Thursday, October 19, 2017

Vintage Holiday Card by Nancy Sheads for The Queen's Ink

Welcome back to The Queen's Inkling! 

Nancy here with a new Copic coloring project featuring the
Cozy Cupfuls Clear Stamp Set by Power Poppy and
new holiday design papers from the Vintage Christmas Collection by Authentique, available at
 The Queen's Ink

I love this beautiful, elegant image by Power Poppy so I pulled out my markers and some X-Press Blending Card (also by Copic) and got to work. I'll admit that I looked at that tree and my initial urge was to color those sprigs individually. Crazy, right? So I decided that the better course of action was to dab different shades of green (YG01, YG03, G21, G24, G28) following the lines of branches and the shape of the tree to achieve some depth and variation. 

I used my current favorite red combo (R35, R46, R59) to get a lush Christmas red for the ornaments and used the same combo (adding R32 as a highlight) for the ribbon. If you forget to leave a highlight on the ornaments, you can always add it afterward with a white gel pen.

The sentiment on the front of my card is included with the Power Poppy stamp set (and look at that lovely script!), but for the inside, I decided to add one of the sentiments from the Penny Black Festive Cheer stamp set to capture the feeling I wanted for the completed card.

Here at The Queen's Ink, design papers by Authentique are a particular favorite and you'll find the store stocked with several of the new holiday collections. I used two of the designs from the Vintage Christmas Collection because I thought that the colors and the vintage feel would be the perfect complement for this image. 

Supply list is shown below. Want to see this card in person? Be sure to stop by The Queen's Ink and take a look! 


Paper: X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Vintage Christmas Three and Vintage Christmas Seven by Authentique
Stamps: Cozy Cupfuls by Power Poppy; Festive Cheer by Penny Black
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black by Tsukineko (image); Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko (sentiment)
Dies: A2 Matting Basics A by Spellbinders; A2 Matting Basics B by Spellbinders
Copics: R35, R46, R59 (ornaments); R32, R35, R46, R59 (ribbon); YG01, YG03, G21, G24, G28 (tree); G21, G24, R30, R32, E41, E42, E43, C1 (teacup); BV20 (shadow)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Stationery Journal by Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Inkling

Once upon a time, hotels offered their guests beautiful writing paper and envelopes in the desk drawer of each room. I always mailed a letter or two from my travels and I always took home a few sheets and envelopes as a souvenir.

Do you have a similar stash? If so, how about joining me in putting them to good use: Make a Stationery Journal that includes writing paper in varying sizes and a few envelopes to use for pockets. (Scroll down to the ‘OPTIONS’ if you don’t already have a collection of paper ephemera.)

Stationery Journals make great gifts for friends who love to travel. Make a couple for yourself – one to take with you when you’re away from home and another to keep next to your favorite chair where it can hold lists, tickets and such. (Scroll down to the ‘OPTIONS’ for even more ideas.)


1. Paint chipboard covers on both sides with black gesso. Allow to dry.

2. Using matte medium as an adhesive and as a sealer, arrange and adhere torn pieces of stationery on one or both covers and one or both sides of each one. I chose to orient these pieces so they are vertical or horizontal, but not on the diagonal. And I did not overlap them because I wanted to be able to read the names and addresses, but the choice is yours. I used torn paper for the inside of the covers rather than hotel stationery.

3. Again using matte medium, arrange and adhere canceled stamps. I chose to orient the stamps on the diagonal, adding some movement to an otherwise static and formal composition.


4. Dry brush with white paint. Use vertical, horizontal, and diagonal strokes and very little paint.
5. Stack the writing paper so the largest sheets are at the back and the smaller ones stacked on top. Stack the envelopes, offset, on top of the papers, carefully aligning at the left side. If you have a coil binding punch or other binding system, prepare the pages before stacking them between the covers and punch the covers as well. If not, let your local office supply store do the binding for you.


Create a planner by binding in a mini-calendar pad and printing calendar pages on the writing paper.

Add dividers, graph paper, drawing paper, or other kinds of pages.

If you don’t have a collection of stationery from different hotels, create that same general look with rubber stamps, stencils, or collage. Writing paper usually has a logo or something small at the top and an address at the bottom, so your design could be a bird at the top and a branch at the bottom, a canceled stamp at the top and a line of poetry at the bottom, or whatever else comes to mind! (You’re going for the ‘feel’ of hotel stationery, not trying to duplicate it.)

