Color Recipe Friday + Sunflower stamping tip

Today’s color recipe is for …

Multi-Step Giant Sunflower, which can be now be found  HERE.

Plus, I have a stamping tip (or trick) for you today that I hope you will find useful.


Round centers in flowers found in the stamp sets: Multi Step Giant Sunflowers and 3 Step Honey Bunny (the Gerber Daisy), sometimes can be stubborn to line up correctly.

Since the flower centers are almost perfectly round, that doesn’t give a lot of image information for lining these stamps up with the other steps… not to mention if the stamp is going in the correct direction!  Plus, when using darker inks, it is almost impossible to see where the center stamp should go – literally, it is like a  shot in the dark with its placement.

My card today is an example of this issue. Without today’s stamping tip, I can not line up the flower center correctly when using darker inks. 🙂


For the lack of a better word, let’s call today’s tip:  “tattooing your stamp”.

Yup, you are reading correctly. I am suggesting that you mark up your stamps with a permanent marker. Don’t worry, most of the ink will eventually clean off with rubbing alcohol. But … I think once you try this technique, you’ll see how the marker “tattoo” will aid with lining up the flower’s center so well, you won’t want to clean it off.  😉

Now, for those of you who just can’t bring yourself to marking up a stamp … really, it is ok. Isn’t it more important that you are happy with the look of the finished stamped image then the look of the stamp? I think so.  🙂


Here is the basic idea:

• First, have the color ID sheet face up (numbers heading in the right direction).

• Place the desired stamp to mark-up (tattoo), image down towards ID sheet & base side up, directly over its match on the ID sheet. 

• Then with a permanent marker such as a Sharpie and the color ID as a guide, carefully trace an outline of the flower’s center directly on the back of the stamp (the base side). The more detail in the outline the better results with lining up exactly where the center of the flower should be when stamping (even when using a dark ink such as red or purple).


Please let me know if you found this trick/tip to be helpful.

The full tutorial can be found HERE.

 Thanks for stopping by and have an inky weekend!


Stamps: Multi Step Giant Sunflower  from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest – Solar White from Neenah. Noir & Anthracite from Stardream. Going Gray and Basic Gray from SU!
Inks: (Memento inks) Red Sunflower: Step #5 – Tuxedo Black,  Step #3 – Sweet Plum, Step #2 – Love Letter, Step #1 – Lady Bug, Step #4 – Gray Flannel. Stem: Step #3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Cottage Ivy, Step #1 – Pear Tart + Desert Sand. Leaves: Step #3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Cottage Ivy, Step #1 – Pear Tart. Lady Bug: Step #3 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Peanut Brittle 2x’s, Step #1 – Tangelo.
Embellishments: Slot punch and Spiral punch from SU! Adhesive pearls & black polka dot sheer ribbon from Michael’s.

Iris Cocktail Napkins, plus Color Recipe (part 2)

Happy Color Recipe Friday – Update

The laundry is done and the results are in!

• #1:  Not pre-wash before and not washed after stamping. Only heat set with iron.

• #2:  Not pre-washed. Heat set with iron. Washed in HOT water and tumble dry on high.

• #3:  Pre-washed. Heat set with iron. Washed in COLD water and lay flat to dry. Iron while still damp.

• #4:  Not pre-washed. Heat set with iron. Washed in COLD water and tumble dry on high.

Pre-washing makes a big difference (#3)!

I am amazed how well the ink color held with very little fading on the sample that was pre-washed. It almost looks like the sample that hadn’t been washed (#1). Honestly, I think it looks a little better than sample #1, because the fibers come closer together after washing.

I was a bit surprised there wasn’t much difference between washing in hot water or cold water (#2 & #3 – both not pre-washed ). it looks like the one washed in hot water held up a bit better….. but either way, without pre-washing, a bit of ink faded.

The cocktail napkin its self being 100% cotton, did shrink a little when drying in a hot dryer, but keep its original size when left to dry flat and iron damp.

So there you have it  …. Pre-wash is a must and dry flat when possible or very low heat when using a dryer.

