September Art Du Jour Project Details

Yesterday was my last Art du Jour at Queen’s Ink for this year. I’m away next month and the store has a different format for this event in November and December. So I wanted to take time today share the details on yesterday’s cards.

For my first card, I used the Skeleton Lady stamp by Stampendous. Unfortunately, it’s a retired image, but it’s an oldy but goody that’s perfect for a Halloween card. The stamp includes the entire scene so you can pull the card top together with just a little stamping and coloring. Initially, I stamped the image with Memento but the result wasn’t as crisp as I wanted. For my second attempt, I stamped with Versafine. Since Versafine is not Copic safe, I quickly covered the wet ink with clear embossing powder and heat set it. This gave a glossy appearance that enhanced the overall appearance. I scribbled (literally!) some color on the image with my markers as a color wash. I used the Antique Frames die set from Penny Black to create the deckled appearance on the edges and paired it with a paper from Authentique.

For my second card, I used the simple, but lovely Grateful stamp set by Avery Elle. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The acorns were stamped with Memento. Of course, even though there were only two acorns to color, I still managed to use six markers. The E markers were used for the acorn cap; the Y markers for the body.

Hope you enjoyed these projects. Thank you to everyone who joined me for Art du Jour this year. It’s been fun getting to know everyone and I’ve learned a lot from each and every one of you!

Although I won’t be participating in Art du Jour until January, I will still be offering monthly Copic classes at Queen’s Ink. Be sure to check my teaching schedule to stay informed on upcoming classes.

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Rowhouse Greetings | Skeleton Lady by Stampendous Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Nightfall Five (*) by Authentique
Stamp: Skeleton Lady by Stampendous
Ink: Versafine in Onyx Black
Die: Antique Frames by Penny Black
Embellishments: Ranger Embossing Powder in Clear
Copics: RV63, RV66, B63, B66, Y35, E30, E33, BG000, BG01
Rowhouse Greetings | Grateful by Avery Elle Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Penny’s Paper Doll Family (*) by Graphic 45
Stamp: Grateful (*) by Avery Elle
Ink: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Versafine in Onyx Black
Die: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Ranger Embossing Powder in Clear
Copics: Y21, Y26, Y28, E33, E35, E39

September Art du Jour at The Queen’s Ink – Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Join me at The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, September 11th 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
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 10:30 AM – 4:30PM

This will be my last month at Art du Jour for the rest of the year. I’ll be away most of October and Queen’s Ink has special workshops planned for November and December in place of the usual Art du Jour format. So here are my last two Art du Jour cards for this year, featuring images from Stampendous and Avery Elle.

Hope to see you there!

Rowhouse Greetings | Skeleton Lady by Stampendous

Rowhouse Greetings | Grateful by Avery Elle

New Class! Fall Card Class – November 11th & 19th, 2017

Join me as I guide you through coloring four fall themed cards designed by Photo Scrap’s own Lisa Halstead! Techniques include basic blending with Copic markers.

Photo Scraps
1213 Liberty Road | Eldersburg, MD 21784
phone: 410-549-5187 | web:
Saturday, November 11, 2017 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Please call Photo Scraps at 410-549-5187 to register.

COPIC MARKERS: 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.

  • YG03: Yellow Green
  • YG17: Grass Green
  • Y32: Cashmere
  • Y35: Maize
  • Y38: Honey
  • R22: Light Prawn
  • R24: Prawn
  • YR65: Atoll
  • E97: Deep Orange
  • E99: Baked Clay
  • N3*: Neutral Gray No. 3
  • N6*: Neutral Gray No. 6
  • 0: Colorless Blender
* Students can substitute C3/C6 or T3/T6)

OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring a tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape and scissors.

Leaves Plate No. 4 by Red Castle Stamps

I’m here today with a card featuring one of the red rubber stamp sheets from Red Castle Stamps. These stamp sheets, exclusively available at The Queen’s Ink, are deeply etched and create a clear, crisp impression. Subject matter ranging from antique images of cats, leaves, and vases to classic art, the Gibson Girls, canaries, alphabets, snowflakes, dominoes, textures, prayerful expressions, and more.

To inspire you, I’ve put together a simple, but elegant card featuring an image from Red Castle’s Leaves Plate 4. I used the new Tim Holtz Stamping Platform to stamp the image on watercolor paper with Versamark ink. Since the stamps are unmounted, I set up the stamping plate as if I were using a clear stamp and adhered the stamp to the plate with a low-tack double-sided tape.

I recently acquired a set of the Nuvo Aqua Flow pens and decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to try them out. I dabbed a little color along the vein lines of the leaf and blended it out with a damp watercolor brush. Once the ink dried, I fussy cut the leaf and mounted it to the card with foam tape for added dimension.

The design papers are from the Bountiful Collection by Authentique. I selected a sentiment from Penny Black’s Heartfelt stamp set and used Versafine ink in Vintage Sepia to coordinate with the autumn tones of the card.

Hope my project has inspired you! And remember – these Red Castle Stamps are only available in limited quantities. Once they’re gone, they’re gone! So don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to stock up on a high quality stamp.


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Watercolor Paper by Strathmore; Bountiful One (*) and Bountiful Six (*) by Authentique
Stamps: 42031 – Leaves Plate 4 (*) by Red Castle Stamps, available exclusively at The Queen’s Ink; Heartfelt by Penny Black
Dies: A2 Matting Basics A & B by Spellbinders
Embellishments: Gold Fine Detail Embossing Powder by Ranger
Inks: Versafine in Vintage Sepia by Tsukineko; Versamark by Tsukineko; Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens (*) by Tonic Studios in Red Apple, Fresh Green, Lemon Zest, Spiced Ginger

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased.

Hops and Barley by Power Poppy

Welcome back to Rowhouse Greetings! Today I’m back with a new project featuring the new digital release from Power Poppy called Hops and Barley. Everywhere you turn these days, there seems to be an upstart craft brewery opening its doors, or a new “IPA” or “Seasonal Ale” to sample at the local pub. In the spirit of this beloved spirit, Marcella designed a botanical stamp set that celebrates two of the essential used in the brewing of beer: Hops and Barley. A few “hoppy” sentiments and a wise saying from Benjamin Franklin round out this set, a must-have for beer aficionados.

In lieu of the “hoppy” sentiments, I used one of sentiments from the recent Autumn’s Opulence digital stamp set. Be sure to stop by the Power Poppy blog for more inspiration and be sure to stop by and see what the Instant Gardeners have put together for you.


While you at it TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT IS COMING SOON FROM POWER POPPY! Take a look at that Floral Santa <swoon>! Sneak peaks from the Bloomies begin this week. Don’t miss it!



Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Bazzill Basics in Quicksand and Patch
Stamp: Hops and Barley (*) by Power Poppy; Autumn’s Opulence (*) by Power Poppy (sentiment)
Dies: A2 Matting Basics B by Spellbinders
Copics: E30, E31, E3, E35, YG03, Y02, BV20 (barley); G21, G24, G28, Y02, Y15, B00, R20 (hops); YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97 (stems)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased.