Hi there. Today’s video shares how to do mirror image stamping. This technique allows you to take any stamped image you have and create an image that’s the mirror opposite of it. I’ve shared how to do this in the past, but the new MISTI tool and a great stamp set help to make this technique even better.
ETA: The Mirror Block Stamp Set from Paper Smooches has been VERY popular! Kim (the owner of PS) has more on order and is hurry to get them in her store and other stores. Please know everyone is trying their best to get them available again! 🙂
Learning how to do mirror stamping opens the door to many creative uses of your stamp sets. There are lots of ways to do this technique (one of which I show in THIS video), but today’s method has given me the best results by a landslide.
I was very excited when Paper Smooches brought back the Mirror Block stamp set. This set is *perfect* for mirror stamping (with or without the MISTI) and for many other background techniques. (If you don’t have this stamp set, try using the back side of a stamp image you already have that is large and solid.) For each of the three cards below, I created a mirror image of the critter so I had two facing each other….
I placed the solid image stamp on the door of the MISTI and the animal image on the inside of the MISTI on top of a piece of acetate. After inking the image with VersaFine black ink, I kissed it to the large solid stamp. After removing the image and replacing it with a piece of white cardstock, I stamped the kissed (mirrored) image on top. The great thing about using the MISTI is that it will line up perfectly every time in case you need to double stamp it!
I repeated this technique using the images from the Woofers & Tweeters (dogs) and Briny Blue (fish) stamp sets from Paper Smooches. After also stamping the images as they were intended, I heat embossed all the images using clear embossing powder. I didn’t have the coordinating dies, so I fussy cut them out and placed them on my card in a kissing position.
I wanted to keep the rest of the cards simple so the main focus would be on the mirror image stamping, but I do have some fun finishing touches that you might want to give a try….
- On the “Smooches” card, I die-cut several red hearts to place under the white heart. This way, the heart doesn’t distract from the stamping, but still gives a peek of color from the sides.
- Try heat embossing on top of your sentiment die cuts. I added clear glitter embossing powder to the Smooches die cut word to add interest.
- Try a tone-on-tone, textured background, as I did with the “you are all kinds of wonderful” card. I die cut several borders from the Paper Smooches Heart Borders die of pool cardstock and adhered them on a pool notecard. This gives a lot of texture and dimension without being too distracting.
- Try using dies that don’t cut all the way through the paper, like I did on the fish card. I used a border die from the Polka Dot Borders set from Paper Smooches to cut a peek-a-boo, floating background. This is a fun touch that brings attention to the focal point.
- You can’t go wrong by adding google eyes to any critter image. Ever. 😉
There is nothing cuter than kissing fish…
Isn’t that see-through border fun?
Remember, you don’t have to have the MISTI tool to do mirror image stamping. Be sure to check out THIS video for another way to do this technique. (In fact, you could use the Paper Smooches Mirror Block stamp set with an acrylic block for the technique!) Any way you do it, I hope you give it a try. It’s so fun and a great way to stretch your stamps.
How would you like to win a Paper Smooches Mirror Blocks Stamp Set? I have TWO to give away. For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 6/6/16 telling me if you have ever tried mirror stamping. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! Thanks for the giveaway, Paper Smooches!)
Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated Affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those from Paper Smooches. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Paper Smooches (PS), etc.