Building an Army of Teddy Bears

Happy KSS Monday …

It’s Official 5 New Stamp Sets on the way!

Next Monday, Oct. 21st, five new stamp sets will be available in the KSS store. As always, when new stamps are released … I will be sharing Sneak Peeks with all of you through this week.

Here is the first!

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My last post, I mentioned that I broke down and got a Silhouette cutting machine. Ever since it arrived, I have been cutting up a storm… and LOVING IT!!! (Note: I am not affiliated with, nor do I sell Silhouette products) I feel like having stamped, die cut images (ready to go), is changing the way I am making cards … is it possible that I really WILL get my Christmas cards done before Thanksgiving this year!!?! 😉

Something else … I admit I have always wanted to stamp 2 teddy bear buddies arm n’ arm, but the making of arms, ears, feet, etc. … seemed like a nightmare  – until now! 🙂  Having to die cut Teddy Bears, anything is possible.

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Now, I have been used to stamping, then die-cutting with my BigShot … so cutting first, then stamping??? I thought this wasn’t going to be so easy. Lining up stamps to fit within cut lines? Multi step stamping on the die-cut shape? This sounded like a recipe for frustration… die cut shape shift about right before stamping or having to pick or peel the card stock shape of the stamp after stamping … and for each step?!!  — I knew there must be a better way!

Then it hit me!

Ok, maybe you all are doing this sort of technique already and I’m just way behind and not sharing anything new??? But, just in case you’re not … my “ah-ha” idea is to multi step stamp die cuts using the adhesive tacky cutting mat (for the electric die cutter) along with a contrasting card stock background!

Here is what I did:

First:  Using 2 pieces of 4″x5″ card stock, one white and one kraft. Cut 3 die cut teddy bears in each color of card stock. (The bear is for the stamp set, Multi Step Teddy Bear Wishes and the die cut files can be downloaded for FREE in the KSS store.)Step-1

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Second: For both white and kraft – pop out the die cut teddy bear shapes. Keep the outer portion of the die cut card stock – they will be used as the “contrasting background”.

I am right-handed, so I used the lower right corner of the “tacky” adhesive cutting mat and placed the kraft outer portion of the die cut card stock on top. The lower right corner allows me to stamp without the sides of my hands or the bottom of my forearms from sticking to the cutting mat (which when stuck to my arm, made a mess and really bugged my sink). Then I placed the 3 white teddy bear die cut shapes, into the empty cut shapes of the kraft card stock.

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Third:  I first stamped with Step # 3 in Rich Cocoa. This step/stamp had most of the bear image where I could use a dark color. The contrasting color of the two card stocks gave me a good visual outline (target) for positioning my stamp. The dark ink on the stamp made it easier to see where the image was going to land on “target area” of the card stock. The tacky cutting mat kept the inked bears in place after stamping (yeah!) I found that it was easier for me to rotate the stamp to match the die cut shape instead of turning the cutting mat/card stock. [NOTE: see the teddy in the upper right, I was a little off with positioning the stamp which left some white at the bottom of his feet. This was easily covered with some ink and a dauber .]

Step-3

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 After stamping all 3 bears with Step #3, I continued with:

Step #2 – Toffee Crunch

Step #1 – Desert Sand

Step #4 – Tuxedo Black

After these bear were finished, I did the same process with the kraft die cut bears and the white outer die cut portion of card stock.

Step #3 – Rich Cocoa

Step #2 – Toffee Crunch

Step #1 – did not use

Step #4 – Tuxedo Black

Step-4

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What was REALLY exciting … was how fast this whole process was!

So of course, I had to time how long it really took.

ARE YOU READY? ….

Die Cut Time:  3  teddy bears – 3:56

6 teddy bears – just under 8 mins.   (OMG!!!)

Stamping Time: 6 teddy bears – 5:42

Total Time:  6 die cut, multi step stamped bears in less than 15 mins!!!!

In a matter of no time, I had an ARMY of Teddy Bears! 😉

BEar-Army

… AND when you have an ARMY of  Teddy Bears … you can do almost anything!  😉

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Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more sneak peeks!

Don’t forget to check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for today!

Connie  • Julie (hiatus)  • Lisa  • Lynn  • Tammy

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Stamps: Multi Step Teddy Bear Wishes from Kitchen Sink Stamps. 
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest and (Kraft) Environment Desert Storm from Neenah. Designer Paper Mini Deck – “Pheobe” from BasicGrey. Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point and Marigold Morning from SU!
Inks: (all Memento Inks noted above) Shadows Lighter Teddy Bear: added some shadows behind darker Teddy Bear – Desert Sand.
Banner: Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: Petite Ovals & Petite Scalloped Ovals – Nestabilities from Spellbinders. Large Round Corner Punch from Fiskers. Ribbon from Michael’s. Wooden tooth pick. Banner: (Design ID #20957) download file from Silhouette.
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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.

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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. 🙂

Red-sunflower-tag-card

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.  🙂

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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).

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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!

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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.

Tip for Quick Masking

I have a quick masking tip/trick for you today.

When you are not up for cutting out lots of masks from masking paper (especially small ones)… try using clear embossing powder instead.

Quick Masking with Embossing Powder/Resist Technique.

added note: (dye inks yield the best results – pigment inks can still leave a stain of color)

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Photo (A) – Two flowers stamped & dry. Next, embossed with fine detail clear EP (using step #1 stamp for full coverage and VersaMark). Tip: It is also a good time to do any embellishing with glitter pens before embossing.

Photo (B) – The red arrows show pink ink on top of the previously embossed flowers (the yellow and orange flowers) and the clear emboss acts as a mask for the pink flower.

Photo (C) – Before embossing the pink flower (same as done in photo A), clean unwanted ink off with Q-Tip. Tip: wipe the ink off towards the image you just stamped.

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Plumaria-Thank-you

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Thanks for stopping by!

Hope you have a Happy (and inky) week!

Please remember to check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you using today’s new stamps!

Connie  Julie  Lisa  Lynn  Tammy

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Stamps: 3 Step Aloha! and Multi Step Big Leaves from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah, Metallic Amethyst & Metallic Blackberry from The Paper Co. 
Inks: (all Memento Inks): See 3 Step Aloha! Color Recipe for different plumeria color combos. DK Leaves: Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 –  Cottage Ivy, Step #1 – Pistachio. LT Leaves: Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 –  Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 Pear Tart. Sentiment: Elderberry w/ Lulu Lavender drop shadow.
Embellishments: Fine detail clear embossing powder & VersaMark ink.

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! 🙂

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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.

Voilà!  

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! 

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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.