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March 15, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Inspiration with Jim, the Gentleman Crafter


Jim, The Gentleman Crafter, is one incredible designer. He comes up with the most incredible ideas, and today we get to read his wonderful interview about his love for creating. Also, it's almost St. Patrick's Day, so he has a downloadable card tutorial just in time for this fun holiday!

An interview with Jim, the Gentleman Crafter! #graphic45

An Interview with Jim Hankins

1. Why do you craft?

I have always crafted something or other since I was a child.  I love to use my hands to make things…Anything!  There is a sense of total fulfillment when I craft.  I get into this zone where I’m completely immersed and that truly is my happy place.

2. What do you feel is your crafting forte?

I am a chipboard freak! S,o if it can be made from chipboard I’m all over it!  From cards to 3-dimensional object…That is my love.

3. What inspires and motivates you to be creative?

When I see something when I’m out and about, I find joy in trying to recreate it in chipboard…I guess I’m inspired through the observation of the things I see each day.

4. What do you do with your projects once they're complete?

I mainly give away or donate the things I make.  However, there are projects that I keep to use as a reference of how I made them or special projects that mean something to me.

5. What is the funniest craft disaster you've ever had?

I’ve had many and not ashamed of it…I learn from each one…LOL!  I guess...Teaching a Ustream show on how to line a configuration box insert the way Tim Holtz does.  I had just learned how.  During the show I got it totally wrong and was just stuck!  I couldn’t figure it out to save my life!  Finally one of the students in the Ustream class had to give me the directions of how to do it!

With your talent, we can tell creating is something you pour your heart and soul into! Thanks for sharing with us, Jim!

Now, enjoy this awesome St. Patrick's Day card tutorial from Jim. Download the printable PDF below. What fun!


Download The Belted Shamrock Card PDF Tutorial


Jim also shows how to use the same card template to create a perfect card for any season! Here he uses Times Nouveau.




Supply List

Graphic 45 Good ol’ Sport Paper Collection
Shamrock graphic inside tin is from Graphic 45 Times Nouveau
(1) 12 x 12 piece of Black Chipboard
(1) Piece of matching cardstock for hinge
(1) Maya Road 2 x 2 Metal Tin
Bamboo Skewer

What an awesome Sunday! Thanks for joining us, and have a great day.


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Great cards!

Great cards, love Gentleman Jim, he's one of my favorite designers!

Awesome cards...I have to make these!

Belles cartes!

I enjoyed the interview - Gentleman Jim is always fun!

okay it has been decided , I am getting a divorce and running away with Jim. We can go into the craft room and never come out! Send out for food and drink! Crafters unite!

I love everything that Jim makes! It's nice to read what inspires him. Thanks for sharing.

I too love everything Jim does, he never runs out of new ideas. Who wouldn't love to receive one of his cards?

I'm not surprised by Jim's craftiness...he's awesome!! Love both cards!! Thank you so much for the tutorial, Jim!!!

I have been a fan of Jim's ever since jennings644(Fiona Jenning) was speaking about him on one of her videos. Jim you're a VERY talented person. Thanks for sharing yourself with all of us.
Hugs, Linda :0)

This looks like a great way to make fun cards. Thanks Jim!

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