Susan (me): What inspired you to send your first card to OWH (or other organization)?
Kathy: After visiting the OWH website, seeing the tutorials and sample cards, and especially receiving
the emails from Sandy, I was hooked!
Susan: For those new to cardmaking, just making one card takes quite a bit of time....Do you
make the first one, and then make multiples? Or do you just start with an idea and make
multiples from the get-go?Kathy: I usually spend a few cards to start with. Then, spend quite a bit of time experimenting with different colors, papers, techniques, embellies, etc. until I find one that I like. THAT then becomes my template for multiples. I either put this original in an A2 cellophane envy, (so that I don’t accidentally use it!) or scan/take a photo for future reference.
(Above) Grouping of hand made card by Kathy Asper
Susan: What is your favorite time-saving tool in creating many cards at a time?
Kathy: Paper trimmer. I have a hard time cutting a straight line without one! And I like my deckle edge
Susan: Where do you get inspiration/ideas for the layout?
Kathy: Blogs, Cardmaker Magazine Card Swap members, OWH and in my own little head!
Susan: What is your favorite holiday to make cards for?
Kathy: Christmas, closely followed by Easter.
Susan: Do you ever get help from family members or friends when making a large group of
Kathy: I’m a hyperactive adult who needs to be “busy” when riding in a car or watching TV. So... a lot of coloring and fussy cutting has occurred while watching Netflix programs or going on day trips with my beloved hubby. My church has a monthly stamp/scrap club (we affectionately call ourselves “Scrampers!”) that helped to assemble some of these cards. They asked to help on the next batch, too!
Susan: What are some words of advice you would tell someone just starting in cardmaking
that you learned in the beginning?
Kathy: View the OWH tutorials and use sketches!
Susan: What pitfall would you advise a new cardmaker to avoid?
Kathy: Make sure to have enough adhesive on hand and some extra blades for your paper trimmer.
Susan: Do you have a personal connection or reason that drives your cardmaking?
Kathy: Several friends and family members have served in Afghanistan and other places around the globe. I pray for them, and send card packages, but wished that I could do more. OWH helped meet that wish!
Susan: Any additional comments?
Kathy: Would like to thank those who support OWH, and especially appreciate the dedication of the OWH team that gets our cards to our Heroes!
* Source Operation Write Home 2011 Annual Review