Easy Mirror Image Stamping + GIVEAWAY

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.

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[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

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….

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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!

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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.

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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. 😉

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There is nothing cuter than kissing fish…

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Isn’t that see-through border fun?

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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.

GIVEAWAY

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!)

SUPPLIES

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.


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1,012 thoughts on “Easy Mirror Image Stamping + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I’ve always liked the look but have never tried to mirror images. I love the look for a reflection of trees in water.

  2. I have tried it in the past but was disappointed with the end result. Thanks, I will try your technique.

  3. I have not tried mirror stamping but want to give it a try. Your videos are always amazing and I love watching them.

  4. Saw the video..such cute cards..I haven’t tried the mirror image stamping technique yet..will have to give it a go soon! Xx

  5. I tried mirrored stamping once with not the best of results 🙁 love this technique!

  6. I tried mirror stamping about 20 years ago, but it didn’t turn out well. I gave up after that. You make it look so easy, I’m going to give it another go!!

  7. I’ve never tried mirror stamping but when I see your amazing card I want to test it ! Thanks for the technique and the tips !

  8. I have struggled with mirror stamping for so long. It never crossed my mind that I could use my MISTI to make this so easy! Thanks for making this technique so much easier.

  9. I KNEW there had to be a way to accomplish stamping a mirror image! I could never quite wrap my brain around how to make it work, so I haven’t tried it. Thanks so much for the awesome tutorial! Now I can try it finally! 🙂

  10. I need the Mini Misti Stamping Tool, never tried much mirror image stamping I can’t line things up right. Thanks for the video.

  11. I have never tried mirror stamping but it looks so easy. I have to give this a try. The PS stamps would make it so much easier to try!

  12. I tired mirror technique once years ago, before clear stamps. Didn’t get an impression I liked, but now with clear stamps, MISTI, and/or Mirror block set from Paper Smooches I look forward to trying this again. Loved the results you got, darling cards.

  13. I think I toyed with it years ago using recycled plastic packaging but I don’t think I made a card. I have a MISTI – the new stamps look much easier to use for this technique.

  14. I am just getting bac into stamping after 24 years. I am amazed at all the changes that have taken place in materials and techniques. I have never tried mirror stamping or even heard about it until I started watching Jennifer. I have learned a lot of other fabulous fun and creative techniques from your site Jennifer. I can’t wait to get started again. I thank you for sharing your talents. GOD Bless.

  15. These are adorable cards Jennifer! I’m thinking they would be good for Father’s Day too! Always looking for guy card ideas. Thanks for your mirror imaging technique video, can’t wait to try it! Would love the mirror image stamps, so thanks for a chance to win them.

  16. I never thought it possible to do mirror stamping without special tools until I saw the video you did using the deer stamps. So I tried it and it worked pretty well. I’d really love to have a MISTI tool, though. Not only would it help with this technique but would also help with so many other stamping needs!! Thanks for the great video, expert advice, and the chance to win!

  17. Mirror stamping technique looks like a great way to extend the use of existing stamps. I will have to give it a try. Love the cute cards you made. I will be looking at my stamps in another way now.

  18. I have never tried mirror stamping, but after watching your video, it’s worth a try. The techniques looks very straightforward, thanks!

  19. I have never done it but after watching this video I will make them for card swap next month! Thank you for all of the ideas!!

  20. Your cards are adorable and I have tried mirror stamping before with a card making kit from Annie’s Attic

    Kathleen

  21. I have tried mirror stamping, using the back of a larger-than-the-stamp-image acrylic stamp. While it works quite well, I still found the mirror image to be not as crisp as I would like. This new mirror image stamp set of Paper Smooches has me intrigued.

  22. I have never tried mirror stamping before. Would like to try, you make it look so easy. Your cards are beautifull. Thank you for a chance to win.

  23. Hi Jennifer-I have never done this technique however you make it seem so simple that I am going to try it on Sunday afternoon–thanks for all the tips and tricks I am also going to check out the Misti it looks neat too…

  24. Mirror Image! Hmmm, haven’t done that in a long time. Your video, Jennifer, jogged my memory. I’ll try that again. I want to watch how you did it without the Mist, as it is costly, but a very nice looking tool to have. Someday…
    Thank You for all your wonderful lessons.

  25. Great video, I always knew there had to be a way of mirroring a stamp, thank you for sowing how to achieve, can’t wait to try this

  26. Oh wow..how clever! I’ve never tried mirror stamping, but will soon be able to say that I have! Thanks, Jennifer, for your wonderful videos…you always inspire me.

  27. I have not tried mirror stamping. This technique would certainly allow stamps to be used for more designs.

  28. I have never tried mirror stamping, but you make it look so easy I will be sure to give it a try. Love the pool heart background. I thought it was from an embossing folder. Thanks for the continued inspiration.

  29. I have not done any mirror stamping (yet!) but you make it look so simple, especially with the MISTI! I will definitely have to give it a try!

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