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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / How To Make Your Own Light Tent Out of a Cardboard Box! Image heavy. on: February 06, 2012 09:26:46 AM
The other day one of my FB friends posted about getting a light tent to take better pictures of small objects. I thought; I want one of those. Then I looked at it and thought; I can make one of those. I did and since it turned out pretty well (not perfect obviously, I know very little about photography, but much much better than I imagined) I thought I'd share the how-to.

You might want to look at the pictures at the end before you start cutting. Cheesy

What you need:

A cardboard box. (Mine is 34 cm high and 25 cm wide, which would be a little over a foot high and a little less than a foot wide.)
White paper (printer paper is good, as long as it's not super shiny).
Layered white napkins, or sheer white fabric.  (If you're using a napkin, pull the layers apart so that you only have one layer pieces. I used 1 three-layered napkin to make this.)
White paint. (Optional.)
Straws or something similar. (Optional.)
Glue. (Optional.)

How to do it:

1. Cut off the top of your cardboard box.

2. Cut a large rectangle out of the front. Leave maybe half an inch at the top and the sides, cut the bottom close to the bottom of the box.

3. Do the same to the sides, but it's okay to leave more at the bottom here.

4. If your box seem a bit wobbly at this point, tape straws or something similar to the front "pillars" and the backs of the top "bits". It's okay to use a lot of tape. (You can see the insides of my top "bits" in picture 1.)

Note: Step 5 and 6 are not as far as I can tell actually necessary, but I do like being thorough.

(5. Dab white paint around the edge of your back and the inside of the bottom. (Unless you're using a white box, of course.)

6. Cover the back and bottom with white paper. I glued mine. I'm sure you can as well tape it. (See picture 1 for a look at the inside of my box without the "extra" paper.))

7. Tape or glue napkins or fabric over the holes in the sides. They should be completely covered. Tape them from the outside. (See picture 2.)

8. Tape or glue a napkin over the top of the box to make a "ceiling." (See picture 3)

9. Depending on the size of your box you might want to put a "peg" at the bottom of the box to keep your paper from slipping.

10. Put a white paper into your box without folding it. (See picture 4.)

11. Position a light (or two) in a way that creates minimal shadows. (I put my desk light on a stack of books to light from the top.)

12. Take pictures.

Picture 1:

Picture 2:

Picture 3:

Picture 4:

And for comparisons sake pictures of a cube take with and without the use of the light tent:




All pictures are taken with my cellphone camera and have not been altered in any way. The front picture taken without the light tent was too horrible to even post, since my camera insisted on using the flash. The cube is indeed orangeish, not pinkish.

Thanks for reading and I hope someone finds it helpful. Making the tent took less time than writing this post. Smiley

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first ever inchies! on: September 09, 2009 12:52:24 PM
@ MunLtStmpr Thank you. :0)

@vanessow Thank you and he's hot like burning. *g*
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My first ever inchies! on: September 09, 2009 11:36:38 AM
I was looking at all the pretty inchies people has made around here and decided to give it a try myself.

First I made the backgrounds. Watercolor on paper and stamped edges, very easy.

Then I transformed a few of those backgrounds into finished inchies and it took me all day.

A few close ups, beware of nudity of the stick figure variety:

My foxy ladies are actually Bond-ladies. *g*

I see you! (You can't really tell in the pic, but the eyes are blue, green and brown.)

Snatches of lyrics to a few of my favorite Kane (Christian Kane from Leverage and Angel) songs. He amuses me.

My inchies has an agenda. Love comes in all forms. Wink

The rest of the close-ups turned out too blurry. I miss my camera. Also, hi, I'm new around here.

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rainbow Inchies! (pic heavy ~ tute P3) on: September 09, 2009 03:46:16 AM
Late to the party, but that never bothered me much. :0P

These are absolutely stunning and thanks for the tute. I may have several pieces of watercolored paper lying around to dry right now. *g*
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Altered Journal-a-long on: September 08, 2009 02:12:55 PM
I'm new here so I've been going around commenting on all the pretty stuff to prove I'm not a SpamBot. *g*

Looking at all the amazing projects in this thread inspired me to try my hand at an altered journal as well. I got most of my craft stuff packed up because I'm doing an extreme home-makeover in the near future (ie when I no longer have the plague and is allowed to walk among people again), so I had to make do with what I could find.

I consider this one to be a 'prototype'. I plan on making a huge one later on when I got all my stuffs organized, so this one's just for fun on the theme of fairytales and magic. All pages are works in progress.

The text on the butterfly one says: Fly fly little wing, fly beyond imagining, pass the planets and the stars, leave this lonely world of ours. It's stolen from a Celine Dion song that I haven't heard in years, but for some reason those lines stuck in my head.

All 'water color' detail is made with water color pens, because I can't find my actual water colors in the mess of bags and boxes. Also, sorry for the crappy pics, my camera's in Scotland and my scanner's packed in a box. *g*
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Swordfighters #1 and #2 for art show -- ADULT MATERIAL on: September 08, 2009 01:58:15 PM
Very nice. :0) Would love to have something like that on my wall, but I promised myself I would stop fuelling the gay rumors about me. They make my family so confused. *g*
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: gift bows! (yet another way to recycle magazines) tutorial added and more pics on: September 08, 2009 12:56:01 PM
Those are great. :0) I will now fight the urge to look through my mess for those brass thingies. (Completely irrelevant side note: Where I come from we call the brass thingies virgin legs.)
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: vintage French comics iPod cases on: September 08, 2009 12:53:04 PM
Very cool. :0)
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Postcards for the picky on: September 08, 2009 12:47:47 PM
I love these. The guy in the trashcan is so elegant, but not... If you get what I mean. Otherwise I really like the Hasmat (sp?) suits one. If I could get my hands on something like that I'd send it to my boss. (Long story, but I'm not allowed back at work until I've been officially declared plague-free.)
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: I read too many mysteries =D (more pics) on: September 08, 2009 12:32:51 PM
Wow, that is amazing. Seriously. :0)
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