Featured Friday Card Maker: Val D, Naugatuck, CT
Hi everyone! My apologies for the late posting today – apparently I forgot Friday was coming. LOL! Meet Val, today– she was born and raised in Stamford, CT and has spent most of her life in the state, with her husband and three daughters, although her “girls” are now grown with two of them living out of state. Be sure to leave her some love in comments on this post – she doesn’t have a blog but she does have a Pinterest board with her work HERE that you can stalk for more of her creations! (I just adore her mouse card….LOL!) -Sandy
How long have you been stamping/card making?
I have been stamping and cardmaking in earnest for about 5 years. As with many cardmakers, I know or have read about, I started as a scrapbooker years earlier…my biggest accomplishment there was to scrap each of my daughter’s lives from birth to a special time in adulthood: engagement for the oldest, college graduation for my middle daughter, and acceptance into law school for my “baby”. Needless to say, I collected all sorts of papercrafting tools and paper during that venture and wanted to continue to put it all to good use. So I began making our Christmas cards and quickly expanded into all holidays and yearly celebrations.
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
Boy, do I have a craftroom!! Having been relegated to a corner in an unfinished basement in our previous home, I was determined to have a clean, sunny, organized space in our Naugatuck home. What the blueprints of our condo labeled as a “bedroom”, I quickly renamed “Val’s Craftroom” and I love it. It is filled with Martha Stewart craft furniture that I assembled myself with the help of my cordless screwdriver. Every corner, including the closet is set up for crafting. A little music on my Ipod and a fresh cup of tea are all I need to keep cardmaking all day long:)
What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
In terms of favorite craft products, I love my Copic markers, my stamps, and my Big Shot and dies. I took Copic coloring classes at my local craft store (which is now gone, unfortunately) and just love coloring. I also love 6 inch paper pads…any brand, they are easy to store and fun to use.
Do you have a favorite technique?
Favorite technique? I guess I would have to say layering with contrast mats…most of my cards end up with layers as I like the way they add dimension and more life to my cards. And of course, as I have said, I love Copic coloring!! And using die cuts…I really enjoy most every technique I try!
Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as inspiration for your cards?
Sometimes, the paper or the stamp I choose triggers a layout design all on its own, but when I need some new direction, I go through the OWH sketches for inspiration. There are so many great ones there. Sometimes I use the original sketch and sometimes I tweak it as I go along. I am definitely inspired by Sandy’s tutorials. I love any that involve Copic markers (of course) as well as new techniques like insetting die cuts. I finally broke down and bought my own airbrushing system and eventually will play with that for backgrounds. (I fear I may have to plastic wrap my room like in your glitter video, Sandy, to safeguard all my white craft furniture though!)
Do you prefer digis or stamps?
I enjoy working with actual stamps, and while I used to work exclusively with rubber stamps for a crisper image, I am finding more and more clear stamps are now giving the same crisp result. I recently won some free digis from Jess Crafts (another OWHer, thanks Jess!) though, so am anxious to give them a try.
Do you have a favorite theme?
I don’t have a favorite theme, I try to make cards our Heroes want to send home. I particularly enjoy making kid focused cards, so there are always some of those in my boxes.
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
I like to use most colors, again trying to make what our Heroes request. I like bright pinks, but know they are not in high demand, so generally try to balance my boxes with some pink, some other vibrant colors and neutrals.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
I learned about Operation Write Home from Cardmaker Magazine in the fall of 2013. I felt that OWH was the perfect outlet for me to expand my creativity and use my ever-growing craft supplies for a most worthy cause.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
I have a great respect for the incredible men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting our country, and for their families and friends back home. I am so grateful for their service and commitment and want them to know there is a cardmaker in Naugatuck, Connecticut who thinks they are all awesome!