Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tissue? I Hardly Know You! by Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

Those of us of a certain age will remember this line: “Kiss you? I hardly know you!” (To the young folks among us: It’s what a nice girl said when a guy got ‘fresh’ – and if you don’t know what ‘fresh’ refers to, go ask your grandmother.)

Today’s tutorial is a play on those words, with emphasis on the word ‘play’ since this project is playful and fun – recycling, re-purposing, with a touch of silliness thrown in for good measure thanks to the ‘BFFs’ and ‘Start a new chapter’ stamps from RubberMoon that I picked up at The Queen’s Ink!

It all starts with a boutique tissue box that has something interested printed on it. (Almost all of them do!) Usually, the main portion of the box has one pattern and the ends that are overlapped and glued have a second pattern. And the nice thing about boutique tissue boxes is the oval opening that provides a great frame without any die-cutting.

One box provides enough cardboard to make two 4.25” x 4.5” cards, but as you’ll see in the ‘Options’ after the instructions, there are lots of other possibilities.


1. Carefully open the tissue box and lay it flat on a cutting surface.

2. Cut off the side pieces, leaving the four squares connected. Discard the skinny scraps, keep the four printed flaps. Cut the remaining piece in half, yielding two already folded card bases, one with an oval opening in what will become the front. Trim as needed so front and back of each card base are the same width.

3. Using a craft sponge or dauber to apply the ink, distress all edges with ink in a compatible color.

4. Using the same ink, stamp people, animals or other motifs that fit into the oval opening (shown: BFFs by Sunny Cavalho) and a sentiment (shown: Start a new chapter) onto lightweight mulberry paper. Leave plenty of space between them for tearing random shapes. Tear around the stamped images and tear some extra un-stamped pieces.


5. Adhere one flap piece under the oval opening. Adhere another to the back of that card base. Adhere the remaining two flap pieces to the front and back of the second card base.

6. Create collages as shown or as you prefer, covering various areas of the printing on the front and back of the card base with gold notary seals or die cut circles. Tie it all together with the stamped and torn mulberry papers and be sure to leave some of the original printed patterns from the box visible.

7. Line each card with more mulberry paper or other lightweight patterned or solid color paper.

More Options:

Instead of making two side-fold, cut into four separate square panels and use them as card fronts for four cards, doubling the output! (Solid color cardstock for the four card bases.)

Use the four pieces as front covers for four coil- or wire-bound journals or notepads. Make pages from old envelopes or folders, watercolor paper, printer paper, or a combination (Plain chipboard for the back cover of each.)

Use the side-fold cards as covers for a stitched book with one signature (2 sheets folded in half for 8 pages).

Instead of cards, layer the flap pieces over the folds, add all of the collage except for the stamped mulberry paper. Cut the resulting 4.25” x 16” down to 3.5” x 15”, and then cut into six 2.5” x 3.5” Artist Trading Cards. Finally, add the stamped pieces to the individual ATCs.

Use the oval opening to frame a photo, poem, or hand-written note instead of a stamped design.

It’s your turn! Get your friends to save their interesting boutique tissue boxes and see what you can come up with!

SUPPLIES:
  • BFFs by Sunny Cavahlo (RubberMoon)
  • Start a new chapter by Kae Pea (RubberMoon)
  • Boutique tissue box
  • Craft knife, straight edge, cutting mat
  • Lightweight mulberry paper (shown: Pink)
  • Gold rotary seals
  • Glue stick.
  • Ginger or other dark color ink

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Tribal Cats: Valentines, Friendship Cards, Anniversary Cards and an ATC by Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink


My last tutorial in January was Tribal Cats Envelopes featuring the Laurel Burch stamp set by that name. As promised, I’ve created an equally big batch of Tribal Cats Cards. I made Valentines that could also serve as anniversary cards by tweaking the color palette, friendship cards for cat-loving friends, and a collage style Artist Trading Card, just for the heck of it (shown above). 


