GOOD AFTERNOON FRIENDS! As you know, I slipped off to the Allentown Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival on Friday. Had a great time there. Spent some time with Tracy Beck, owner of Photo Scraps, and saw a few of my students there (hey Kathy & Diane!). Came home with some new dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs and new stamps from Penny Black and Altenew. I splurged and bought a set of the 32 pan Altenew Watercolors so that I can give watercoloring another try. I’m spending today trying to get everything labeled, organized, and put away so that I can find the top of my desk and start coloring again.
I’m leaving you today with a card that I actually created last year for a class at The Queen’s Ink, but for some reason never posted after class. This is the card that got me started on making my own backgrounds and playing with mixed media. Still clean and simple, but includes stenciling with Distress Inks, stamping, heat embossing, Copic coloring, fussy cutting (this was in my pre-Scan N Cut days), and die cuts for the background layers.
Hope this inspires you to color today! Until next time ….
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Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# & 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics Stamps: Flower Garden Stamp Set CM215 by Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz; Papillion CMS105 by Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black by Tsukineko; Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko; Versamark by Tsukineko; Distress Inks in Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Dies: Scalloped Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn Stencil: Bubble by Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz Embellishments: Embossing Powder in Clear by Ranger; Wink of Stella in Clear by ZIG Copics: Y32, Y35, Y38, Y05, YG17, E21, R32, R35, B32, B34, BG000
Join me at The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, June 5th for Art du Jour! Kate, Kim and I will have a variety of make and take cards, tags, and ATCs to help you build up your stash at this open house style event. We’ll be on hand from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM so stop by on your lunch hour, on your way home from work, or stay all day! Work at your own pace and relax! Projects are $3.00 each and new projects are available each month.
The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763 phone: (301) 497-9449 | website: https://queensink.com Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 10:30 AM – 4:30PM
Here’s what I’m offering this month! Both cards feature stamps by Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz. I will have markers on hand for you to share, but if you would like to bring your own, here’s the list of colors: E000, E00, E21, E50, E53, R00, R01, BG000. Just be sure you mark them with washi tape or some other identification.
I’m returning to the The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, May 1st to teach a Copic marker class featuring stamps from Stampers Anonymous / Tim Holtz. In this class, the emphasis will be on creating simple backgrounds to compliment your Copic coloring. Details are below. All necessary techniques are taught in class. Seats are limited, so sign up today! CLASS FEE: $25
The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763 phone: (301) 497-9449 | website: https://queensink.com Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:30 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. 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.
Y02: Canary Yellow
B32: Pale Blue
B34: Manganese Blue
BG000: Pale Aqua
E21: Soft Sun
E25: Caribe Cocoa
0: Colorless Blender
OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring 2-3 ink blending tools and clean foam refills (such as Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools / Foam Refills), liquid glue that dries clear (such as Ranger Multi Medium Matte), scissors suitable for fussy cutting, foam adhesive squares, and a tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape.
My introduction to Tim Holtz products was through the Distress Inks product line — who can resist all those beautiful colors (not to mention those really cute little ink pads) — but I shied away from the various Tim Holtz stamps. While I love vintage images and intrigued by steampunk style, the overall effect is sometimes too fussy for me personally. However, when I started seeing the various the sketch/mini blueprint stamps, I had to give them a try. This maple leaf blueprint is my first, but I have plans for several of the Halloween, Autumn, Christmas blueprint sketches so you’ll see my take on them in the coming weeks.
Cardstock: Recollection Cardstock in Brown; Scattered Leaves from the Harvest Collection by Peebles; Strathmore Mixed Media paper Stamp: Tim Holtz Maple Sketch by Stampers Anonymous Ink: Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink by Tsukineko®; Distress Ink in Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, and Mustard Seed by Ranger Dies: A2 Matting Basics A, A2 Matting Basics B, 6×6 Matting Basics A, 6×6 Matting Basics B all by Spellbinders Embellishments: 3/8″ brown sheer ribbon by Celebrate It; Jack and Jill Enamel Dots by Echo Park Paper
I took a break from Copics AND Christmas to put together this Halloween card using my Prisma water brush and a variety of Distressed Inks. I stamped the central image — Raven by Stampendous — with Versafine ink on Strathmore mixed media paper. Then using the water brush, I worked in a light wash with the Distressed Inks, working from the darkest shade outward to the lightest, overlapping and blending the colors to avoid harsh lines.
I made several copies of this card and the nice thing was that no two came out alike.
Paper: Bazzill Basics in Tangelo and Black Tie; Strathmore Mixed Media Paper Stamps: Raven by Stampendous; Tim Holtz 2015 Script Halloween by Stampers Anonymous Ink: Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink by Tsukineko®; Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Seedless Preserves, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Dies: Matting Basics A & Matting Basics B by Spellbinders