Making It: all about Amber Kemp-Gerste

Amber Kemp-Gerste is still in the running to become Master Maker on NBC’s crafting competition series, “Making It.”

A clinical psychologist by training, Kemp-Gerstel grew up in a single-parent home that focused on the importance of higher education and a traditional career path. After taking a huge risk and leaving her career as a psychologist, Kemp-Gerstel dove into crafting with the support of her husband and son. She is now a full-time blogger and shares fun creative content with her followers.

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MAKING IT — Season:1 — Pictured: Amber — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Instagram: @damasklove

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MAKING IT — “Inside Out” Episode 105 — Pictured: (l-r) Joanna Gick, Khiem Nguyen, Billy Kheel, Amber Kemp-Gerstel, Dayna Isom Johnson, Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Simon Doonan — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

What is your craft of choice?

On my blog, Damask Love, my goal is to make crafting feel approachable and doable. For that reason, there’s no craft I won’t try. I’ve dabbled in sewing, woodworking and more…but my favorite material to work with is paper. I started out as a card maker and have grown to love paper as a versatile material for home decor, book-binding, fashion and gift-giving.

How do you think your craft specialty prepares you to win the competition?

My style of crafting is all about doability! I want people to feel empowered by my projects. I want people to feel like they can tap into their creative side. I think this approachable style gives me a great shot at winning the competition since it’s relatable.

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MAKING IT — “Inside Out” Episode 105 — Pictured: Amber Kemp-Gerstel — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

How has your craft helped in other areas of your life?

My passion for crafting has helped me encourage others to follow their own passions.

What would you say to encourage someone who wants to learn your craft?

For anyone who wants to learn more about crafting and DIY, I would encourage them to join the Damask Love tribe! On my blog and social media channels, I regularly provide instruction and inspiration for doable craft projects that anyone can tackle.

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MAKING IT — ?All of the Holidays, at Once” Episode 104 — Pictured: Amber Kemp-Gerstel — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Did you get to try a craft you wouldn’t normally have done for the competition? If so, what did you learn during the process?

During the course of Making It, I tried several techniques and materials that were foreign to me – can you say “corn husks?!?!?”  In tackling these unfamiliar projects, I really increased my own confidence as a maker. These days, I truly feel like there is no creative challenge that I can’t take on.

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