Saturday, October 20, 2018

Laurel Burch Christmas – Part Two: Envelopes By Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

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I’m going to let the photos do the talking, just like last week. Laurel Burch’s Christmas stamps do all the work – just stamp and color (or not!). 

Pick an ink and stamp cats and dogs, or just cats, or just dogs (as shown) or mix in gift boxes, birds, or whatever combination strikes your fancy. Be sure to leave an open area for the name and address. I chose basic black, but bright red, dark green, or vintage brown would be great options. 

Get out some markers and colored pencils. Turn on holiday music to get you in the mood, listen to a podcast, or visit with a friend, and before you know it, you’ve got a big batch of envelopes in which to send your cards and flat paper ornaments!


  • Laurel Burch Christmas stamps
  • Ink in black or color(s) of choice
  • Envelopes in color(s) of choice - A2 or size(s) of choice
  • Markers, pens, colored pencils

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Laurel Burch Christmas – Part One: Cards and Ornaments By Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

I’m getting ahead for the holidays, making my usual big batch of cards and flat, easy-to-mail ornaments. This year it’s all about cats and dogs and horses and birds thanks to my newest Laurel Burch stamps and dies.

Patti has been doing her best to keep them in stock, but they do seem to fly off the pegs at the store so don’t miss out!
Instead of instructions, I’m going to let the photos do the talking. I stuck with tan cardstock, black ink, colored pencils and markers. Circles are die-cut. Layouts are simple. The fun is in the coloring and layering. It’s a cliché, but true: The possibilities are endless!

Tune in next time for a big batch of envelopes, stamped with some of the same images.


  • Laurel Burch holiday stamps and dies (Stampendous)
  • Ink in black or color(s) of choice
  • Cardstock in assorted colors
  • Patterned papers
  • Circle dies in assorted sizes
  • Markers, colored pencils, pens
  • Narrow ribbon
  • Metallic braid
  • Hole punches (quarter- and eighth-inch)
  • Paper glue
  • Foam squares
  • Optional: Decorative stickers, glitter dot stickers

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Halloween Envelopes by Judi Kauffman

I'm part of Stampendous's 31 Days of Halloween, a month of projects published on their blog, and my tutorial, published on October 7, includes Halloween stamps by Andy Skinner that Patti has ordered for The Queen's Ink. I designed some spooky envelopes for mailing Halloween cards. (If you've been following The Queen's Inkling, you probably already know that I absolutely LOVE stamping and decorating envelopes...)

Check out the tutorial at this link, then please come on back to do your shopping.

Monday, October 1, 2018

New Copic Class! Celestial Celebrations - Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Join me at the The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, October 16th for a new Copic marker class featuring the Laurel Burch Celestial themed stamp sets from Stampendous. We'll make two cards in this class, with emphasis on basic Copic skills such as ink blending. Details are below. All necessary techniques are taught in class. Seats are limited, so sign up today! CLASS FEE: $25

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM 
To register, 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.
  • RV13: Tender Pink
  • RV14: Begonia Pink
  • RV17: Deep Magenta
  • RV19: Red Violet
  • YR04: Chrome Orange
  • Y02: Canary Yellow
  • Y15: Cadmium Yellow
  • Y19: Napoli Yellow
  • YG07: Acid Green
  • BG02: New Blue
  • B24: Sky
  • B66: Clematis
  • B69: Stratospheric Blue
  • E000: Pale Fruit Pink
  • E00: Cotton Pearl (formerly Skin White)
  • 0: Colorless blender
OTHER SUPPLIES:  Please bring
  • Scissors suitable for fussy cutting
  • Foam adhesive squares
  • Tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Magic Stamp: Hiding in Plain Sight By Judi Kauffman for The Queen's Ink

This tutorial combines two of my favorite things: Magic Stamp blocks and finding unexpected images! Before you say you can't do this, take a deep breath and replace that mind-set with a new one: Pretend you're eight and go for it!
1. Find something low-relief that has a strange shape, like the plastic piece that held a pair of beach shoes shown in the photo above. Then heat the Magic Stamp block per Clearsnap's instructions and press the block against the found object to create a stamp.

2. Using dye inks and a multi-color ink pad, stamp lots of times onto white or any color cardstock. 

3. Turn the stamped pieces around until something pops out at you. When you see an animal or a person, a vase or a plant or a robot, or something totally imaginary, start doodling with pens of varying nib widths (black and white and gold as shown, or as you choose!)

4. Keep doodling. (Notice that I call it doodling, not drawing, so you wont even realize that's what you're doing...) When satisfied, trim the rectangle or fussy-cut around your creation.

5. Adhere fussy cut shapes to a solid color rectangle and then to a folded card base. Adhere rectangles onto a folded card base.

6. Add stickers with a single word or a longer saying.

7. Keep going. Add more gold around the rectangle, do more doodling, accent with embellishments or collage elements.

Options: Work directly into an art journal.  Stamp and doodle onto ATCs or Artist Trading Coins. Get the kids in on the act! Their free spirit will be contagious.

  • Magic Stamp blocks
  • Heat tool
  • Inks
  • Pens (Sakura Pigma Micron, Gelly Roll White, Pen-touch Gold)
  • Cardstock
  • Tim Holtz stickers
  • Glue/adhesive
  • Patterned cardstock for card bases