Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Torn Paper Collage by Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

I’m still spending a lot of time puttering in my Traveler’s Notebook! This time I used some lightweight mulberry paper, some Magic Stamp blocks, and touches of Finetec pearlescent watercolors to create 12 x 12 collage sheets. Some of them ended up on the 2-page spread shown above. Others ended up torn into pieces and adhered to heavyweight mulberry paper or cardstock, as shown in the gallery of photos that follows.

I may do some stenciling on the 2-page spread, add some found poetry, more stamping, or all three!

By creating the collage on large sheets before adhering them to the pages of the Traveler’s Notebook the notebook paper doesn’t ripple. If that wouldn’t bother you, work straight into the notebook.








Friday, August 16, 2019

New Class! Coloring With Copics - Techniques for Clothing - Queen's Ink

Join Nancy Sheads for a new Copic markers class focusing on techniques for coloring drop folds in clothing. In this class, you will make two cards featuring stamps from Stamping Bella with emphasis on basic Copic techniques. All necessary techniques are taught in class. Seats are limited, so sign up today! CLASS FEE $25

Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 
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 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.
  • BV00: Mauve Shadow 
  • V12: Pale Lilac 
  • V15: Mallow 
  • V17: Amethyst 
  • Y18: Lightning Yellow 
  • YR15: Pumpkin Yellow 
  • YR18: Sanguine 
  • BG10: Cool Shadow 
  • BG11: Moon White 
  • BG53: Ice Mint 
  • BG57: Jasper 
  • E000: Pale Fruit Pink 
  • E01: Pink Flamingo 
  • E11: Barley Beige 
  • E19: Redwood 
  • E49: Dark Bark 
  • E50: Egg Shell 
  • E53: Raw Silk 
  • E57: Light Walnut 
  • C3: Cool Gray No. 3 
  • C5: Cool Gray No. 5
  • C7: Cool Gray No. 7
NOTES
  • You can substitute BG23 and BG15 in place of BG53 and BG57
  • If you have a favorite hair color combination, you can substitute it in place of E49, E50, E53, and E57.
OTHER SUPPLIES Please bring:
  • Scissors suitable for fussy cutting
  • Foam adhesive squares
  • Tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape



Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A2 Window Card by Judi Kauffman for the Queen’s Ink

I’m having so much fun with the Finetec pearlescent watercolors! They are fabulous for backgrounds and easy to blend.

I began with a layer of randomly applied colors on navy blue cardstock cut and scored to make a window card with a square window hand- or die-cut in the second/center panel. Then I stamped and heat embossed a mix of patterns (Elizabeth St. Hilaire stamps from RubberMoon, pigment ink and verdigris embossing powder). 

Next, I stamped and colored a face to put in the window (Her Majesty Patti Euler’s stamp!). As an alternative, a gold butterfly embellishment works great. Add a contrasting panel and a stamped sentiment inside the card or use the space for a hand-written note!

YOUR TURN
Use the photo gallery below to show you the steps and provide inspiration. If you don’t feel like decorating the inside lining of the card front and the back of the card skip those two panels; paint, stamp and emboss only the front. Switch colors to suit your taste and the occasion.
















SUPPLIES
  • Stamps from RubberMoon and Her Majesty’s collection by Patti Euler
  • Finetec pearlescent watercolors
  • Flat paintbrush 
  • Pigment ink (dark color)
  • Verdigris embossing powder (or other of choice)
  • Heat tool
  • Colored pencils
  • Cardstock in navy blue or other dark color
  • Cardstock in off-white and mauve
  • Optional: Large gold butterfly (die cut or other)

Friday, August 9, 2019

Simple Die Cut Collage by Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

My Traveler’s Notebook is getting quite a workout lately! I love the size, the variety of insert booklets, the portability; I’m crazy about the way it’s expanding, the mix of single pages and 2-page spreads. Sometimes I spend hours doodling, sometimes a page comes together in a hurry. No rules. I just know that everything about it makes me happy. (If there’s a Traveler’s Notebook Fan Club, sign me up!)
Today’s pages started when I put the leftovers from a sheet of violet glitter dots peel-offs onto a piece of yellow/orange cardstock so that extra sparkle wouldn’t go to waste. Then I got out some simple silhouette dies and started to play. 

