Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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

I went to The Queen’s Ink last weekend to pick up some more inserts for my Traveler’s Notebook, I left with a new set of stamps (the Peacock Collection by Elizabeth St. Hilaire for RubberMoon), a little stamp with the word Muse (also RubberMoon), along with several dies and other stamps. What fun!!!
I already had the ‘Start a new chapter’ stamp (RubberMoon) and ‘Courage’ (Innovative Stamp Creations), a stamp I’ve owned for at least a couple of decades.*

Though I’m sure I’ll use it many other ways, the Peacock Collection is fabulous for backgrounds and that’s where I started. I stamped several pieces of cardstock, cut them into pieces and made four A2-size cards, shown above, and the two Artist Trading Cards and two ribbon/pennant style hanging panels (shown below).

In addition to simple stamping, cutting, and layering I added color here and there with alcohol markers and colored pencils.

  • Fill sheets of cardstock with randomly stamped Peacock Collection images using two coordinating colors (shown: Dark teal and butterscotch).
  • Cut into pieces in varying sizes.
  • Add a stamped word, phrase or sentiment.
  • Edge and smudge stamped pieces with the same inks.
  • Make ATCs, cards, or ribbon/banners.
  • Color as much or as little as you want!
  • Optional, not shown: Fussy-cut some of the shapes and use foam tape for dimension
  • Stamps: Peacock Collection by Elizabeth St. Hilaire (RubberMoon); Muse, Start a new chapter (RubberMoon); *Courage (if now discontinued, hand-letter or use die cuts)
  • Inks
  • Ink-compatible markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Cardstock
  • Round craft sponge
  • Twine
  • 1/8” hole punch
  • Optional: Cellophane sleeves for ATCs

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Acorn Caps - Part 2 by Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Inkling

A while back I posted a photo of some acorn caps I’d collected. I used pigment ink pads and treated the caps as ink applicators, experimenting with both the bottom edge and the domed top.

The bottom edges create rings in varying sizes, #3 in the photo above.

The tops presented a bit of a challenge. If I inked only the tip it gave me a few tiny dots, #5 in the photo; when I inked the entire cap and rolled it onto cardstock I got a bull’s eye effect with the darkest dots at the center, #4 in the photo.

#1 shows what happens if the inked cap is ‘walked’ in a side-to-side manner along the cardstock; #2 shows a stamp and drag effect.

The photos below show stamped and/or stamped and dragged effects (in black) combined with effects created by using clean acorn caps on a gold pigment ink pad to create reverse circles.

In an upcoming tutorial I’ll show what happens when the acorn caps took on a whole new look thanks to Magic Stamp blocks!

*If you live where it’s fall and there are oak tress nearby, leave the nuts to the squirrels and take home some acorn caps to use for your own stamping and gel prints.

*I used only pigment inks. I did not get good results with dye ink pads. Substitute paint rolled onto a plate or palette if you prefer.

  • Pigment ink pads
  • Acorn caps
  • Cardstock
  • Optional: Clear, gold or black embossing powder and heat tool

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Clowning Around By Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

The title of this tutorial says it all! I love using stamps in unexpected ways and the set called What Goes Around by Kae Pea (RubberMoon), part of her Imperfections Collection, is perfect for playful experimentation.
Stamps can be used as-is or you can mask parts to create a different look. Mix in some smudged-on color and finish things off with some doodling using a fine-nib pen and fill in the background areas with an alcohol marker (or several).

Clowns are supposed to be silly, to make you smile! Let the shapes of the stamps guide you as you play.
Practice on scrap paper and then stamp your favorites onto A2 side-fold cards.
  • What Goes Around stamps by Kae Pea (RubberMoon)
  • Inks in blue, red, pink, and orange
  • Fine nib pen in dark blue
  • Alcohol marker in dusky teal
  • A2 card blanks
  • Round craft sponges
  • Lightweight paper for masking

Monday, November 4, 2019

10- and 15-Minute Cards & Envelopes By Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

In my previous tutorial I showed how to create cards and envelopes in only a few minutes. Now I’m back to demonstrate ways to take them to the next level without spending a whole lot more time. As I always say, Easy Isn’t Cheating.

1. Adding color with pens and/or colored pencils takes only five or so minutes more, adding pen doodling another five.

2. Color can be flat or shaded.

3. Stay nside the lines or add color and random patterns around the stamped images.

4. For an extra special touch choose postage stamps that coordinate with the colors you picked for the envelopes!

  • Stamps by Elizabeth St. Hilaire (RubberMoon)
  • Ink pad in a dark color
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Fine nib pen in color to match the ink pad
  • Craft sponge

Thursday, October 31, 2019

5-Minute Cards & Envelopes: Flowers & Fronds By Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

Need some cards in a hurry? Here’s the recipe for a batch that is fast and easy. And matching envelopes, too. Just one ink, a fine nib pen and a craft sponge. Even if you decide to color with markers or colored pencils they’re still fast and easy.

  • Stamps (RubberMoon) -
  • Flowers & Fronds Collection
  • Klimt Triangles
  • Start a new chapter
  • Dark brown ink pad
  • Fine nib pen in same shade of brown
  • White or ivory card blanks (5x7 or other sizes)
  • White or ivory envelopes (sized to match cards)
  • ATC blanks
  • Ink-compatible markers in assorted colors
  • Colored pencils, optional
  • Round craft sponge

1. Stamp flowers, leaves, and other elements onto cards, envelopes and ATCs as shown in the photos below, or as preferred. Use fine nib pen in matching color to draw stems where needed. The envelopes have large triangles and are shown above. (Keep the lines you draw loose to imitate the style of the rubber stamps.)
2. Use craft sponge to smudge the same ink as shown, or as preferred.
3. DONE!
4. Optional - Use markers (as shown) or colored pencils (not shown) to color a lot or just a little bit.