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Hello ... I was wondering if anyone could give me instructions on how to do the reverse image stamping? I've seen a lot of cards where the image of the stamp is going the other way. Also, how do you do the reflection images?
Bump! I saw some great cards with this technique a while ago, didn't have the time to figure it out then, and I'd love to know too how they did it. I wish I were smarter about searching around SCS, tried a quick gallery search with little luck. C'mon you talented folk you, tell us! How'd ya do that?!
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To do the reflection of the tree on this card, first I stamped the main (right-side-up) image. Then I inked the tree again and stamped it directly onto the rubber of the large square of the retired set The Shape of Things. Then I stamped that onto the cardstock, underneath the original tree image. Hope that makes sense!
Any stamp with a large solid area of rubber would work for this technique. Unfortunately, there don't seem to be any in the current SU catalog. If you have the just-retired Great Shapes set, the square or the rectangle would do the trick.
I know that I have seem similar stamps at Michael's made for reverse stamping. They are like a background stamp, but just a large flat surface on which to stamp your image before stamping onto your project.
I'm surprised that SU doesn't offer this type of stamp, although I understand that they used to. Maybe they will bring it back (like they did the color spritzer).
You can also use vellum. Stamp it, flip it over (giving you the reverse image), then stamp again on the front. The reverse image might be a little bit lighter, but in most cases, you can't really tell.
in the past I have used wax paper. Just stamp the image on wax paper then flip it upside down and with a warm iron press down on the back side of the wax paper. It works really well for a reflection on water effect. Put a piece of paper between the wax paper and the iron so it doesn't mess up the iron.
hope that helps, if you can find the wax paper sandwich bags, they are thick and a little easier to work with. you would probably get a sharper image with the blank rubber stamp technique but the wax paper does do a nice "reflection"
Beate - Thank you SO MUCH for the acetate idea! I just tried it with "Lovely as a tree" and it worked beautifully. With the acetate, you can see exactly where the image will go, so stamp it last. No need for a positioner! I'm going to do one of these at my next stamp club meeting.
Rubber Stampede sells a Mirror Image Stamp that is the easiest way to do reverse images. Stamp original image, then stamp your original image on the Mirror Image stamp (I use a lighter color if the stamp is a water reflection, same ink as original for twin stamp image) then stamp the Mirror Image stamp beside your original image. Couldn't be simpler and works every time.