This week I have the pleasure of introducing you all to Bev from San Francisco. Bev does not have a blog, but posts to some of the challenges via a Flickr account. Her Flickr screen name is sf_crafter so be on the lookout for Bev's beautiful cards and don't forget to leave her some love here at the end of this post too. You can CASE one of her creations too, and share your link using InLinkz at the end of the post.
I’ve been stamping on and off for at least twenty-five years.
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
Yes, I do have a craft room. My crafting area use to be in the basement, where I shared space with our exercise machines. When our kids moved out, we converted one of the bedrooms into a craft room. I love being able to leave my works-in-progress out. However, most of my stamping supplies are still in the basement, 2 floors down.
What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
Red rubber stamps, pigment and dye stamp pads.
Do you have a favorite technique?
I don’t really like to color in images, so I have a few ways to get around it. When I do need to color an image, I like to use a reverse masking technique (kind of like stenciling) with pigment inks. Almost all of my coloring of images is done using this technique. I really like the results I get and it makes doing multiples quick and easy. Another couple of ways I like to use to get around coloring is to use solid stamps, or to stamp on patterned paper and paper piece. I also have a hard time using embellishments and/or patterned papers, so you will see very little of either on my cards.
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
It would depend on the occasion that I’m making the card for. I tend to be pretty traditional. For instance, if it is a Christmas card, I tend to use reds and greens; for girls, pinks and purples. I do love earth tones, though.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
I’m not exactly sure how I heard about Operation Write Home. I think I must have seen it mentioned on one of the blogs that I visited. I had belonged to an on-line rubber stamping club and one of the members had a son serving overseas. She had mentioned that the service men and women didn’t have a very good selection of cards to use to write home on. She said that if any of us would like to make cards, her son would be willing to distribute them. This was at the beginning of the Iraq war. I’ve been making cards for military personnel every since.
I have so much admiration for men and women who are willing to put themselves in harm’s way to protect what they believe in. I hope that the cards I make show them that they are not forgotten and that they are much appreciated.