Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Mini Clipboards by Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

I like to spend the last few days of the year making little gifts to give during the next year. It gives me a good feeling to be getting ahead! And if someone stops by with an unexpected (belated) holiday gift for me, I’m prepared.

Mini clipboards are one of my favorites. They’re endlessly useful – by the phone (for those of us who still favor land lines), bedside (who doesn’t have random thoughts in the middle of the night), in the studio (to display a favorite ATC or photo).

I choose the variety with removable hardware, making it so easy to cover the front with embossed Shimmer Sheetz and then put the hardware back on when the surface is completed. Plus, Shimmer Sheetz can be wiped with a damp cloth if it gets dirty, and the project is DONE. Option: Instead of Shimmer Sheetz, use paint, stencils, and collage and seal the surface well with a couple of coats of matte acrylic medium.

If I’m in the mood to spend a bit more time, I combine lots of different pieces of Shimmer Sheetz as horizontal stripes (always fun to use up the scraps saved from other projects) with strips of washi tape and vinyl peel-offs set both vertically and horizontally to hold the Shimmer Sheetz pieces in place and to create a complex surface on the front. Sometimes I extend the tape and peel-offs around to the back for an extra pop of pattern as I did on the clipboard shown below.

No instructions today. I’ve posted larger clipboards and other Shimmer Sheetz-covered items in the past (notebooks, fan decks, journals), so scroll back for all necessary info.

  • Shimmer Sheetz in colors of choice
  • Embossing folders
  • Optional: Sanding block
  • Double sided adhesive sheets
  • Mini clipboards with removable hardware

Friday, December 22, 2017

Claybord Flower Power Panel by Judi Kauffman

I wanted to share a project I designed for the Ampersand Art Supply blog because the stamps needed are sold EXCLUSIVELY at The Queen's Ink and Patti sells the other supplies as well!

It features Red Castle's Texture Plate 1 stamp sheet, a cradled Claybord panel from Ampersand Art Supply, DecoArt  paints, and a stencil from StencilGirl Products, along with Delight Air-Dry Modeling Compound - one of my all-time favorite products.

Here's the link where you'll find more photos and a step-by-step tutorial:

If you like the project, I'd love it if you'd leave a comment on the Ampersand blog, mentioning that you found out about it on The Queen's Inkling!

I'm thinking about teaching a class that is based on this particular sheet of stamps, so if that would interest you please leave a comment here or call the store and give them your name and contact information so we can call you if the class gets scheduled.

I hope you'll take time from holiday preparations to check it out! 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Last-Minute Holiday Cards by Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

There’s still plenty of time to whip up some last-minute holiday cards! In the time it takes for a tray of cookies to bake (around 20 minutes) you can make several of the tree-filled version I’ve designed for today’s tutorial, and probably one or two of the wreath-style. Multi-tasking is baked into the DNA of most creative people, don’t you think? Just don’t get cookie crumbs onto the cards – butter leaves smudges…

Both projects require one main ink (bottle green or black), and secondary inks for the wreath (green and orange). Both incorporate a bit of sponged-on ink (two colors for the wreath, one for the trees). And both include glittery peel-offs for a bit of sparkle (transparent glitter dots and green glitter flowers for the trees, green and orange glitter flowers for the wreath).

I reached for a mix of RubberMoon Stampstracts stamps for the trees and went with Nathalie Kalbach’s Mixed Media ‘Embroidery’ set for the wreath. I picked a quirky color combination – orange and green - for the wreath, but using red instead of orange would bring things back to a more traditional look.

The tree trunks are hand drawn with a green pen to match the stamping, as are the horizon lines.

While you’re at it, stamp some envelopes!

No step-by-step instructions today. The cards are A2 size and I think the photos say it all.

  • Stampstracts by Kae Pea (RubberMoon)
  • MixedMedia – Embroidery by Nathalie Kalbach (RubberMoon)
  • Inks in bottle or library green, black, and orange
  • Fine nib pen or marker in green
  • Craft sponge
  • Glitter dots and glitter flowers peel-offs (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
  • Panel cards in white
  • Cardstock in off-white, orange and green
  • Polka dot cardstock – orange dots on dark red (BoBunny)
  • A2 envelopes

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

New Copic Class! Hearts & Flowers - January 30th, 2018

Tired of seeing holiday cards? Want to see something fresh and new? Well take a look at what we have in store for you next month at The Queen's Ink! I'll be back in January with a new Copic marker card class featuring the Folk Heart stamp set by Power Poppy. In this workshop, we'll make three cards featuring the beautiful images and sentiments in the Folk Heart stamp set. The images are colored using a very limited set of Copic markers. Details are below. All necessary techniques are taught in class. Seats are limited, so sign up today!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:30 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.
  • YG06 - Yellowish Green
  • YG09 - Lettuce Green
  • Y02 - Canary Yellow
  • E35 -  Chamois (you can substitute any medium brown)
  • RV52 - Cotton Candy
  • RV63 - Begonia
  • RV66 - Raspberry
  • BG10 - Cool Shadow
  • BG11 - Moon White
  • BG13 - Mint Greet
  • BG15 - Aqua
  • 0 - Colorless Blender
OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring scissors (we'll be fussy cutting one image), foam adhesive squares (I used Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Thin Foam Squares), and a tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape. Nuvo Crystal Drops in English Mustard will be used for embellishment.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Claybord Artist Trading Cards by Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

