Frequently Asked Questions


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Any Design by Birds Cards is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Digital Stamps

What are Digital Stamps and how do I use them?

Digital Stamps are printable images which can be re-sized to suit your project then printed and paper pieced or coloured with pencils or markers.

I have some videos showing how I alter the size and colour of my Digital Stamps and add text to them using MS Word, click here if you would like to watch them.

(the same sizing & colouring processes can be applied to digi sentiments).

Why do I need to save the big versions of your Digis?

I prompt you to click on my Digital Stamps to expand them before saving to your computer as you will have a clearer image and get better results when you re-size it later. If you save a small version of an image and try to make it bigger later, your image may lose some quality.

If you have trouble seeing the ‘Save Image as’ option on my digis when you expand them, you may need to right click closer to the top of the image as for some reason clicking near the bottom of the images results in different menu options.


Cut Files

What are Cut Files and how do I use them?

Cut Files are designs that your Personal Electronic Cutting Machine will cut for you. I have a KnK Zing Cutting Machine but you may have one of the other brands on the market.

I know that not everyone has an electronic cutting machine so some of the simpler designs have been added to the template section of my site so that they may be cut out with scissors.

Do you have the format my machine/software uses?

I am not too familiar with exactly which formats each of the different machines use but I have added the formats that I have been asked for so you should find the one your machine uses is covered.

I currently supply ai, dxf, gsd, mtc, pdf, studio and svg formats.

Some of my older Cut Files don’t contain the .studio format but the gsd format can be opened in the Silhouette Studio software, similarly my older files don’t contain the mtc format but Make The Cut can import the svg format.

Will you be providing the .fcm file format for the Brother Scan n Cut?

At this time I won’t be offering the .fcm format but you can convert svgs into fcm files using the Scan n Cut Canvas software.

Why am I having trouble opening your cut files?

My Cut Files come in a .zip format, if you have difficulty when you try to open them you may not have the winzip software on your computer, you can find it free here (you can pick the 32 or 64 bit option which ever matches your computer).


Paper Packs

What are Digital Paper Packs and how do I use them?

My Digital Paper Packs are Printable Papers that come in a pdf format that you can print directly from my site or save to your computer and print at your leisure.

If you have difficulty when you try to open a pdf you may not have a pdf reader on your computer, you can find one free here.



Why haven’t I been granted forum access yet?

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Other Questions

What should I do if my question isn’t listed here?

If you have a question which hasn’t been answered here please add your question to the question section of the forum or contact me, my email address is: and I will either answer you directly, on the forum or add your question to the FAQ.