Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Meet the team - Clare Buswell

Hello and welcome to the latest in our regular series turning the spotlight on some of the designers who contribute regularly to Craft Stamper. Featured today is Clare Buswell, a designer whose style is often textured and ranges from the clean and graphic to the romantically layered. So in her own words...

Hi! My name is Clare Buswell and I live in Ireland. I joined the Craft Stamper design team in 2013 and I’m really enjoying the experience.

I started stamping back in 2009, when I purchased some clear stamps, I was hooked straight away. I was amazed to discover the vastness of the online creative community and wanted to be part of it, so I started my blog. 

Coming from a graphic design background
I really enjoy card-making, so cards are my main focus. I have a passion for stamping of course but I also like quilling and making paper flowers. Painting brings me real joy too, so I try and incorporate that into my work, in my art journal and with mixed media projects.

Favourite project #1: I love the watercolour trend in card-making, I really like the softness of the look. I heat embossed the stamped images and used Distress Markers and water to create the watercolour effect.

{this project is blogged here}

Q: Do you have a signature style or favourite technique?
A: My style can vary, I like to create quite layered cards with lots of texture and I really enjoy fussy cutting stamped images. I also like to create simpler cards with less layers that really focus on the stamped images. I love trying new techniques and I am constantly learning. 

Favourite project #2: This card was in the April issue of Craft Stamper, it really reflects my style with the stamped focal point, fussy cutting and handmade flowers.

{this project is blogged here}

Q: Where do you look for inspiration before you start on a project?

A: When I start a new project I usually focus on the colours first. I use Pinterest to source great inspiration photos and choose colours from a photo to inspire my work. When I’m not crafting you’ll usually find me in the garden, I’m a big lover of nature and this also inspires my work.

Favourite project #3:  At the moment I’m really enjoying creating hand-carved stamps from rubber blocks. I chose this card because it’s one of the first cards I made using only hand-carved stamps. I love the process and how instant the results are!

{this project is blogged here}

Favourtie project #4: I chose this dreamcatcher bookmark as my final favourite project because I used a stamp set that I designed to make it. I use this bookmark every time I start reading a new book and it reminds me to always pursue my dreams.

{this project is blogged here}

Thanks for taking the time to get to know me a little better today!

I hope you've enjoyed this wee peek into Clare's crafting. Please join us again next month as the spotlight falls on another Craft Stamper regular!