Saturday, April 25, 2009

See Through Saturday

Today's 365 Cards challenge was to create an acetate card. Cool, right? I bought some acetate a while ago and hadn't had the chance to play with it yet, so I was psyched. Note I said was psyched.

Things started out okay. I saw Anthonette's card a couple of months ago and saved it in my CASE file. I love the way she used Nesties to do the layers. I don't like to make cards with messy-looking insides, so doing the layers this way allowed to cover all adhesive AND gave me a place to write a message without having it show through the front of the card.

The trouble began after I made the card. I could NOT get a good photo. I mean, I tried everything--different lighting, backgrounds, angles--anything I could think of. All my photos still looked like ****. At one point I looked like a jewel thief, donning a black hoodie and gloves to avoid seeing the glare of my skin in the card. This was the best one I could come up with. I've never been so pissed off after making a card in my life!

Anyone have any photog tips for next time? PLEASE share!

Paper: Bashful Blue, PTI Raspberry Fizz, dp (SU & DCVW)
Accessories: acetate sheet (SheetLoad), Nestabilities labels 1, Martha Stewart classic butterfly punch, rub-on (SU), rhinestones (Kaisercraft)

31 comments:

Audrey said...

LOL! Had to laugh at your photo woes! Actually it's not too bad, at least you can see the card. Lovely card too! It's much difficult to take photos of clear cards.

Danni said...

I haven't attempted a clear card yet so no tips on photos, sorry!
Gorgeous card! I love it!

willow said...

I fully understand your problems with taking photo's of your work and acetate is the worst
Great card though and it looks ok from this end
maz

Angie Tieman said...

Oh my gosh! You had me laughing so hard with your description of being a jewel thief! I've heard those acetate cards are hard to photograph, so don't feel bad, we can still see the card is beautiful!

Terrie B x said...

Your card is `Gorgeous` Ann...
I dont think Accetate likes the camera whatever you try and do!!You can see yours on your photo tho!!!Grrr its a nightmare accetate...
I even have to `Polish`!!!Yep polish it when I`v finished with accetate the amount of finger prints I get on it are unbelieveable!!!
Maybe I should invest in some fine gloves!!!lol..
Have a lovely weekend:)♥

Lauri said...

Oh I have not had any better luck photographing my acetate cards! Maybe that is why I don't make very many! I love yours (what I can see anyway..haha!)

Shirley said...

Very very pretty!

Pam said...

Well at least we can still see that your card is wonderful, even with a little glare/reflection. I think my photo turned out ok, but I can't tell you that I did anything different from your attempts. I had some light overhead, and almost coming from behind the card. It looks like you have the entire card made from the acetate - if so, that might be affecting it as well. Nonetheless, it's beautiful :)

Cookie said...

Love your layers and dp butterfly and bling! CUTE!

Dolce Deb's Designs said...

You are a hoot!!! It never ceases to amaze me the lengths the we stampers will go to get a good picture...lol. I think your picture came out just fine as did your card. Great job with this challenge.

Heather P. said...

LOL, acetate photos are sooo tricky! I think yours turned out great! Lovely card, Ann! :)

Gloria Stengel said...

For acetate or clear items I try to photograph in bright, natural light...like outside. And I try to have a "busy" background like my plants or my brick walkway. And I TRY to keep my reflection OUT of the acetate! LOL If you look on my blog I do have a lot of acrylic projects...or check at www.mosdinc.blogspot.com to see them. Some work well, others not so much. All of us that DT have issues with it too!

Gloria Stengel said...

Oh and PS...love the card! Forgot to say that last post. LOL

Fi said...

Beautiful card - love the design and your butterfly with a little bling. I am another understanding person with the photo problem.
hugs
Fi

Deb Neerman said...

LOLOL, I feel your pain, Ann!

I know how frustrating that can be ... I LOL'ed when I read about the hoodie and black gloves!!

Deb Neerman said...

Duh. Forgot to mention that I lurve this kewl card!!!

Vicky said...

Hi Ann! Your picture is not bad at all!! I was expecting something much, much worse from your comments on the main page! This is a good picture for acetate - no glare at all! I love the nesties and how they look embedded and the sentiment in the bottom corner - beautiful card!!

Michelle said...

Great card! I guess the transparency does it's job since you can't get a picture of it! LOL! I made one, that will be posted on my blog tomorrow, and I took it's picture on a white background with the sun behind it so it sort of had a shadow... make sense?! You can see a better picture tomorrow! Other then that no great tips here! LOL! Good luck next time too!

Janet said...

Ann - I have not worked on acetate yet but you have inspired me to give it a try. I love how you layered the nesties. Great job. I think the photo looks good !!

cadnileb said...

So pretty!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Oh Ann, I've been there and it is so frustrating! I bet it is spectacular IRL. You couldn't make a bad card if you tried!

chloe said...

Oh you poor thing! I can so understand your reaction, I would be the same! I love the look of acetate cards (Your is gorgeous!) but have heard they are a b@#$@%^d to photograph!

Patricia said...

Hi Ann, Thanks for the comment on my blog, you card is also very beautifull!!

~amy~ said...

I absolutely LOVE your card Ann...acetate is a bugger to photog...I think the long/tall cards are too...seriously, sometimes I think it takes me longer to put my blog post together then it does to create the card...I hear your pain sista...

Lisa Graves said...

LOL at the thought of you dressed as a jewel thief. :-) Love the card.

Leslie said...

Love it!@

Comeka said...

I got as giggle at the image of you dressed in head-to-toe black just so you could get a good picture!

Your card is adorable and I'm glad you took the time to get the picture! TFS!

Jackie said...

I've never made a clear card before....yours came out really cute! tfs!!!

Stamp and Smile said...

Totally understand on the photo shoot! And your frustration was worth sharing... The labels one dies work so well!!! TFS... YOU ROCK GIRL! :)

Janelle said...

Great card! What a hard thing to take a picture of...maybe I'll stay away from acetate cards. lol

Stopped in from SCS blog comment forum.

Anthonette said...

Ann, so cool to see my name in your blog post. Cool card!

The easy part is making the card...the hard part is photographing it. As you saw I had a hard time too. I like Gloria's advice to take it outside and use natural light. I'm going to try that next time.