Tuesday, November 21, 2017

It’s Texture Time: Red Castle Texture Plates 1 and 2, Part 1 By Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

I’ve been in love with Red Castle Texture Plate 1 and 2 stamp sheets for almost two decades. They came out in 2000 and I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve used them for my projects.

Now that these amazing full sheets of red rubber stamps are available again, exclusively at The Queen’s Ink, perhaps you’ll fall in love with them, too…

No projects today. This time I just wanted to show a variety of ways that the stamps can be combined and layered using stamps from only one sheet, or both. I created super simple backgrounds that will be cut up and used for cards, tags and collage, plus some #10 envelopes (shown in the photo at the start of this post).

Where you see fine lines in the photos above, I used the edge of an inkpad touched against the card stock to create them. Wherever you see soft colors the inks were applied with an almost-dry round craft sponge. And where there are straight edges, I used newsprint to create a mask.

I worked on small sheets of ivory cardstock as well as full 8.5” x 11” pieces of red, rust, and mustard yellow cardstock. I chose cranberry, denim, raisin, espresso and metallic gold inks.

Texture Plate 1 includes 19 stamps – 18 different 1.5” texture squares and a 1.25” x 2.25” Celtic knot rectangle. Texture Plate 2 includes 6 stamps – four different 3.25” squares, a 2” x 3” Celtic knot rectangle and a 1.25” x 3.75” diagonal stripe rectangle.

  • Stamp big sheets of gift wrap.
  • Stamp tags, collage papers, backgrounds for cards.
  • Make texture squares to use for paper mosaics.
  • Stamp into polymer or air-dry clay. (Red Castle stamps are VERY deep etched and perfect for clay!)
  • Consider the stamps as drawing tools and create large letters, landscapes, animals, and more.
  • Putter! (The more you stamp, experiment and play without a plan, the more ideas will pop into your head…)

The remaining Red Castle inventory is quite limited, and it bears repeating: If you like something, order it right away, please, to avoid disappointment.

As of today, there are still 15 Texture Plate 1 stamp sheets available, but only half a dozen of Texture Plate 2. And when they’re gone, they’re gone forever.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fa La Llama from Neat and Tangled by Nancy Sheads for The Queen's Ink

Welcome back to The Queen's Inkling!

Today I'm back with a new Copic coloring project featuring the adorable Fa La Llama stamp set from Neat & Tangled. Danielle Walls, from Neat & Tangled will be bringing with her a Trunk Show of her stamp images to the Queen's Ink this Saturday. But more about that in a moment!

Presenting Fa La Llama!
Featuring the Fa La Llama stamp set from Neat & Tangled
Dies from Lawn Fawn
Paper from Authentique
Embellishments from Ranger, 28 Lilac Lane, and Zig.
All available from The Queen's Ink!

I knew as soon as I saw this stamp set that I had to color this image so I pulled out my Copic markers and got to work. The full list of Copic colors are listed below. After the coloring was complete, I embellished the sky to look like snow, adding dots with gel pens in white and silver as well as a little Kirarina Wink in White Pearl. I added Wink of Stella in Clear to the blanket and scarf for some shimmer. For additional sparkle, I added Ranger Stickles to the sky and the ground to give the snow some dimension. 

Products on my supply list below are all available from The Queen's Ink. 


On Saturday, The Queen's Ink will be hosting "The Coloring Challenge Road Trip" featuring Kathy Racoosin, a Maryland artist (and friend of the Queen) who hosts a wonderful technique filled blog “The Daily Marker”. Although seats for this event are sold out, you can still get in on the fun. Danielle Walls, from Neat & Tangled will be joining Kathy and bringing with her a Trunk Show of her stamp images that are great for coloring. They will be available for purchase on the day of the event. 

As a way of giving back to the community Kathy is donating her time and $30.00 of the registration fee will go to support Dan DiGennaro, Danielle’s dad who is suffering from CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome). The Queen’s Ink will be donating 10% of our sales from that to support Dan and his journey toward wellness.

Stop by, check out the Trunk Show and join in on the fun!


