Wednesday, April 8, 2009

DIY Photo Tent/Light Box

Before Light Box

After Light Box

I've been wanting a photo tent for a long time, but not really willing to invest. I found on someone else's blog (sorry I don't know who) that they'd used this DIY tutorial to make a light box out of foam core board. I'm loving the difference it has made in my photos already - although I perfected taking photos on a ledge in my basement, the colors are more true and I get a perfect picture the first time every time.

The card above was designed by my fab sideline Kelly for the new catalog shoebox swap we had in January using the stamp set Just Buzzin' By, Candy Lane Designer Series paper, Pretty in Pink 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Pink Pirouette Cardstock, Scallop Edge Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Jet Black Staz-On, So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker, Stamp-a-ma-jig and Two Way Glue Pen. See my swap cards for this event at this post.

Here is the other card she designed (taken in my basement before the light box). This one uses the Top Note Die, Dreams du Jour stamp set, Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Urban Garden Designer Series Paper, Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip card stock, VersaMark and Chocolate Chip ink, Felt Fusion Too, Stampin' Dimensionals, and Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Here is my favorite card from the swap!!! My awesome upline, Beth designed this one - one of the reasons I love it so much is that it combines two of my favorite stamp sets: Inspired by Nature and the En Francais background stamp. Tip: Either brayer on the ink or rub your ink pad then tap on it all over to get the entire background stamp inked. Then lay the background stamp rubber up, put your card stock on top with a piece of scratch paper over the top and rub. I've had great results with this method!!! Now for the supplies: Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, and Basic Black card stock, Cutter Kit (to distress the edges), Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon (used a sponge dauber to rub on a bit of Creamy Caramel ink), Basic Black and Creamy Caramel Ink, Stampin' Sponges, Wide Oval Punch, and Gold Brads.

Beth's other swap used a great product - the embosslit!!! It dry embosses and die cuts at the same time. Specific products are the Sweetest Stem embosslit (exclusive to Stampin' Up) and the coordinating Sweet Stems stamp set, Jet Black Staz-On and Baja Breeze Classic Ink, Aquapainter, Urban Garden Designer Series paper, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray and Whisper White card stock, Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, and Stampin' Dimensionals.

I love these ladies, their creativity and how much I look forward to any get togethers we are able to plan!!! Have a wonderful day!


Stephanie said...

What a beautiful way to layer the embosslits on the card! Gorgeous!

Eric said...

I absolutely love love the Inspired by Nature one! Thanks for the link to the photo tent. I really think I need to make one.

Diane said...

These are all wonderful, I love the hearts in the little bee hands! Clever!

EValeen said...

They are all awesome cards! I'm off to make a light box today too. (It was originally posted on Melsbasketofblessings blog.) Glad to hear another success story. Really makes me push it up on the To Do's!

Chelsea said...

Beautiful embossing work!

Cate said...

These are all wonderful! I love what you did with the little bees!!

Teresa Brooks said...

Beautiful cards and great pics. I need to make a light box too.

Laura said...

Beautiful cards. I love the top note card.