Only one problem: The envelopes I stamped are A2 size while only one of my cards and the ATC will fit! Oh well. I’ve got a box of manila envelopes I can use for the rest. And this change of direction gives me an excuse to stamp and color more envelopes. And make more small size cards and ATCs!

With an upright tail for one cat, no tail for the other, and their bodies tucked close together, the card below is the one that is A2 size:
The remaining cards are much larger because there are more cats or because the tails take up so much more space or because I got carried away with the backgrounds, borders and sentiments…Squares measure 6.25” to 8”; rectangles measure 7” x 9.25” and 7.25” x 11”. The card with five cats (the second photo below) is much bigger than the one with three cats above it - this is a quirk of the blog software that sizes the images to the same width. And that's why the ATC looks as big as the A2 card.

Instead of step by step instructions, I’m going to let the photos do the talking and offer some DESIGN STRATEGIES:

Stamp the bodies and tails after they’re die-cut. This makes it easier to decide where the pattern should be. And it saves on the cardstock since shapes can be die cut close together.

No need to stamp the bodies or tails if you want to simply smudge on color to shade the shapes and add details like striped tails.
 5mm “Cat’s Eye” stickers are a nice way to add dimension and some extra sparkle.
Mix in floral patterns from Laurel Burch’s Blossoming Woman stamp set for bodies and tails. That’s what I used for the earlier A2 card as well as the over-sized card shown below.



Stamped sentiments on squares, circles and rectangles add contrast. The circles give the effect of a moon, don’t you think?


Use colored pencils, markers, or a mix!

Add dimension by allowing some of the cats’ tails to curl upward and by using foam tape underneath their faces.

Have fun with patterned papers as well as solid colors when you create layers and borders on the finished cards.

To make the cats more expressive or affectionate, turn their heads at an angle.

Use the non-curled end of the tail instead of the curly end now and then. Trim the die cut shape as needed.

Flat, oversize cards can be displayed on a tabletop easel, framed, or add a top-fold card base so they stand alone. 

OKAY, NOW IT’S YOUR TURN…

SUPPLIES: 
  • Tribal Cats stamp set (Stampendous)
  • Tribal Cats die set (Stampendous)
  • Blossoming Woman stamp set (Stampendous)
  • Start a New Chapter stamp (RubberMoon)
  • 5mm Cat’s Eye stickers (Stanislaus Imports, lasioux.com)
  • Gelly Roll pens in White, assorted nib sizes (Sakura of America)
  • Colored pencils (Prismacolor)
  • ProMarkers (Winsor & Newton)
  • Heart dies or punches
  • Square, circle and rectangle dies of choice
  • Ginger or other dark color inkpad
  • Cardstock in assorted colors
  • Stamped collage papers for ATC
  • Purchased patterned papers
  • Glue stick, double-sided adhesive tape
  • Foam tape

Thursday, February 1, 2018

New Class! Everyday Greetings by Nancy Sheads - February 27, 2018 at the Queen's Ink

I'm returning to the The Queen's Ink on Tuesday, February 27th to teach a Copic marker card class.  In this workshop, we'll make three cards featuring stamps from RubberMoon and sentiments from Penny Black. The images are colored using a very limited set of Copic markers. Details are below. All necessary techniques are taught in class. Seats are limited, so sign up today!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
 Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Register online or call the Queen's Ink at (301) 497-9449

BRING TO CLASS: The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection. Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification. Markers are available for purchase at The Queen’s Ink. Students will receive a 10% discount on Copic markers. I will be available prior to class to help with selection.

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact The Queen's Ink in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers you need.
  • Y02 - Canary Yellow
  • Y15 - Cadmium Yellow
  • Y19 - Napoli Yellow
  • YG06 - Yellowish Green
  • YG09 - Lettuce Green
  • B32 - Pale Blue
  • B34 - Manganese Blue
  • B37 - Antwerp Blue
  • R35 - Coral
  • R37 - Carmine
  • R59 - Cardinal
  • C4 - Cool Gray No. 4
  • 0 - Colorless Blender
OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring scissors, foam adhesive squares (I used Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Thin Foam Squares), and a tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape.






