Designer Featured: Lodell Halvorson,
All the wonderful little things you learn about the people you work with. Lodell, one of fabulous designers here at HOTP, is this week’s Blog guest! Lodell is considered the “Queen of Stamping” and just like many companies, we all wear many hats here at HOTP. Not only is she one of our designers, she also edits most of the material that goes into our Personal Shopper newsletters (there are 10 now).
Lodell is always coming up with “new” ideas and different ways to bring something even more fabulous to her card and scrapbooking projects.
I love when she comes into my office and we come across something on Pinterest or a magazine! I see the spark in her eye, like she has one of those aha moments! Let’s learn a little more about Lodell….
Q: How long have you been at HOTP, and what’s one of the best parts of your job:
A: I have worked at Hot Off The Press since April 2011, and have loved every minute of it! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the “behind the scenes” side of designing and giving input for product development.
Q: What are some of your favorite tools or products and why?
A: My favorite new product would have to be the Epic 6. It’s so versatile in cardmaking, scrapbooking, and for lots of other crafting projects. Besides cutting shapes out of paper, it’ll cut photos and cardstock, and it will emboss pretty designs in cardstock too! It can also be used for letterpress projects. I love it!
I really like that we have unique specialty papers with coordinating Dazzles™ and Papier Tole. This really makes creativity a breeze. I especially like the new double-side papers! They’re fun to use with templates, like the Pint-Sized Holders & Folders and the Pinwheels.
Lodell’s Tips, Tricks and Favorite projects:
It can be hard trying to come up with new techniques, but some things I always like to do are layering and trying to use a lot of contrast when possible. I find myself doing a lot of matting. I think it adds definition, so a label or focal doesn’t get lost in the background.
I also like the reflection technique in stamping, where you stamp your image on the paper. Then you ink your stamp again and stamp it on acetate, then press the acetate onto your paper under the first image so it looks like a water reflection.
Another technique I like is where you punch a flower, curve the petals back with your fingernail, and then apply a coat of Crystal Lacquer over the entire surface. Let it dry completely, and it adds shine and thickness to the flower. Very pretty!
Lodell and her family
Thanks Lodell! Sure is fun getting to know our designers even better! I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what you come up next!