May 11th.

The Winners!

Hey Folks,

Time to announce the winners of MayzyArt Challenge #015!

In first place we have...

And the grand prize winner is...

Congrats to both of you ladies!  You will receive your prizes soon!