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designed by n*Studio features: Judi Kauffman

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in designed by n*Studio

One of the things that make me really giddy is when I spy someone using my new stamps by Stampendous or also my Stencils with StencilGirl Products :) So I thought once in a while I would feature the work of those wonderful talented people with a new Series called: designed by n*Studio features:…..

And today I feature: Judi Kauffman

I am so happy to have my friend Judi Kauffman back for another feature! I had her a couple months ago and I just love the way she includes a very detailed description on her projects! She uses my products in such fun and unique ways- I love it!!! Judi has no blog- so leave her some love here:)


About Judi:

Judi Kauffman wears, and has always worn, many hats at the same time. She is a designer, writer, and teacher who has worked in the craft industry for over 25 years. She has also been a graphic artist, art director, photo stylist, illustrator, and weaver. She has an undergraduate degree in printmaking and a master’s in fibers. Judi’s projects, articles, and reviews appear in a wide variety of magazines, she works for several manufacturers in design and product development. She is a frequent guest artist for Elizabeth Craft Designs, Walnut Hollow, StencilGirl Products, and other manufacturers. She has also written five books (alas, all now out of print).


Thanks for inviting me back as a Guest Designer, Nathalie. I thought it would be fun to use your Grunge stamp and template set to make a Grunge Shelf. The shelf is 11” long by 1½” deep, the right size for styluses, palette knife, mini brayer, small tubes of paint or other tools. Or it could go on a dresser to hold lipsticks, eyeliner and such, or on a desk for pens and a letter opener!




1. Base coat Rustic Pallet shelf with Titanium White acrylic paint. Using a dry brush to apply paint, distress the shelf with Phthalo Green-Blue and Black-Green acrylics


2. Use Sailboat Blue, Butterscotch and Ginger inks to stamp pieces of a vintage map and three small vintage mailing envelopes (3” x 4”) with Grunge stamps. Smudge and overlap the colors.


3. Use the same inks and the Grunge templates to add texture to 80# ivory cardstock rectangles, sized to fit vintage mailing envelopes (Artist Trading Card-size or smaller). Optional: Use vintage business stamps to add words like Draft, Confidential, and Original. Glue torn pieces of altered map to note cards.



4. Alter a piece of Orange Iris Shimmer Sheetz with Pool, Raisin, and Terra Cotta alcohol inks. Place Gold Seashells outline peel-offs onto the Shimmer Sheetz. Cut out the shells and crabs. (Project uses 7 shells and one crab, set extras aside for cards, etc.)

5. Use the photos for placement of all elements. Glue a strip of altered map to the shelf. Arrange and glue three envelopes as shown, one with flap up to hold note cards. Attach the shells, using Power Tabs to secure them.

6. Options:

Make Artist Trading Cards.

Use altered envelopes and map pieces in an art journal.

Use the same components to make 5” x 7” cards. (See: BONUS CARDS, after Supply List)



Stampendous – n*Studio Grunge Stamps and Templates NKCRS03

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Shimmer Sheetz in Orange Iris #SS0109, Seashells Peel-offs #2575 in Gold

Walnut Hollow – Rustic Pallet Tabletop Sign Narrow #40189

Ranger Industries – Adirondacks Brights in Sailboat Blue; Adirondacks Earthtones in Ginger, Butterscotch; Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks in Raisin, Pool, Terra Cotta; Tim Holtz Ink Applicator Tool

Acrylic Paints

Tombow – Power Adhesive Tabs

Other – Paintbrush, scissors, glue, vintage business stamps, vintage map, small envelopes, ivory cardstock



Before I glued the components to the Grunge Shelf I temporarily “posed” them on pre-folded linen-weave 5” x 7” side-fold cards to show you another way to use the stamped mini envelopes, stenciled ivory cardstock rectangles, and altered Shimmer Sheetz seashells. See photos below:




Thank you Judi so much ! I am in love with your shelf idea -what a fun way to use the stamp set for a home decor item and I love the cards!

Here is the n*Studio Stamp and Template  Judi used:


Have a wonderful day!




designed by n*Studio features: Marsha Valk

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in designed by n*Studio

One of the things that make me really giddy is when I spy someone using my new stamps by Stampendous or also my Stencils with StencilGirl Products :) So I thought once in a while I would feature the work of those wonderful talented people with a new Series called: designed by n*Studio features:…..

And today I feature: Marsha Valk 

I  know Marsha for many many years know – first online and then from meeting her at a workshop in the Netherlands, where she lives. She is a very talented person full of fun ideas. She just blew me away this year with her awesome creative video for Creative JumpStart and I am thrilled she did some fun projects using my stamps.


Hello, hello! I’m Marsha Valk from the Netherlands. I discovered scrapbooking in 2003 and I’ve been an avid scrapbooker, mixed-media/art journaler and just all round crafter ever since. I love all colours of the rainbow and i will use them all on one project if I get the chance!

I own all three of Nathalie’s Stampendous stamp sets and i use them all the time on my projects. I love the grungy, graphic look. They’ re ideal for adding a little bit of subtle tone on tone texture AND for adding contrast with a bolder colour ink. The quality is superb and I use them with and without an acrylic block. I couldn’t tell you which one of the sets is my favourite: I just love all the different circle elements!


Page in my recent vacation album, inspired by Sanna Lippert. I especially love the effect of the burlap stamp combined with ultra high embossing powder!


Page in one of my art journals – I have loads of pages like this, I love making patterns. I’m still debating if I want to add a quote. I just don’t dare… It may take me years to decide. Hahaha. The background colours are neon irl, but my camera unfortunately has trouble catching that. The elements are the result of exercises from a class I took. I added stamped images to the Ecoline try-outs, cut them out and glued them into the book.


Mixed media bottles created for Scrap365 and WOW! Embossing Powders. This was such a fun project. The stamps are perfect for layering.

Thank you Marsha, I love how you used the stamps and layered them on each of the projects and the cool dimensional texture you created with the burlap stamps. And what a fab fab cool home decor idea to use them on glass bottles. Love them!!!

Here are the n*Studio products that Marsha used:


Thank you for coming by – don’t forget- share your project using my stamps and stencils with me – I love to see them!!!!




Applause or … In my Art Journal today

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal


If you close your eyes the rain sounds like applause.


I stenciled and stamped the background with acrylic paint. Using my Stampendous stamps and the included templates. Added a translucent yellow acrylic paint over it and then stenciled and stamped some more on top. The quote is written with a bamboo sketch pen and acrylic ink.

Here is a list of supplies :)


And remember – close your eyes when it rains…it might just sound like applause ;)







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