Wednesday, 9 March 2016

WWC58 - Gail's Reflection Challenge

It's time for another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and this week Gail Allen has chosen a technique challenge.  I love techniques, especially this one.  Gail has decided to challenge us all to include a reflection in our cards.

I love creating reflections.  I know everyone doesn't, but there are a number of ways to create one.  My favourite is to use a piece of acetate (Window Sheet) and, after stamping my image on that I use it to stamp the image below the image stamped on paper.  That way the reflection is the "mirror image" or reverse image that one would expect.  Another way is to use a brayer.  I haven't tried that and so can't really comment on it.  My images have always been beautiful using the acetate sheet.

I decided to create a scene using a combination of stamp sets.  For my background I used the mountains from the In the Meadow set and then I stamped the wonderful Bi-Plane from the Sky is the Limit set above them.   Because I had decided that there would be a lake in the lower half of the card, I had to create a reflection of the mountains as well as of the Bi-Plane.  First I stamped the image of the mountains on a piece of acetate and then quickly lined the image up below the mountains, upside down, and stamped the image from the acetate onto the paper by firmly pressing across the acetate with my hand.

For the Bi-Plane I used the same technique but placed the image of the plane much closer to the bottom edge of the paper so that there would be some distance between the reflection of the mountains and the plane.  I coloured the "real" plane and the "real" mountains vividly and then coloured the reflections of each a bit more lightly.  Because the air would be moving and thus cause ripples along the water, I used my white Gel Pen to create the illusion of ripples across the image of the plane.

Finally I heat embossed my sentiment on Vellum cardstock using Black embossing powder and then cut that out in a scalloped "cloud" shape and used carefully placed glue dots to adhere it to the card.

I hope you'll feel inspired to try your hand at the reflection technique and than link up your card.  For more inspiration, check out the cards created by the other Watercooler Artists at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.


  1. I'm just getting around to taking a closer look at all the DT cards up close. You card is awesome Heidi! Not only are the mountains in the reflection- you have an airplane too! That's some serious reflection skills! Beautiful card!

    1. Thanks for the lovely compliment, Libby. I love doing the reflection technique. Having one reflection up in the air gave me a bit of a challenege in guessing the perspective, but I sure had fun doing it.


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