Thursday, April 5, 2012

Inspired Stamps, Bloom!

This week the Inspired Stamps Design Team was asked to make Spring projects. I of course jumped at the opportunity to use the new Butterflies & Blooms stamp set!! On my card I used a mirror stamping technique which allows you to reverse the stamped image. This way I was able to use the flowers to frame the butterfly. To do this you need a good stamping ink like Memento Tuxedo Black and a clear photopolymer stamp larger than the one that you're going to mirror stamp. Now not just any large clear stamp, it needs to have a lot of design on it. Something like a scripture stamp would be best as it has a lot of design on it and not much blank space. A stamp set like Psalm 91 Protection would work great! What you do is lay the large busy stamp on your block upside down so that the part you usually stamp with is the side that's laying on the block. You put the stamp you want a mirrored image of on a different block and ink it up well with the Tuxedo black ink. Then you stamp it onto the back of the larger stamp you have on your other block, be careful though as it will be a lot more slippery than stamping on paper! Hold it firm and steady! Then pull the blocks apart and stamp the mirrored stamp on the back of your larger stamp onto the paper. It won't be perfect, but you can fix any imperfections with a Memento marker if you like. I hope that makes sense, if you have any questions please feel free to ask!

The rest of the card was pretty easy. I cut out a wide tag on my Silhouette and turned it upside down. I adhered the stamped images directly to it and tied linen thread around it. I stamped out the Bloom sentiment on a flag and lightly distressed it with Vintage Photo ink. Adhered two different polka dot papers to a cream card base then added the tag. Lastly I added a bit of bling and the card front was complete. :)

I stamped the second part of the sentiment inside, just thought I'd show you how cute the stamp's writing is!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Inky and glittery fingers for all!


  1. This card is fabulous, I love the colors you chose and how you framed the butterfly. Have a great weekend. Hugs and god bless!

  2. Gaby, what a beautiful card!! I love the beautiful bright colours and how you placed the tag.

  3. Such a lovely card and great technique!

  4. Wow thanks for the tutorial on how to do the reverse image. Your image looks perfect. I will have to try this. Your card is lovely, it definately reminds me of spring.

  5. Gaby this is just so stunning! I love the butterfly and the elegant layout :)

  6. Gaby, GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS!! I have never tried that stamping technique before! Let me know if you'd be willing use it in a future project and take step by step photos as you go...I'll dedicate a post to it as I know EVERYONE should know this technique! Thanks so much for all you do...this is great!

  7. Really Cute Card! And great technique you shared. I think I have a large blank rubber piece to do that reverse stamping with, gotta find it. You inspired to try it out! And that saying is one of my ultimate favorites!

    Aloha and welcome to the Joy of Crafting Blog Ohana, too! Happy you found us!

    Happy Easter and Happy Crafting!


  8. Wow! I love the bright colors.

  9. Gorgeous card! Love the colours. Thanks for the comment. Hugs Mieko xx