I’ve been searching for an easy inexpensive way to photograph my cards. There was a recent discussion on SUDSOL about using a plastic bucket as a background for photographing cards and stamped items, I was intrigued.

I have two cats that use Fresh Step clumping litter that comes in large plastic buckets, so I have a ready supply of buckets! The openings are large enough the you can lay the bucket on its side and put your object to be photographed inside. You don’t need to cut any of the bucket. It is also flat on all sides so sits nicely on a table top.

Here is my photo for using this technique:

Starbucks Altered Bottle

I took it last night after dark using my Ott light and the internal flash
from my camera. I did put a piece of computer paper in the bottom of the
bucket to hide the plastic ridges. You can see the paper in my photo. I
haven’t tried editing out that line. I think I’ll try that if my software has that capability.

It worked pretty well except the bucket has labels on all 4 sides, that don’t peel off readily. It didn’t seem to matter too much but I bet the light would be better if they weren’t there.

Project details:

Starbucks frappe bottle.
This is a Valentine present for my DH.
Have to use sticky tape to make the strips adhere.

Used rubon around the cap. Can’t see in photo but there is a chipboard heart on the lid, mounted on a circle and scallop.

Colors: Pixie Pink, Whisper White, Green

Stamps: Kisses wheel, Happy Heart Day

Accessories: Tag punch, sm & lg, Eastern Elegance rub on, gold elastic cord, Sticky tape, eyelet, crop-a-dile, green organdy (ret SU), scallop punch, heart chipboard, 1 3/8 circle punch