Featured Friday Card Maker: Marcia H, Seattle WA (via Brazil!)
This week I get to introduce you to Marcia – she’s from Brazil originally, from a city called Sao Carlos, and has been living in the Seattle area for about 7 years now. She has no blog…”I thought about starting a blog once but gave up the idea because in many ways I still feel like a beginner, I know I have so much to learn… I think it’s better to leave the blog thing for people who have more knowledge to share and more experience than I do.” Maybe your comments can help convince her to take the leap! -Sandy
-How long have you been stamping/card making?
About 4 years.
-Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
Yes. My craft room is my sanctuary. Whenever I’m there I forget about my problems and just focus on doing something positive and expressing myself. Cardmaking is my therapy.
-What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
That’s a hard question to answer… it’s like choosing a favorite child! I equally love all my stamps, and dies, and ink pads, and… everything else really.
-Do you have a favorite technique?
I’m not good at coloring with Copics, so I try to compensate that by using other techniques to add color to my cards. With a stencil, blending tool and some distress inks you can make such beautiful and colorful backgrounds and it’s so simple to do. I think we should never be discouraged by our weaknesses. We have to find our strengths and develop them even further.
-Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as inspiration for your cards?
When I started making cards for OWH, I had never made cards before. I was just beginning and my cards were… well, not that good. I really have to thank Sandy and other cardmakers for all the wonderful tutorials they made that helped me learn and grow so much.
-Do you prefer digis or stamps?
Can you believe I never used a digi in my life? Never. I just use stamps.
-Do you have a favorite theme?
I love making Christmas cards. But I find it hard to make Christmas (or Winter) cards when it’s warm and sunny outside!
-Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
I love red. I like to use color combinations that include red: red/green for Christmas cards, red/pink for Valentine’s and Love cards, red/white/blue for patriotic cards, red/craft/brown for more masculine cards…and so on.
-How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
OWH was featured (more than once, I think) on the Cardmaker’s magazine. I first read about OWH on the “Reader’s Reach Out” column.
-What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
For me it’s a way to give back to the country where I live and that I learned to love deeply. America has given me and my husband so many opportunities and we are so grateful to be able to live the American dream. My heart breaks for all the heroes and their families who have to go through so much loss, sacrifice and pain. I’ll miss OWH when they finally finish their mission, but I’m relieved that so many heroes are back home and back to their families.