Use the photos for inspiration, or keep reading if you want to know what I did next. A supply list follows the step-by-step instructions.
1. Die cut 5 different butterflies, a horse, a unicorn and a pair of wings from the glitter-dot cardstock.
2. Die cut head and shoulders twice from pale lavender cardstock.
3. Sponged edges of glittery die cuts with heavy application of denim blue ink. Saved the newsprint that I worked on to use in step 5 (background of collage with horse and unicorn).
4. Lightly sponged a bit of denim blue ink on the silhouette faces.
5.  Layered and adhered pieces as shown in the photos. (Largest butterfly cut in half as wings for right side of 2-page spread.)


6. Added embellishments (7mm Lure Eye stickers for eyes on the horse and unicorn; peel-off borders and swirls and glitter dots to make crown and necklace for the faces, etc.)
7. Painted the manes, tails, and unicorn’s wings and horn with Finetec iridescent watercolors.
8. Stamped eyes on newsprint. Cut out the eyes. Added the left eye to the face on the left side of the 2-page spread. Added the right eye to the face on the right side. Optional: Use eyes cut from a magazine instead of a rubber stamp. 
(YES, I know that the eyes are not in proportion to the size of the faces - I wanted that offbeat look!) 

SUPPLIES:
  • Traveler’s Notebook (inserts: Grid, Kraft paper)
  • Laurel Burch dies from Stampendous
  • Glitter Dots and other assorted peel-offs
  • Finetec iridescent watercolors
  • Paintbrush
  • Eyes (rubber stamp or cut from magazine)
  • Adhesives of choice
  • Blue ink pad
  • Cardstock in yellow/orange and pale lavender
  • Craft sponge or ink blending tool
  • Lure eye stickers
  • Newsprint

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Cards and Traveler’s Notebook: Finetec Watercolors Plus Stitching By Judi Kauffman for the Queen’s Ink

My first batch of experiments with the Finetec watercolors have been simple: Flat pieces and minimal layering. This time I’ve done some stitching on a few of the pieces, adding linear elements and a bit of dimension. Instead of black cardstock, one of the samples began with a square piece of multi-color scratch board, another has dimensional butterfly stickers, and one of the ATCS includes embossed Shimmer Sheetz.
 Nothing else has changed. I’m still using the same paintbrush and the same three sets of paints. I’m still putting some of the pieces into my Traveler’s Notebook and turning others into note cards.
The photos shown above, a 2-page spread in my Traveler’s Notebook, include an Artist Trading Card, the scratchboard square, and a collage with 3D butterfly stickers. (Instead of stickers, substitute hand- or die-cut butterflies or a row of buttons or other elements.)
The photos shown above, another 2-page spead in my traveler’s Notebook, include two ATCs, one with stitching, and a collage with chopstick-thin strips of cardstock held in place with stitches.

YOUR TURN
Get out the watercolors and your favorite brush; use five or more colors to paint circles and other kinds of brushstrokes. Layer the colors, allowing them to dry between color changes.

Cut or tear and recombine the pieces. Add embellishments; do a bit of stitching.

Tip: Sewing on cardstock is different from sewing on fabric. You need to pierce the holes BEFORE stitching.

SUPPLIES
  • Finetec watercolors
  • Paintbrush
  • Black cardstock
  • Traveler’s Notebook or journal (optional)
  • Solid color cardstock in colors to coordinate with paints
  • Kreinik #16 Medium braid in colors to coordinate with paints
  • Tapestry needle
  • Craft knife, straight edge and cutting mat OR paper trimmer
  • Paper piercing tool

Rubber Moon Stamps at The Queen’s Ink

Just finished up another Copic coloring class at The Queen’s Ink featuring stamps from RubberMoon and lots of mixed media products. Stay tuned for details on the August class! Hope to see you there!


