Hello! Thanks for coming to check out today’s inspiration! Sharon Traynor is our Queen of ‘clean and simple’ cards here at Visible Image, and she has really wowed us with her latest creation…
Have you ever had a happy accident with your inks and stamps? I admit that most of my accidents are very far from happy and mainly involve dropped ink pads or smudged fingerprints. However my venture into the different ways to mirror stamp resulted in something I didn’t expect, but absolutely loved… and the bonus is that it is repeatable. Happy days!
There are many methods you can use to stamp a mirror image, e.g using a brayer, or piece of acetate, there is even a product called ‘Mirror Image’ that you can buy. But I haven’t seen anything that leaves this type of pattern when you stamp, so I might just claim this technique as my own! 😉
This isn’t the ‘kiss stamping’ method (because I use the back of the large stamp), and I know that stamping on the back of a stamp to produce a mirror image is not a new technique either, but what I think is ‘new’ is the way I let the stamps peel apart to make those patterns.
I made a little video (2 mins 48 seconds long) showing how I achieved this look, because it is sometimes easier to see how to do things rather than explain in words, but there is also a photo and text ‘how to’ below this video link.
Doesn’t that ink look all textured/patterned, and it also matches the impression on the image of splashed and moving water. The beautiful head silhouette from the Visible Image ‘No Space For Dreams’ set (one of my favourite sets!) and mirror image stamping have been in my head for a while now, so I’m glad I that it worked out so well.
The method used here is to take a large stamp, stamp your image onto the back of the large stamp and then take a print onto paper or card.
TIP Use a large stamp with lots of detail on it because stamps with open areas do not work well at all. (I used the large Visible Image Organics stamp).
So, first of all I lined up the profile silhouette stamp in my misti and attached it to the door.
Then I placed the large stamp face down onto the grid paper in the Misti i.e. the detail of the stamp was in contact with the grid paper and the flat back of the stamp was facing up. I should say that the grid paper inside the misti has been laminated and that means that photopolymer stamps will slightly cling to it so they won’t move.
Next the silhouette stamp was inked up and I closed the misti door and pressed down as you would normally.
Now comes the magic…. just let the two stamps peel apart on their own and don’t touch anything until they have done that. As the stamps do peel apart on their own, the ink pools and created the big splodge (for want of a better word) and all the little threadlike veins. You can see from the photo that both the stamped image and the actual stamp have the same pools and veins. Fab!
Now, leave the head silhouette in the door because you will use that in a moment.
But before that, take your piece of card and press it firmly on top of the large stamp using your fingers or even a brayer – making sure not to move the card! When you peel the card away you have your mirror image ready.
Next, remove the large stamp from the Misti and place your card back in with the stamped silhouette facing upwards, then close the Misti door so that the ‘normal’ image stamps.
My first ‘happy accident’ went into the picture frame and I added a stamped ‘Gemini’ as a label.
But to finish the card front I cut it down to size, stamped the word ‘Sister’ between the two faces and edged it with a promarker.
On the inside I stamped the full sister sentiment.
Then the area above the crease was masked and the splashes around the outside edges of the face stamp was used to create a loose border (with second generation ink).
(click on the image to be taken directly to the stamp set in the shop):
Nenah Solar White card, Altenew dye ink (ultraviolet), Promarker (sugar plum), Misti stamping tool
I hope you like this card and picture. Now…. if only I had a sister who was a Gemini…
Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.
What a fantastic effect you have created Sharon! The mirror imaging and the addition of the Sister and Gemini words are absolutely perfect too! Thank you for sharing your wonderful inspiration and very exciting discovery! ♡
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