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Design Spotlight: Tamara Dawn Adams

June 26, 2012

Today’s Design Spotlight shines on Tamara Dawn Adams who’s been a GCU artist since 2008 – the featured Nurse card is too cute!


My “Nurses are Superheroes, Too” card is definitely my most popular card, beating out all the other selections in my store. This card was inspired by the mother of one of my patients who called the nurses “superheroes” for taking care of her child and all that the nurses did to make her child well again.

I’ve been a pediatric nurse for 18 years, working in the same hospital for all of this time. I really love that with this card, I have the ability to allow anybody to thank a nurse with humor and appreciation.

I actually drew this at work, sketching it on a paper towel in pencil, using a cafeteria coffee cup to trace the head. I then traced it onto paper, then went over the pencil line in sharpie. I scanned this image into Adobe Photoshop Elements to clean it up, color it and turned it into this card. Old-fashioned and time consuming, I know. I just bought a Wacom tablet and I look forward to creating more artwork, quicker.

I have always loved to draw, although most of my drawings tend toward the stick figure variety. I have tons of sketches and card ideas swirling in my head at any one time, needing to be put to some kind of use.

I am primarily a photographer, mostly self-taught, although I did take a black and white film photography class in college years ago. I enjoy photographing anything that catches my eye, and I especially love all things in nature, pets, and I also do family portrait photography on the side.

I live in Southern California in the foothills of the San Bernardino mountains. I’m married to a teacher and we have two awesome kids. We like to travel while my husband and kids are on breaks from school, so I can take even more photographs.

I am grateful to Greeting Card Universe for giving me the opportunity to have a creative and fun outlet for my artwork. I am also thankful for the GCU customers for choose my cards with all the other incredible choices that are available.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 26, 2012 11:55 am

    Great story, Tamara. Congratulations on getting the Spotlight!

  2. abigail157 permalink
    June 26, 2012 4:01 pm

    What a great interview. How do you have time for art, with all that you do, Tamara? You really are a superhero! I wish you much success at GCU.
    Gail Pepin

  3. naquaiya permalink
    June 26, 2012 4:18 pm

    You have a great story and a very full life. It’s obvious you enjoy every inch of it. Thanks for the great interview and great card.

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