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Distress Watercolor Cardstock by Ranger / Tim Holtz; Hammermill Copier Digital Cover, 100#
Stamps: Squidbrella by Rubber Moon; Under the Weather by Rubber Moon
Inks: Amalgam Ink in Jet Black by Gina K. Designs; Archival Ink in Jet Black by Ranger; Distress Inks in Twisted Citron, Evergreen Bough,and Broken China
Stencils: 108PA Stencil (by Scrapcosy) by Paper Artsy; Circle 6 by Stencil Girl
Embellishments: Dina Wakely Media Washi Tape – Set 1 by Ranger; Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Indian Gold by Tonic Studios; Fuzzy Fun Flock in Cotton Ball White by Stampendous; Nuvo Glitter Drops in Honey Gold by Tonic Studios; Nuvo Glue Pen by Tonic Studios
Copics: E000, E01, E11, E04, BV00 (skin); BV00, BV01, B00 (hair); YG13, YG17, E04 (squidbrella); B00, B02 (coat); R24 (socks)


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Distress Watercolor Cardstock by Ranger / Tim Holtz; Hammermill Copier Digital Cover, 100#
Stamps: Funbrella by Rubber Moon; Poppies by Rubber Moon; You’ve Got This by Rubber Moon
Inks: Amalgam Ink in Jet Black by Gina K. Designs; Archival Ink in Jet Black by Ranger; Distress Inks in Twisted Citron and Evergreen Bough
Stencils: Circle 6 by Stencil Girl
Embellishments: Queen’s Ink Washi Tape in Harlequin and Let Them Eat Cake; Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Fresh Copper by Tonic Studios; Nuvo Crystal Drops in Red Berry, English Mustard, and Midnight Blue by Tonic Studios; Nuvo Glue Pen by Tonic Studios
Copics: E000, E01, E11, E04, BV00 (skin); BV00, BV01, B00 (hair); YG13, YG17, B00, B02, E04 (funbrella); B00, B02, YG13, YG17 (coat)


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Distress Watercolor Cardstock by Ranger / Tim Holtz; Hammermill Copier Digital Cover, 100#
Stamps: BFFs by RubberMoon; You Need A Hug by RubberMoon
Inks: Amalgam Ink in Jet Black by Gina K. Designs; Archival Ink in Jet Black by Ranger; Delicata in Golden Glitz by Tsukineko; Distress Inks in Twisted Citron, Broken China, and Evergreen Bough
Dies: Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Mini Picture Frames by Lawn Fawn
Stencils: Micro Hearts by The Crafters Workshop
Copics: E000, E01, E11, E04, BV00 (skin); BV00, BV01, B00 (hair); YG13, YG17, B00, B02, R24 (clothing)

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Stencil, Paint, Doodle by Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

I’m puttering in my Traveler’s Notebook again! This time I used dye inks and a sponge wedge to stencil an allover pattern, followed by some Finetec pearlescent and iridescent watercolors to slightly blur the pattern, followed by doodling with a Pigma Micron pen 05. (The sparkle and shine of the Finetec paints isn’t obvious in the photos, but it’s there and it looks beautiful in person.)
Choose a stencil with a repeat pattern. It doesn’t matter if it’s simple or complex. Move the stencil and use different colors to create two sections that align like a landscape with ground and sky.

Alternatively, choose a stencil with a random pattern! (That’s what I’m going to do next...) 
If you don’t want the stenciled pattern to blur, use permanent inks before painting with watercolors. (I like the blurred effect.)

Outline the pattern with a mix heavy and fine lines, dots and little dashes; color a few of the negative areas. I used one pen, varying my hand pressure to produce fine lines and reinforcing the thickest ones by working in the same area with more marks and strokes.
The heavy drawing paper pages in this particular insert/booklet are perforated and can be removed to send as a postcard, but I plan on leaving them intact.

YOUR TURN
*Stencil, paint and doodle in an art journal, on pieces of cardstock to use for cards or lightweight papers to tear and cut for collage.
*Add more paint AFTER the doodling is done! 
*Instead of white cardstock, start with black or other dark color, or stencil onto a gel print or purchased patterned paper.

