Thursday, August 30, 2018

Kitchen Sink Layering Stamps and MISTI

Hi everyone!

Today I'm sharing one of the gift stamps that I received at Junkie fest 2018 stamping retreat in Minneapolis.  This gift stamp set was made exclusively for the event by Kitchen Sink Stamps and was given out by Kitchen Sink owner Maria Colosimo at the KSS make and take.  The Common Loon is the Minnesota State Bird, and Maria's layered version was a perfect souvenir from the event and a perfect stamp set to play with in this final week of "summer".  School starts next week!

This is a three-step layered stamp.  I began by using my Original MISTI to stamp the darkest layer first with Gina K. Designs Black Onyx ink onto my panel of Canson Vellum Bristol paper.

 The second layer was very easy to line up and stamp with Gina K. Designs' In The Navy ink.

The third, and lightest layer was stamped with Speckled Egg ink from Brutus Monroe, and that completed my focal image!  How easy was THAT?!?

To create my background, I tore a piece of 2" Post-It tape to create a tree line horizon mask.  I used my new Life Changing Blending Brushes from Picket Fence Studios and a whole assortment of Marvy Matchables (which are now only available as a blank ink pad with reinker) and Gina K. inks to brush in a sunset.  I put a piece of printer paper beneath my card panel to protect my work surface and brush ink toward the center from the edges of the panel.  These velvety soft brushes make this very easy and quick to do.

I then fitted the other portion of my torn Post-It tape over the top of the current one, making the edges fit back together into a 2" strip.  Then I removed the lower strip, and flipped it over to create a sharp water line creating the space for the tree line.  I used my blending brushes to brush and tap in colors to create my trees.

I then flipped the masks once again, to create an area of the treeline shadow on the water, then very lightly brushed in the same colors I had used in my sky into the water.  I carefully avoided the pulling color across my loon.  I then used one of the smallest Life Changing Blender Brushes to add just a hint of shadow below the loon.

Here is my finished panel.  I used many colors of ink from several companies to create this background, but it took very little effort to stamp the layered loon and brush in the colors using these literally Life Changing Brushes.  I used inks from Gina K. Designs, Brutus Monroe, Marvy, The Ton Stamps and Reverse Confetti for this panel, but you can use most any ink or brand!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a fantastic holiday weekend!


  1. Amazing as always girlfriend! ❤

  2. Gorgeous card! Thanks Chris for the awesome step by step tutorial! I am sold... I had to purchased a set of blending brushes! They ARE life changing! :)

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