March 19, 2010

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms are such pretty spring flowers. The Cherry Blossom Festival will be held in Washington D.C. on March 27th - April 11th. I wish I could be there for all the festivities and to see all the pretty flowers.

Today I thought I'd make a card using my favorite cherry blossom image from Rubber Stampede. I started with an 6" square white tent card. I backed the image with a hot pink layer then a lighter pink. I added a white layer at the bottom with the words Cherry Blossoms at the right bottom corner. I then added three silver brads above the wording. The final layer is a pink and burgundy striped card stock.

March 15, 2010

How I Photograph My Cards

I finally found a way to photograph my cards that I am happy with. The only real expense is an Ott Lite...but it is well worth the price. With an Ott Lite you don't need to use your flash and the card details come out so nice. My Ott Lite is a clip-on desk light, but a free standing one works just as well. My digital camera is a Kodak 10.3 Mega pixel and it cost less than $90, so you don't have to have an expensive digital camera to get a good photograph.

You probably have the supplies for making the backdrop in your card stock supply. Here's how to make it.

Take 3 sheets of heavyweight white card stock (8-1/2" x 11") and lay them out as shown. Arrange the sheets with one 8-1/2" x 11" sheet on each side then turn your third piece (with the 11" side at the bottom) for the center...lining up at the top. Tape the three pieces together using clear tape. Score and fold the bottom of the two outer sheets (lining up your folds with the bottom of the 11" x 8-1/2" center piece). Fold in the side pieces and arrange in a box shape as shown below. For the bottom (floor) of your light studio, place a few pieces of card stock on the folded pieces to hold the box shape and your backdrop is done.

Next, add your light source (I highly recommend an Ott Lite) above and to the front to illuminate your card. Move it as necessary to lessen the shadows. If you don't have a light source, use your flash. Put the card in the light studio and take your photo (with or without flash).

A tripod isn't really necessary, but my husband thought I needed one, so I use it occasionally. All of my recent card photos (on my blog) were taken this way...without flash.

Thinking of You

Okay, one last card using the digital image from Fred, She Said Designs. Along with the pansies in a teacup image in this set, there is an image of four pansies that I wanted to use on a 5" x 7" card. On this image, I added a two extra pansies with pop dots to give a raised effect. I then punched the front edge of the card with a Martha Stewart border punch and stamped Thinking of You (Stampin' Up!) in blue below the pansies.

March 14, 2010

Punch Around the Page

I am a definate fan of the new Punch Around the Page Martha Stewart punch sets. With my Michael's coupon in hand I decided I'd try one, so bought the Double Loops set. I absolutely love it!

For the card above, I started with a 5" piece of white card stock and punched the design all the way around. I placed the (Fred, She Said Designs) digital Teacup Pansies image at the center and attached it to a blue card. I then added an extra dimensional flower to the bottom right edge and my card was done. I am going to purchase more of the Punch Around the Page Martha Stewart punches.

March 13, 2010

Teacup Pansies

I just love this digital design from Fred, She Said Designs. She does such wonderful drawings and this one I had to have. The current challenge on her challenge blog is to make a card using a digital design with hearts. Immediately I thought of making a heart frame for the teacup of pansies using a punch method I've used before. I love the way it came out and it is a perfect card for Spring.

The digital design was printed on white card stock. The blue frame was punched from a 4" circle using a heart shaped corner slot punch from EK Success. To see a video tutorial for the punched frame, click HERE. I added the frame to the image using pop dots to give it a raised effect. I backed the framed image with a light blue and dark blue card stock and added brads to the corners. Finished size of card is 5-1/2" x 5-1/2".