Saturday, April 19, 2008

Home-made Light Box and Just Saying Hi card

Look at what I made today! I've been reading about using a light box to help take better photos and it looked easy enough, so I thought I'd try my hand at it. I guess you can buy a professional version for upwards of $60 and over. My cost? $3 and change, including tax! And it was that much ONLY because I bought a box rather than run around to grocery stores asking for a freebie. I bought the box and posterboard at Walmart, and I had the tape and tissue paper already. I may look for another light (either in the garage or at a thrift store), just to see what a difference it might make. Amy decided to peek around the box as I was taking the picture. You can find directions here.
And here's a card taken using my new box! I'm not sure if there is a huge difference, but I think there is less of a shadow and you can't see where I used to set up two pieces of cardstock.

I actually made this card a week ago, but had put some Stickles on it and set it aside to dry. Then I forgot to bring it in the house for picture taking. I was inspired by this card on Oodabug Alley. It was the butterfly that drew me in as well as the bright green contrasted with the black.

A little bit of this and a little bit of that went into this card. I used my Cricut to make the black circle and the scallop circle. I think I used a punch to make the yellow circle. I used my EK Success concave punch on the corners, added the rhinestones on the corners for interest. The butterfly is from CTMH's Flutter stampset and is stamped in Citrus Leaf (which now looks TOO bright to me, but oh well). Just saying hi sentiment is from a stamp set whose name escapes me right now (and I cannot find my post it note-darn it), It has circular frames with sentiments. I punched some small black circles and added the green brads (mainly so I wouldn't have to poke the brad through the card front). I do have the ribbon wrapped around the inside of the card as well, since white is the base. I used my x-acto knife to cut a slit in the fold.

Anyway, I think it's a fun card. I've got a few more. We'll see how many I can post this evening.
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stampmonkey said...

What a smart girl you are, making your own light box! Sure wish I'd thought of that before spending too much on one (that I still haven't used because I need my hubby to put together the tripods). Another beautiful card, Jeanne! tfs

Barb W said...

I love the idea of the light box. Seems WAY too technical for me! I am going to try it,though...maybe.
Your card is very nice, too. I like the Stickles on there. I haven't used those yet. I've got some on order, should be here any day. I like the colors here, too...great choices.

Kathi Carlson said...

LOVE the bright, pretty card and as for the light box, it's something I've considered but have absolutely no room for it. It would be one more thing for me to trip over!!!