Reflection Technique

by Beate Johns

Use a piece of Acetate to create a reflection.


  • Stamps

  • Ink

  • Cardstock

  • Piece of Acetate


  1. Step 1

    Ink your image and stamp it on cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Ink your image with the same ink and stamp it on your piece of acetate.

  3. Step 3

    Flip your piece of acetate over so your stamped image is facing down. Line it up with your first image to create your reflection. Place acetate on cardstock.

  4. Step 4

    Rub over your acetate. It will transfer the image from the acetate to your cardstock.

  5. Step 5

    Doodle or paint ground underneath your image.

  6. Step 6

    Add water or ice looking background around your reflected image.

  7. Step 7

    Finish your card.



  1. Stamp on a stamp
    Use a solid shape stamp instead of acetate, and transfer your image by first stamping your image right on to the solid shape stamp, then to your paper.

    Try a brayer
    Use your clean, dry brayer (instead of acetate), to pick up an image off your stamp and then transfer it to paper.

    Mirror images
    Use this same technique to create a side-by-side "mirrored" image instead of a reflection effect.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Reflection Technique. 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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great idea for nestabilities
marlene geiger  |  Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 8:26 AM
Love it, it worked. Thanks for the visual instruction which always works best for me.
Judy Sander  |  Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 2:46 PM
I just love all your tutorials whether in video or
print form! Have followed you for years.
Thank you for sharing all your talent with all of us.
Chatty Cathy 25  |  Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 4:13 PM

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