Thursday, February 5, 2009

CPS and Kitchen Sink Stamps

It is still party time at Card Positioning Systems blog and we have THREE sponsors this week. The stamps that I was able to play with are created by Kitchen Sink Stamps. LOVE these things. One of the interesting features of many of the stamps at KSS is that they use 3 or 4 steps to create the final image. I love the depth that is achieved with these steps. I played with an adorable set with some completely adorable little chicks and eggs on it and a bonus set of shells.
There are a couple things you have to remember when working with these Kitchen Sink Stamps.
1. PLAY - you have to use various stamp pads to find the combination of colors that will build on each other. I just sit and stamp my images several times with several different sets of inks to find what I think works for my needs at that time. I mix brands of inks too, this seems to work just fine and maybe better.
2. The colors are going to "blend" or "melt" together as they sit. SOOOO, work on your creations and then walk away and let them sit. You will be amazed when you return at how the inks work together.

This is the card that I created to go with Sketch #101 for Card Positioning Systems blog for this week. What a fun sketch and how cute did this little chick turn out?!
In the close-up, you can get a better view of the layers of inks as each step was stamped. I also used a great set of Labels Two Nestabilities by Spellbinders for my little design element. These not only cut by they emboss and they come in sizes that are made to go together. Another thing to notice here are the little green, metallic spots. I masked my little chich after she was stamped and then gave one quick spritz of my favorite green Glimmer Mist.
Here, I used sketch #50 from past sketches at CPS so that I could use this adorable chick again and I used a slightly different set of inks. You can also see the little greetings on there two cards that are also stamps by KSS, I just love the font she uses.
Here is a better view in this close-up. I used some colors that were a little more intense for this chick.
I LOVE shells and so I just had to create an example so you can see how amazing these stamps turn out. Again, these are stamps that work in steps and in this set there are actually some that use 2 steps, some 3 steps, some 4 steps and actually one that uses 5 steps. Talk about detail!!!
Notice in the close-up that I decorated the entire background of my little calendar with very subtle stamping. Here I just used one or two of the steps so that I had shadows. For my main shells, I also did some of the steps more then once in more then one color. Because these stamps are clear, you are able to see exactly where you are going to stamp, that is what makes these steps possible but that also let me re-stamp some and that just added more definition to the amazing details in the stamps.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
SKETCH 101 – HEY CHICK card – Kitchen Sink
Stamps courtesy of Kitchen Sink Stamps – 3-Step Hey Chick
Cardstock – Cut Card Stock
Patterned paper –Greenhouse/Making Memories
Various stamp pads
Nestabilities – Labels Two/Spellbinders
3M foam tape
Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels


  1. These are beautiful! I love the effect of those stamps!

  2. those are cool stamps! That first card is absolutely adorable!

  3. Love how you used monochromatic colors in your cards to make the little yellow chick pop out! SUPER CUTE!

  4. Those stamps really make a beautiful impression...very neat!

  5. Great projects! I especially love the calendar and how you used the seashells. Thanks for playing with us!

  6. You do beautiful work with stamps, love that's something I will have to try someday :)

  7. Lovin' your chick projects...sooo sweet!

  8. Really pretty cards. Love all the ribbons.

  9. Linda you are so creative!
    I love the cards and your calender is great -love the idea and the design is fabulous.


  10. Amazing what u find on a blog hop
    loving it and your cards
    thank you

  11. You are sooo talented! I'll be back.Thanks.

  12. love your header and the little chicky stamp!

  13. So beautiful. Love all of your chicks and those shells! Thanks for noting about the playing with different inks and combinations.

  14. Love those chicks. I'm going to try your technique.

  15. beautiful cards and love your calander

  16. The little chick is sooo cute Linda!!!

  17. Oh WOW!!! Those shells are amazing!! I have that set and you have inspired me to get them out and make something!! I love the colors and the entire design. Beautiful job!!