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Hello! It's time for the Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge! This is a monthly opportunity for the Taylored Expressions team to share what makes our stamping studios hum. Each month we have a fun, crafty question so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more:) This month's question is:
You oughta be in pictures!!
We all love to share our completed projects with others on our blogs and in on-line galleries. So, when the stamping ends, the photography begins. This is a fun step for some and a frustrating one for others. How is it for you?
Tell us how you get those beautiful project photos.
Well, I have a very simple process I use to take and edit my photos:) Let's start with the set up:
I almost always add a little stitching to my projects, so I set up my sewing machine on our dining room table. When it's time to take my picture, I simply use two sheets of cardstock for my backdrop which I prop against the sewing machine.
I use light from the window for my pictures when I can, and if it's dark outside I use the same set up with my Ott Light. My camera is a Canon PowerShot and I always use the Macro setting when taking pictures of my cards.
Once I upload the pictures, I use Picasa to edit them. Picasa is a free program that I downloaded about 3 years ago, and it is so easy to use! I almost always use the Auto Contrast, Auto Color, and the Crop buttons. Then I go to the second screen and use the Highlight and Shadow sliders.
Then I save my picture, open it in Photoshop, and add my watermark. It's probably a little goofy, to use two different editing programs, but that's how I roll:)
For my card today, I just had to use this adorable Basket Full Set once more before Easter! This darling chick with the eggs is my favorite:) I stamped the basket and chick image with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics. I cut it out and layered it on top of a frame that I cut with Oval Nestabilities. The green panel was cut with the new Banner Stacklets 2 Dies~LOVE~ and I also used the new Open Scallop Border Die. Here's a look at the inside:
I just love this sentiment! I cut a frame with the Label Stacklets 1 Dies and stamped my sentiment in the center. The dp I used on my card is Echo Park Paper Co. Sweet Girl.
I hope you've enjoyed a peek into my picture taking and photo editing process! I can't wait to read tips from the rest of the girls! Make sure you check them out too:)
Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great day!
Stamps: Taylored Expressions Basket Full
Paper: SU Pink Pirouette, Echo Park Paper Co. Sweet Girl
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, SU So Saffron for sponging
Accessories: Taylored Expressions Banner Stacklets 2 Dies, Open Scallop Border Die, Label Stacklets 1 Dies, Oval Nestabilities, Foam Squares, Sewing Machine, Woodgrain Impression Plate, Ribbon