A shiny new installment of Urban Entrepreneurs today, where we feature sellers of any kind who have decided to take the plunge (with the help of some UT designs) and start their own small biz. We have a very special small biz owner today, to show us that you don’t need to get into embroidery to appreciate offbeat designs… Queen Kat Designs!
Vicki has taken the plunge into small business ownership, and instead of embroidery, has created a whole business around stamps! She’s used many Urban Threads designs and translated them into beautiful inked creations, perfect for scrapbooking and more. She shares with us today some of the creations she’s made from her line of UT stamps, and talks a little about what it’s like going into this unique industry.
What started you into stamps and this kind of work?
Well… I kind of fell into it, so to speak. I have been stamping and doing paper crafts for almost 20 years. I started as a home party consultant for a stamp company back in 2004. Then I was hit with “you need a business license to do that” so I said OK, I’m going to open my own scrapbook store online!
I quit my consultant job and opened a store in August 2005. Then in the fall of 2006 I was experimenting with ideas and things so I could quit my corporate job and do something I loved. I fell into making clear photopolymer stamps and released my line on November 19, 2006. It’s all been a whirlwind since then.
What kind of process goes into creating a stamp?
It’s a big undertaking if you ask me… but it’s quite fun. I work with world renowned artists who contribute art to me for stamps as well as the wonderful designs at Urban Threads by Niamh and the gang! I take that art and use my handy dandy new laser etching machine to make the rubber stamps. I switched from clear polymer stamps to blue rubber stamps in May 2010. I work with a few programs on the computer and the laser does the “hard work” of making the stamp.
Where did you first find Urban Threads?
Ooo good question! I was surfing around a craft site and saw an ad that was placed. And it’s all been downhill for my bank account since then. I’m totally addicted to the designs that are offered through Urban Threads.
Describe your shop for us. What do you offer?
In my shop, Queen Kat Designs, I offer un-mounted rubber stamps for card making and scrapbooking. There you can find grab bags, stamp sets and single stamps as well as monthly kits that you can subscribe to.
What made you take the plunge into starting your own business?
Honestly? I was sick of getting up early in the morning and scraping snow off my truck to go into a job that really didn’t appeal to me and didn’t value my knowledge. I come from a long line of self starting business people so it was only fitting that I follow in their footsteps. My grandparents owned and operated a gun store and my father owned and operated a machine shop.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since you began?
The biggest lesson… There are so many but I’d say the biggest would be… trust your gut. Nothing is as it seems and if the gut says run, then run. Whether it’s to run with an idea or run from something that smells bad, trust your FIRST instinct, it won’t lead you down the wrong path.
Where would you like to see your shop in one year?
I would love to be able to exhibit at a large convention like Fairy Con or Dragon Con.. But honestly in this economy I would like to be where I am now and steadily growing. I was just able to move my business from my home to its own little one room office and that was a huge step for me. Onwards and upwards!
I just love seeing what crazy and creative endeavours people come up with using UT designs. I never would have thought of stamps, but seeing these, man I want one! I think my favorite might be that top “Ruler of All I Survey” skull design. I’d stamp that on everything.
It just goes to show, all you need to start a business is a great product, some good design, and a little gusto. Cheers to you, Vicki, and happy stamping!
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