A Queen and Her Guards Card

Do you ever see a stamp set and it just makes you want to go “YAAAAAS Queen!” (or something like the sort)?

That’s what I felt when I saw the Travel to England set by Kindred Stamps!

I’ve been dying for a set featuring some British Royalty, so this set definitely helped fill that void for me!

I wanted to make a card featuring the Queen on a balcony with her guards below her with the Travel to England set, and knew I needed to use that “YAAAAS QUEEN” sentiment! I used a similar tactic in my Chimney Card using the Kindred Stamps Advent Calendar set post. At the end of this blog, I also have a color guide as well for the Copic Markers I used when coloring up this card!

Detour: I love giving some international flair with some of my projects, and the Kindred Stamps Travel series have done just that. So far, we’ve “traveled” to 12 different countries and 1 city! A new destination is announced the 2nd Friday of every month, and it’s super fun to travel along!

As always, first I colored up my queen and 2 guards and cut them out with my Brother Scan and Cut.

I took an A2-Sized piece of white cardstock, applied the Distress Brick Stencil and blended Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide Ink with my Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blending Brushes to make a brick look. Then, I cut a piece of the same gray cardstock to 3″ x 5.5″, and ink blended on that with the Distress Brick Stencil as well with my brushes. The 3″ section was going to be adhered with foam tape to add some dimension.

I also let my inked sections dry so I could emboss with them later.

After the ink had dried, I laid out where my guards would be so I could find the best spot for my sentiment. Once I selected it’s spot, I used my anti-static pouch, and stamped Brutus Monroe Clear Embossing Ink (my new favorite embossing ink) with my MISTI. I then heat embossed Raven Black Powder for a nice crisp and shiny black sentiment.

Next, I needed to make the balcony. I designed my balcony entirely in Cricut Access and cut my elements out with my Cricut Explore Air 2. There are only 4 pieces I needed to cut: a balcony (which was really a fence that I played with a little bit to look like a balcony), half of an oval from black cardstock, and 2 curtains from red cardstock that fit in the half circle.

It’s really amazing what you can come up with once you become handy with your electronic Die Cutting machines! When there is something I want to make and I don’t have the necessary die cuts, most times my Cricut Explore Air 2 Can cut out something just as good!

I used Black Soot Distress Oxide ink to blend the edges of the curtains, and then also the gaps in the balcony to create a little bit of dimension. I adhered the curtains directly to the half circle opening. I then adhered the queen underneath the balcony piece, so she looked like she was standing behind it. I adhered the queen and balcony piece with foam tape for a little extra dimension to the curtain piece, and then adhered it directly to the 3″ x 5.5″ panel.

To finish this card up, I took the center 3″ x 5.5″ piece and mounted it with foam tape in the center of the card. I also took a piece of black cardstock and trimmed it down to make a ground for the guards to stand on so it didn’t look like they were floating. I adhered that on top of the 3″ x 5.5″ panel, and used foam tape on the edges that extended beyond the panel. Final, I adhered my guards and got my final project!

I hope this card using the Kindred Stamps Travel to England set has inspired you with some ideas on your next project!

As promised, here is the coloring guide for each of the characters:

Queen:

  • Skin: E0000, E00, E04, E11
  • Hair: C00, C0
  • Dress: B34, B37, B39
  • Sash: R35, R37, R39
  • Crown: C00, C0, C03
  • Crown Jewels: B26, V17
  • Earrings: B26
  • Shoes: B34, B37
  • Gold & Silver Accents: Gel Pens

Queens Guard:

  • Skin: E0000, E00, E04, E11
  • Hair: E25, E27 OR E42, E43
  • Hat, Pants & Shoes: W6, W8, W10
  • Gun: W2, W4, W6
  • Coat: R24, R35, R37
  • Belt: Y00
  • Gold Belt Loops: YR24
  • Gold Accents: Gel Pen

If you have any comments or question, please feel free to drop them below! I love hearing what you all have to say, and am more than happy to answer questions too!

Happy Crafting!

Justin

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