Making a card list and checking it twice? Online Card Class instructors Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire—and friends—are here to help you send handmade cards to everyone on your list this year. That’s right—it’s time for Holiday Card Workshop 2014! Join us for a very merry class packed with ideas and card-making know-how. With loads of stamping, die-cutting, layering, coloring, and more showcased in a variety of card styles, you’re sure to walk away inspired for the holidays! All cards will be included in how-to videos… with over 17 in total!
I’m so excited to give away one spot in this awesome holiday card-making workshop. Will you be the lucky winner? Leave a comment on this post by Friday 31 October 11.59pm EST to be eligible! Class starts on November 3, 2014, and I hope to see you there!
Talking of giveaways, if you haven’t already pop on over to this post :D
I have a giveaway on offer further down but first lets talk photography. It’s been a while since I had time to do a Lime Light post, however, I’ve really appreciated the positive feedback I’ve had for these posts so thought I’d pop a ‘quick tip’ post in today. I talked previously about how I use natural light set to the left, with nice distance between card, background items and backdrop. Here’s a photo I shared previously:
One other simple item which can make a big difference to photographing a card is to use something to reflect light from the light source (window) back on to the shadowed side of the card. In my example this would be reflecting light from the window on the left and bouncing it onto the right side of the card. Now there are plenty of fancy photography reflectors available but for me, I grab a piece of spare white card and use that – readily available and the right price LOL. I simply place a large piece of white card to the right side of the card and parallel to the window.
The reflected light can fill in deep shadows, lightening them and giving a brighter feel to the card. One word or warning though, brightening the shadows can mean that items loose their dimension – shading allows the eye to see the level of an item relative to others around it. So the aim is to lighten the shadows but not eliminate them totally and flatten the appearance of the card.
So what difference does it make to a photograph? Here’s two examples the first taken without the reflector:
And the second taken immediately afterwards with a reflector:
I did not change any of the camera settings for the after shot. Isn’t it amazing how much lighter and brighter this picture is with lovely soft shadows? In fact so much light has been bounced back into the picture from the reflector that I’d say we have gone a little too far. If I was taking this picture with the intention of posting to here I’d probably now adjust my camera settings slightly to bring a bit more depth back in.
I spotted another example of reflecting light and also a little of what computer ‘wizardry’ can do on Attic 24 earlier in the year. Lucy is a British blogger concentrating on crochet and photographs of the lovely area she lives. She has a great written style, but for today if you scroll down about half way through the post you can see how her blue bunting was photographed for a magazine article. Hmmm, what we ‘see’ and reality are often two totally different things! However, the point to take is that in the photo shown, a reflector at the front bounced light back on to the scene being photographed.
Perhaps next time you take a photograph you will grab a piece of white card and experiment with the difference it can make? I’m working on the principle to try to make a small improvement in the way I take a photograph each time. The improvements can be tiny and may just be a better understanding of what doesn’t work in some cases! However, over time, I’m hoping those small improvements added together will make a noticeable difference to my photography skills. Baby steps, baby steps :D
Now before I go I wanted to host a little giveaway. Yesterday, on a whim I decided to make things easy for people to follow me by starting a Lime Doodle Design page on Facebook rather than using my personal profile. It’s a bit bare over there at the moment as I don’t know how to transfer FB updates to the new wall unfortunately. However, I put a quick note on Facebook letting people know what I’d done and everyone was so wonderful and jumped over there to Like the page. I feel so blessed that the community we are part of are so utterly awesome! So I rummaged through my ‘how did I manage to buy two of these piles!’ and put together this little thank you. While I’m trying new things I thought I’d do this as a Rafflecopter giveaway. It makes things easy for me and even picks the winner I believe! So fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter and thank you to all my friends here on the blog and over at Facebook :D
I was tired the other night and the boys were watching football (yuck) so I thought a little colouring was in order :) I pulled out the Home for the Holidays set from Simon Says Stamp as I’d yet to get to those great trees. I coloured both the trees from the set, die cut them with their matching dies and then rubbed Glossy Accents over them and dumped them in Distress Glitter. The trunks were given a good dose of Wink of Stella glitter pen although that’s not showing in these photos. I planned on a cute critter kind of winter wonderland scene but when I was reaching for some patterned papers I came across this one with a map edge to it. The large tree seemed to fit really well with it so I cut a house from Slate card using one of the Village dies and added a frosty roof line. I think there’s a nice masculine vibe going on here with the stripes, map and neutral backdrop so I resisted adding piles of sequins or jewels to the tree. Instead I overlaid a banner stamped with the greeting from the Ornaments set in Slate ink, a lone glittery star and a twine bow.
