I wrote this review for Craft Critique. It appeared on that site last week. After it ran, I was delighted to receive an e-mail from Maria Colosimo, the brilliant woman behind these stamps, asking me to be a guest designer! How terrific!
After playing with my two sets of Kitchen Sink Stamps (Pretty Petals and Playful Alphabet), I am in love. These are fabulous stamps!
Kitchen Sink Stamps are high quality acrylic stamps. They come packaged between two sheets of acetate, one of which is printed with the stamp image. The thing I adore about acrylic stamps is that you can see through them, so placement is so very easy. If you’ve never worked with acrylic stamps before, please note that solvent ink, and many kinds of pigment ink, will permanently stain your stamps. In no way does this affect the stamped image.
Here are some features of Kitchen Sink Stamps:
1. Clean Images
Kitchen Sink Stamps have wonderful detailed images. Each print is crisp. The stamps are deeply carved and fairly thick, so you don’t get any bits of ink from the edges or the recesses of the stamp.
After several uses, many washings, and a million cycles of sticking and un-sticking the stamps from acrylic blocks, they are as sticky now as when I first opened the packaging.
Each set of stamps includes a “Made By Hand” stamp in a different style. The alphabet set also came with two different styles of hearts.
Kitchen Sink Stamps are designed so cleverly! The Pretty Petals set is designed for layering. Using a series of colors and a bit of patience, you can create wonderful images full of depth and complexity.
I found the stamps extremely versatile. I was able to get a myriad of looks from the Pretty Petals set simply by changing the colors and the composition.
The Finishing Touch
I used the Pretty Petals set to create my own sheet of patterned paper.
The title and hearts were created by stamping the Playful Alphabet on Shrink Plastic and then shrinking it.
I painted a splotch of white paint, adhered the photo and then stamped the frame around the photo. The title was stamped on a piece of white cardstock and then each letter was cut out by hand.
Easter 1980: Washington D.C.
The black border is for viewing purposes only. I created my own patterned paper by stamping onto white cardstock and then cutting it up.
I highly encourage you to try out Kitchen Sink Stamps. I know that I’ll definitely be buying more of these wonderful stamps!