Monday, February 18, 2019

Artist Trading Coins By Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

Have you branched out from Artist Trading Cards to Artist Trading Coins yet? Like the cards, there are only two restrictions - they are to be traded, not sold, and they need to adhere to a specified size: 2.5”. The small scale is perfect for experimenting with paints and pens, stencils and stamps, collage, photo transfers, or whatever you have been meaning to try.

This batch is a mix of flat and dimensional paints, combined with gold, black and opaque white pens. The ‘before’ photos show the first layer, the ‘after’ photos show the coins in their current state. Note that I said current, since I think a couple of them need more work - maybe even a total revision. They need to sit on my table for a while till I decide what’s next...

Now it’s your turn! Hand- or die-cut some circles and get creative. Spend a bit of time, reap a big payoff: Artist Trading Coins to share with friends.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Patriotic Painters by Stampendous for House Mouse Designs

I'm back today with a card featuring the Patriotic Painters from House Mouse Designs. This image usually makes the rounds on Pinterest on 4th of July, but I used it here to make a card for a friend to give to her niece who is becoming a citizen next month. The image features Amanda, Mudpie, and Monica — yes, the mice have names — bursting into song after completing their coloring of the American flag.

This image is fun to color, but challenging for a couple of reasons, both relating to the flag. The first is the challenge of coloring around the stars in a dark color without accidentally coloring over a few. I had to do a little cleanup with my colorless blender marker afterwards. The second challenge was coloring the red stripes. This marker combination (R35, R37, R59) blends fairly well, but red will sometimes creep outside the lines if you get too much ink on the paper.

See below for additional card details, including supplies and Copic colors. For the sake of simplicity, I chose to color all of the mice in cool gray, but if you want to vary the colors, Stampendous provides a Copic color chart that suggests other color combinations you might want to consider. 


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Cardstock in Admiral by Bazzill; Cardstock in Fog by My Favorite Things
Stamp: Patriotic Painters by House Mouse Designs (Stampendous!)
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Copics: E000, E00, E93 (skin); C1, C3, BV20 (fur); B91, B93, B95, B97, R35, R37, R59, C1 (flag); YG03, YG17, YG21, BV20, R35, C1, B93 (paint brushes); BV20 (shadows)

Friday, February 15, 2019

Still Life with Flowers: A Design Quiz By Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

Here’s a design quiz for you: Which of the following inspired today’s tutorial?
A. Bobbleheads
B. Charlie Brown and Lucy
C. Picasso
D. All of the above

If you guessed ‘D’ you get a gold star!

When I received the set of Maxi Moon Garden Mix and the set of four vases by Kae Pea from RubberMoon I thought it would be fun to combine them. There are many flowers small enough to create a still life with realistic scale, but I wanted to go for a very different effect - intentionally choosing large flowers so the proportions are exaggerated, just like abstract art, cartoons, and those wonderful little bobblehead figurines.

I created bookmarks and lots of cards, including one where I cut a vase into two pieces to make a short vase and a bowl (below).
Now here’s a challenge for you: Stamp a still life or scene that uses elements that are not in scale. Do some fussy cutting, lots of coloring and doodling! Make bookmarks, cards, or work on pages in an art journal.

Here are more projects for inspiration -


  • Maxi Moon Garden Mix stamps (RubberMoon)
  • Vases by Kae Pea (RubberMoon)
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Pens (Pigma Micron and Gelly Roll White - Sakura of America)
  • Cardstock in solid colors
  • Patterned papers
  • Adhesive/glue of choice
  • Fine point scissors

Thursday, January 24, 2019

New Class with Nancy Sheads - Wonderful Blooms - February 26, 2019

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 

Join Nancy Sheads for a new Copic marker class featuring the Blooming Wonderful stamp set from Power Poppy. In this class, you will make two cards, with emphasis on basic Copic skills such as ink blending. There will also be a bonus card that you can make in class if time permits or take home to make at your convenience. Details are below. All necessary techniques are taught in class. Seats are limited, so sign up today! CLASS FEE $25.

Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449

BRING TO CLASS: The list below reflects the Copic markers that Nancy 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. Nancy 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.

  • BV20: Dull Lavendar
  • BV23: Grayish Lavendar
  • Y02: Canary Yellow
  • YG03: Yellow Green
  • YG21: Anise
  • G21: Lime Green
  • G24: Willow
  • G28: Ocean Green
  • B60: Pale Blue Gray
  • B63: Light Hydrangea
  • B66: Clematis
  • E31: Brick Beige
  • E37: Sepia
  • W1: Warm Gray No. 1
  • W3: Warm Gray No. 3
  • 0: Colorless blender
OTHER SUPPLIES - Please bring:
  • Foam adhesive squares
  • Tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape
  • Scissors

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Scalloped-edge Tag Cards and Tags By Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Inkling

I ended 2018 with a new die to cut scalloped-edge tag cards and tags. I started 2019 with a wonderful batch of new RubberMoon stamps from artist Elizabeth St. Hilaire - collections called Chaos, Linework, and Grow Wild. What a great combination!

A snowy day and eight sheets of cardstock resulted in a big batch of fun projects. (One 8.5 x 11 sheet is all that’s needed for the folded tag card, tag for the inside of the card, plus an extra tag to use on a gift, as part of an art journal or planner page or other project.)
So easy, so much fun! Here’s the how-to:

1. Hand- or die-cut folded tags and flat tags from cardstock in coordinating colors. If you cut your own tag cards, be sure that there is a score line and fold at the top, and they need a shorter edge for the front. Use decorative scissors or a border die for the shorter edge or leave it straight.

2. Stamp as shown or as you prefer, creating a scene or an abstract design. Add a bit of smudged ink in the same color or in a second color, especially along the scalloped edge, using a craft sponge to apply the ink. 

Note — 
For the cards: mix and match the cardstock colors so the folded card and inside tag look good to your eye. Stamp the two pieces with a coordinating or matching design to ensure that the card and the tag that will go inside the card match in style. 

3. Color with markers and pens. Adhere the coordinating tag inside the folded scalloped-edge tag card. Punch a hole at the top of each card or flat tag and add ribbon, cord, or yarn. Option: No need to punch a hole at the top of the scalloped-edge tag cards. 
4. Add hand-lettering as shown above. 

5. Draw or stamp tiny hearts to turn them into Valentines as shown above.

Here’s a gallery with more ideas and a mix of color combinations:


  • Elizabeth St. Hilaire Chaos Collection (RubberMoon)
  • Elizabeth St. Hillaire Linework Collection (RubberMoon)
  • Elizabeth St. Hillaire Grow Wild Collection (RubberMoon)


  • Cardstock in assorted colors
  • Ink pads in color of choice
  • Pens and markers (Shown: Sakura Pigma Micron and GellyRoll; Winsor & Newton ProMarkers)
  • Ribbon, cord, yarn
  • 1/4-inch hole punch
  • Double sided adhesive tape
  • Scalloped-edge tag die (AccuCut for GrandeMARK machine) *If there is interest, there will be a class for this project and the die will be available during the class!