September 2013: Kim McKinney


How long have you been stamping?
I have been stamping for 12 years.
What is your favorite technique?
My favorite technique is making background papers I think. I love the freedom of just putting ink or paint on paper and playing. My next favorite  technique is the one I haven’t learned yet.

What are your favorite colors to work with?
I love bright, saturated colors of all kinds. It often depends on my moods. And they are many!

What are your favorite Asian stamp images?
Kanji/characters are my favorite stamp image. I love the look of well done, classic characters. I wish I could write them that well.

Favorite stamping accessory? (Such as scissors, etc.)
It would be my guillotine style cutter I think. I have had several trimmers, but I really like the guillotine style cutter the best.

What is the one tool you couldn’t live without?
I would have a problem living without my acrylic blocks. I try to buy only unmounted stamps for storage space reasons, and the blocks make that possible.

Any helpful tips for the group?
Don’t be afraid to try new things or get involved in the swaps/mingles/contests that OSA has. I have learned so much from this great group of stamp artists. The more you try the better your skills become. If you like someone’s art, ask them about it. The members of OSA have always been more than willing to answer my questions.

As a member of OSA, why do you like stamping in the Oriental theme?
My daughter was born in China. I see Oriental art as a way to connect with her birth culture. I also love the clean, elegant lines of Oriental art.

What favorite stamping magazines would you recommend and why do you like them?
I loved VSN when they were in paper and now all of Nancie’s e-articles are some of my favorites. I also like Technique Junkies, Stampers Sampler/Take Ten, Rubber Stamp Madness, Just Cards to name a few. I like to look at our peoples ideas and see if I can put my spin on it.

Published in any magazines?  If yes, please list.
No, I haven’t but would love to do so in the future.

Any other hobbies, talents or craft interests?
I have done many crafts throughout my life. Knitting, crocheting and Zentangle are my most recent craft interests.

What inspires you to be creative?
Colors, nature, magazines are some of the things that inspire me. I think you can find inspiration all around you. You just have to train your eye to be aware of what is around you.

Art background?
I took a couple of drawing classes in college, but nothing after that.

Any favorite websites you would recommend for inspiration?
I have so many websites that I follow. Splitcoast Stampers, Technique Junkies, Freedom in Creating, The Frugal Crafter are some of them.

Do you have a day job when you’re not stamping?
Yes, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor at a child advocacy center in Southeast Texas. I work with kids and their families who have been physically and/or sexually abused. I love seeing the transformation from frightened children and families to proud and healthy families and kids. Stamping is my therapy!

Tell us about your family and where you live.
I live with my partner Sara and our daughter Kendall who is 14 years old. We live in Bridge City, Texas. This is a small town 10 miles from the Louisiana border. If you have ever watched Swamp People, then you know what it looks like! We have a nice mix of cultures in our area. The only bad part of living in a small town is that I have to go to Houston, Texas to find a stamp store.

Card Project:

Materials Needed:
•Stamps by Stampin’ Up, Lost Coast Designs, and Stamp Camp
•Any dye inks can be used.  I used Kaleidacolor Berry Breeze and Versamark Dazzle Frost.
•Glossy paper and a brayer.



1.  Stamp background stamp on glossy paper with Versamark Dazzle.Let dry for a couple of minutes.

2. Brayer dye ink over the whole piece of glossy paper. Don’t worry about the ink, it will make a faded resist. When you are satisfied with the color saturation, (I like saturated colors, but have done it with lighter hues and it looks great that way too.) stop brayering and let the color dry. Maybe 2 minutes.


3.  Pounce embossing buddy over the whole piece to make sure all Versamark ink is covered. Stamp heron stamp with Versamark Dazzle and heat emboss with silver embossing powder.


4.  Pounce embossing buddy bag over piece again. Stamp Kanji stamp with Versamark Dazzle. Heat emboss with black embossing powder.


5.  Trim paper to size you want. Layer with coordinating cardstock that has silver Krylon leafing pen around edges of cardstock and stamped piece. Add rhinestones to corner. Adhere to card base. This is a simple but elegant card to make.


Hope you enjoyed this project. I am so thrilled to be OSA September SAM.


36 Responses to September 2013: Kim McKinney

  1. Carla says:

    Wow, what a wonderful card Kim.
    Congratulations on becoming the StampArtist-of-the-Month September and enjoy your month of fame ;o)

  2. Leo says:

    Congratulations Kim – lovely project -not heard of Versamark Dazzle -is this a new product – I assume is shines? Enjoy your month hugs Leo

  3. Barbie D. says:

    Congratulations Kim on being this month’s SAM your card is absolutely gorgeous. I enjoyed reading your bio and getting to know more about you. Enjoy your time in the spotlight.

  4. Dragon Lady says:

    Congratulations, Kim. You are the winner of this month’s Stamp Artist of the Month prize. Your project is a stunner. Watch your mail for a package from Happy stamping, Annette “:O)

  5. Peg Klitch says:

    Congratulations Kim! Your card is simply stunning. I love those tri-color pads but never feel comfortable using them. This is a wonderful example for that and the heron stamp with Versamark Dazzle knocks it right out of the ballpark! Wow!

  6. Trixiegirl5192 says:

    Congratulations Kim! What a great profile and stunning project you have created for us this month! Am enjoying this amazing card so much! I know you will enjoy your month in the limelight! Well deserved!

    Sandra Grimes

  7. Linda Black says:

    Beautiful project Kim. I love saturated colours too. It was a pleasure to learn more about you.
    Linda B.

  8. Kay Carlson says:

    Congrats, to you, Kim! And what a beautiful project!

  9. Pat says:

    Congrats Kim — what a stunning card. What company makes the
    background stamp. ???

  10. Jan Castle says:

    Stunning card Kim…love the bright colors! Congratulations on being September ‘SAM’ and ENJOY!

  11. Shelly Schmidt says:

    Congrats on SAM Kim! Love the vivid colors- wow! And love the background stamp- and the embossing- just beautiful!!!

  12. Barb I says:

    Congratulations, Kim. Well deserved recognition. Love your sample project. It’s stunning!

  13. paperrose says:

    Congratulations Kim! Beautiful project !

  14. Bonnie aka raduse says:

    Congrats Kim! What a gorgeous project.

  15. Wendy A says:

    Congratulations, Kim!! Your project is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing a new technique! Will do this very soon!
    Have a great month as SAM!!

  16. Lyn says:

    Congratulations Kim! Such a gorgeous project you’ve produced – I love the colours and the layering. Enjoy your month as SAM 🙂

  17. Ruth C says:

    Congratulations Kim! Beautiful card!

  18. Shaz in Oz.x says:

    Wonderful card Kim the brayer is too often neglected … love the stamps too!!
    I am checking out the site with backgrounds to see if post to Oz or not, link for background stamps is:
    but cant see your stamp,

    Well done Shaz in Oz.x

    • kim m says:

      Hmmm. I wonder why its not there. I bought it at a stamp show this year, so it should be there. If you can’t find it or they don’t ship to Oz, I can stamp you some pieces and send them to you if you would like. Just let me know. Thanks for the good wishes.

  19. Stunning, card, abslutely gorgeous! Great teachniques….It is so difficlut to heat emboss on glossy card and you have done it twice!!!!! LOVE the stamps and whole design and colour of your piece. Enjoyed your bio! Congratulations!

  20. Dragon Lady says:

    If we were using baseball idioms, we could say that Kim hit it out of the ballpark with her art. Really lovely.

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