Animal Outing: Mirror Image Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing some cute cards with a little help from my friends. What do a frog, a giraffe, a koala bear, a bird, a kangaroo and a rhino all have in common? The answer’s obvious: they’re all in this stamp set!  I don’t often buy this genre of stamp sets but I could not resist Animal Outing, and I will miss it when it retires in a couple weeks.

Let me share some cute cards created with “Animal Outing” and the Mirror Image technique I taught with this set.  Our “Welcome Little One” card showcases the Kangaroo and also highlights the beautiful “Perennial Essence” Designer Series paper (Last Sunday I showcased 4 cards using this designer paper). You can view them by clicking on the link.

You will not find this card short of dimension or texture! The die cut background creates depth and our cute little stitched hearts help to create a focal point around our mama kangaroo.

On the second card the rhino gets the glory …

Our Rhino is highlighted with a die cut oval and backed with some scrap pieces of the Dinoraur Designer Series paper … going to miss that bundle too 😦  The die cut leaves and greeting create some added texture and dimension to this card as well.

My last card highlights the giraffe and a technique called “Reverse Image”.  I taught this technique in one of my classes which showcased the Stamparatus! You can see the step by step instructions here.

Now … they might be a little close for today’s “Social Distancing” but never the less … they really do make a cute pair.  I created some added depth to this card by stamping the leaves in the same color as our cardstock; Garden Green. The dimension is added by popping up the greeting and the giraffe from the background … a little Linen Thread behind our greeting adds some texture to the card.

Check out the punches as there are some on the discontinued list as well. You can do so by heading over to my website (Click Here) and then hit “SHOP” in the upper right hand corner. You can go directly to the punches or click on the retiring products.

Thank you for spending a part of your Saturday with me. I hope you check out the other cards and instructions I shared with you today.

Enjoy your day ~

Here is a list of the highlighted supplies used in today’s cards …


Stamparatus MIRROR IMAGE Technique …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Yesterday I shared a video with some great tips while using the Stamparatus, today I’ve got a cute card for you that features a fun technique by using the Stamparatus!!  I’m going to show you how easy the “Mirror Image” technique is … and with the precision stamping of the Stamparatus, it makes it super simple!!

This is the card that I used to teach the Mirror Image Technique during my Stamparatus Class.  The stamp set is the Animal Outing set found in our Annual Catalog.  I will give you Step by Step instructions along with photos …

The first thing you want to do is set up your placement of the stamp.  You will place your stamp on your piece of cardstock “where” you want the stamped image.  Once it’s placed properly, bring your plate (you can see it above our stamp) over the stamp and press firmly to pick it up.  You do this just as you would on your blocks.

Here you can see that I brought the plate down over the stamp and with my finger I put a little pressure on the plate to pick up the stamp.  Once  you have picked up the stamp … you will flip the plate back up and ink up the stamp with Momento ink.  Do not use StazOn … it’s permanent ink and will remain on your silicone pad.

I always give my stamp a firm little push to make sure the paper is picking up the ink.  You can always re-ink and re-stamp … because the Stamparatus is a stamp positioner, it will stamp directly in the same spot (as long as you are not moving your cardstock).

Once you’ve stamped your image to your liking … It’s time to remove your cardstock.  Get your Momento ink and ink up your stamp again and stamp directly onto your Silicone mat.

You will want to ink up the stamp and stamp the Silicone pad several times so you have “good” ink coverage.  When you have a nice layer of ink on your Silicone pad … get your cardstock again.

FLIP OVER THE CARDSTOCK so the image is placed against the silicone pad … you should not see any stamping on your cardstock.  Tuck the cardstock back into the corner of your Stamparatus, then bring the plate over your cardstock and apply pressure to the stamp so you pick up the ink on the silicone pad.  The picture would look exactly like STEP 3.

Now it’s time to pick up your cardstock and see the magic …

If you look closely you can see a very light image left on the silicone pad … most of the ink is now on your cardstock and you have created a mirror image!  Wasn’t that easy!!

I have a few more tips to show you how I finished the card.  We stamped our own background on our Garden Green cardstock using Garden Green ink …

Because there is a little froggie sitting at the end of our branch, we simply inked only the leaves.  These were stamped on the Garden Green to create the background, and then again as foliage around our giraffes.

After we stamped the leaves around our giraffe, we used the Aqua Painters to pull the color from the stamped image to color itself … isn’t that cool!!

We used the Stampin’ Blends to color our giraffe … the Light Daffodil Delight and the Light Crumb Cake for the spots.  You’ll see this better on the finished card.

Here you can see the Crumb Cake on the spots and the leaves stamped to create the background.  I did that technique a lot before Stampin’ Up! gave us so many amazing designer papers.

The greeting also comes from the stamp set and was punched out with our circle punches.  All of our stamped cardstock was backed with Early Espresso cardstock. I finished off the card with strings pulled from the Burlap ribbon.

I just adore this card, and we had a great time making it … because it was so easy to do.  The ladies were pleasantly surprised and oh so happy that they could create this card with ease.  Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Thank you for joining me today. Please message me if you have any questions about the Stamparatus or the Mirror Image Technique.

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