Afterwards I did think that a glow coming from one of the windows would be nice but by then everything was well and truly stuck down LOL but I must remember that for the next time I reach for these Village dies :D
Stamps – Simon Says Stamp home for the holidays, ornaments; Dies – Simon Says Stamp holidays at home, village; Ink – Simon Says Stamp slate, Memento tuxedo black; Card – Simon Says Stamp slate, Bazzill marshmallow, Neenah solar white 80b; Paper – Teresa Collins something wonderful; Twine – May Arts; Glitter – Distress Sickles dry clutter clear rock candy; Copics – G20, G21, G24, G29, T5, E71, E74, E77, 0
It’s all about the quick and easy today! I’m testing out options for mass production closer to the holiday period and this little gift bag fits the bill perfectly! While sifting through my dies I noticed the Simon Says Stamp Pile of Presents is a great fit for the Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag, so I cut the goodie bag from Fog card and then ran the front panel through with the Pile of Presents die, backing it with some glitter card before assembling. I added a couple of die cut banners from Holidays at Home and topped them with a Merry die cut from the Deco Tree set cut from Slate card. I’m loving the none traditional and neutral colours for Christmas this year. Yesterday’s watercolour was all jewel tones and I’ve done a few aqua and coral projects recently too. It’s nice to mix things up a little :D
The bag was finished with a twine bow and a few pearls to decorate. You could whip this up in a range of colours to suit your Christmas gift giving palette. I must admit I don’t tend to stick to a colour theme. Each of the gifts is wrapped with the person in mind so vary from cute critters for the youngest, boyish minimal for the eldest and my middle one, she loves anything purple! Maybe her colour choices influenced my watercolour yesterday LOL.
I’m back! I took some time out and as a family we hopped off to find a little last-minute sunshine last week. Having returned, yesterday I was so lucky to get to meet up with Heidi Crowl and Stephanie Leykauf of Simon Says Stamp as well as an awesome bunch of crafty ladies. If you like to see more on that then pop over to my Instagram feed – I share a few non-crafty things over there as well as the normal bits and bobs :D The kids are back to school and normal service resumes again now though :D You can find me peeking from behind the washing pile LOL.
However, despite the piles around me, I couldn’t resist using the gorgeous large sentiment from Mama Elephant’s new Peace on Earth set again today! The sentiment is so easy to work with there really is very little you need to do. For my card I simply stamped in Versamark on watercolor card and clear embossed. I also embossed some little sparkle images from the set after which I applied a liberal amount of water with brush to a rectangle area around the sentiment and dotted in some watercolours.
I was very good and let this dry on its own and then all that was needed were some sequins and a little stickles glitter glue to dress it up. I cut the panel down slightly and then mounted on a top folding Jelly Bean card base. Done! This card would be so simple to mass produce and each one would be individual due to the nature of watercolours :D
Well that’s me for today, I’m off to finish the unpacking and putting the summer stuff away. I would be sad apart from I love the changing seasons and get excited at the prospect of the first truly frosty morning. That feeling doesn’t last when clearing the car of ice on an early morning mind, but I’m not thinking about that part yet LOL.
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