Mirror Image Stamping

by Lydia Fiedler

Create realistic reflections in water using blank rubber or photopolymer and the MISTI stamping tool.


  • MISTI Stamping Tool or other stamp positioner

  • Mirror image rubber or photopolymer stamp (Mirror Image stamps shown here from So Suzy Stamps & Paper Smooches)

  • Stamp (Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree used here)

  • Masking paper or tape

  • Shape die or scissors

  • Sponge or ink blending tool


  1. Step 1

    Die cut or hand cut an irregular puddle or pond shape from masking paper or tape.

  2. Step 2

    Place the mask onto your card front and sponge a light blue ink through the opening to make the puddle/pond image.

  3. Step 3

    Position the stamp image you're using over the opening in the mask, and pick it up with the lid of your MISTI. If you don't have a MISTI, just position your stamp on an acrylic block or a stamp press.

  4. Step 4

    Transfer your stamp image to the mirror image rubber or photopolymer stamp with either the MISTI or your block or press. I do recommend inking and stamping the image a few times to make sure you have enough ink on the mirror image stamp to transfer a perfect image. Tip - if you don't have a dedicated mirror image stamp - try using the back of a large photopolymer stamp.

  5. Here's what the stamp will look like with your image stamped on it.

  6. Step 5

    Place your card with the masked, sponged opening back into the corner of the MISTI on top of the mirror image rubber with the inked image on it. Rub the back of the cardstock, being sure to rub near the edge of the opening to transfer the image perfectly to the cardstock.

  7. Here's what it looks like after the transfer. The difference between using mirror image rubber or photopolymer and using a transparency to create mirror images is the clarity - you get the exact same clarity of the image as you would with a stamp since you are using stamp material - no imperfect images, halos or lighter images are transferred with this method.

  8. Step 6

    Replace the mask into the negative space and remove the negative portion so that you can sponge a different color around the puddle or pond.

  9. Add a second piece of masking paper or tape about where you'd like the horizon line to be.

  10. Step 7

    Sponge the area around the mask with a light brown or green ink to create the ground.

  11. After sponging, remove all the masking.

  12. Step 8

    Align a piece of transparency or quilting template in the corner of the MISTI.

  13. Stamp the image again onto the sheet.

  14. Step 9

    Using the image on the positioning sheet, line up the cardstock to be sure the stamp images align before stamping. Adjust cardstock as needed.

  15. Remove the positioning sheet, put the card front back into the corner of the MISTI, and ink and stamp the image opposite the reflection.

  16. Step 10

    Add additional sponging above the horizon line if needed to match your image.

  17. Sponge the sky if desired.

  18. Step 11

    Finish the card. I added sponging in additional colors to give a sunset effect at the horizon and on the water.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Mirror Image Stamping. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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What a great idea thank you
eluned jeffery  |  Wed Jun 1, 2016 at 4:10 AM
So clever. Thanks.
Kathy Stacy  |  Wed Jun 1, 2016 at 4:33 AM
Great Video. What was the black foam piece you used when stamping in the video at the end. you placed it in the misti after the mirror image was stamped with the rubber mat. Thanks.
kylaney  |  Wed Jun 1, 2016 at 6:06 AM
Makes me happy I have a Misti? I should use it more. Great tutorial.
Susan Myrick  |  Wed Jun 1, 2016 at 6:30 AM
Hi Kylaney - the MISTI comes with a piece of foam - if you're using photopolymer stamps or stamps with thin or no cling mount, you put the foam inside the base, If you're using cling stamps, you take the foam out - it's essentially a shim to make photopolymer stamps the same depth as cling rubber stamps.
lydia  |  Wed Jun 1, 2016 at 6:36 AM
Love this technique and what a great card! Thank you so much for the tutorial!!!
Yvonne Boucher  |  Wed Jun 1, 2016 at 6:53 AM
How cool! You do the best instructional videos, Lydia! Thank you kindly! Beautifully done on this Mirror Image technique!
Virginia Lu  |  Wed Jun 1, 2016 at 8:09 AM
GREAT TECHNIQUE!! Love it and great video!
Julie Heyer  |  Wed Jun 1, 2016 at 10:08 AM
Great video! Where do you get the mirror image stamp?
Laura Giannini  |  Wed Jun 1, 2016 at 10:25 AM
so amazing! LOVE this!
gabrielle howey  |  Wed Jun 1, 2016 at 10:48 AM
Wow Lydia! It blows my mind that you just figured this out!
Kathy Harrison  |  Wed Jun 1, 2016 at 6:54 PM
Laura the rubber mirror image stamp is from sosuzystamps.com

The photopolymer one in the supply photo is from Paper Smooches.
lydia  |  Wed Jun 1, 2016 at 7:49 PM
Where can I get the Misti? I have never seen it before but I love the mirror image look.
Jan Polesky  |  Thu Jun 2, 2016 at 3:02 PM
Hi Jan - there's a link to purchase up at the top right or you can go directly to www.mysweetpetunia.com
lydia  |  Thu Jun 2, 2016 at 3:04 PM
I just ordered a Misti - It is a Birthday Present from my hubby - I am so looking forward to using it! Thanks for this video and instructions - I shall try this - have a blessed week!
Gail Scott  |  Fri Jun 3, 2016 at 11:23 AM
great instructions! thank you. How do you clean the rubber stamp pad?
do you advise avoiding Stazon products?
Karen McBeth  |  Mon Jun 6, 2016 at 11:32 AM
Hi Karen - I use an archival ink pad like Stampin' Up! Archival basic black, or Versafine, or the Hero Arts Archival black. I don't typically use Stazon in my stamping.
lydia  |  Mon Jun 6, 2016 at 11:55 AM
Thanks so much! I found your video on YouTube and was encouraged. Your Step by Step tutorial has given me the information I need to get started. I just need an educated opinion. Do you think it works better with the red rubber or the clear photopolymer? I want to order my mirror stamp right away; but, I want to order the one that everybody thinks works best. Thanks in advance! MarySmiles!
Mary Poggemann  |  Thu Jun 6, 2019 at 8:45 PM
WOW! Awesome technique!
Crooked Stamper  |  Wed Nov 24, 2021 at 5:57 AM

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