 I make a lot of coil-bound books and my Rubicoil punch accumulates a TON of tiny little circles in the tray underneath. I’ve always kept a sandwich-size zip-lock plastic bag filled with these colorful bits of paper, using them now and then in shaker cards and other projects. Today, they take center stage on some Claybord Artist Trading Cards!


1. Paint, layer on some sequin waste or other collage elements.

2. Use a scratch-art tool to make marks (removing the paint and revealing the white surface of the Claybord). Brush off the debris from the paint – it’s sort of like sawdust.

3. Glue on the little circles.

If you don’t have access to the leftovers from a coil-binding punch, use scissors to further chop up some paper from the shredder or use a hole punch to punch out circles or stars or hearts or other shapes till your hand gets tired and then get the kids to punch some more. (I’ve paid neighbors’ kids with cookies now and then, I’m not ashamed to say…)

If ATCs aren’t your thing, go for larger pieces of Claybord (it’s available in a lot of sizes, both flat and cradled – cradled have wooden sides that will need to be painted.)

  • Add a magnet to the back.
  • Seal the surface with a pour-on resin coating.
  • Instead of paper circles, glue on some beads or gems.
  • Drill holes; add twine or cord.

  • Claybord Artist Trading Cards (Ampersand Art Supply)
  • Scratch-art tool
  • Paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Sequin waste (AKA ‘Punchinella’)
  • Eighth-inch paper circles (waste from a coil binding punch)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Last Chance! Elf Grumplings Holiday Gift Tags Class - December 13th, 2017 at the Queen's Ink

This is your last chance to get in on the fun making holiday gift tags featuring stamps and sentiments from Taylored Expressions. These are easy, no-stress images to color using a very limited selection of Copic markers. We'll make six gift tags and two gift card holders featuring the Elf Grumplings. Details are below. Seats are limited, so sign up today! CLASS FEE $25

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Register online or 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. You will need two blendable green markers, two blendable red markers as well as a skin tone and a blush tone (optional). 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.
  • E00 - Skin White (can substitute E50 or E51)
  • YG06 - Yellowish Green
  • YG09 - Lettuce Green
  • R20 - Blush (can substitute RV10 or E93)
  • R24 - Prawn
  • R46 - Strong Red
  • 0 - Colorless Blender
OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring scissors, foam adhesive squares (I used Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Thin Foam Squares), and a tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Quick and Easy Gifts by Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

I like to make holiday gifts that are inexpensive, quick, and easy. (My mantra has always been ‘Easy isn’t cheating!’) 

Nothing could be faster than covering the front of a fan deck, a small ring-bound notepad, a magnet-backed pencil holder, or a dollar store journal with Shimmer Sheetz. (Don’t forget to make a couple of the fan decks and books for yourself – they’re mighty handy…)

Shimmer Sheetz is durable and waterproof, fingerprints and dirt will wipe off with a damp cloth. It’s sparkly and elegant when it’s altered with alcohol inks, embossed and sanded, or any combination thereof.

I’m going to let the photos do the talking – no instructions today, just inspiration! I’ve already posted a bunch of projects featuring Shimmer Sheetz as a focal point, so this tutorial is, essentially, a reminder that any flat surface is prime real estate for a bit of embellishment!

Design strategies, things to notice: 
If you’re making fan decks, the hardware can be colored with the same alcohol inks that are used to alter the Shimmer Sheetz. Vinyl peel-offs (like the leafy branches) can be altered with alcohol inks, too, adding an extra special touch!

Adding a decorative element around the hardware adds to the fun.

  • Shimmer Sheetz in colors of choice
  •  (Shown: Amethyst and Peridot Gemstones)
  • Fan decks (Arnold Grummer’s)
  • Ring-bound mini books
  • Journals or composition books
  • Double sided adhesive sheets
  • Embossing folders
  • Leafy Branch vinyl peel-offs in gold to alter with inks (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
  • Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks and Metallic Mixatives in colors of choice
  • Ink applicator tool
  • Sanding block

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Red Castle Texture Plate 1 and 2: Mail Art Envelopes by Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

I’m on a roll with the fabulous texture stamps from Red Castle, now available exclusively at The Queen’s Ink.

