Saturday, November 29, 2008

Saturday Sketch...mytimess13

I created this card for Lauren's Saturday Sketch Challenge #13. Regardless of my lighting, background, camera settings...I can't seem to capture the colors very well in my photograph. Any photography techniques you want to share will be greatly appreciated! LOL

I've been wanting to create some handmade poinsettias and Lauren's sketch was the perfect opportunity! My intent was to use satin ribbon, but it kept fraying, so I ended up going with this generic, pink "satin" ribbon (satin is in quotes because this ribbon is made of polypropylene). It's a little stiffer so it was easier to handle. Basically what I did to create the poinsettias was cut strips of ribbon (the medium sized poinsettia is about 1 1/4 x 5/8"), folded them in half and cut from the center fold toward the center of the end of the strip.
Once you have three strips cut, pinch the wide centers of each ribbon together, then bunch the three of them. Use thin wire (I used 32 gauge) to hold the centers together. Work with the side pieces to spread the petals out evenly (the glue gun I used to adhere the flowers to the card helped me to hold the petals where I wanted them). Add some pearls, or other rhinestone stickers to the centers and you have handmade poinsettias! Not a spectacular tutorial, but I hope you get the idea :O)
Oh, and for the dove, I stamped in VersaMark ink, then Close to Cocoa and straight onto the paper. I used clear embossing powder right away and heated it. While the powder was still hot, I poured Dazzling Diamonds on the image, let it set for a few seconds, then tapped the excess glitter off and reheat to set the glitter. I like how the bird turned out :O)

Again, if anyone wants to share some photography techniques that will help me to capture the details and colors in these cards better, please feel free! I'll take all of the advice I can get :O)

All supplies are listed in my SCS Gallery.

Have a great weekend!


Lauren (mytime) said...

Oh the ribbon flowers are STUNNING! Love what your created here. You just ROCK!! Thank you for playing :D

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

WOW great idea with the ribbon poinsettias. Thank you for sharing.
I love this graceful artwork.

Silli said...

Great!!!! kristin, this is so fab. Love the softcolors and thanks for this idea with the flowers! Bye...

Alicia Weiman said...

Love your poinsettas. Those turned out really nice.

Mandy said...

Wow! Those flowers are GORGEOUS! Great card! :)

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