Sunday, 9 October 2011

The art of making cards that are impossible to photograph

Fiddling round here yesterday I had what seemed like a good idea at the time:
Yikes! It's almost impossible to photograph embossing and this one above is the best I could do with the light coming in sideways from a window :( It's a real bummer shame as they do look very tactile (a grown-up word!) in real life. I bet they would look good using the ink pad, brayer then emboss technique too.

The cards are 8" x 8", embossed with dots that look a bit like snow, bought from The Range. Embossed Christmas trees were done using a folder I bought at Ally Pally to replace a Cuttlebug one that was misaligned from the word go. It's the only folder I've ever had like that so I was skipping for joy when I found this even nicer one at AP. Gems and pearls came from my stash, along with the ribbon and the backing card behind the trees (Glossy Black and Silver Mirri). Each tree was topped off with a Josy Rose silver star nail head.

I'm off out shortly - to snoop saunter round a Wedding Fayre at our local Community Centre. I have a ton of ideas whizzing round in my head for the wedding stationery I'm about to begin playing with - but, it's always good to see what others are doing. And, if I'm cheeky, to ask if anyone knows where I can get plain card stock in aubergine :)) Man, I've searched the internet in vain - I have mulberry paper and a lovely embossed paper, both in aubergine, but also want some plain card to play with :(

Thank you so much by the way for the advice about keeping it 'simples' - noted :) !

Right, time to get ready, put my Hettie Wainthropp outfit on, then go out investigating :)) Hope you're having a fun Sunday!



Penni said...

Wow Di these are stunning.


Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

I think you did a good job on the photography front. The embossed cards look FABULOUS.

Perhaps you could make some of your wedding stationery like this . . . with appropriate embossing folder . . . NOT Xmas trees of course! LOL!

Hugs, Sarn xx

MaggieC said...

Beautiful card, beautifully photographed. That is definitely a good folder.

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful cards - and that Christmas tree folder's a winner. Your photography is not bad either - I spotted the embossing immediately :) Can't help you with the aubergine card. Have you tried Hunkdory - it does seem to be one of their preferred colours. Hope your Hetty Wainthropping (my long word for today) pays dividends. Elizabeth x

moira said...

very elegant

Bernie said...

Girl your photography is spot on every detail of these stunning/gorgeous cards show beautifully.

Have you tried looking in your office supply shops for plain card stock in aubergine? We have one here that sells an amazing range of colors, totally different from what's avalible in craft shops.

Anonymous said...

These are really pretty
Lindsay xx

Bubbles said...

Have you tried Cardinal Colours, Di? They are usually so helpful, and if they haven't got something in stock that you need, they can try and get hold of it, or redirect you to someone who possibly will.

I think those cards are stunning just as they are... no inking and brayering!

mamapez5 said...

A lovely set of cards. I really like these, and when I clicked on the photo it enlarged just fine, and all that lovely embossing showed up really well. They certainly don't need the ink and brayer. Have fun at the wedding fayre. Kate x

Sandra said...

Hi Di, your cards look just wonderful the embossing is visable and if your unsure yourself sugguest clicking on the picture and this will enlarge the image and then it will show the embossing beautifully:) Sandra H

Anj said...

oh Di.... Those cards are just stunning - I love them, well done. I've been after a tree embossing folder for ages but they all seem very expensive on a certain auction site! Try PDA for cardstock - if its not on the website, give them a ring, I've always found them to be most helpful - happy snoopday!

Anj said...

Soz - forgot to leave the link for PDA:

The Crafty Elf said...

What beautiful cards....I get the photograph part for sure Di! I just made a baby card for my niece who has just had a baby girl. I have taken pictures but because of the shiny silver paper I used....what a time I've been having! Regardless of this nonsense...your cards are lovely and I know in person, they are spectacular!!!!

Carol D said...

Love the embossed cards, know they will look amazing in real life.

Stampin Up do a cardstock Elegant eggplant looks like a match for your ribbon. I will be happy to send you a sample for matching.

Hugs Carol xx

Annie said...

Really love these cards Di. It's always a shame that we doun't have feely vision on these computers isn't it? :-)
A x

Diane's Card Designs said...

Oh wow these are sooo stunning!!!
I love the embossing and how you've decorated them with gems.
Diane xx

Kathleen said...

Really beautiful, the photo's are a lot better than I could have done. Love the embossed tree and the gems. Very eye catching cards.

Kath x

Jenz Bitz 'n' Bobs said...

Lovely cards Di. Very elegant. Just giggling about you dressing up as Hetty Wainthropp. I used to love that shosw. Hope you enjoyed the Wedding Show. Hugs Jenny x