Monday, May 23, 2011

H2H challenge - techniques. homemade filters

So i got the new sunglasses that are red. and they so change everything red. except for red cars, for some reason those become pink. shrug. Walking around base with these glasses changes my view of my normal walk. And I had a thought, what if i was to take pics with a red filter. Now with someone who has a SLR (which i will be getting soon since i will be taking photography for my major) this is easy. Buy a red filter and screw on to lens. Now what about us who have the point and click cameras. I can't just get a filter. So what to do?

This is where I got creative. I used acetate and my bic marker. thats right. OK, some of my ideas don't work to well. So I had to try it out.

First things first. I went outside to try this out on the bushes we have outside of our house. Fort Irwin is in the high desert which means it gets really windy at night. This is what came out.

Very hard to take photos when wind is blowing the flowers. I guess i could have done it. would have made for 'artistic' photos.

Here is the photo without the filter.

My homemade red filter. just colored the acetate with red marker. Did it twice so the marks didn't show. I love how the white flower seems to glow. That is all from the lens. I didn't alter these photos after taking them (except to add my watermark)

So since this worked, I tried doing a frame. This again turned out cool.

Tips on this tho. I have a camera the lens comes out. At first my thought was just to tape the filter to the lens. then I watched the lens come out. This will not work. So I just taped my filter to a larger piece of acetate and just held it in front of the lens. Next time I will just cut the acetate longer.

Just imagine what you can do with this idea. Filters in whatever color you want, frames in shapes. You can even write on stuff, just remember to write backwards. You can also use stamps. Oh the ideas.

I know the H2H challege is on scrapbooking techniques, but this is great for photos on your scrapbook.

EDIT:this morning i triedthe stamping filter. it can work but is difficult. it has to be a small image. this is a 1 in circle, i think, and ihad to hold it out from the lens to get it to show up. that is why there is some glare in the photo. i also changed the direction i had to take the photo since the sun was ruining the photo.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Spotlight Blog Hop - Buttons

Welcome to this months blog hop. you should have come from the Scrap Wench. I am the last one in the hop, but you haven't seen everyone you can go to Wendy's blog.
*note - sorry if some of my typing is off. hard to type with dog cuddled up against you, pinning down your left arm*

Yay, I actaully had this card down before it was due and writing this post early today. Nevermind that is card is for my gramma for mothers day and i still haven't sent it out. I can't be on time for everything. LOL.

I so CASED the card from the newest Papercrafts Mag. I mean, I did change the color, the size of the card and of course used CTMH items. But thats why they make those mag, right? My mojo was MIA for the longest time, and I have to ease myself back into it. Mojo still isn't 100%. But I was able to make my own buttons. Yep, thats right, and didn't even use a i-top to do it. Wanna learn how?

I made two buttons for my card. The first one was the large cork button. I mean, if you want to call it a button. in my opinion, the term button is being used 'loosely' in the crafting world. Its just a holeless button. I took adhesive cork ( I have had this my stash forever. not sure why it never got used before. maybe its because I hate to handcut.) and stamped the corner design on it four times to make a circle. Using our clear stamps made this so much easier, but i was still unable to line up the last stamp. I used my second try and hid the small gap i had. i need to pratice more. then I used my nesties to cut into a circle. I did end up removing part of the stamp that made it square.

My second button was a little more detailed. If you have our new canvas buttons, you wouldn't have to do this, but i didn't. I used cross stitch fabric from my stash. This stuff lasts forever since i only bought one sheet. it think it was around the same time i bought the cork. I stamped the heart twice to make sure it stamped well on the fabric. Make sure you do not have ink on your hands while glueing this, or it will end up ruining you button. again, i had to do this twice because i ruined the first one that way. Cut the fabric larger then the button you are covering. (this is a great way to use buttons that you would never normally use.) You need to make sure it will wrap around the edge of the button to adhere on the back. Apply liquid glass to the front and back of button. Center your design on the front and start wrapping the fabric nicely around to the back. Trick for the back, let the glue get a little tacky, then wrap. It will help the fabric hold better. I put a cardstock circle on the back to make sure the fabric was secure. You can do this with any type of thinner fabric. Don't think thick fabric would work too well. You could probably use paper too, but I haven't tried yet.

I dyed the doiley with Hollyhock ink, both with a sponge and with direct to paper. The sentiment was hand written, sorta. I printed it out, scribbled on the back with pencil and traced the font. Then I went over it with a black marker. It looked alot better then my handwritting. For some reason I cannot do cursive r's. they just look silly. But I can trace like a pro.

That is all for my post. Again, this is the last blog of the button hop. If you need to start at the begining, go to Wendy's blog.

I also happen to be entering this into H2H. So nice of them to do a challenge the same as our blog hop.

Recipe: Close to my Heart unless noted

Cardstock - White Daisy
Ink - Hollyhock, Black marker
Stamps - Lucky WOTG, Circle Together
Buttons - Pink Assortment Buttons, cream and covered button from stash
Liquid Glass
Waxy Flax
Cork - Karen Fosters Design
Fabric - Cross stitch fabric from whoever makes it
Nesties - Circles
White Sheer Ribbon
Text from Wordpad

Doiley from whoever makes the cake stuff walton i think
Idea from Papercrafts - Card Creations vol 9
(sorry about the vague brand names.)