Ask friends who travel to bring home paper and envelopes from their trips.

  • Black gesso
  • White acrylic paint
  • Matte medium
  • Paintbrush (1-2”)
  • Chipboard (2 pieces, 8.5” x 11”)
  • Coil binding punch
  • Black coil (or color of choice)
  • Writing paper and envelopes
  • Canceled stamps

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Let Me Introduce Myself

The Queen's Ink is pleased to announce that we will be offering a series of Copic and card making classes as part of our regular monthly class offerings. We are delighted and excited to welcome Nancy Sheads (Copic Colorist extraordinaire, so sayeth the Queen!) to our teaching staff.  Nancy is a patient and easy going spirit, a wonderful teacher, very creative, and with a great eye for color. She has generously made many of the card sample we have on display in the shop. Check out our current class offerings on line and sign-up for one of her great classes. Nancy will also be contributing to our Blog regularly with Copic techniques and great card ideas. Read on and get to know more about the newest member of the Queen's Court!

Artist Nancy Sheads

Did you know that the Queen's Ink is once again offering classes in Copic coloring? Yes, it's true and since I'll be leading you on your Copic journey, let me step in here and introduce myself.

Example from Colors of Autumn Copic Class
Some of you may know me from my creative pursuits as a member of the Power Poppy Instant Gardener and the Passionate Paper Creations Design Teams. I can also be found in my corner of the Internet at Rowhouse Greetings and on Instagram.

I've been a crafter for many years - my grandmother taught me to crochet when I was five years old - and over the years I learned a variety of crafts including knitting, sewing, quilting, and needlepoint. A few years ago, I became interested in card making and fell into Copic coloring. Since that time, I've had the opportunity to study with some of the best instructors – Rhea Weigand, Jennifer Dove, Cindy Lawrence, and Debbie Olson – who have always gone out of their way to help me improve my craft.

My teaching philosophy is simple - I want you to feel confident when you color and have fun with your markers. In class, I'll walk you through the techniques you'll need in order to complete the class projects. My goal is for you to be able to incorporate the techniques and skills you learn in class in order to develop a style that is uniquely your own.

When I first started coloring, I only had a few Copic markers in my collection, primarily a variety of reds, greens, and yellows so that I could make that season's holiday cards. Over time as I started coloring other images – flowers, people, landscapes – I added to my Copic collection with the colors that I needed for the types of images that I wanted to work on.

I realize that building a collection of Copic markers can be a significant investment and where possible, I try to limit the number of markers used in class. For each class, I list the markers that I'll be using for demonstration purposes, but you should feel free to bring all of your Copic markers to class and substitute as necessary so that you can still participate. If you want to expand your collection, The Queen's Ink is fully stocked with Copic products and students receive a discount on Copic markers.

Check out the class schedule for the latest offerings and call the shop to register. My classes are full of fun, laughter, and good times! You won't want to miss out!

I'll also be blogging here at the Queen's Inkling with new projects that will hopefully give you some crafty inspiration. Upcoming projects include holiday cards featuring stamps by Power Poppy and Penny Black as well as some of the new holiday design papers by Authentique. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Faux Camo Purse by Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

Do you have an old purse that could use a facelift? A canvas tote, a leather bag that has seen better days? In my case, it was a khaki bag with a belt loop on the back, purchased at an army navy surplus store and worn in the days when I was skinny. (Alas, belts and I haven’t been best friends for two decades!)

The Queen’s Ink has such wonderful acrylic paints – iridescent, metallic, you name it – and that gave me a lightbulb moment: Faux camouflage! But not the kind that would blend in with a forest. No. This Faux Camo would be glitzy and quirky with a sophisticated flair, something I can use as an out-to-dinner bag. I chose metallic gold, metallic purple, and two shades of green. I picked up Tim Holtz’s Alcohol Inks in similar colors to alter the hardware. 

For contrast I picked a silky woven paisley ribbon for the strap. It’s an unexpected juxtaposition that pleases my eye and the pattern picks up the purple, green and gold. Plus, I love the pop of bright red!
I backed and strengthened the soft ribbon with a purple zipper, fusing the layers with iron-on webbing, though I could have used fabric glue.

