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Mirror Stamping and Gamsol Coloring

Life Would Suck

Hi All!

Today’s card has a couple of techniques I haven’t done here before: mirror stamping and coloring with Gamsol. I’ve had them both on my list for awhile, so I’m happy to finally get to them!

There are many ways to do mirror stamping, but I found using the MISTI to be the easiest, as it allows you to repeat the stamping for a darker image. It’s really amazing how useful this tool has become over the years!

Here is a close-up of the coloring:

Life Would Suck

Enjoy the video!


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Vacuum panel 4 1/8 x 3 1/4 inches 10.5 x 8.3 cm
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


Prismacolor pencils used: Beige Sienna, Parma Violet
Copic sketch markers used: W1

That Sucks
That Sucks
Prismacolor Pencils
Prismacolor Pencils
SSS Stitched Rectangles
SSS Stitched Rectangles
Wonky Backdrops
Wonky Backdrops
Fluff Background
Fluff Background
Doodle Twine, Black Beetle
Black Beetle Twine
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Sea Glass Cardstock
Sea Glass Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Mini Glue Dots
Mini Glue Dots
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on March 22nd, 2017 at 6:41 am


    I’ve never used Gamsol but have some Zest-It Pencil Blend which would probably be similar. Just recently I was thinking about getting some Gamsol to try. So, I’m glad we were once again on the same wavelength! I find that I’m reaching more and more for my Prismacolors these days. Thanks too for sharing the mirror technique.

  2. wrote on March 22nd, 2017 at 7:59 am


    How cute is this card?? It’s midnight here in NSW Australia and I think I will wait until I have had my “beauty sleep” to sort out the mirror technique!!

  3. wrote on March 22nd, 2017 at 8:41 am


    Thanks for showing mirror stamping. I have a woodblock mirror stamp that I have used a few times. It works, and I have still had to draw on the stamped image to make it darker. I know Paper Smooches and The Stamps of Life both have mirror stamps for that are photopolymer and one of these days, I will purchase one.

    I use a tortillion (I think they are called), like a blending stump with my Gamsol. I own that tool you used, but have never used it with Gamsol. I might try it sometime. Thanks for the ideas.

  4. wrote on March 22nd, 2017 at 1:34 pm


    I got a gamsol kit over a year ago and still haven’t used it! I’ve noticed also that 3/4 of the bottle has evaporated too – boooo!

    This card is super cute! I have not tried mirror stamping either! Thanks for sharing!

  5. wrote on March 22nd, 2017 at 2:33 pm


    Just wanted to mention that Zest-It Pencil Blend is made in England as a safer alternative to Gamsol. It is not so readily available in the US but considered better overall. I don’t know if it is better because I’ve not used Gamsol. I’ve had a small bottle for over 5 years and it hasn’t evaporated. You put on a layer of colour and then apply the Zest-It with one of your cheap paint brushes. You can add further layers to get a stronger colour. It works best with Prismacolor pencils too. For those of us Down Under, it is inexpensive and easy to find.

  6. wrote on March 22nd, 2017 at 2:46 pm


    Well Darlene, I’m so happy you decided to give this technique a try, love your sweet card, how adorable are those little vacuums!!
    The mirror technique sounds like fun, never tried it but it looks easy following your explanation.
    Now, I’ve never tried using Gamsol, I use Baby Oil with paper stumps and it gives me great results. I want to give the Gamsol a try just to compare.
    Thank you for sharing this great technique, it’s fun, easy to do and you always get beautiful results.
    I have found out that, stamping your images with Stazon black ink is better than with the Versafine or Memento, I don’t know why but with Versafine the Gamsol seeps a bit.
    Anyway, thank you for the video, so happy you tried this technique, I’m sure your followers will love it.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  7. wrote on March 22nd, 2017 at 3:35 pm


    Great card and video. I purchased a mirror stamp last year from MFT but it does the same job as you were showing, so the flat back of a large stamp you may already have can work well. I think Simon or Ellen also had mirror stamp sets too. The best thing about it is you can cutsie up your critter stamps by giving them a friend which raises the adorable factor immediately.
    Thanks for the lovely card Darlene

  8. wrote on March 22nd, 2017 at 3:54 pm


    Love this card, Darlene!!! Really cute image & greeting. Great job on the mirror stamping as well. I have a red rubber mirror stamp from So Suzy Stamps, that I adhered thin cling-mount foam to so I could use it in my MISTI. It works probably about as well as what you used, but it doesn’t stick to the clear stamp I’m using for my image, so it seems a bit easier. I never used the Fantastix for Gamsol. I got a package of the Fantastix sticks some time ago, but have never really liked them. The foam just seems a bit flimsy. For Gamsol & colored pencil, I just use paper blending stumps. Those also don’t soak up as much Gamsol, so you don’t get the bleeding on your paper. You might want to try that if you want to keep going with this technique. Anyhoo…great job as always! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  9. wrote on March 22nd, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Barb H.

    Such a cute card. I haven’t used gamsol in a long time. When I used to use it, I used paper stumps to blend. I may pull it out and try it with the fantastix. I really like the background stamp a lot. Of course both EH and SSS are out of stock, but maybe that’s just as well since I should probably curb the craft supply hauls.

  10. wrote on March 23rd, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Jennifer Stark

    So cute!!! I worked in my craft room all day making a shaker card. I used Copic markers. I think tomorrow I will pull out my Prisma pencils and Gamsol!!!

  11. wrote on March 24th, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Brenda L.

    This is an adorable card Darlene! I liked watching you color with Gamsol as well. The foam stick you used was different, I usually use a paper stump. I like seeing what other crafty supplies are out there so I can decide if I want to change what I use. Hugs, Brenda

  12. wrote on March 28th, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Cindy B Designs

    Great card! I was surprised that the mirror image that you used the water-based black SU marker on held up with the Gamsol and didn’t smear. I was also blown away with the seepage around the images too with the Stix. I’ve never had that happen with paper stumps before. All turned out beautifully!

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