Monday, January 29, 2018

Tribal Cat Envelopes by Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink


In my previous post for The Queen’s Inkling, I experimented with Laurel Burch’s Tribal Cats and Dog Park die sets – but none of the matching stamps. This time, I’ve been puttering around with the three cat faces from the Tribal Cats stamp set – but without any of the dies.
I thought it would be fun to experiment on envelopes, a favorite way to figure out color combinations and explore ideas before I get ‘serious’ and make cards, ATCs, or work in an art journal. I chose Kraft brown because the rich surface is perfect for doodling with opaque white and gold pens, great with colored pencils and markers, too.
The stamp set includes templates for masking and stenciling the heads, bodies and tail and I’ll get into those in an upcoming tutorial. There are also texture stamps for decorating the bodies and tail that I haven’t yet taken out of the package. I just wanted to deal with the faces first.


This is a portable project, perfect for time spent in a doctor’s waiting room or at the airport. All supplies, including the stamped envelopes, fit in a gallon-size plastic bag or small tote.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Stamp the cat faces on a bunch of A2 Kraft brown envelopes, arranging them as shown or as you prefer. Be sure to leave space for the postage stamp. (I chose dark blue ink, but any dark color will work.)

2. Using the same ink or a matching color pen or pencil, stamp or draw lines for writing a name and address. Add a stamped greeting, positioned vertically so it won’t get confused with the name and address (see below).

3. Color, doodle…Add dots, hearts; extend the whiskers; surround the faces with opaque gold. Play, and then play some more. (I forced myself to stop at nine envelopes but could have made dozens.) 

YOUR TURN:

Use the supplies I’ve listed or whatever you prefer. I chose brown envelopes in keeping with the tribal feel of the stamps, but white or other colors will work just fine.

Instead of using water-based dye inks that blend into the colors of the pens and markers, use waterproof inks. (I like the blending!)


Instead of just faces, include the bodies and tails when you stamp and color the cats. (Suggested layouts: One cat per envelope, or two facing each other with space between them for name and address.)












SUPPLIES:
  • Laurel Burch Tribal Cats stamp set (Stampendous)
  • A2 Kraft brown envelopes
  • Dark blue dye-based inkpad
  • Pigma Micron and Graphic pens (Sakura of America)
  • Gelly Roll White pens 10, 05, 05 (Sakura of America)
  • Colored pencils (Prismacolor)
  • ProMarkers (Winsor & Newton)



Saturday, January 27, 2018

Reminder! New Copic Class - Hearts & Flowers by Nancy Sheads at The Queen's Ink


Just a reminder - I'm offering a new Copic coloring class this Tuesday, January 30th at The Queen's Ink. In this workshop, we'll make three cards featuring the beautiful images and sentiments in the Folk Heart stamp set fro Power Poppy. The images are colored using a very limited set of Copic markers. Details are below. All necessary techniques are taught in class.

Seats are limited, so sign up today!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Register online or call the Queen's Ink at (301) 497-9449

BRING TO CLASS: The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection. Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification. Markers are available for purchase at The Queen’s Ink. Students will receive a 10% discount on Copic markers. I will be available prior to class to help with selection.

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact The Queen's Ink in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers you need.
  • YG06 - Yellowish Green
  • YG09 - Lettuce Green
  • Y02 - Canary Yellow
  • E35 -  Chamois (you can substitute any medium brown)
  • RV52 - Cotton Candy
  • RV63 - Begonia
  • RV66 - Raspberry
  • BG10 - Cool Shadow
  • BG11 - Moon White
  • BG13 - Mint Greet
  • BG15 - Aqua
  • 0 - Colorless Blender
OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring scissors (we'll be fussy cutting one image), foam adhesive squares (I used Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Thin Foam Squares), and a tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape. Nuvo Crystal Drops in English Mustard will be used for embellishment.