After I finished the project and had taken photos of it for this blog post I realized that I wanted a longer strap to wear cross-body. I backed another piece of ribbon with a second zipper, this time a red one. I cut the first strap at the midway point and added an extra 22”.

I covered the two places where the pieces join with rings made from the same ribbon. But all of a sudden it needed something else: CHARMS to accent the ribbon rings. The inside of the strap is so lively and bright, and with the charms it looks like I intended it that way right from the start!

  • Find a purse that needs a facelift. Sponge, brush and splatter it with paints.
  • Alternatively, use stencils.
  • Alter the hardware with Alcohol Inks.
  • Add a strap if needed, or cut off and replace the existing one.
  • Sew ribbon rings or small strips of suede to the strap and add charms at those spots.
  • Embellish the pocket flaps or other areas with charms and beads if you want more dangling elements.

  • Acrylic paints in 3 – 5 colors
  • Paintbrush and/or sponge wedges
  • Purse to alter (shown: Khaki canvas)
  • Ribbon and zipper(s)
  • Fusible webbing or fabric glue
  • Charms
  • Needle and thread

Monday, October 2, 2017

Start a New Chapter by Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

Mixed media is often messy and there’s almost always a lot of layering. Gesso and paints, stencils, stamps, pens, a mix of tools – they’re not exactly the most portable of projects. So, what if you want to get that look, that visual complexity, without as much work? (You know my mantra: Easy Isn’t Cheating!) And what if you want to do at least part of the project with supplies you can tuck into a purse? (I don’t like to work with wet media unless I’m home and near a sink.)

That was my challenge! Here’s what I did:

1. Before heading out, stamp cardstock with Magic Stamp blocks or do some gel printing. Use a mix of colors that are in the light to medium value range. If time is short, start with smooth finish, purchased patterned cardstock with a random all-over design, making sure that the surface accepts both ink and colored pencil.

2. Using permanent black ink, stamp an intricate image and a sentiment on top of the pattern. I chose ‘Mantilla’ by Sandra Evertson and ‘Start a new chapter’ by Kae Pea, both from RubberMoon Art Stamps.

3. Also stamp ‘Introspective’ (the face) onto pale pink or tan cardstock.

4. Now, pack up the stamped cardstock, colored pencils, small scissors, and a sandwich baggie for trash. Head off on your jaunt to the doctor’s office, the soccer field, or to the living room…

5. Color and shade the Mantilla image, allowing the design within the stamp and the pattern beneath to guide your color choices. Take advantage of the opacity that colored pencils produce with a lot of blending and hand pressure. Don’t worry about being precise, it’s okay to color over and outside of the lines. (Remember, the goal is to create the look of mixed media.) 

6. For the card without a face, cut the sentiment into 3 pieces as shown in the photos above and below, adding color to the edges of each of the pieces. For the card with a face, keep the words in one long strip as shown on the card at the start of the tutorial.

7. Shade the face; cut it out.

8. Go home, get out coordinating cardstock, adhesives, folded cards in A2 and A7 size. It’s time to finish the cards.

Card with face –
Trim around the Mantilla image, leaving a border to highlight the background pattern. Cut out the center for cards with the face in the middle. TIP: Stamp some black cardstock with white ink and add it behind the opening before gluing down the face since the face is not a precise fit. Use the Mantilla stamp or ‘Flores’ (also by Sandra Evertson) to continue the theme of flowers and create the feel of a lace collar! This is a tiny detail that adds a great deal. Add a double mat. Adhere to an A7 side-fold card base. Adhere the sentiment, centered, under the matted rectangle.

Card without face –
Trim around the Mantilla image, leaving a border to highlight the background pattern. Use a craft knife to cut the right edge of the inner frame. Tuck and adhere the three sections of the sentiment at angles, the end of each piece under the frame. Add a double mat. Adhere to an A2 side-fold card base.

9. Keep going. Use this strategy with other stamps and papers. Experiment; see what else happens when you layer intricate designs over random patterns.

  • RubberMoon Mantilla - SE6010 K
  • RubberMoon Introspective - SE6012 E
  • RubberMoon Flores - SE6007 F
  • Start a new chapter (not yet in the web shop, call the store to see if it's in stock)

Other supplies:
  • Permanent black ink
  • Colored pencils
  • Cardstock in white and assorted colors