I had wondered about Tim Holtz’s reflection stamps and why you would need them, but in this video Tim demonstrates 2 great techniques for using them (and the reasons he created them). The first technique with the embossing folder gives the impression that the text is actually stamped behind the embossing and the second gives you a darker stamped image over a light silhouette stamp – both look spectacular!

But the reason i put these in the stamping category is that you can still use the techniques even if you don’t have a reflection stamp – you just need to use a stamp that doesn’t have a right way up (like music and text).

Points you need to remember when using with embossing folders:

  • you need card, an embossing folder with lots of space on it that isn’t embossed, slow drying ink like ranger archival ink (oil based as solvent inks will dry too quickly), stamp cleaner and a stamp
  • when working on the embossing folder, you need to use the side that is recessed in, so that you can stamp on the flat area
  • stamp you image making sure you give firm pressure to get a clear image of the stamp
  • next take a piece of card and place it in the side of the folder that you haven’t stamped and fold the other side down. Run your embossing folder through your die cut machine i.e. bigshot, cuttlebug etc
  • then take your card out of the embossing folder and dry with a heat gun
  • to see the embossing you can use a blending tool and distress inks (another reason to use a permanent ink – so it won’t run if you use water based inks on it later) or if you can sand it if you used coredinations cardstock
  • don’t forget to clean you embossing folder with stamp cleaner to remove the permanent ink
  • this technique works best when stamped on the smooth side of paper (so if working with textured paper you will need to use the back)

Points you need to remember when using stamp to stamp:

  • you will need a silhouette stamp or one that has a lot of bold area are when stamped, a second stamp (reflections) that has a pattern on it, a light and dark coloured distress inks (water based are better when using stamp to stamp) and a piece of cardstock
  • ink up the stamp with the lighter ink and use a wiping motion rather than the usual dabbing motion
  • ink up the second stamp with the darker ink and stamp onto the first stamp
  • stamp your image onto the cardstock using good pressure

What great results with these 2 techniques – click on the link to see more stamping technique videos.

Please post link to you results at these 2 techniques – i would love to see them.


Kaye xoxo

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