Name: Katie Gehring
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started creating cards:
I live in Bath, Ohio with my husband, our two daughters, four cats, a 6-month-old King Charles Cavalier Spaniel puppy, lots of crafty supplies and countless antique automobiles.
I started scrapbooking in 2001 and began making cards around the time my oldest daughter turned one. I wanted to add a personal touch to birthday and holiday celebrations by making our invitations, thank you notes and holiday cards. I began making cards for other occasions and started sharing my cards on my blog, Stamping Lightly, in 2011. I am grateful to have found this wonderful hobby and caring community. Seriously, card makers and crafty people are the BEST!
I have a fairly clean and simple card-making style. To keep it interesting and to help me grow my skills, I also love to try new ideas and techniques. I love clever designs and if a paper crafted project includes a pop culture reference—all the better!
In addition to contributing to the CardMaker blog team, I am on the design teams for Avery Elle and Waffle Flower Crafts. You can follow me on my blog, Instagram, and I am also working to load content I’ve created onto my YouTube channel. This is the spot where I will be sharing process videos and technique tutorials. I am just getting started making videos, but if you enjoy videos where the voiceover includes lots of “um’s” and you can occasionally hear a whining puppy in the background, you’ll definitely want to check it out! 🙂
Here are a few of Katie’s favorite cards she’s created:
I’ve selected a few cards I have made in the past year that are among my favorites because they represent something new I have tried in my crafting.
This Happy Birthday Card for Avery Elle uses an ink blending baby wipe technique.
This Birthday Fishes card for Waffle Flower Crafts using more ink blending and coloring with Copic markers.
This card for Waffle Flower Crafts was an opportunity to play around with Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year—greenery. It also incorporated some hand-stitching and ink spatters into the card design.
If I could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), it would be my grandparents. They are all deceased, but what I wouldn’t give to be able to talk and visit with them again. I miss their wisdom.
My favorite movie/television show is the Harry Potter movie series. I can’t choose a favorite among them. I love to watch these films over and over again while I craft. I even have a couple shelves dedicated to Harry Potter books and memorabilia in my crafty space.
I’d love to learn how to use a sewing machine. Once upon a time in 7th grade, I knew how to use a sewing machine. Our Home Economics teacher made sure that we could thread the top part of the sewing machine in 15 seconds and the bobbin in 3, but it’s been so long, that I don’t remember how.
I’m never without my phone.
The best super power to have would be teleportation. I’d love to travel and being able to get to a destination instantly would be amazing.
Happy Birthday Card: Distress Specialty Stamping Paper, Distress ink pads (scattered straw, wild honey, abandoned coral, worn lipstick, wilted violet, peacock feathers) and embossing powder from Ranger Industries Inc.; note card and Big Greetings stamp set from Avery Elle; VersaMark watermark ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts; sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.
Birthday Fishes Card: Distress Watercolor Cardstock, Distress salty ocean ink pad, embossing powder and white Dylusions spray ink from Ranger Industries Inc.; note card from Avery Elle; Birthday Fishes stamp and die sets from Waffle Flower Crafts; black Hybrid ink pad from My Favorite Things; VersaMark watermark ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts; clear drops from Pretty Pink Posh.
Wild and Free Card: Cardstock from Papertrey Ink; Wild and Free and Leafy stamp sets, ink pads (chirp chirp, you said what, daydreaming) and Pinking Layers die set from Waffle Flower Crafts; VersaFine onyx black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts; black Dylusions spray ink from Ranger Industries Inc.; black embroidery floss from DMC.