Designer Robin Arnold
Hi everyone! Thank you for stopping by! Today we are featuring an interview with a talented designer that was featured in the autumn 2017 issue of CardMaker, Robin Arnold. Let’s get to know a little about Robin and what inspires her in the beautiful works of art she creates as well as a peek into her favorite techniques.
Tell us a little about yourself and your family.
I’m married with four grown children (Alia, Joshua, Keia and Micah) and two grandchildren (Eliza, 2 and Jane, 2 months)
What do you do when you are not paper crafting?
Read and go for walks.
How long have you been paper crafting?
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t doing some type of crafting. I remember making many things from paper with my great grandmother when I was young.
My great grandma was an avid crafter and she would always have fun projects when I came to visit.
What is your favorite technique in paper crafting?
Parchment craft is my all-time favorite and I try to do a little every day.
What is the one paper-crafting tool that you cannot do without?
It would be a tie between my cutter, die-cut machine and Scor-Pal board. They make things so much easier and more professional looking.
Despite the advances in technology, what technique do you still perform today without the assistance of a machine or computer and choose to do manually?
I would say that would be embossing, piercing, and cutting parchment paper.
Where does your creative inspiration come from?
Mostly from my family. I design all my cards with them in mind and send each of my kids/grandkids a card every week so they know I’m thinking about them.
In the autumn issue of CardMaker, you created a project that is “A Card & More.” Tell us what inspired you to create this project for the magazine?
I enjoy making creative containers to coordinate with cards. It adds a nice touch to simple gifts.
A friend gave me a gift in a similar box and I re-created it to match the card. It’s just simple cutting and scoring.
What advice can you give our readers about learning new techniques in paper crafting?
I demo at several papercrafting conventions in the Midwest every year and I learn new techniques while experimenting with new products. Just keep your eyes open! I see items at stores, bakeries, and coffee shops that I can re-create to make a special gift. I also look online and in CardMaker magazine to see what other crafters are doing.
Thank you, Robin, for taking time to spend with us today to get to know more about you and as well as provide all of us with your advice on card-making techniques! We all look forward to seeing more of your beautiful projects in CardMaker!
If you’d like instructions on creating Robin’s project from the autumn issue of CardMaker (page 12), you can purchase a copy by clicking here.
Watch out for some great things coming up for October including Facebook Live interviews with Therm O Web, CardMaker designer Kimber McGray, a special Facebook Live interview with Glue Dots as well as Facebook Live demos and interviews with company design team members and many projects with products featured by our incredible advertisers. It’s going to be a spooktacular month!
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