Friday, July 22, 2016

Royal Stamping - By Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

Thank you so much for inviting me to be part of The Queen’s Ink blog!

For this, my first post, I thought it only fitting that I feature stamps that Patti Euler designed. I chose NB-034I, NB-031H, and SC-015D -- one stamp with text running up the side and across the face (Royal Beauty), one with no text (just the lovely face), and one that is text-only (a Shakespeare quote).

The key to the quick and easy card and tags is a limited palette: Predominantly espresso, teal, red, and shades of pink.

If you are an experienced stamper:

Scroll through the photos and head for your stamps, inks, and colored pencils to create your own version of the card or tags. I stamped an allover pattern on cardstock for the background, but designer papers are another option.

Beginners or anyone who wants to duplicate the projects precisely as shown:
I hope you’ll find the instructions thorough and easy to follow. I have included little detours I call ‘Design Strategies’ to explain the WHY of the projects along with the HOW.

If you have questions leave them in the comments section of the blog and we’ll answer as soon as we can. (I’m somewhat old-school and am not at the computer every day.)

  1. Using Espresso or any dark color ink (Eggplant, Sepia, Navy) stamp images onto uncoated white cardstock. Leave an inch or two between the images for easy cutting and tearing. *Design Strategy: I rarely stamp in black or use black embossing powder. Other colors feel richer, more lively, unexpected, and more interesting to the eye.
  2. Cut out the stamped rectangles, with or without the attached words that are part of the stamp. Tear around the edges of the words to create separate elements, as shown, or if you prefer smooth edges use a craft knife and straight edge for all cutting.
  3.  Color with pencils and markers as shown or as you prefer. *Design Strategies: No need to be realistic! I used a bright teal marker to intentionally color outside the pupil on the eyes for one of the tags (it makes the Queen look so pretty, don’t you think?). I added a row of Glitter Flowers peel-offs on the eyebrows for the other tag, some Glitter Dots peel-offs to her headdress, and used a trio of colored pencils on the eyelids on the card. Instead of drawing spiral curls in a dark color, I used peach so they are a subtle element instead of a bold addition. Note that the torn edges around the quote and the words on one of the tags are colored with the same trio of colored pencils (teal on two sides, peach on the third side, raspberry on the fourth).
  4. Layer the elements onto tags made from stamped or purchased patterned cardstock or onto a side-fold 6” square solid color card base. *Design Strategy: To further unify the colors and incorporate another handmade touch, distress the edges of some of the layers and the edges of the tags with dark teal (shown: Stream). Use a sponge dauber to add the ink or simply pull the edges of the cardstock across the inkpad. Beginners, practice with scrap cardstock till you get the hang of it.
  5.  Embellish and accent the card and tags. I used Glitter Flowers and Glitter Dots (peel-offs), scallop punched circles (cheeks and base of crown), feathers (crown), and washi tape. *Design Strategy: Transparent Glitter Flowers and Glitter Dots allow the colors below to show through! (I love ‘em!) Trace the cheek line at the left side of the stamped face onto lightweight paper and use it as a template for cutting the scallop punched circles. This ensures that the curve will match the stamped image when glued in place.
  6.  Reinforce the holes on the tags with a contrasting circle. Add fibers. *Design Strategy: I used a reinforcement die from a ‘Tags & More’ die set, but you can punch a 5/8” circle with a 1 /4” circle in the center if you don’t have the die. I saved the small center circles and used them as an accent at the bottom right corner on the card! (Did you notice them?
  • Stamps: NB034I, NB031H, SC015D available exclusively from The Queen’s Ink
  • Inks in Espresso and Stream (Ranger) or other color(s) of choice
  • Colored pencils in teal, peach and raspberry (Prismacolor) or colors of choice
  • Dark teal marker (Winsor & Newton ProMarker)
  • Uncoated white cardstock
  • Uncoated pale aqua cardstock (6"x12", folded to 6"x6")
  • Scalloped circle punch or die
  • Washi tape
  • Paper glue or double-sided adhesive tape
  • Foam dots
  • Transparent/Silver Glitter Dots and Glitter Flowers peel-offs (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
  • Other embellishments - feathers, fibers
  • Scissors

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Royal Welcome - Judi Kauffman Joins The Queen’s Ink Blog!

We did it! We lured Judi Kauffman out of retirement to teach classes for The Queen’s Ink, and now we’ve enticed her to post on our blog several times a month.

Judi is endlessly inventive, and we’re so excited to have her as part of the team. She has been my friend since the day we met, and a designer, writer, teacher, and product developer within the craft industry for a long time. She carved her first linoleum block while she was still in grade school, later went on to earn a BFA in printmaking and an MFA in fibers. These days she spends endless hours doing what she calls ‘creative puttering’…I could live happily ever after in her studio where we have frequent play days.

We look forward to your comments and hope you’ll invite your friends to subscribe to the blog. If you have a project in mind that you’d like to see, Judi’s happy to put your requests into the lineup.

Please join me in giving Judi a royal Queen’s Ink ‘WELCOME’!


Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Queen's First Ever Garage Sale

Friday, March 18 / 6:00 - 8:00
Saturday, March 19 / 10:00 - 5:00
Sunday, March 20 / Noon - 5:00

Do you have old craft supplies that are bringing you down? Have you switched focus and wonder what you're ever going to do with those supplies/tools/stamps that SEEMED like such a good idea at the time? Would you like to get rid of that stuff and get some dough so you can buy all the cool new stuff? We have come up with the perfect solution.... We're excited to announce The Queen's Ink FIRST EVER "GARAGE SALE".

If you have items you'd like to sell but don't want to have your own sale or list them on an online/auction site, we'll sell them for you! Here's how it will work:

1.   Decide you're going to participate in the sale, call right now, then stop by The Queen's Ink for a set of garage sale tags. You'll get 60 tags for $10.

2.   Sort through all your stuff and price the castaways. Bundle items, sell higher priced items individually, make themed packs---how you use your 60 tags is totally up to you! Put a price on each of your tags (just write it with a pen or marker), and bag or package them. (Please, ONLY craft supplies---we reserve the right to reject odd things like old shoes, baby chairs and handbags.)

3.   Deliver them to The Queen's Ink between now and Monday, March 14th at 5:00 p.m.

4.   No need to worry about the items that don't sell---we will arrange for them to be donated! Visit The Queen's Ink on Monday, March 21st and receive a ROYAL GIFT CERTIFICATE totalling your proceeds from the sale, minus our 20% commission (which will cover the cost of staff, credit cards, and set-up/execution).It's that easy!

For those of you interested in buying, SAVE THE DATE NOW! The garage sale will open Friday, March 18th at 6:00 p.m. with a "charity sale"! For admission to this preview sale, bring a can or package of dog food (to be donated to BARKS) and canned goods (for the Howard County Food Bank). When the doors "open" at 6:00 p.m., you'll get first chance to buy!

The official opening of the Garage Sale will be Saturday March 19th at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome---no admission fees! There will still be PLENTY of goodies of all types for all shoppers. We will continue the Garage Sale on Sunday March 20th from Noon to 5:00 p.m.

But wait---there's more---on Monday, March 21st, all remaining items will be half price! Shop from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., your last chance to get your bargain goodies until our next sale!

All remaining items will be donated to the art departments of several local schools.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Guest Artist Workshops were just announced...

We're super excited about our first two Guest Artists for 2016... Kelly Kilmer and Laurie Mika. Kelly will be with us Memorial Weekend (Friday, May 27 - Sunday, May 29) for five great workshops with a focus on fabulous. Everyone who took her workshops during her last visit stated that they were "among the best" they had ever taken. The techniques Kelly employs in her art journals and collages will help you take your journals to the next level. These photos are from her Painted Connections project (Friday's class).

Laurie Mika, well known in the polymer clay world, brings her special talents to share on June 18-19. She'll guide you in successful creating with clay and your finished pieces will make you proud! This photo features projects from her Handmade Hamsas & Hearts workshop.

Plans for a Royal Yard Sale are in the works, so look forward to details on this fun event, as well as additional workshops we're working on.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

ManneqArt Workshop - An opportunity to create wearable art...

We are pleased to announce a fabulous workshop in the unique ManneqART style. This is a great opportunity for all of our Royal Customers who are intrigued and interested in learning about wearable art. A renowned wearable art professional will lead this workshop, with participation by clothing designer Lee Anderson, as well as our very own Queen Patricia (you can applaud here or curtsy if you must). Your creation may be eligible to compete in the annual ManneqART competition, although that is certainly not required. The Queen as well as several of our customers have participated in the competition, and can provide you additional information about the competition should you decide to enter. Feel free to call the shoppe and ask questions! Below is a copy of the original brochure about this workshop opportunity. 

Saturday February 20th 2016--ManneqART Workshop
Partnering with the James Renwick Alliance (JRA), 
of the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC
JRA members and non-members: please join us on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a day of fun and creation! Design and build your own unique wearable sculpture with help from the experts at ManneqART.
Robert Reed, the creator of OMGEODE! DIAMOND IN THE FLUFF, NOWHERE TO HIDE and other award winning "sculptures on the human form" will lead attendees in the design and creation of your own wearable artwork. ManneqART's founder and clothing designer, Lee Andersen, will also be participating.  To see other art works by Robert Reed and other wearable artists, visit the ManneqART Gallery at
You may work individually or as a team, the only requirement is to have fun, play and create.
Creations may be eligible to compete in the 2016 ManneqART annual competition. The four competition themes for 2016 are: 
  • Flora
  • Fauna
  • Action
  • Androids.
 A cache of material will be provided but also feel free to bring your own materials to play with. We recommend you bring a bra to build onto. (guys: a bra can be purchased at walmart for $5). We also recommend bringing TWO of any item (from the dollar store?) from your attic (ideally with holes to allow them to be attached to the bra easily).
Lunch will be provided.

Tickets Prices are:
  • $75 for JRA members AND The Queen's Ink Royal Customers (you know who you are!)
  • $90 for non-members
  • $75 ManneqART Artist (if you have submitted work for past ManneqART competitions)
  • $5 Students (student ID required) for lunch cost
Lee Andersen Studio
Andersen Becker
9010 Maier Rd #104
Laurel, MD 20723

To register online, visit the ManneqArt website. Call The Queen's Ink for more information and/or for offline registration.