Friday, January 22, 2010

Featured Cardmaker: Leslie M, Kailua HI

Aloha! Meet Leslie in Hawaii...and I have to apologize for the card photos. She makes these lovely square cards with her designs printed on yummy textured cardstock and layered on papers...and my camera seemed unable to capture the beautiful effect. I tried color correcting them, but they just lose so much in translation! –Sandy

About Leslie: I’m married with two grown sons and I live in paradise.

How long have you been making cards? I’ve been making cards and calendars for friends and family for a few years. I gradually evolved from hand stamped cards to hybrid/digital cards once I finally made the leap to photo editing software.

How long making them for our heroes? I just completed my first year of making cards for heroes through OWH!

How did you find out about OWH? I stumbled upon OWH’s website and thought it was a great volunteer effort to get involved in. Growing up in a Navy family, I knew how special it was to get a handwritten card from my Dad when he was overseas. It’s been a lot of fun and very gratifying to be a part of OWH. It’s exciting to see how quickly the project has grown and all the good work Sandy and Team are doing with the website.

What’s your favorite kind of card to make? I make all kinds of cards – I usually keep to basic themes that can be used for different occasions. I’m always on the lookout for new ideas and inspiration. For some reason, I’m hooked on making square cards, so it’s a good thing that our heroes don’t have to pay postage when sending cards home.

Do you have a special technique you love to use? I use Photoshop to organize and layout the design. Then I print out the card front and layer it onto nice background paper to make it pop. I’m a paper addict and love nice heavyweight textured paper for printing the card front and background papers.

Colors, style, or product that draw you? With digital cards, the sky’s the limit. There are so many kits, papers, embellishments and other images to choose from. By working digitally, you can create the exact color combinations you want – experiment til you get the layout right or toss out what doesn’t work and start over – all before printing anything out.

What motivates you to make cards for heroes? It’s gratifying to be able to contribute something that helps bring our troops and their families closer together. Although email is the easiest way to stay in touch, it just doesn’t come close to being able to hold onto a card from that special someone.

An additional note: We do request that donors sending square cards include envelopes for them as Leslie does; OWH has limited funds for purchasing envelopes, and square ones are pricey!


Dixie Cochran said...

Leslie, your cards are beautiful! I love square cards! I bet our military heroes love sending these cards home!

Paula S. said...

Great cards Leslie! It's always fun to see work from other card makers and to hear about different techniques and approaches. Thanks for sharing!

Seongsook Duncan said...

Wow~ beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing and inspiring me.

Amy said...

I love to make sqaure cards too! I think they look so elegant. Good job, Leslie!

liannallama said...

Leslie, your cards are sooo beautiful! Thanks for sharing your story!

Cathy said...

Beautiful cards!

Cathy said...

Leslie, your cards are stunning! I absolutely love them!

Kajikit said...

What a gorgeous card!
And an idea for people who want to make square cards but don't have square envys to go with them - you can make a pocket in a regular rectangular envelope to hold your card firmly in place!

Martha said...

These are just amazing! It would be a thrill to receive one of your cards. Thanks for sharing your work and story with us.