We are so excited to announce our March cardmaking guest, Betsy Veldman! Betsy is a super talented product & project designer, and we are so happy to have her creating with us this month! She has created GORGEOUS cards using our Lush Greenery and Sweet Lemonade stamps & die sets. We know you are going to love them!
But first, how about we get to know Betsy a little better?
Introduce yourself to our readers with a short bio:
Hey everybody! I’m Betsy Veldman, thank you so much to the Pinkfresh team for having me as your guest! I ended up here because like all of you, I love stamping and card making! Actually, I love crafts of all sorts - I’m not sure there’s one that I haven’t at least tried. Right now besides stamping, my two other loves are knitting and watercolor. I’ve worked in the paper crafting industry for many years and have been blessed to work with several companies and organizations in lots of different roles throughout the years, ranging from contributing editor for Paper Crafts Magazine, to Design Team member, to product designer. I’ve enjoyed each and every one of them and have learned so much from each one! In my world outside of crafting, I’m mom to a busy household. My husband and I live in Iowa with our three kids (two teenagers and a tween!) that keep us hopping with all of their different sports, school, and music activities.
What inspired you to start paper crafting?
My older sister got me started. She had kids by the time I got married and was really into scrapbooking with Creative Memories. She insisted I try it too and picked up an album and some wedding-themed stickers for me. I dabbled in it a bit, but really didn’t get into it until a few years later when a friend invited me to a crop. That’s when my eyes were opened to all the fun supplies that were out there, and eventually my scrapbooking morphed into stamping and card making.
What best describes your paper crafting style?
Colorful! And many times layered, although some of my favorite projects through the years have been one-layer cards.
What draws you to Pinkfresh Studio products?
They are fun! And since there are lots of outline images it gives me an excuse to pull out my watercolors or colored pencils.
Please list your top 5 current Pinkfresh Studio Products.
Folk Elements dies
Hello with a Bouquet die
What is your very favorite color combo?
Coral/pink and aqua (plus maybe yellow or red!)
What is one tip you have for someone just getting started in paper crafting?
Enjoy being creative and don’t get too hung up on the end result - your techniques and abilities will improve with practice! Just have fun!
Betsy has created some really beautiful cards, so let's get right to them! Here is a little more about them in her own words.
The cute bottles in the Sweet Lemonade set are just perfect for watercoloring!
I stamped and diecut a couple of them and then "filled" them up with some sweet pink lemonade using pink and yellow watercolors. I used the wet-on-wet watercolor technique, which really lets the colors blend together in fun and interesting ways. I painted the bottle portion with aqua paint to mimic the look of glass.
I diecut some of the strawberries and citrus slices and clustered them around the base of the bottles. I created a really vibrant, juicy background to go with the lemonade bottles using some Distress Oxide inks. The sentiment, heat embossed in white, is the perfect finishing touch.
I just couldn't get enough of the cute little bottles in the Sweet Lemonade set, and I wanted to try another coloring technique. This time I pulled out my colored pencils to create a bottle of fizzy orange soda.
To create the "bubbly" look, I used a white pen to add some dots, and also added some darker shading under them to give it lots of texture. This time I stamped the citrus slices in orange ink. The "awesome" sentiment is from the Lush Greenery set, and it's just perfect for this project.
The background was done by sponging some Distress Oxide inks. I also added a little of the same bubbly texture to the orange background to tie it all together.
The border of mixed greens in the Lush Greenery set is just so pretty! I couldn't wait to color it in all shades of green.
I pulled out my colored pencils for this and really tried to mix in different shades and tones of greens, ranging from bright, zingy yellow-greens, to pale gray-greens. I love the way it turned out!
To create a pretty background for my colored strip, I sponged some Distress Oxide inks, and spritzed them with some water and gold mist for lots of texture. I also stamped the greenery border at the top and bottom of the panel, and heat embossed it with gold powder. The simple sentiment from the set is the perfect finishing touch.
Thank you for all the amazing projects & inspiration today, Betsy! We are so honored to have had you on as a guest this month!