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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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1,011 thoughts on “Easy Mirror Image Stamping + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Hi Jennifer,
    I did try mirror stamping years ago…I purchased a solid wood mount stamp for that purpose years ago!? But I think I’d let to try it again with the Misti and those cool PS block stamps. Thanks for sharing.?

  2. Jennifer,
    I love the look of the cards you made using the mirror image technique! I tried mirror images in the past but the second image always looked blurred and washed out. The Misti is a must have. Dede

  3. Thank you for tutorial on mirroring. I’m excited to try this stamp technique again. Thank you for the chance to win!

  4. Honestly, I thought I’d have SOMETHING that I could use, nothing works “well” but this tutorial was wonderful. Thank you so much. Little hints like this are amazingly helpful.

  5. I think I did try it once a long time ago, but wasn’t super happy with the result. I have a mini Misti, so that may give better results. Thanks for a chance to win.

  6. I have never tried mirror stamping but what a way to stretch your stamps and imagination. I just bought a MISTI and can hardly wait to try this technique. Thanks Jennifer!

  7. I’ve never tried it before as I didn’t know how. Would love the tool so I can. Love your videos on youtube

  8. After reading this article I tried mirror stamping for the first time, and my card turned out great! I loved it, and I definitely want to make more! Using my Misti tool made is so much easier.

  9. I had no idea this was possible! Thank you, Jennifer for all the valuable techniques and lessons you have shared.

  10. I have never tried mirror stamping before, and I can’t wait to try with the assistance of your video. Thank you for making it look so easy.

  11. Your cards are so sweet, luv ’em. I have tried mirror stamping awhile ago, but my results were so-so. I think with the MISTI and Paper Smooches mirror block stamp and your video (so very helpful), I could get much better results. Also great tip with the smooches die cut.

  12. I have never done mirror stamping before, though I have known how to do it in theory. Thank you for such a clear explanation. My MISTI is on order. Now all I need is a clear stamp to use with it. I love the tip for the die cutting too!

  13. I have tried mirror stamping but without success. I think I need this set to help this technique along as the cards you created are adorable!

  14. I have never tried mirror stamping, but have been wanting to. Another paper smooches stamp set to add to my wish list!

  15. I love this idea and your video. I immediately tried to purchase the Paper Smooches mirror stamps but discovered they are all out of stock. I have tried mirror stamping before but without success but now I have a Misti I will definitely try it again. Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. I have never tried to mirror image. I didn’t even know you could do that until I saw your video. Thank you for that awesome tutorial. Now I must get a stamp to try this with. Thank you and Paper Smooches for the chance to win 🙂

  17. Super Cute Cards! I have never tried mirror stamping, after seeing your video I would definitely try to do it.

  18. Thank you for another great video! I have not tried mirror stamping, but with the Paper Smooches mirror stamp
    I can see how easy it can be.

  19. I have tried it before but it didn’t come out well, but because of that clear stamp to transfer the image, I think this would work well. I’m going to try this after getting the stamp set from them. 🙂

  20. Wow, TRIED this and it works beautifully, thanks Jennifer! I have the “pallette4mirror” stamp set from Stamps of Life that came out ages ago and is the same concept as the Paper Smooches set so used it since that is what I had…this works like a charm!!! WOOHOO!

  21. Yes, I have tried it. It was so fun, but I have it done it in a long time…guess I kind of forgot about it. These blocks would make it so much easier! Thanks for the chance to win! Your cards are fantastic and video so helpful.

  22. Hi Jennifer, Love this idea. No I have never tried the mirror stamping, but would love to try. Thanks, I enjoyed the video.

  23. I have never tried this, but I can’t wait until I do. I always love your videos and new techniques to try. Thank you for the chance to win.

  24. Cute cards and great tips on mirror stamping. I have not done mirror stamping but have wanted to learn. TFS

  25. I’ve done mirror stamping once or twice. But now that I have the Misti it would be much easier. I’m going to give it a try soon. Thanks for the chance to win the stamp set. That I’m sure makes a huge difference.

  26. hi jennifer,
    i have never tried mirror stamping before…..but i have purchased the misti and now i am going to try this technique. thanks for your good explanation………i love your style!

    lovely greetings from germany
    stephie

  27. I have never tried mirrored stamping :/
    I love the look you can achieve.
    I have seen a few videos with the misti stamping tool and I think it is time to purchase one!
    Thank you for all your great video inspirations!

  28. I tried mirror stamping long ago–complete failure. I had a blank piece of mounted rubber that you were supposed to stamp the image onto, then use that to stamp the image on to your project paper. I could never get a clear and dark image. Love the examples you showed, esp with the google eyes! So cute.

  29. I have never tried mirror stamping! you make it look so easy but yet it is still so intimidating for me!

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