Saturday, March 10, 2012

Father Time's Email


Do you think Father Time has an email address? Because if he does, I would send him a thousand of them reminding him that he needs to add more daylight to the day. I went and purchased a light tent since out of necessity for running out of daylight, and I thought it would help with my photography, but now I'm so not used to it that I think I might have hindered my photography...until I get it figured out. I'm having issues with the lights. They are pesky little buggers. Get them too close and then give off shadows. Get them too far and the whole picture is dark. This angle, that angle...One of these days the right combination will come, but please, do share your recommendations on how you set up your tents!

Yeah, there's some pretty deep shadows and highlights in the photo, but let's just look beyond that shall we? (Photographing the card and editing took three times as long as to make the card!) I've mentioned before that I have a personal challenge to make cards from scrapbook layouts, and the sketch at Artful Delight intrigued me. I also knew that I wanted to base a card off the striking color combination at CASE Study. Their March Muse Laura, well, she constantly amazes me, she is such a talented designer. I was inspired by the solid neutral popped with striking black patterns.
I love CASE Study

 I pulled out the super fun Fun{tache}tic set from The Craft's Meow and created a masculine card. (The sentiment from this set was meant to take the back burner on my card, so that part of the photography isn't wonky.) We recently had some upheaval at my work and for once I was asked to make a "good bye" card!

42 comments:

artfuldelight said...

LOVE IT!!!! Thank you for playing along with Artful Delight this month. Don't forget about the DT call. :-)

Laurel said...

Such a fantastic masculine card!

Kelly said...

love this card! No help with the photography. I need a way to take pics inside when the weather is bad. Laurel Beard showed how she does it on one of her videos.

Sherry Eckblad said...

great card Karen! I personally liked your photos pre-photo tent days.

Barb said...

Stick with it, Karen - you'll get the hang of it. I have one and love it, but I don't use it enough. We don't have the room to keep it up all the time, and I get too lazy to set it up for each photo. Just keep playing and make it fun! Love your wonderful, masculine card! :)

Jenny said...

Such a great guys card...love the moustache trend this year :0)
Great idea to use page LO's for card sketches, you've rocked this one.
I use a light either side of my tent shining at 90° to the fabric and then a angel poise lamp shining down from above with a Daylight bulb in it, hope this helps :0)
Jenny x

Jay Gee said...

Fabulous card Karen - love the colour combo. Great take on both challenges too :)

Trinh said...

Love how you adapted the LO for your card. a lot of interest with the different text fonts. No suggestions for the tent; I should get one but no place to put it.

Barb said...

perfect card for both challenges! love your style my friend :)

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I think the photo looks fine, don't know what you're talking about... and what fun use of sentiments in there... I recently splurged and bought Leeann's kit, so thanks for the motivation-- will see what I can create.

Lynn said...

Father time needs to give me more time too. Thankful for daylight savings tonight. I think I may have finally adjusted to the Ott lights I bought, but I'm not sure still about my photos!

This card is awesome! Great take on the CASE!

~Tammy~ said...

Love your card! So cute!

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

This is SO fabulous, Karen! LOVE that layout, madly. Your photo looks gorgeous, but boy do I hear you about lighting. Sheesh, father time has some nerve with all this lack of sunshine! :-)

Tenia Nelson said...

So so awesome!!!

Ryann Salamon said...

Love your card, Karen! I SO hear you with your lighting troubles. It took me so LONG to figure out what works for me and it's still not a good as I would like.

I have this light box: http://amzn.to/zNDMqK

And these lights: http://amzn.to/wKRZwL

I LOVE the light on these bulbs. It doesn't look like they are still on Amazon, but at least it gives you an idea of type/wattage.

Good luck!!

Jen W. said...

I battle my photos on a daily basis so I'm not much help to you in that department...

Love the card though! That funky mustache is awesome. :)

Lisa Arana said...

I was just throwing a little tantrum today about the lighting for my photos. I just can't seem to get it right. So frustrating.

You card is fabulous!!! Mustaches are just too awesome!

Chunyuan said...

awesome musculine card. I would email Father time too if you ever find out about his email address.

Marlena M. said...

Wonderful masculine creation, Karen! Fun 'stache and sentiments.

Christina said...

This is completely awesome, Karen! A fabulous use of a scrapbook sketch and perfect mix of neutral colors. Thanks for joining us this week at CASE Study!

Annette said...

I so love this...it that washi tape? that looks so awesome...love the added burlap twin and great mustache...

Suzanne Russell said...

Oh what fun this card is! I have to smile at the mustache and it is the perfect focal image for the rest of the card. Great job-as always!

Debby said...

I bought a light tent, but most of the time I give up and just use natural light when it permits! Anyhow, on to your card, which is stunning by the way. Love your collage of elements. Thanks for joining us at CASE study.

Aimes said...

Love this card - so fun, fabulous and still masculine!
I purchased a light tent - can't live without it now! I do have daylight lamps for when I photograph at night (I place a light either side of the tent) but nothing is a substitute for using the tent with natural daylight (the tent softens the shadows of bright sunlight) HTH!
Hugs!
Aimes
x

Maria@Crafty Cre8tions said...

Great card! Love that big 'stache!

I can't help you with the tent problems either. I have one, but it has a blue background, which is just awful for taking pictures. Need to get a white background and try again!

Good luck!

Michelle said...

Wow!!! Love the collage of elements on this:-) Wonderful card Karen!

papertrails leaver said...

This is so masculine and cool! Love the stache!

alexandra s.m. said...

Love your masculine card Karen!
TFS~

yyam said...

What a great masculine card!

P/s: Hope you get the right mix for the lights soon.

June Houck said...

Oh, how fun, Karen! Thank you for joining the sketch challenge at Artful Delight!

~amy~ said...

Such a fun 'stache card!

Light tent..love mine..just read aimes' comment..never though of using it with actual daylight...

Id loan my boy out to you if you didn't live so far away:)

Jingle said...

I just love this card!

Jocelyn Olson said...

Super, duper cute, Karen! I really like the little details you added on the right side. The neutrals look *so* good together! I bought a light tent a while back but decided I didn't like it...I still use the lights, though (since we're on about the same latitude, you know why! :)

Virginia L. said...

Super fun take on the challenge,e Karen! Love the graphic and modern look ( so your style)!! Have fun with the new light tent..as I have no experience with it. I bet there are tons of tips/sites about light tent!

F.T said...

what an idea..

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Alice Wertz said...

wonderful take on the sketch. love all the details. fab card, Karen! hope you figure out the light tent soon!

Cheryl said...

So cute! What a fun stamp set!

Lynnda Hosni said...

I miss coming here!!! Lovely card... so cute... hugs...xoxo

Bunny said...

Lovely card xx

Jean Martin said...

Ooooh what a great CAS card! I love this! Thanks for sharing with us at CASE Study Challenge! :)

Lisa Petrella said...

LOVE that mustache! Perfect masculine card! And I feel your pain with the light tent!!! I'm having the same struggles with mine and therefore haven't been using it.

jen said...

Fun & fab card! I hear you on the light tent struggles... wish I could help, but I still find I use natural light whenever it permits....