10 Jan 2019

Is this a new variation on a mirror image technique?

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. lol ;-)

This is not the 'kiss stamping' method (because I use the back of the large stamp), and I'm not claiming that stamping on the back of a stamp to produce a mirror image is the new technique either (because there are loads of people who have done that before). What I think is new is the way I let the stamps peel apart to make those particular patterns and that's the 'new technique' that I'm claiming. 

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).

Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):


Other Supplies:

Nenah Solar White card, Altenew dye ink (ultraviolet), Promarker (sugar plum), Misti stamping tool

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Craft Stamper TIMI January - Anything goes
Crafters Castle #13 - Anything Goes with option of fun techniques
Crafting From The Heart #234 - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges #193 - Anything Goes
Get Creative Challenge #76 - AG - No twist
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #97 - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations January - Fabulously Feminine
Through The Craft Room Door 8th January - Anything Goes

Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges

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.

Sharon xx


Rocky said...

Love it, thank you for the run through.

brenda said...

A super creation for our 'Fabulousy Feminine theme at Stamping Sensations' challenge, thanks so much for joining in.

B x

maria f. said...

So very cool. Great video.

Marlies said...

A beautiful creation and a very good idea too. Thanks for joining our challenge at Stamping Sensations. Marlies

Lin said...

What a fabulous technique. Thanks for sharing the video as well.

Thanks for sharing in our first challenge for 2019.

Dream Valley

Amy Ottmers said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Lil Patch, good luck!!! Amy DT

Viv said...

Great design Sharon, well done and thanks for sharing too ;) Viv xx

cass said...

Beautiful card and a great tutorial. Thanks for joining us at Get Creative this month for our Anything Goes Challenge.

Angela B said...

This is stunning! Great design! We would love to have one of your projects submitted for an upcoming issue of the magazine! Thank you so much for entering the challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to seeing you again in the next challenge.
Hugs & Craftiness,
AngelaThrough The Craft Room Door DT
Taste Of Craftiness {My Blog}
Through The Craft Room Door

MagsB said...

Wow, these are fabulous! What a fascinating technique! Thanks for joining in at Dream Valley!

love Mags B x

Helen said...

Very clever - makes such a striking design.

Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Made by Helen{My Blog}
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Dora said...

Wow great stamping! Beautiful.
Thank you for joining at stamping Sensations this month.