MEET THE DESIGNER
We chat to Donna Ratcliff about her crafting
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