Hello, hello. Today I’m as pleased as punch to be bringing you an interview with a guy whom I have been friends with since the first days of my adventures on Instagram.
He and I started our accounts around the same time and I am the proud owner of one of his Dr. Pepper-pocalypse cards. Mine was also the second hand made card he’d ever received.
Daniel, aka Jim aka Joe (when he first started out a lot of people didn’t know what his name was and would call him by the wrong one. I decided to continue this and I comment on every post of his by addressing him by the wrong name), is a truly wonderful person and I am so proud of the success he’s found.
I’ll have all his links at the end of this post.
What is your name and in which country do you currently reside?
Daniel West, USA
What drew you to card making?
A friend from church showed up with handmade cards one day and they just amazed me! She invited me to see her craft space and I was hooked. Though I didn’t mean for this to grow into anything big it has now taken over half of our dining room and many hours a week!
Do you do any other crafts?
Not really. My wife has other crafts, like soap-making, diy lotion and facial products she makes. My other hobby is genealogy!
Have you always been creative?
Since I can remember, I have enjoyed drawing and coloring. I did well in art classes in school, but never pursued it as a hobby. I didn’t think I had a lot of talent for it, but I enjoyed it when I had the opportunity to play around with supplies.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Google images and Pinterest inspire me for color palettes. My “pretty mean” cards draw from my rather comical upbringing in the Ozark mountains of Missouri.
Is there anything you struggle with in terms of card making?
Bringing something new and fresh to the table can take a toll on my artistic noggin. I try to use my stamps in new and unconventional ways. It doesn’t always work, but when it does, it keeps me motivated!
What has been your proudest card making moment or achievement?
My proudest card making moment came when Jennifer McGuire wrote me and asked if she could purchase one of the cards I made for a Trinity Stamps release. JMac has taught me 80% of what I know about stamping, so she has mega hero status in my mind! Plus, she’s just good people!
What, if anything, would you change about the card making community?
The community has welcomed me with such a huge amount of love and encouragement. I don’t know that I would change anything big. There are definitely things I wish people understood about the business side of stamping so they would avoid using knock off stamps and dies stolen and sold on sleazy websites. This directly hurts designers and
stamp companies that create the products we enjoy.
What, if anything, would you change about the card making industry?
I haven’t been here long enough to form a worthwhile opinion in this area.
How would you describe your card making style?
My style shows a bit of fun, a splash of ornery, quite a bit of experimentation, and a lot of dude.
What words of wisdom or encouragement do you have for others?
If you want to grow, USE YOUR SUPPLIES. Really get in there and waste a bunch of stuff. It feels great when you learn something new, even though you have to go spend a bit of money to replace things. Try new inks and papers and markers.
Also, use your unique voice. You have something to share that no one else does. Use it in your art! You want to make beautiful things, and your uniqueness is God-given beauty looking for expression!
Stereotypically card making is considered by many to be a hobby in which only females participate. Have you experienced any judgement or discrimination based on this stereotype?
I have mostly experienced positivity around my dudeness in the stamping community. I have had so few negative experiences online that they do not really amount to anything for me.
Do you feel that, as a male card maker, you bring any experiences or attributes to the craft that you might not otherwise if you were female?
Being a dude brings a bit of “snakes and snails and puppy dog tails” to the scene. By this, I mean that the hobby can be a bit saccharine and overly agreeable, but guys think differently and about different things. A wholesome, daring and truly fun masculinity adds a whole range of possibilities to the mix. We can move beyond thinking about trucks for manly cards and think of playfulness, color, composition, adventure and exploration.
You can find Daniel
On his website
Billy, thank you so much for taking the time to participate in this series. It means a lot to me. You’re a good person and I’m grateful to call you my friend.
Until next time,
Pretty, mean, cause a scene,
Daniel requested I share a profile photo of him that would make him look handsome so here it is 😂 😉