In all of the years that I have been stamping and creating cards, I have never made a reflection card! I greatly admire them, but for some reason, have not given it a try yet. Some of the directions tell you to use a brayer, some waxed paper, some go into great lengths about lining up your image, some use a Mirror Image stamp (I have one- have only tried using it once..) ..... Well, I came across a tutorial for doing the reflection technique that is so easy, I am not sure why I have never given this a try before! The link is HERE. I have never heard of using acetate before for a reflection image- but it is fast and easy- I used Tuxedo Memento ink, and I could see right through the acetate- so the reflection went directly where I wanted it to go! Now, this stamp has a bit of detail in it, and you can see that it transferred beautifully- this stamp is Riley Raccoon from FCD.
Coloring it, I ran into trouble finding the 'right' colors. I tried my Copics- but I did not have the right color to finish the sky. While I was experimenting with colors, I found a great post on Prismacolor Pencils on Splitcoaststampers.com that is mentioned in the previous post on the Featured Stamper card. I found some recommendations for using Prismacolor pencils-I could not help get out my pencils and give it a go. Here are the colors I used:
Raccoon- 1018- wait that is pink! I used the Complimentary color uncoloring technique- it really does look better than the raccoon images I colored without it..... and the GREYS: 1051, 1052, 1054 and 1056 (over the pink color- really!).
Grasses: 988, 911 and 908. Mushrooms: 940, 942, 1034 and the log: 945, 946, 947, 948. And, I used Black to highlight Riley's mask and darker highlights around his head and face.
I added a touch of color with the Aquapainter -Creamy Carmel and Close to Cocoa at the base of the log, then used the small grass and larger grass stamp from the FCD set called Just Breathe (again) I added grass with Old Olive- I added the first layer, then Aquapainted over it so it looked natural- to get rid of the white spaces, then once that was dry, added another layer of stamped grasses.
Ok, next I added a wash with the Aquapainter in Bashful Blue ink to the base of the card. I used a stamp from the Just Breathe stamp set that gives the ripples in the water with Bashful Blue. I added another layer of color wash to deepen the color.
For the sky, I punched out a scalloped oval, and used the blue ink with the Aquapainter and colored around the edge of the scallop. I went over the lines with the Aquabrush to soften the lines.
Finally, I decided to use the layout from Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge 253- I have not been able to do the Sketch Challenge in a while and like the way it looks with this sketch. I stamped the water waves image from Just Breath (again) again.... in blue on the background papers and on the edge triangles. I stamped the REFLECT image from the stamp set Thinking of You .
I added Dew Drops in the bottom Lt corner to balance the card. Finally, I added a little bit of white gel pen by Sakura to the ripples in the water- I like the look I achieved.
CS used all SU- Sahara Sand, Choc Chip, Brocade Blue and White.
**Remember for Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol- use a coated paper like SU Whisper White- you want the color to move on the surface and blend- not to be absorbed into the paper (like Georgia Pacific or papers good for Copic markers)
I hope you enjoyed my Reflection Technique for the day- and, thanks for stopping by! Click on the link on my sidebar to view the other Bloggers Challenge Technique ideas for today.