Have a wonderful weekend… See ya on Monday with more from the Kitchen! 🙂


Stamps: Multi Step Iris from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Stamped on: 100% Cotton, 9″x9″ Cocktail Napkins (set of 4)
Inks: (all Palette Ink)Turquoise Blue Iris: Step #1 – Ballet Blue 3x’s, Step #2 – Cote d’Azure, Step #3 – Starry Night, Step #4 Noir Black 2x’s. Iris Stem: Step #1 Giverny Green, Step #2 – Viridian Leaf or Landscape, Step #3 – Jardin Moss. Iris Leaves: Step #1 Giverny Green, Step #2 – Viridian Leaf or Landscape, Step #3 – Jardin Moss. Iris Flower Bud: Step #1 Giverny Green, Step #2 – Viridian Leaf, Step #3 – Jardin Moss Step #4 – Starry Night.

Iris Cocktail Napkins, plus Color Recipe

Happy Color Recipe Friday!

Today I have a quick, fun project that can be a nice gift to give & color recipes for Multi Step Iris, one of the 4 new sets release this past Monday, April 23rd.

Yes, this project of 4 Iris cocktail napkins, was quick! 🙂  I started with a set of 100% cotton cocktail napkins & used Palette Inks. Both items are new to the KSS store and can be found by going to: Cotton Blanks and Palette Hybrid Inks.

I love how vibrant these Palette inks turn out, especially on fabric. I must warn you if you haven’t used them before, they will stain your stamps (especially the darker inks), but not as harsh staining as Staz-On can do to clear stamps. Also, Pallete inks don’t have that awful smell that alcohol base inks can have. So, if you want to stamp on fabric, some stained stamps are so worth it!

Instructions: Multi Step Stamping Iris Cocktail Napkins.

• Before Stamping: Pre-wash and iron items to be stamped. Re-pressing the cocktail napkin back into quaters helps define the stamping area.

[NOTE]: I probably should have pre-washed these cute cocktail napkins before stamping, but I couldn’t wait… I had to dive in and start stamping! 🙂 We’ll see if it makes a difference, I will be back with photos after a wash showing a sample pre-washed and one that hasn’t been pre-washed.

• Stamping: Place either card board or a small stack of paper/card stock under the fabric that will stamped on, in this case a cocktail napkin. The caardboard or paper should be larger than the stamping area. This will absorb any ink that soaks through the fabric while stamping.

I stamped the Iris bloom first and in order : #1, #2, #3 and #4. I have discovered that fabric doesn’t absorb ink the same way paper does. To get the most detail from the 4th step (the dark detail of the final image), it should be stamped last. After stamping all the flowers, I then stamped all the stems and leaves. This is so I didn’t have to keep changing blocks.

• Let ink dry completely.  I didn’t wait very long, (how could I?). I let these napkins dry for about an hour (while I ate dinner).

Heat set both sides with a hot iron. (cotton or linen setting is fine – just make sure to keep your iron moving). First I ironed each dry napkin between two pieces of plain white (un-coated) computer paper. The paper would protect my iron from any ink residue from the stamped napkin (which is why it is a good idea to let the ink dry completely before heat setting). After heat setting each side for about 3 mins., remove the paper and if the paper is clean from any ink transferring, then directly (without paper) heat set each side for 3 to 5 mins. again.


A gift already to give.

The color recipe for Multi Step Iris using Palette Hybrid Inks can be found HERE.
I’ll be back after a load of laundry to show you an “after photo” to how well this project holds up after laundering and if pre-washing makes a difference.
[UP DATE on washing instructions can be found HERE.]
Thanks for stopping by!

Have a wonderful and hopefully inky weekend! 


Stamps: Multi Step Iris from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Stamped on: 100% Cotton, 9″x9″ Cocktail Napkins (set of 4)
Inks: (all Palette Ink)Purple Iris: Step #1 – Toile Pink, Step #2 – Lavender Sachet, Step #3 – Iris, Step #4 French Lilac. Orange Iris: Step #1 – Nude, Step #2 – Orangerie, Step #3 – Cognac 2x’s, Step #4 Burnt Umber.  Burgundy Iris: Step #1 – Nude, Step #2 – Belle Rose, Step #3 – L’Amore Red 2x’s, Step #4 Bordeaux. Turquoise Blue Iris: Step #1 – Ballet Blue 3x’s, Step #2 – Cote d’Azure, Step #3 – Starry Night, Step #4 Noir Black 2x’s. Iris Stem: Step #1 Giverny Green, Step #2 – Viridian Leaf or Landscape, Step #3 – Jardin Moss. Iris Leaves: Step #1 Giverny Green, Step #2 – Viridian Leaf or Landscape, Step #3 – Jardin Moss. Iris Flower Bud (on Orange & Burgundy Irises only): Step #1 Giverny Green, Step #2 – Viridian Leaf, Step #3 – Jardin Moss Step #4 – Orange – Orangerie/Burgundy – L’Amore Red.

