Daisy in perfect alignment

I recently had a request for some suggestions for lining up the set, 3 Step Daisy. I thought some visuals would be helpful.

First, here is a card I did a while ago. As you can see the smaller daisy is certainly not lined up.


I was playing around and did this on purpose for a couple of reasons. 1)  I was trying to create a thin petal and fuller looking daisy and 2) to show that this set is one of the few multi-step sets form KSS that is pretty forgiving when it comes to lining up each step. Now, with that said, on to the visuals that will put your daisies in perfect alignment.

To begin, my suggestion is to start by stamping the center of the daisy (no number) in the darkest color you planning on using. This daisy center was stamped using Espresso Truffle (Memento).


 Yes, I am asking you to stamp in the opposite order and not follow the standard order of Steps 1, 2, 3 (you will have to trust me). The ink rule still applies. Smallest step number = lightest color ink. Largest step number = darkest color ink. Next, lining up Step #3.

When lining up the next stamp (Step #3), look for “peaks” and valleys” to help identify “target points” for positioning the stamp over of the previous image.


This example shows Step #3, image side down, over the previously stamped image. By stamping in reverse order, it is easier to see that step #3 creates an outline of space following the peaks and valleys around the top half of the daisy center. Because the spacing is evenly spaced around the peaks and valleys, this entire spot is used for lining up Step #3. Try and check at least 3 different spots to ensure the proper alignment. SIDE NOTE: This is what I really love about multi-step stamping with the MISTI, at this point, after I have positioned the next stamp (as seen above) exactly where it belongs, I just close the MISTI lid on top of the stamp. When I open the lid again, the stamp is now stuck to the lid in the perfect spot for stamping!

Step-3Step #3 was stamped using Potter’s Clay (Memento).


Next Step #2. This sample shows the following spots as target points for alignment: a set of dimples at the top of the “flat petal” (top of example), a long and narrow peak to the right of the “flat petal”, and a valley on the opposite side of the daisy (at the bottom of example).

Step-2Step #2 was stamped using Morocco (Memento).


The last stamp is Step #1. In addition to positioning the stamp as the arrows indicate the target points, look for a slight “space” outline at the top of the “flat petal” and around the solid petals at the bottom. This space should remain the same thickness at the top and at the bottom of the daisy.

Step-1Step #1 was stamped using Tangelo (Memento).

This is the end result when finished. I think stamping in reverse order really helps to SEE where each stamp fits by surrounding the previous step.

Let me know what you think. Which order do you prefer to multi-step stamp … standard order or reverse order? Please let me know if this tutorial helped you with lining up your 3-Step Daisy stamps.

A PDF of this tutorial can be found HERE.

Card above – Stamps:  3 Step Daisy from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest Classic Cream from Neenah. Always Artichoke and Crushed Curry from SU!.
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted)
Large Daisy: Step #1 – Dandelion, Step #2 – Tangelo, Step #3 – Rhubarb Stalk, Center: Tuxedo Black. 
Leaves: Step #2 – Cottage Ivy, Step #1 – Bamboo Leaves.
Small Daisy: Step #2 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #2 (again and shifted) – Tangelo, Step #1 – Dandelion, Center: Tuxedo Black.
Ladybug: Step #2 – Tuxedo Black, Step #1 – Rhubarb Stalk.
Sentiment: Northern Pine.
Embellishments: True Thyme Ribbon from SU!.

6 thoughts on “Daisy in perfect alignment

  1. i have always gotten the most beautiful images from the iris set but all the others gave me problems and less than satisfactory results…but i think doing this in the “reverse” order plus using my brand new stamping platform will help me get much better stamped images and happier results! thanks for this info!


    1. Hi Sandy, I am sorry to hear that the other sets you have purchased haven’t given you the same positive results as you have experienced with the Iris set. I hope by stamping in reverse, you will have better results… and using a stamping platform will really help too. It is a lot easier to position where you want a stamp before it has ink on it! lol Another tip: try to look straight down through the stamp you are positioning (not at an angle). Please let me know how it goes for you … and you can always email me a photo of a stamping session that you aren’t happy with and I can help you work through the issue.


  2. It’s definitely a helpful post !! About the order, so far, it depends of the stamp itself.


    1. Hi Marjorie – Sorry for the late reply! Glad you found this post helpful! In general, I find it easier to line our multi step stamps by going: Number – highest to lowest, and Color – darkest to lightest. But, there will bee some sets where the last step (highest number) doesn’t give enough detail to line up the next stamp. When that is the case, I start with the second to the last step. Ex: Instead of step #5, I will start with #4 and then back to #5 or save #5 for last.
      This stamping method is really aimed to help line up the stamps that will be the lightest colors. When you start with a light color, it can be tricky to see the stamped image through the next stamp, causing the following impression to be off. Please let me know if you have any questions! 🙂

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  3. My English isn’t good to give you a long answer. But ! I can tell you, you really helped me try an order or another with the most difficult stamps. I don’t have a practical brain at all ! So thank you again ! And thanks for taking the time to answer me, so please, don’t apologies for delay !! Love from France, Marjorie


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