Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Mirror stamping with Count on Me for Pride Month

It’s Pride Month and it’s easy to look through the catalogue and think there’s nothing suitable for a same-sex couple. But sometimes we have to think outside the box in the name of #stampingdiversity.
I made these two cards using the new Count on Me stamp set and a bit of mirror stamping. I also had fun playing with my new Layering Diorama Dies and Checks & Dots  Embossing Folders. 

For this card I began by laying strips of coloured cardstock onto a piece of scrap white cardstock. Next I cut it out using the Layering Diorama Dies. I trimmed it to just a little smaller than my card front. 

I stamped my bears onto a separate piece because when you colour with Stampin’ Blends, the ink goes through to the other side.

You can create a mirror image of any stamp using the Stamparatus and a Silicone Sheet. It’s a really genius trick which is well worth giving a go. It’s not something you can describe; you really need to see it. Happily, I have video which shows you how to create this fun effect. 

I coloured the images using Stampin’ Blends. Cajun Craze Light and Dark for the bear bodies, Ivory for the noses, Poppy Parade Light and Dark for the hearts, Mint Macaron Light and Dark for the ground and a hint of Light Pool Party in the background. 

I stamped the words by masking the stamp to ink just a couple of words at a time. You have clean very thoroughly in between inking when using this method!

The diorama frame is popped up onto the image layer and finished off with some linen thread.

Next we have the very diverse relationship between a fox and a kiwi! I confess I had to Google kiwis to see what colour they were because my twisted brain was telling me to colour it in green. Yes, yes, I know that’s the fruit!

I have used the cut-off strip of rainbow colours to edge the inside of my card and cut the front a little smaller so it shows. Well, confession time: I accidentally scored my card incorrectly so had a shorter front to start with, then decided to use this to my advantage.

Again, the image is coloured using Stampin’ Blends; Cajun Craze Light and Dark for the fox body, Ivory for the ears, nose and tail. Crumb Cake Light and Dark for the Kiwi, with Light Smoky Slate for the feet and beak. The ground is Light and Dark Mint Macaron, with Mint Macaron grass stamped on top. 
Behind the main image are some pieces of diorama die-cuts to echo the rainbow stripes down the side. 
The whole front piece is embossed using the new Checks & Dots Embossing Folders. These are small folders designed to fit in the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, but I used them in the standard machine so I could emboss a larger piece of cardstock. With some careful positioning, I was able to run the card through twice and avoid a line; I did this by only rolling it through up to the point I needed, so no double embossing. 

The card is finished off with this appropriate greeting once again, this time stamped in one go and simply cut out freehand to break it up.
So what do you think? Are you inspired to make your own cards for Pride Month for those LGBTQ+ people in your life?  
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