Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Here's looking at you, kitties and a little photo help, maybe?

First an explanation-skip it if you just want to see the picture!

I may know why my pictures couldn't be clicked on for a larger, that was mouthful "couldn't be clicked on"...I don't even think that's proper grammar, ok whatever.

Bev said...
Your card is great! You always do great coloring! Thanks for the blog candy heads up too!And, regarding your photos not being able to enlarge - me and my DH were looking at that again just last night....some of my photos do and some don't and I only save them and take them one way so we are both stumped. If I find out why this happens, I will let ya'll know!!TFS!!Bev

So last night I opened the photo of the mouse card in the previous post and changed the size from 10x7.5ish to 10x15ish. I like to use exact measurements! Anyway, what I mean is that I use Photoshop Elements to do all of my photo editing and when I resize for my blog I always set the DPI at 72 (low resolution for screen viewing) and change the size of the larger side of the photo (sometimes it's the length, sometimes height) to 10 inches. Since I have the resizer set to keep in proportion doing this automatically changes the other side of the photo to keep in line with the 10 inches? Get it? For example:

Original photo is 30 x 50 ( I shoot with a 10 mega pixel camera so my shots are large). I select resize and I change the 50 inch side to 10 inches. The 30 inch size automatically changes to 7.5 inches. I just made up these numbers so don't shoot me if the match ain't right, ok? Whew, ok.

Now I reopened the mouse card photo and changed the 7.5 inch side to 10 inches and that automatically resized the 10 inch side to 15 inches. Now I have a photo sized 15x10 inches instead of 10x7.5 inches. Then I replaced the photo on my blog with this new larger sized one...same size on the screen, but when you click on it you now see the larger version.

Is this it? Did I figure out the mystery of the non-enlarging photo (there goes my grammar again...)? I have no idea, but it worked. When I have a chance I am going to go back to some previous posts where this happened and see if I can fix those too.

Okay on to todays card!

I was turned on to a blog all about Copics...that's right, "Everything you always wanted to know about Copics but were afraid to ask". Sorry, I think I slipped into the 70's there...and I am not even that old! Yet. Anyway this fantastic blog is I Like Markers and is chock full of fabulous information and tutorials. It's a great reference and if you want to get better with your Copics (or just learn how to use/buy them) it doesn't get any better than this imho! With that being said...

This adorable Stamps by Judith cats image was colored with none other than, you guessed it, Copics! I purchased some Neenah Solar Crest White Ultra Smooth cardstock (wait, this one was a mouthful!!) to try out with my Copics. I bought it on a recommendation so tested it by stamping in three different black inks, Memories Dye ink, Adirondack Pitch Black Dye ink, and Ranger Distress ink in Black Soot. Let all three dry thoroughly (actually didn't get back to them for coloring until the next day!) and they all worked beautifully. No smearing or blurring with any color or any amount of coloring over them. I still really love my PTI white cardstock for the Copics to so I am not using one over the's just another option. Anyway, all of the colored cardstock is PTI and the fish bones are a stamp from a Magenta clear set. I used a very simple layout..I tend to like clean and simple, and whimsical apparently because I do use a lot of whimsical images. The great twill ribbon is also from PTI as is the ink in both Lemon Tart and Summer Sunrise (to match the cardstock) and a few brads to finish it off. I also lightly distressed and inked the edges of the fish stamped panel.

Stamps: Cats-Stamps by Judith; Fish Bones-Magenta
Ink: Memories Black Dye, PTI Colormatch-Lemon Tart and Summer Sunrise
Accessories: Copic markers, PTI ribbon, Nestabilities, round punch, brads

Hope everyone has a great day!


Cindy Haffner said...

Love your sweet kitties.

Joan said...

Love these little kitties.....the little fish bones are actually a cute idea too. Joan

Lauri said...

Such a cute image and I love the card design and colors!!! Great job!!!

Jaspere said...

Adorable. You have definitely got the coloring down.

shel9999 said...

This is adorable, Danielle! I love those little kitties and the fish-bone background!! WONDERFUL coloring too! :)

Ila said...

Your card is Super Cute!! I love the image and the colors are wonderful!!
I see what you meant by the enlarging now...I had to fiddle with resizing as well to get my photos the size I wanted them to enlarge too. Glad you got your problem solved!!

Bev said...

Thanks for the info on the enlarging pics.

I tried a different size per other info I found on the web. Check out my blog with the info.

I have Photoshop 3.0 (old I know!!) and resave my photos "for the web", then decrease the pixels to around 1200 (I don't know what size photo that would be), but I do it for all of them, so that's why this bugged me too. I also shoot with a 10mp camera.

I'll have to try your way and see if it's any different.

Rose Ann said...

Your coloring is fantastic, and your card is super cute!!! Love it!!