Paper: X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Frosty Winter Two by Authentique; Bazzill Basics in Smokey
Stamp: Fa La Llama by Neat & Tangled
Ink: Versamark Watermark Ink and Memento in Tuxedo Black, both by Tsukineko
Die: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Sakura Gelly Roll Pens in White and Silver (snow); Kirarina Wink in White Pearl (snow); Stampendous Detail White Embossing Powder (sentiment); Ranger Stickles in Crystal (snow); Zig Wink of Stella in Clear (blanket and scarf) Festival of Light Sequins from 28 Lilac Lane.
Copics: B37, B39, C9 (sky); W00, W0, W1 E30 (llama); E00, E97 (face); BG49, BG53, BG57, V01, V05, V06, V09 (scarf); V01, V05, V06, BG59, BG53 (blanket); BG49, BG53, BG57 (gift wrap); V01, V05, V06, V09 (ribbon); BG0000, BG000, BG10, B0000, B000, BV00 (snow)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Laurel Burch Whiskers by Nancy Sheads for The Queen's Ink

Welcome back to The Queen's Inkling!

I'm back with a new project featuring products from Stampendous, Tim Holtz, and Lawn Fawn, all available from The Queen's Ink!

I've always loved the Laurel Burch feline images - colorful, quirky - just like most of the cats in my life. So when I saw that Stampendous released Whiskers as a stamp, I had to have it. While the image would be beautiful in all sorts of bright Copic inks, today I just didn't feel like figuring out all of those colors. 

Sometimes I'm a lazy colorist. There, I've said it.

So instead, I pulled out six shades of Distress Inks in rainbow hues to form a colorful background. I heat embossed the image, added a bit of vellum and attached a die cut "hello" cut from gold foil. And with little effort, I have a card ready to pop in the mail to brighten a friend's day.


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Bazzill Basics in Black; Arches Hot Press Watercolor Paper; Gold Foil by Bazzill
Stamp: Whiskers (Laurel Burch) by Stampendous!
Inks: Versamark Watermark Ink by Tsukineko; Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed
Embellishments: Black Detail Embossing Powder by Stampendous
Die: Scripty Hello by Lawn Fawn

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

At the Dog Park with Laurel Burch By Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

I can’t seem to resist Laurel Burch’s stamps! Every time I visit The Queen’s Ink a few more of them find their way into my basket. The set called Dog Park is the newest addition to my collection. It includes five cling-mounted gray rubber dog stamps and a bonus template with positive and negative pieces for masking and stenciling. A matching die set is available, too. Wish I had already bought it – it’s on the list for my next trip. As much as I enjoy fussy cutting, it would have been easier and faster to simply die cut the dogs instead of using scissors.

Cat lovers: Not to worry! Laurel Burch’s line has a similar set with a trio of cats just for you…

I created three cards, an envelope and an Artist Trading Card for today’s tutorial.


1. Stamp dogs onto white cardstock or envelopes; color with pencils. Go for realistic colors or pick a whimsical imaginary palette. Use markers instead of pencils if you prefer. For cards, cut out the dog(s) and adhere to a background stamped with Magic Stamp textures or purchased patterned papers. Layer onto a solid color side-fold card base.

2. Alternatively, stamp dogs onto dogs onto cardstock that has previously been stamped in pink with a Magic Stamp block for an allover background pattern. Accent with Glitter Dots peel-offs and/or color with pencils. Another option: Stamp onto tone-on-tone printed cardstock. For cards, cut out the dog(s) and adhere to a background stamped with Magic Stamp textures or patterned papers. Optional: Add a shiny moon made from a White Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz circle topped with leftovers from a sheet of Silver Glitter Dots peel-offs as shown in the project photo at the start of this blog post and shown in close-up below.

3. For ATC, add a sentiment and adhere a rectangle for the dog to sit on.

4. For the polka dot card, mix dot patterns in two sizes. Emboss a piece of Pink Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz with rose pattern folder, lightly sand; adhere to the card for the dog to stand on.

