A Christmas Centerpiece… and My New Light Box!

A Christmas Centerpiece… and My New Light Box!
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Here is a Christmas centerpiece, place holder or favor for guests made from vellum and cardstock!  Terry Bolender showed me how to make this with Stampin’ Up! Products last month.  I used her Big Shot tool to cut out the gold scalloped square shape (for the base of the tree) and the box; then I used her circle punch to cut out a hole for the battery operated candle.  I traced a pyramid box pattern onto vellum cardstock (a really cool heavy-duty vellum!) and cut it out and scored it after stamping and clear embossing the green image.  I used the large star punch to cut out the top part of the tree and attached it with a pretty brad.

I wasn’t sure which picture to use because I was given a home-made made me a photo light tent/box for Christmas and I was testing the photography.  Thank you, Jayma Malme, for telling me about how to make a light box for photography!  I was using my new Ott light but the lighting is so blue!  I am shining the light directly at the image because it doesn’t get through the cardstock sides of the light box very well.  Here’s what I am talking about.

This is how my blog pictures normally look.  Can you tell the star is gold cardstock?  Uh, me, neither!

 

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - without the light box

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - without the light box

 

Now here is the same object in my new light box, with the light coming from the left through the cardstock walls.

 

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - in the light box

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - in the light box

 

Here it is again with the light shining head on the object.

 

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - in the light box, light head-on

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - in the light box, light head-on

 

This will need tweaking – I think the light box needs thinner wall covers, and after look at this post I realized I am supposed to put the cardstock base all the way at the top of the light box so there’s no ugly seam behind my object.  Anyway, I am happy I have this light box and I hope to have some better quality photos for my blog now!  This is the light box contraption:

 

My Homemade Light Box for Photography

My Homemade Light Box for Photography

Which photo do you think looks best: 1, 2, or 3?  Happy holidays, and thanks for reading my blog!

About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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  1. Wow, that’s enlightening!! 🙂 The light box really helps. I think photo 3 is probably the truest representation. You can even make out the raised embossing!

    • Thanks for your pun and your help with my question. 🙂 (It’s funny being at your house right now as I reply to your comment!)

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