We chat to Donna Rat­cliff about her craft­ing

Papercraft Inspirations - - CONTENTS - You can find out more about Donna’s lat­est stamp­ing de­signs at www.crafter­scom­pan­

What first sparked your in­ter­est in craft­ing and card mak­ing? My par­ents bought me craft-based kits when I was a child, so I’ve pretty much al­ways been in­ter­ested in crafty things. I’ve tried out all sorts of crafts over the years, like many other crafters, I sus­pect. I re­ally got in­ter­ested in card mak­ing when I dis­cov­ered stamp­ing, which I love be­cause of the end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties a stamp gives you.

Tell us more about how you first got into de­sign­ing stamps?

I’ve only been de­sign­ing stamps for just over a year, even though I’ve al­ways loved to draw. It came about by ac­ci­dent ac­tu­ally – some draw­ings I’d made in the green room while help­ing Sheena at the TV stu­dios were seen by Sara Davies and she said they’d make good stamps. The rest, as they say, is his­tory!

Where do you look for in­spi­ra­tion for your stamp­ing de­signs?

My in­spi­ra­tion comes from all sorts of places. I might have an idea while craft­ing or see some­thing while I’m out and about that sparks an idea I’ll then work on. How­ever, dur­ing the de­sign­ing, the ideas of­ten take on a com­pletely dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion. I de­sign from a crafter’s per­spec­tive, so while I’m draw­ing I’ll be think­ing about how I would use the stamp, and the tech­niques and prod­ucts that would suit it best. I’ll of­ten change de­sign di­rec­tion to in­crease the ver­sa­til­ity of a stamp.

What’s the best thing about hav­ing a stamp range with Crafter’s Com­pan­ion? It has to be be­ing able to de­sign stamps that go with some of the great colour­ing prod­ucts that Crafter’s Com­pan­ion has!

What is your favourite medium to work with when craft­ing?

I love us­ing wa­ter-based prod­ucts, be­cause of their ver­sa­til­ity. The Spec­trum Noir Aquas and the new AquaTint pens are great, and I love the Sparkle pens, par­tic­u­larly the Sheena range. Do you have any top tips for new card mak­ers or crafters? My big­gest tip is don’t be scared to try! If you’re won­der­ing if one prod­uct will go with an­other then just have a go – you might waste a tiny bit of card but you might also come up with a great new tech­nique. You should never be afraid to play, or to ex­per­i­ment, when craft­ing or try­ing out a new tech­nique. Re­mem­ber, if you like the re­sult then that’s all that re­ally mat­ters. Craft shouldn’t be dic­tated by a load of rules, it should al­ways be fun!

When you’re not craft­ing, what can we find you do­ing?

Err... think­ing about craft! I have to say I’m a com­plete craft ad­dict. I pretty much eat, drink and sleep craft.

Donna’s own love of card mak­ing was sparked by stamp­ing

Donna loves ex­per­i­ment­ing with colour­ing tech­niques in her makes

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