SUPPLIES
  • Traveler’s Notebook with drawing paper insert
  • Pigma Micron pen 05 nib (black or color of choice) 
  • Finetec watercolors
  • Paintbrush
  • Inks
  • Sponge wedge

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Paper Mosaics by Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

Patti Euler’s Paper Mosaics class teaches a technique I’ve returned to again and again and again. If you missed it, give her a call and I’m sure if enough people want her to schedule another session she’ll do so! Her class project is a piece of wall art, but during my vacation I decided instead to make square note cards. Same technique, different outcome.

The cards shown here are made with her unique way of putting together a mix of papers, leafing foil, embossing powders and stamps. (I won’t share the steps because it’s her class and technique - I’m here as her student and fan showing how much fun it is to keep using what I learned!)

Options:
  • The squares on my cards measure 1” x 1” but they can be sized to suit your taste and project. 
  • Instead of square cards, line up the mosaics in longer rows for rectangular cards or make single rows for bookmarks.
  • Gift tags? Of course! Magnets? Why not!
  • Circles or diamonds instead of squares? Sure. Get out the dies instead of a ruler and craft knife...

Endless possibilities - Thanks, Patti!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Copic Coloring With Nancy Sheads - July 30, 2019


Copic Coloring With Nancy Sheads
Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449

Join Nancy for a new Copic markers class featuring quirky, eclectic and always fun images from RubberMoon Stamps. In this class, you will make three cards with emphasis on basic Copic techniques. The coloring has been kept simple in order to spend more time creating mixed media backgrounds with stencils, washi tape, embellishment mousse, and more. Be prepared to get your fingers inky! All necessary techniques are taught in class. Seats are limited, so sign up today! 

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.
  • E000: Pale Fruit Pink
  • E01: Pink Flamingo
  • E04: Lipstick Natural
  • E11: Barley Beige
  • BV00: Mauve Shadow
  • BV01: Viola
  • B00: Frost Blue
  • B02: Robin's Egg Blue
  • YG13: Chartreuse
  • YG17: Grass Green
  • R24: Prawn
OTHER SUPPLIES - Please bring:
  • 12×12 glass media mat (such as the one by Tonic Studios or We R Memory Keepers) OR a non-stick craft sheet
  • Distress Inks in Twisted Citron, Evergreen Bough and Broken China
  • Three ink blending tools - one for each color for stenciling (can be brushes, sponges, etc.)
  • Scissors suitable for fussy cutting
  • Foam adhesive squares
  • Tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape








Saturday, July 13, 2019

Puttering with Finetec Watercolors in my Traveler’s Notebook By Judi Kauffman for the Queen’s Ink

I treated myself to three 6-color Finetec iridescent and pearlescent watercolor palettes (F0603, F0600, F5600) and have been happily puttering with them. I’m going to invest in more next time I’m at The Queen’s Ink - I didn’t get the blue, purple, and green color families yet. I’m going to create my own ‘set’ with an empty tin that holds a dozen colors, sold in individual pans. Empty 6-color tins are also available, as are other pre-selected palettes, but now that I’ve had a chance to experiment I want to come up with a custom array!!!
I highly recommend starting to putter with a single brush so the only variable is the paper, but there are no rules. A water brush might be fun, but I stuck with an angled brush and two jars of water - one to clean the brush and the other to pick up water for activating the cake watercolors to a creamy consistency.

I bought a pad of black watercolor paper but haven’t worked with it yet. My color swatches are painted on 100# black and 803 white cardstock, along with some splotches done directly onto a page in the Kraft paper insert/booklet.

I did a lot of random brushstrokes on black cardstock, too. Some of the pieces ended up in a straight-cut collage in the Traveler’s Notebook, I layered other pieces to make a trio of bookmarks.



Your turn! Begin with one or two colors - or more if you like to have a bunch of options right from the start. Vary the background papers, incorporate rubber stamping and heat embossing and do some coloring. Paint a simple flower or stick with overlapping brushstrokes! Check out the samples that are at the store and keep an eye out for my upcoming projects and tutorials featuring the Finetec watercolors!

Supplies:
  • Finetec iridescent and pearlescent watercolors
  • Good quality paintbrush
  • Black and white cardstock
  • Optional: Traveler’s Notebook with insert/booklets of choice