You have that friend. If I have him, you have him; if I'm writing this and it's being posted on the web, and you're reading it, you know the guy I'm talking about. The graphic design friend. He's a great guy. He's into anime and Macs and is always there when you need him-well, maybe not when, but he's around. See, your graphic design friend is your friend, and you're his. You don't always rate as top customer. That's why, when it comes to graphic design, you should never, never, never rule out free clipart. If you do, you're stuck on your friend's timing. (And he's always behind.) Standard clipart is usually not a very detailed drawing. Mostly they are images that have little detail or are outline drawings. The standard clipart is for use on the web to use in documents. In addition to the asthetics, you'll want to consider the format the art is provided in. Raster, or pixelized images do not give as good of quality in print projects as vector, or eps images. If you want to change the colors to match your school colors, and if the images are going to appear large (on a banner or sign), be sure to look for vector eps images. You will need some type of vector based illustration program to change the colors. Coreldraw and Illustrator are the two most commonly used programs. If you don't have one of these programs, check with the Web site provider of the clipart. In many cases, they are glad to make color modifications on your behalf for a modest fee.
When scanning a drawing into your computer it will always load as a bitmap image, (a bit like a photograph in a newspaper). This can be sent directly to a stamp manufacturer as long as it is a black and white scan and the line thicknesses do not fall below the minimum. If the lines are too thin you can convert the bitmap image into vector data by applying a trace to the image. Programs that have tracing ability place a vector line around the lines or can be set to follow the lines, these lines can then have a thickness applied to make them suitable for rubber stamp making. There are many online clipart services that provide excellent clipart for rubber stamping; the best images are from services that are subscription based that charge a yearly or per image fee. If this does not suit and you really want to save money you should find out which service your rubber stamp manufacturer belongs to, it costs nothing to search through the clipart service that he belongs to as he will be the person downloading the images. This bit of lateral thinking and finding the right manufacturer will save you lots of money because you will never have to pay for the clipart. Clipart.com is one of the best services that some manufacturers subscribe to; I estimate that over 3 million images at Clipart.com are suitable for stamp production and they are fine with manufacturers using the images for rubber stamps. Don't have an art student draw it for you. Just because someone is artistically inclined doesn't make them a good cartoonist, and it doesn't mean they understand the production aspects required of a brand mascot to make it functional across all marketing venues. Sometimes the pieces of clipart come already installed on your computer, but usually those designs are not the best or the brightest. Nothing wrong with them, except they are not inspired designs and everybody and his brother has exactly the same ones.
Some designers actually make their available online in its original format, so that you can download it and make some changes, as well as resize it, though most will only supply a high resolution version that can be used up to a certain size poster. A Google search for.svg clip art will give you vector art you can use in Inkscape, and in fact some of it is exceptional. If you're new to scrapbooking, you may be interested in taking an online class or finding a free scrapbooking lesson or tutorial. There are many great online classes available for the first time scrapbooker. You can find easy to follow instructions that take you step-by-step through the process of creating your first album. You'll get tips and hints on how and where to obtain scrapbooking essentials and supplies. Make sure there are no gaps or any open sides. Kids will love eating on their own plates with their own handmade placemats. These also make sweet homemade gifts from the kids to other family members. A greeting card that was made by your own hands is more significant than buying from the stores. Making greeting cards can help you express your feelings and give your special heartfelt regards to people.