I’d like to interrupt your regularly schedule weekly download post with a special MDS 2 technique. I know everyone wants to see the new downloads. They are great and you will love them when I show them a little later in this post.  But I’d like to show you how to use a new MDS 2 feature in a way I think is just as awesome as getting new artwork. The best part is that it is sooooooo easy, but you may not have thought about it.


Open up MDS2. 


Go ahead, I’ll wait.


No really, open up and follow along.


Okay, now on the new project options screen you’ll notice the custom option right there in the bottom right. Click on that.



Now we are going to use this custom canvas size to create a phone or tablet wallpaper for your mobile device.  They key here is that we can define our canvas size to match our device screen size exactly.  Then, once done designing, we simply Project>Share>Export Pages, choose where to save the file and click finish.



For simplicity, I used Spring Shades Designer Series Paper–Pattern 1 to illustrate this on my phone.  Once exported, just upload the image file to your device and select it as your wallpaper. I’m sure you’ll have tons of fun designing yours.



Just as an FYI, I have collected some dimensions to use on some currently popular devices. You may see your device here or have to look up the specs to find the perfect size. If you feel like sharing, let other know your device and what size fits.



Samsung Galaxy S3 - 720 x 1280

Mototola Droid Razr Maxx - 540 x 960

Apple iPhone 4, 4s - 640 x 960

HTC one - 540 x 960



Apple iPad (3rd Gen) - 1536 x 2048

Google Nexus 7 - 1280 x 800

Amazon Kindle Fire - 1024 x 600

Asus Transformer Prime - 1280 x 800


Oh, and don’t forget those new downloads. They contain some items that will be perfect in the upcoming months.


CHEVRON CHRISTMAS GREETING CARD TEMPLATE – Digital Exclusive. Show off your style with this holiday card done with trendy chevron patterns. Double-sided postcard designer template, 3 embellishments.



FRIENDSHIP PRESERVES KIT – 4-piece stamp brush set, 1 punch.



TEXTURED IN COLOR CARDSTOCK – Your favorite new In Colors in textured card stock. 5 DSP patterns.



PENCIL IT IN 2013 CALENDAR TEMPLATE – Digital Exclusive. Be the talk of the town with this gorgeous calendar you can keep or give as a gift. All elements included for use on coordinating projects. 26-page calendar designer template, 9-piece stamp brush set, 8 DSP patterns, 30 embellishments, 6 punches.




PROVIDENCE OF PROVINCES KIT – Digital Exclusive. Great for making your own tracker for places you've been or want to go. Use for save the date announcements. 27-piece stamp brush set, 13-punches.



SNOWFLAKE WISHES GREETING CARD TEMPLATE – Digital Exclusive. Super cute card. Designed and ready to go! Postcard designer template, 1-piece stamp brush, 1 embellishment.



TRICKY TREATS STAMP BRUSH SET – 4-piece stamp brush set.



Have fun!


Guest Blogger: Phil Porter, Stampin’ Up Web Products Manager

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Comment by Jenny Peterson on August 31, 2012 at 12:50pm

I had so much fun doing this!  Thanks for the instructions and inspiration!!!

Comment by Sue Noetzel on August 15, 2012 at 9:32am

The Samsung Infuse is 800x480. Going to create my wallpaper right now!

Comment by Robin Merriman on August 14, 2012 at 8:13am

Phil, you are da' bomb!

Thanks so much for making this easy to understand. I did it!! And that's a big deal for me - I don't always play well with computers. :)

Here's what I came up with:

Comment by Helene Graziano on August 13, 2012 at 5:34pm

Wow! this is definitely a fantastic idea!  I've already gone in and created a wallpaper for my iphone promoting my business. I agree with Jeanna - family is cute but promoting business is better :)

Comment by Alana Jean-Louis on August 8, 2012 at 10:19pm

Hey Phil - what a great way to show off mds2!!!  having the dimensions available for everyone is a huge help too! thanks!


p.s. for the SNOWFLAKE WISHES GREETING CARD TEMPLATE, if it says 1 stamp brush... does that mean it is a background stamp?  which was recolored all over?


p.s. again - can you please post what punch shapes are in the calendar? thanks so much!

Comment by Amber Meadows on August 8, 2012 at 7:55pm

AWESOME!! I just created wallpaper for my desktop and I've wondered what size I would need for my phone.  Thanks for doing the work for me, haha!  Oh, and thanks for the large images of the new downloads - helps a ton!

Comment by Nicole Derendorf on August 8, 2012 at 3:49am


Comment by Kimberley Morris on August 7, 2012 at 7:39pm

LOVE the quick how-to on creating wallpaper...thanks a bunch!  I just have one strange issue with MDS2 rulers in the Custom creation section.  I have an HTC G2 smartphone and my wallpaper size needs to be 960 pixels wide by 800 pixels tall. *I'll explain more about centering your Home screen image later.

So, I choose 960x800 for my Custom project size, and since I chose dimensions in pixels, the ruler is displayed in pixels. However, the ruler measures my project at 720x600 pixels--a proportional 75% reduction, and I have to size my pieces at a 75% reduced pixel size to fit right. The oddest thing is that when I export it, my actual project really is 960x800 pixels...!

I have the latest MDS2 update (Windows XP). Can someone please fix the pixels on the ruler so they match the actual Custom size project I chose, or let me know if there is some setting I am supposed to change? Thank you.

*Centering Your G2 Home Screen: The G2 actually has 7 screens on it and the wallpaper slides a little bit each time you change screens. If you make a wallpaper for a G2, and want to make sure a certain portion of the image fully fills the Home screen, make sure it is half the size of the width of your project, and the entire height. Since my MDS pixel measurements seem like they are being weird, I had to work with the 720x600 dimensions.  So, I made a punch to fill with the image for my Home screen 360x600 pixels and centered it horizontally and vertically on the 720x600 canvas. Hope that makes sense!

Comment by Jeanna Bohanon on August 7, 2012 at 7:28pm

oh SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!! I mean  - my boys are cute and all, but SERIOUSLY, I think I need to um promote my business a little more.... LOL

Comment by Connie Smith on August 7, 2012 at 7:03pm

wow...will have to try this!! So cool a technique! I did put a suggestion in the sand box for something related to this. 

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