Welcome back to another Guesting with Ruby Naz post! Before I continue, I just wanted to announce the WINNER from last week’s giveaway: Carla Hundley! I always contact my winner by e-mail. Sometimes people reach out to me though in regards to who the winner is so I am announcing it here. 🙂 Thanks for all the sweet comments and for stopping by my blog every week!!
I’m happy to introduce my next guest: Rachel Bergfeld! I love Rachel’s clean and simple approach in her work! And she’s always so supportive of others. Let’s give her a warm welcome 🙂
Tell us a little about yourself and your craft journey.
I’ve always been a little on the creative side. I took art electives when I had a chance in school and I’ve continued drawing, cross-stitching, and knitting since I was kid. I didn’t start papercrafting until around 2013. I was getting ready for my wedding in October of that year and I thought I might make my own thank you notes. I bought a pack of cardstock and some rubber stamps and my life has never been the same since! I never did end up making my thank you notes (just not enough time!), but it did start what I hope will be a lifelong hobby.
I started my blog, RBergfeld Card Designs, about a year ago so I could share my work and enter challenges. I never imagined the incredible community I would discover!
What are you most grateful for in regards to crafting?
I’m most grateful for the amazing papercrafting community I discovered when I started blogging and sharing on Instagram. Everyone is so incredibly encouraging and kind. I’ve made some wonderful friends even though I haven’t really “met” them in the traditional sense.
What inspires you to create?
I find that I get the most inspiration from the people around me. When I’m in a slump, I pick a person in my life and try to create something specifically for them. I either think of their favorite colors or a subject matter that they love. It’s a wonderful jumping off point to help get my creative juices flowing! Other times, I take inspiration from nature or even social media. Inspiration can be found almost anywhere!
How do you personally define success?
I think this is probably best answered with a short story. When I was around 8 years old I was making milkshakes for some friends when I made the mistake of forgetting to put the lid on the blender. Giant mess. I felt terrible! There was milk and ice cream all over our kitchen, including the ceiling! I felt like such a failure and my father found me crying quite literally over spilt milk. He dried my tears and asked me if I’d learned anything from my “failure”. I sniffled a little bit and said yes, always put the lid on the blender! Wise man that he is, my father told me that it wasn’t really a failure then because he was quite sure I’d never forget the lid again. Ever since then, I’ve looked at the world through this lens. Did this experience teach me anything? If the answer is yes, then it was a success. If you’re learning and growing, then you’re succeeding!
What do you hope to improve on in the following year?
Watercoloring! It completely intimidates me! I’ve already challenged myself to watercolor more often (at least once a week) and it seems to be helping. I also need to send out more of my cards. I create so many, but they never seem to find their way to the mailbox!
What is the most wonderful part of being you?
Hard one! I think I’d have to say it’s my sense of empathy. My friends have often told me that I’m the person they call first when they need someone to talk to. I’ve dealt with a lot of pain in my own life, so it makes me able to relate to people on a level that others sometimes can’t.
What would you like to simplify in your life?
Oh goodness! The one major, gigantic thing I’d like to simplify is to be closer geographically to my family! I currently live completely across the country from everyone and it makes it horribly difficult. I live in Arizona and the rest live in Wisconsin, Missouri, and Indiana! One day, I’ll move back somewhere in the Midwest and I’ll be able to see them more than once a year!
What advice do you have for new crafters?
Have no fear! Embrace the uncomfortable and the messy. Find what you love to do and do it and don’t compare yourself to others. There can be a lot of intimidation when you watch videos or scroll through social media. Remember that we all started somewhere and we’re all at a different place in our crafting journey. If you need a good laugh, go look at the early days of my blog. You won’t be disappointed! As you play and experiment with new techniques and products, you’ll find what you love best.
I decided to create two cards for today’s post. My style has been known to change depending on my mood. I love elegant and sophisticated cards, but I also love to embrace the whimsical and cartoony.
I started my card by figuring out how I wanted to stamp my images. I was going to be doing some masking, so I had to decide which image was in front so I could stamp it first. It turned out that I liked the flower in front, so I used my MISTI to stamp it on top of a card panel cut with the Wonky Stitched Rectangle die and then masked it off with some masking paper. I repeated this with the two drinks and then cut a circle from a large piece of masking paper with a die. I carefully placed the negative portion of my die cut over my images and used an ink blending tool to blend in Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, and Ripe Persimmon. When the blending was done, I carefully removed all of my masks.
I colored my images with my Copics and finished off the liquid in the glass to the left and the umbrella with a little Clear Wink of Stella to give it some subtle shine. I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment below my images and adhered my panel to a top-folding card base with some Be Creative double-sided tape.
My second card was actually watercolored! I started with a piece of watercolor cardstock that was cut down to the size of a typical A2 card. I stamped my image in Versamark and heat embossed in white. I used two separate colors for each of the different flowers. Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick for the pink, Milled Lavender and Seedless Preserves for the purple, and Squeezed lemonade and Fossilized Amber for the yellow. I started with the lightest color and then added some of the darker to the places I thought would have more shadow. The leaves were done in 3 separate colors of green – Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, and Forest Moss. I finished off the image by adding a light shading of Tumbled Glass around the whole thing.
When everything was dry, I ran it through my Big Shot with a Stitched Rectangle die to cut it down. I adhered it to a Fog Gray card base with some foam tape for dimension and to help with the little bit of warping I had after it dried. My sentiment was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink and then heat embossed with some clear embossing powder. I added a tiny bit of foam tape to the back of my sentiment before adhering it to the card.
I hope you enjoyed my projects today and if you would like to see more of my work, you can connect with me at my blog or on Instagram and Pinterest. Thanks for taking the time to get to know me today and thank you, Ruby, for having me!
A huge thanks to Rachel for being with us today! I enjoyed learning more about her, and I hope you did, too. Be sure to visit her blog and follow her on social media! Until next week, my friends! 🙂