Thursday, September 12, 2019

Mixed Media Altered Frame and Lavinia Stamps - Mirrored Image

Lavinia Stamps had a new release this month!
I have seen the new dragon called, Mideela (small) used on a sample card
making the images mirror each other and make a heart.
My friend was curious as to how to create this look.

If you remember, earlier this summer i made a Lavinia shaker card.
I stamped a tiny stamp called, Forager Fairy inside of the shaker acrylic.
What i didn't realize, is that it gave me a mirrored stamped image.

So when i tried to find the original card showing the dragons making a heart.
I couldn't find the original source, but i looked close and decided it
might be the acrylic she stamped on.
So....i gave it a try.
Except, there is a few things i learned along the way.
How i made this stamped image:
I stamped with Stazon Pigment - Piano Black onto a recycled acrylic packaging.
*** If you make a mistake, you can "erase" it with rubbing alcohol.
Other inks seem to slide and i didn't get a good image.

I ended up using a charity frame i had that was circular.
I could have stamped on the glass frame, but decided, 
the images would be protected better being under the glass.

So first thing is to cut the acrylic to the size you need for your frame.
Place this acrylic on a piece of white paper.. it lets you see what you are doing better.
Then another tip, get that plastic your stamp comes on.  
The one with the stamped image.
You can use that under the acrylic.  I suggest putting that stamped example that came with your stamp, under the left side the acrylic.  
I eyed it, but you might want to draw a pencil line to find the center on the white paper under the acrylic. 
Now you can put the stamp on the acrylic block and put it on the acrylic with out the ink so that you can do some tweaking before you stamp.
 Then once i was satisfied with the positioning, i taped down the prestamped dragon under the acrylic. Then i taped the acrylic down too. 
Now you can ink and stamp.  
If you aren't happy, you can "erase" with rubbing alcohol.

Once you get the right side stamped, and it is dried, you can flip the acrylic over.
I lined up the stamped image to the stamped example...and then i stamped again.

Sounds like a lot, but once you do it one time, you will remember how to do it the next time.

I used my Zig black pen/marker to touch up any imperfections that weren't a big deal.

I have used the following Lavinia Stamps:
Mideela (small dragon)
Dragon Stone Castle (my favorite)
Sentiment - Embrace Your Dreams

Supplies used: (many items i purchased at 7 Kids Craft Store)
Charity Frame
Acrylic recycled from packaging
Black Gesso
Art Alchemy Wax
Scrap FX - Moon Chipboard
MitForm Castings - Steampunk Gear
Stazon Pigment Ink - Piano Black (for acrylic)
Versa Clair - Morning Mist (for paper background)
Nuvo Drops - Dirty Bronze

We Are 3 Digital Paper - Fairy Background - available here.

A step by step in photos:
Charity Frame and Recycled acrylic

Stamped dragons on acrylic, Black Gesso on frame and chipboard.
Chipboard was gray.

Putting waxes on frame and chipboard.
Printed off digital paper and stamped images with Versa Clair - Morning Mist.
Inked around the edges and added some black "clouds/mountains".

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Lavinia World - Challenge #9


  1. THIS! IS! FABULOUS! I absolutely love everything about this. Wonderful work. Thank you for crafting with us at Lavinia Worl. Vicki- DT

  2. WOWOW! How exquisitely beautiful, and definitely high on the magical meter! The embellishments and upcycling are so pretty! So happy I saw your pretty card at Lavinia World Challenges . Hope to see more of your creations in the future.
    {Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

  3. Thank you so much, G-ma Bonnie. This technique is wonderful. I bought the Mideela (small) just because of the heart trick. Now, with your explanation I hope to be able to do it easily! Wish me luck!
    G-ma Kay in San Francisco

    1. Good Luck. I think it is a beautiful stamp! I hope this works for you.

  4. Bonnie, you continue to up your game with these projects you are linking up each challenge! This is amazing! Love that you framed it, and I love the frame itself. Thanks for joining us again this challenge. Julie, DT member at Lavinia World Challenges

    1. You are welcome. I was so fortunate to win one challenge, which totally got me hooked on creating with Lavinia. Thank you!

  5. Bonnie this project is absolutely stunning! I love how you made the dragons into a heart! Very clever and I love all your details! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Lavinia World Challenges!

    1. Thank you, Lori! Totally, not my idea to do the heart shape, a DT at the Lavinia Stamps site created this idea. I didn't know how she did it and had to try a way i thought it could work. She created an orange card and did gel plate stamping. It's all fun to play, isn't it!

  6. This is gorgeous! I love everything about it. Thank you so much for your clear tutorial on stamping mirror images. I'm going to give it a try :-)
    Thank you so much for playing along with us at Lavinia World Challenges. We hope to see you again next time. Have a wonderful day.
    ♥ Lena ~ DT
    Lavinia World
    Lena’s Creations

    1. Thank you, Lena! I hope to see what you create too! :)

  7. WOW, this is absolutely stunning!! Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks as well. The frame transformation is amazing too. Love everything about this. So glad you shared it with us for the Lavinia World Challenges #9. :-)

  8. Oh this is lovely. Thanks for sharing at Lavinia WOrld Challenges


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