So what do you think of the picture quality? One of my favourite things to do when I have a bit of downtime is browse through some of my favourite blogs and look for inspiration. One of the things that I noticed was what awesome pictures many of them had. Typically I take my pictures one of two ways – either by scanning it or with my small digital camera (it’s a Toshiba, only 3 megapixels and about 5 years old). I’ve never been happy with the quality of my photos. Well, as I was browsing blogs I came across a tutorial on photographing cards, put together by Allison Miles – it was right up my alley because it didn’t require any fancy equipment. So today, I ran out to Walmart and bought myself a $30 flourescent lamp, set my card up like Allison did, and voila! I must say I’m pretty impressed for my first try, especially considering I have such an outdated camera.
My card is based on a card created by Susan Liles which I found in the Splitcoast Stampers Gallery. One of the things I freely share with my customers is that creativity doesn’t come easily to me. Often when I’m trying to come up with a card idea and I feel stuck I turn to cards I love that have been designed by other talented stampers. Frequently I’ll start out by simply copying the card – either exactly if I can, or as in this case, almost exactly – I substituted the non-Stampin’ Up! stuff she used for Stampin’ Up! stuff. I basically worked with what I have. For a peek at the original card click here. After I stamped the card, I was so happy with how it turned out, and I was feeling more inspired, so I decided to attempt to re-create the card using the yummy Au Chocolate designer papers from the Spring Mini. This is what I came up with:
I stamped the flower and leaves from the Mixed Bouquet Stamp set in Timber Brown Staz On ink and colored it in using blender pens and re-inkers (Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery). The greeting is from Winged Things. For finishing touches I created my scalloped border using the slit punch, added a couple of brads from the Soft Subtles collection and tied on Celery and Pink Grosgrain. All products are Stampin’ Up!.