Featured Cardmaker: Susan R, Dayton OH
I’m Sandy and I am SO excited for you to meet Susan and see her cards. She is hereby the Queen of CAS! I had to ask her what she uses for card bases, because her box full of white CAS cards were on just the best cardstock. “Mostly Papertrey Ink’s white. But when I color using alcohol markers, I use Gina K’s 120# white because no matter how much you layer the ink, it won’t bleed through. Years ago, Julie Ebersole wrote on her blog that using cheap paper makes cheap looking cards. I took that to heart!” (And I finally got around to ordering both of these white papers to try out…why it took me this long I have no idea – thanks for the motivation, Susan!)
Susan is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, but after years of moving around, she’s now settled in Ohio, and loves it. She blogs at Simplicty: Doing Simple Things Well so I bet she’ll have a lot of new subscribers after today! -Sandy
How long have you been stamping/card making?
At least a dozen years.
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
YES! I have a nook in our finished basement next to a giant sliding glass door that gives wonderful natural light. I can stamp but still be a part of the family.
What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
High-quality white card stock, a variety of colorful inks, and lots and lots of stamps! Oh, and bling. Of course.
Do you have a favorite technique?
Perhaps it’s not a technique, but I love precision. As a clean-and-simple stamper, I strive to use the minimal number of elements on a card to send the message in an interesting way. That means there’s no place to hide when a sentiment is crooked or an image stamps unevenly. If it’s not precise, I pitch it and try again! I’m a human, not a machine. Mistakes mean I’m learning, and after all, it’s only paper.
Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as inspiration for your cards?
Since my cards are so minimalist and not particularly technique-driven, what has helped me most is your regular updates on what themes you need and the deadlines. Those help me focus and give me confidence that what I’m sending will truly be useful and appreciated by our heroes.
Do you prefer digis or stamps?
Stamps. Definitely stamps.
Do you have a favorite theme?
Nope. I like variety.
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
I love the contrast between bright, strong colors and lots of white space, but I love soft, subtle colors as well. It depends on the theme, I guess. Oddly, I rarely use yellow or purple. No idea why.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
Splitcoast, I think.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
My husband served in the United States Air Force for twenty years. He deployed several times, and deployments were particularly hard after we had children. Emails were fine, but I would love to have received cards from him…something he had touched, with his handwriting on it, something I could keep and put in a scrapbook. Operation Write Home fills that need for our heroes and their families. It’s a real human need to hold something tangible that says, “I love you.” What an honor it is to contribute to that little bit of love, that little bit of connection across oceans and continents for families who are making huge sacrifices in service to our country. Thanks, Sandy, for making it possible for so many of us to play a part in making those connections a reality.