Monday Notes in the Kitchen.

Happy President’s Day with another Kitchen Sink Monday !!! For today’s KSS Monday, I would like to share a set of swan note cards I made for a dear friend’s birthday. I used the set 3 Step Love Birds to stamp the swans. She loves swans and I think she is going to be very pleased to receive these special cards.

swan-notes-set-of-4For more KSS Monday inspiration, please stop by to see what the talented KS Crew has cooked up for you today!

Kitchen Sink Crew:


I did something very different when I stamped these swans. Normally, I stamp the steps in order, starting with my lightest ink for the first step and ending with my darkest ink for the last step. WELL, not with this bird! LOL! I stamped out of order … and I am very happy how these white swans turned out. 😀

Stamping order for this swan: Step #2 – Going Gray (stamped off 2x’s), Step #3 – Going Gray (stamped off 1x), Step #3 – Going Gray (full strength), Step #1 – Frost White pigment ink from Color Box, Step #5 – Smokey Gray and then before stmping, reink only the beak area with Onyx Black – both inks are from VersaFine. All other inks are SU! unless noted. By stamping Step #1 with the Frost White pigment ink out of order, it was easier to register the previous steps and the white smooths out the grays leaving the swan looking more white than gray. 😀swan-notes-1-close-up

Materials for the full set – Stamps: 3 Step Love Birds from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper: White Exact. from Wausau. Chiara from Stardream. Shimmer White, Metallic Silver, Blush Blossom, Blue Bayou, Sfot Sky and Baja Breeze from SU! Ink: (see above). Embellishments: Petite Classic & Scalloped Ovals and Curved Rectangles Nestabilities. Ric Rac Scalloped Border Pierceablilities. Dry Embossing folder – D’Vine Swirls from Provo Craft. Blue Bayou stitched ribbon from SU! Sweet Blush Grosgrain ribbon from Papertrey. Pearl & jewel rhinestones from my stash.

13 thoughts on “Monday Notes in the Kitchen.

  1. Love these beautiful swan cards!! I’ve written down those colors so I can give this a try!! Thanks, Maria!!!


  2. Oh your swans are stunning, Maria! I have stamped out of order before too…sometimes it just works better that way depending on what you are trying to do.


  3. The swans are gorgeous Maria!! LOL I stamp backwards alot with KSS. On the swans I stamp step 5 first. LOL all this time I was afraid you would ask why some of my images looked different:)

    I’m loving the pearls!! Your friend will love these.


  4. These are all just beautiful!! I love the way the swan looks – I’ll have to try that ink order – love it!! 🙂


  5. Your swan cards are magnificient! Love them all! I may have to break down and try my hand at 1-2-3 with your unusal 5-6 step middle to back to front technique. Do I dare?


  6. wow, I’m going to have to try to do 2 & 3 step stamping out of order. That swan is absolutely gorgeous.


  7. sweet, Maria! the pastel color combo is beautiful!


  8. The swan turned out beautiful. I love the embossed swirls and the colors of paper you chose for the card.


  9. I am definitely going to have to try the stampin’ out of order thing. BRILLIANT I say! Love the entire set.


  10. Wow! Love how the swans look stamped this way. I’ll have to give this a try, too.


  11. Great color combination. This really stands out.


  12. Wow, great cards! I love the color combo!!!


  13. stunning!! I love it!


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