Monday, November 14, 2011

All that Glitters.... can be photographed!

Hello Peeps!

First off, I want to welcome my blog's new follower!  Very happy to have you - I really appreaciate each and every one of you!  I hope everyone had a great weekend!  Mine brought snow, but just a light dusting so I don't mind... yet.  It did make me realize how close the holidays are - yikes!  So, I have another Christmas card to share today.  This card was definitely the source of many internal curses, especially when I managed to spill the bottle of shimmer spray and some splashed onto the sentiment.  Actually, that particular curse may have been audible to others too.  I also just realized that I forgot to put glitter at the bear's feet for the snow!  Where is my head today?  I think after all the fuss, I just wanted this one to be done! 

Card recipe:

Sketch - from Sketch Saturday
Stamps - image from Lili of the Valley, sentiment and corners from Close to my Heart Share the Magic and Gift of Love sets, respectively
Ink - black Stazon, Distress inks (pumice stone, black soot, fired brick and weathered wood)
Tools - stars cut with cricut (SCAL 2), Cheery Lynn Designs fanciful flourish die
Paper - SEI Silver Valley, Bazzill card
Other - ribbon and lace from my stash, Star Dust Stickles, Lindy's Stamp Gang Glitz Spritz in scintillating silver and blazing sun and I think that is all!

This card is for the following challenges:

Sketch Saturday 
Lili of the Valley - creature comforts
Papertake Weekly - first Christmas (or just Christmas)
Top Tip Tuesday - anything (Christmas) goes; see below for my tip
Charisma Cardz - cutesy

For my tip, I wanted to share how I photograph shimmer/glitter.  I have visited many blogs where the crafter has made a gorgeous project using shimmer and/or glitter, but you would never know it from looking at the photograph.  And, somewhere in the post there is always mention that the shimmer or glitter looks really nice, but they just could not manage to get a photo of it.  Problem solved!  In my first photo, I have stood the card up to take the photo, with the light source coming from above.  This is how most bloggers take their photos.  This will never allow the shimmer to show up.  To get that sparkle in your card, lay your card down flat directly under a bright white light source.  I have taken a photo of my set up to show how I take my photos.  It is a very simple set up using two sheets of bright white card and my Ott-light lamp (though any bright light will work).

Now adjust your camera angle until you see the shimmer in your screen.  The resulting photo sparkles:

Thanks for stopping by for a visit and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.  I love reading them and it gives me the chance to pop over to see your work too!  Have a fantastic week!




Susie Little said...

Fantastic, I love how you flipped the sketch and the sentiment is wonderful! Thank you for playing at Sketch Saturday!xx

Maggie's Crafts said...

Your creation is beautiful!

Thank you for joining us at TTT this week. :)


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card, great layout & colours, Spill or no spill Love it! Cute image and papers too! Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday for our Christmas challenge, Hope you can join us next time too! hugs Samantha :0)

Ps I have candy on my blog too!

Anonymous said...

Lovely card :) Thanks for joining in with our challenge at Papertake Weekly this week, Andrea x

April said...

Really cute! I love your stars and swirls. Great job!

Debbie said...

Hi Dawn...beautiful card. Such a lovely image and I love all the sparkle and shimmer.
Debbie x

xxxtglxxx said...

This is a gorgeous card Dawn :) Love the image and the colours are fabulous!

Thanks so much for playing along at Charisma Cardz this week,



Debs said...

Gorgeous card Dawn - love the image and the stars are fabulous.
Thanks for playing along with us at Charisma this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Vee said...

This is fabulous card, and a lovely cute image Thanks for playing with Charisma this week.
xx Vee

Anne said...

Lovely card Dawn, very effective use of colour. Thanks for joining us at Lili of the Valley this week ...good luck!

Tracey Brossart said...

Very beautiful! Love your color choice! Thanks for joining us this week at Sketch Saturday and Good luck! :D

Hugz & TFS,
xx Tracey/SS-DT xx

DelightfullyCrazy said...

Beautiful card, love the layout of it, the colours, and how you put it all togethe. The image is just adorable and I love how you coloured it...

Sparkly Pink Star said...

beautiful the colours!

Anonymous said...

Hey Cuz!

Wow!!! Beautiful!!!

Aunty B has my info...