A fun and quick technique to try.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

Today I have a quick technique I would like to share with you…

I call it “Double Dry Emboss”.

I got the inspiration for this technique from seeing so many beautiful cards where the card stock was dry embossed and then the raised areas of the emboss were inked with a contrasting color.

So, I thought what about doing it twice? That’s right…emboss, ink, then emboss again and ink again. Sound like fun? It is! 🙂

Photos of each step at the bottom of this post.

As always, thanks for stopping by and make sure you check out what the KS Crew has created for you today.



Today is the LAST day for the Kitchen Sink Stamps’ AFTER Christmas Sale!

Dec. 26th – Dec. 28th, (midnight to midnight EST).

Get 20% off everything in the store with a code from any one of the KS Crew.

Happy New Year!!!!
Quick Double Emboss Tutorial

Step #1: Dry emboss card stock.

Step #2: Sweep ink across the raised area of the embossed cardstock.

Step #3: Inking is complete.

Step #4: Turning the card stock 90°, place in the embossing folder.

Step #5: Second pressing finished with the embossing folder.

Step #6: Ink again as before with Step #2, across the new embossed raised area.

There you have… the Double Emboss. Give it a try & tell me what you think. 🙂

Materials – Stamps: Multi Step Sunflowers from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Soft Suede, Really Rust and Chocolate Chip by SU! Ink: Memento and VersaFine Inks were used for the Sunflower and the Color Recipe can be found HERE. Jumbo Java – VersaMagic was used with the Dry Embossing. Embellishments: Dry Emboss folder – Distressed stripes from Cuttlebug. 4.25″x4.25″ chipboard from my scraps. Brass D-Ring hardware from We R Memory Keepers glued on by Crystal Effects from SU!


The last week to join us in fun with KS Crew Challenge #20!

By using your Kitchen Sink Stamps and playing along with this month’s challenge, you will qualify for a chance to win one of 3 prizes! Winners will be picked by a random number generator … so, everyone has a chance to win. The more you enter… the more chances to win.

Post your KSS project using Mr. Linky at the bottom of the post on the KSS BLOG (HERE). Please leave one link per challenge sample. Enter as many samples as you like. When uploading your KSS’s entry to you favorite gallery, please use KSCC#20, kitchensinkstamps or KSS as the keyword or tag.

All the info and rules for KSCC#20 can be found HERE.

Deadline to my challenge is Thursday (NewYear’s Eve.) – Dec. 31st – midnight EDT.

Kitchen Sink’s Project of the Month for October


Where did October go???!!!!

I do feel a bit like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland … I am SOOOO late!!! Hopefully you all won’t hold my tardiness against me? 😀

October’s Project of the Month has been simmering in my head for the whole month … and here it is!

SOAP!!!! Yup! Stamping and Glycerin Soap!

Soap making with glycerin soap is fun and easy … easy enough to even do with kids … provided there is adult supervision. 😀 But, I started to wonder, how could I make soap and bring stamping into the mix?

My answer …. laminate the stamped card stock! 😀

How nice to make your own guest soap or bring some home made soap as a hostess gift during this Holiday Season? 😀

So I pulled out my soap making supplies along with my stamps, 3 Step Turkey Trot and 3 Step Autumn Squirrel and got to work making soaps I can use during the Thanksgiving holiday.


Paper: Shimmery White – SU!

Inks: Step #1 So Saffron, Step #2 Creamy Carmel, Step #3 Chocolate Chip.


Here is a tutorial on how I made these soaps. [DOWNLOAD PDF VERSION HERE]

If you give it a try, please let me know how your soaps turned out. I would love to see what you come up with. Thanks for looking! 😀