Hello my crafty friends! I know it’s pretty late but I wanted to get this technique up. I’ve been threatening to do this technique for the past three weeks in my scheduling book but it always wound up getting changed to something else. Today I’m going to share with you how simple it is to do mirror stamping. Once you have the hang of it, you’ll want to make cards using it every day of the week. I use the Paper Smooches Mirror Blocks stamp set but you can use any stamp that has a large image that gives a pretty solid back. I find that these work better, though. For this example I used the Simon Says Stamp ‘Magnificent Magnolias’ stamp set along with the largest square from the paper smooches set.
First I stamped the image in the normal way. I suggest using a pigment ink because it will stay wet longer and make it easier to transfer your mirror image. I like to use the Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink because it doesn’t bleed when it gets wet if I want to watercolor.
Next, set up your stamping tool up like you are using a red rubber grey stamp. For the MISTI that means removing the black padding. Then put your blank stamp onto the base making sure that it lines up with where you had previously stamped your image. Then ink your stamp up and close the lid onto the blank. It will try to take the blank with it when you open the lid so make sure you hold it down with your finger or know where it was exactly placed, that’s why I put mine in the lower left hand corner. I stamped the image onto the blank two times in the hopes of a better transfer but now I would suggest three or four times before bringing the paper to it.
When you open it for the final time, take you piece of paper and lay it directly over the blank. Be careful not to shift or else your image will smear. Then press firmly over the whole image to get a good transfer.
And there you have it! Yes, it is much lighter than the original but if you have one of the envelope addressing waterproof pens, you can go over it if you like to make it darker. Sometimes I like to leave it the way it is but usually I will trace over it.
Did you learn something new today? I hope you did! I remember when I learned how to do this, it made making spinner cards so much easier. Have you tried this techniques? What are your tips, I’d love to know! Be sure to check out the rest of my social media down below ❤XO