This time around it’s all about envelopes, that humble bit of paper ephemera meant to bring mail and then get tossed aside. Even as a child, no piece of mail left my hands unless it was adorned. I love sending something that feels special even before it’s opened. And like to think that the postal workers will get a kick out of Mail Art Envelopes, too.
Envelopes are such a good surface on which to experiment and play, a way to test color combinations and work out design strategies for other kinds of projects. And who cares if they’re imperfect? They’re going to get marked and bent by postal machinery along the way, becoming fodder for collage in the hands of those who like to keep unusual papers.

Care to join me?
You will need little in the way of time and supplies: Some inks, stamps, and inexpensive white envelopes; two steps, two or three minutes per envelope at most. (Shown – A7.)


1. Choose 3 inks in colors that please your eye. Stamp texture blocks, mixing and matching among the two sizes from Texture Plate 1 (smaller) and Texture Plate 2 (larger stamps). Overlap and combine as shown or as you please. Work on a BIG batch of envelopes. The goal is to end up with a dozen or so, maybe more! If you goof up, put a label over the offending area or tear it up to use for collage. Even if it ends up in the trash, at most you’ve wasted pennies and learned from what didn’t work.

TIP: Make sure to leave an area for writing the address info. You can put your return address on the back flap. Another option – decorate the back flap, too.

2. Smudge and sponge on more ink to create some soft areas of color over and around the stamping. Use ink straight from the inkpad at the edges of the envelopes to add strong streaks of bright, intense color.

You’re done! See how easy that was!

If you’ve previously worked with un-mounted rubber stamps, skip the tips that follow and scroll on down to the supply list.


Red Castle stamps are sold by the sheet and need to be trimmed apart with sharp scissors before use. I recommend KAI scissors, sold at The Queen’s Ink. They are VERY sharp and must be kept away from children and used carefully by adults!

When trimming, slightly angle the scissors away from the image so you don’t under-cut – you want to leave slanted ‘shoulders’. No need to trim too closely because the stamps are deep etched and don’t pick up excess ink at the edges.

Next, temporarily mount the stamp on an acrylic block that is as close to the size of the stamp as possible. (Don’t put a 1” stamp onto a 5” block – too large a block can wobble.) Use Scotch 3M Poster Tape or any similar low-tack double-sided tape on the block itself. Put NOTHING on the back of the stamp. (Blocks are sold at The Queen’s Ink by the set or as single blocks.)

For perfect and repeat impressions, use the same tape on the ‘clear stamp’ side of a stamp platform for temporary mounting. (The tape can be removed, stored and re-used.)

For the above two methods, stamps can be immersed in water for clean-up since nothing is on the back of the rubber.

If you prefer, back each stamp with cling foam, use acrylic blocks or the ‘rubber stamp’ side of a stamp platform for temporary mounting.

Note: Stamp platforms won’t work for oversized sheets of paper, cardstock or gift wrap, or for stamping on clay or wood or tiles and other such objects, but they’re marvelous for cards, tags, ATCs, etc.

  • Red Castle Texture Plate 1 and 2
  • Acrylic blocks
  • KAI scissors
  • 3 inkpads in coordinating colors
  • White envelopes (A7)
  • Round craft sponge

Monday, November 27, 2017

Texture Cards by Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Inkling

Here’s an easy recipe for a big batch of fun mixed media collage cards, bookmarks, and a coil-bound notebook!


Ink-Only Backgrounds from yesterday’s post:


Stamped pieces created with rubber stamps from Red Castle sheets called Texture Plates 1 and 2 (available exclusively from The Queens Ink) shown last week:

  • Tear and/or cut assorted pieces
  • Mix in other collage papers
  • Layer, arrange and rearrange till pleased
  • Glue, sew and/or staple the layers
  • Add more stamping
  • Embellish with word stickers, paper clips, safety pins, brads, key charm, and such
  • Add details with pens
  • Add color with pencils, markers and paint pens

(Cards shown: 5 x 7, 4.25 x 5.5, 6 x 6, and ATC-size 2.5 x 3.5)


Cut strips for bookmarks, laminate
Laminate 5.5 x 11 notebook covers, punch covers and inside pages, coil-bind
Add a calendar pad and punch a hanging hole, create a ribbon loop


Dip into the photo gallery for inspiration and ideas. (The supply list follows the gallery.)

  • Red Castle Texture Plates 1 and 2
  • Stamped papers created with Red Castle Texture Plates 1 and 2
  • Solid color cardstock
  • Patterned papers and cardstock
  • Ink-Only Backgrounds from yesterday’s tutorial
  • Inks
  • Assorted rubber stamps (eyes, arrows)
  • Embossing folders with words and phrases
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology ‘Clippings’ word stickers
  • Low-relief embellishments
  • Pigma Micron pen 01 in black (Sakura)
  • Pen-touch in Gold Metallic (Sakura)
  • Colored pencils
  • Twine
  • Awl to pierce holes for sewn elements
  • Needle with large eye (to sew twine)
  • Brads (round, square, triangle, dragonfly)