January 2015: Barb Benson

15.SAM.Jan.Barb.BensonHow long have you been stamping?
About 12 years

What is your favorite technique?
Embossing – both using embossing folders and heat embossing with embossing powders.

What are your favorite Asian stamp images?
Pandas and cranes

Favorite stamping accessory? (Such as scissors, etc.)
Scoring pad

What is the one tool you couldn’t live without?
Paper trimmer!

Any helpful tips for the group?    
This group does quite well on its own!  However, when I’m preparing to do a layout challenge and it’s somewhat complicated or difficult to size, I always cut out the pieces from printer paper first.  That way I know everything will fit when I use the good papers.

As a member of OSA, why do you like stamping in the Oriental theme?
I think I like the bold Asian colors, nature themes, and the simplicity of some of the designs.

What favorite stamping magazines would you recommend and why do you like them?
I really don’t look at stamping magazines anymore, but always liked Vamp Stamp News and Just Cards.

Published in any magazines?  If yes, please list.
Yes – Vamp Stamp News, Just Cards, and Scrap and Stamp Arts.

Any other hobbies, talents, or craft interests?
I like to sew, do machine embroidery, and am an avid reader.

What inspires you to be creative?
Seeing other people’s work, and sometimes a stamp itself will get me going!

Art background?
None.  I’m a retired elementary school teacher.

Any favorite websites you would recommend for inspiration?
Splitcoast Stampers and the former Technique Junkies.

Do you have a day job when you’re not stamping?
No way!  We live in a very active senior community, so there’s always plenty to do!

Tell us about your family and where you live.
I live in Keller, Texas, with my husband and two cats.  We are both originally Midwesterners.  About a year ago, we moved to a senior community of individual small homes.  My husband does the community newsletter every month, and I make cards for residents who are ill, had surgery, or are in need of some kind of support.  We are a very social community, and have lots of fun together.

Project: Step-by-Step Card:
15.SAM.Jan.Barb.Benson

Materials Needed:
•Stamps with various Asian images
•Cardstock
•Paper trimmer
•Score pad
•Embossing powder
•Heat gun
•Watermark, brown and black inks
•Gold pen
•Embellishment

Directions:
1.  Read tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/sidestepcard/ to make the base of your card.

2.  Cut various sized matting papers to place on the left side and the “steps” as desired.  Alternate step pieces so that one doesn’t completely cover another.

3.  Choose a lighter colored paper, and stamp Asian characters on it with brown ink, second generation.  Cut pieces slightly smaller to go on top of mats.  Edge each piece with gold ink.

4.  Heat emboss various Asian images on the lighter paper with embossing powder. I used a colored embossing powder.

5.  Adhere mats and stamped papers together, and place on base card as desired.  Stamp panda with black ink, cut out, and place on left side with dimensional adhesive.  Attach embellishment in middle.

7 Responses to January 2015: Barb Benson

  1. Lovely project Barb…enjoyed your bio and learning more about you…a very busy lady! Congratulations…much deserved honor!

    Warmest Regards,

    Sandra G.
    [trixiegirl5192]

  2. Ruth C says:

    Congratulations Barb! Your card is beautiful!

  3. Shelly Schmidt says:

    Beautifully done project Barb! Congrats and well deserved honor for you!

  4. Emilie Boyd says:

    Love your card. Congradulations

  5. jancastle says:

    Wonderful card Barb!!! Congrats on being Jauary’s SAM…..enjoy your month!!!!
    Paper Hugs,pjan

  6. kim m says:

    Congratulations! Great project Barb. Love the stamps you used.

  7. Lynn says:

    I love your card Barb! Enjoy your Month on being January’s SAM!!

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