  • Laurel Burch Dog Park stamp set LBCRS04
  • Dylusions whimsical phrase stamp by Dyan Reaveley
  • Black ink
  • Chameleon Color Tones pencils or pencils of choice
  • Cardstock in white and assorted colors
  • Dot pattern papers
  • Shimmer Sheetz in Pink and White Iridescent
  • Glitter Dots in Purple, leftovers from Silver
  •   (note: Purple Glitter Dots are pinkish raspberry in color)
  • Background papers (hand stamped or purchased)

Friday, November 10, 2017

Mixed Media Tags Featuring Red Castle Stamps by Nancy Sheads for The Queen's Ink

Welcome back to the Queen's Inkling!

I'm back today with a project that is a first for me - mixed media tags! My project features stamps from Red Castle (available exclusively at the Queen's Ink) and Penny Black as well as inks and stencils from Tim Holtz and Ranger.

As you know, my primary medium is Copic markers and the end result is usually a handmade card, but I've been experimenting with other media, including watercolors, colored pencils, and Distress Inks. These simple tags provided the perfect opportunity to explore color and texture with supplies that I already had at hand.


I work in a relatively small space and knew that things could get messy quickly. I covered my work surface with an Easy Clean Mat from Tonic to protect it and speed clean up when I was finished.
  1. Using a blending tool, apply Distress Ink to one side of a #8 manila craft tag.
    In the case of the first tag, I started in the middle with Mustard Seed, blending each side with Spiced Marmalade followed by Picked Raspberry. For the second tag, I started at the bottom with Chipped Sapphire, working upward from dark to light with Peacock Feathers and Broken China, ending with Cracked Pistachio. I followed with a second coat to make sure that the inks were well blended and coverage was even. 
  2. Lightly spritz the tag using a mini mister filled with plain water.
    The water will activate the ink and create a pattern as it dries. Use as much or as little as you want to get to desired effect.
  3. Once the ink has dried, stamp the images to be embossed with Versamark Ink. 
    I used Leaves Set 3 by Red Castle Stamps. The images are deeply etched and leave a clear impression. I particularly liked the botanical images and chose those for my tags.
  4. Cover with embossing powder and heat set the images.
    Be sure that your heat gun has had a chance to warm up first to reduce warping of your tag.
  5. Decide the placement of your stencils and apply Texture Paste with a palette knife. Wash your palette knife and stencil immediate with water. Allow Texture Paste to dry completely.
    Do not use a heat gun to dry the texture paste as it may cause bubbling (unless that's the effect you want!).
  6. Once texture paste is dry, lightly dab and blend Distress Ink in the color of your choice over the raised stenciled areas. 
    You can either select a contrasting color to make the stenciled image stand out or match the ink to the background to create texture without additional contrast.
  7. Stamp any additional sentiments using a stamping platform.
    I selected sentiments and a butterfly image from the Spiritual Snippets Stamp Set and the Snippets Stamp set, both by Penny Black. I used a Tim Holtz Stamping Platform so that I could stamp multiple sentiments at the same time using Versafine Ink in Onyx Black.
  8. Apply Distress Micro Glaze to seal inks.
    A little goes a long way! Buff with a soft towel (I actually used a paper towel) to remove excess.
  9. Add a ribbon or other embellishments as desired.
    Don't forget to sit back and admire your work!


  • Tonic Essentials Easy Clean Mat
  • #8 manila craft tags 
  • Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Peacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire
  • Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tool and Foam Applicators (one for each ink color)
  • Ranger Inkssentials Mini Mister filled with plain water
  • Stamps: Leaves Set 3 by Red Castle Stamps; Spiritual Snippets by Penny Black; Snippets by Penny Black
  • Tsukineko Versamark Embossing Ink
  • Stampendous Detail White Fine Opaque Embossing Powder
  • Heat gun
  • Palette knife
  • Ranger Texture Paste (opaque matte finish)
  • Various stencils (I used the custom stencil included in the Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Spray Stain Kit)
  • Tim Holtz Stamping Platform
  • Tsukineko Versafine Ink in Onyx Black
  • Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze
All supplies are available at the Queen's Ink. Stop by and be inspired!