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Supplies Needed: (click on any image to enlarge)

  1. Sticker Paper
  2. Various Scraps
  3. Black Embossing Powder
  4. Brayer
  5. Heat Gun
  6. Black Marker (Galaxy Deep Space Black or Permopaque Black)

Supplies Needed

Step 1.
Pick some scraps. I usually use 3 or 4 color groups. Here, I selected some blues, turquoise, and an orchid color for contrast. Scraps that are stamped and/or embossed will work well, too. With scissors, cut some of each color you plan to use. Vary the sizes and angles slightly. I try to leave 2 sides fairly square so they fit around the edges.

Step 1.

Step 1.

Step 2:
Cut your sticker paper to the size you want. For my example, my sticker sheet measures 3.25″ x 4.25″. I precut to this size because I want to leave a border around the edge of my sticker paper.
I put a little removable adhesive on the back side of my sticker paper to hold it still while I am working with it. Peel the release sheet off the sticky side of your sticker paper. Start placing your cut mosaic pieces. I start in one corner and work across. Vary the pieces and colors.

Step 2.

Note that one piece is hanging over the border. When a piece does not fit correctly, use your scissors to trim it before pressing it down. (Step 2a)

Step 2a

Step 2a

Step 3:
Finish arranging your pieces. I find it easier to place my pieces on the sticker paper if I use a pair of needle nose pliers. Note the border around my pieces. You do not have to have this border.

Step 4:
Place the release paper over your mosaic. Using the brayer, roll over the release paper covered mosaic. This will help to secure the pieces to your sticker paper.

Step 4

Step 4

Step 5:
Coat your piece with the embossing powder. For my example, I am using detail black powder. Gently tap off excess. Place the release paper over the piece again and repeat the pressing with your brayer. This will help the embossing powder to cover the exposed areas of the sticker paper (“grout lines”).

Step 5

Step 5


Step 6:

Melt the embossing powder with your heat gun. Note that when using black embossing powder, tiny areas of the white may show through. This is not noticeable with other colors of embossing powder. If you look closely, you can see this, especially around the outer border.

Step 6

Step 6

Step 7:
Since I am using the black powder, I go over the “grout lines” with a permanent black marker. After testing a number of these, I found that the Galaxy or the Permopaque work the best and do not dull the shine of the embossing powder.

Step 7

Step 7

Finished Mosaic Sheet

Finished Mosaic Sheet

Finished card using the mosaic example.

Finished card using the mosaic example.

Other Supplies used for this card:
Spellbinders Nestabilities: Flower set, oval and scalloped oval sets
Hole punches in 2 sizes
Sentiment image: Studio G

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Wonderful sketch challenge today at SCS! I also did another mosaic to go w/ Monday’s TLC. Gotta love a technique that uses up scraps.

I did my bg mosaic like Monday’s: w/ all kinds of scraps cut into pieces and attached to sticker paper. It’s coated w/ black embossing powder which sticks to the areas left open and becomes my “grout” when heated. I had some requests for a tutorial after I posted Monday’s mosaic, so I took pics along the way for this one and the tutorial should be up here on my blog by tomorrow.

The flower is from a Nestabilities set. For my vertical band, I attached 3 narrow strips and staggered the lengths. I added faux brads made w/ 2 sizes of hole punches. All panels were edged w/ black to give a faux layer look.

Supplies:
Stamps: Studio G, various images on scraps
Paper: DCWV mat stack (close = to orchid oppulence, taken w/ teal and cool caribbean, sticker paper, leftover scraps
Ink: AP coal
Accessories: black ep, black Permopaque marker, nestie flowers and ovals, hole punches

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What a fantastic Inspiration challenge today at SCS! I loved all the examples, but I chose Mt Fuji & Wave. Mainly, because I love the image and actually own it in two sizes. This is the small one.

I stamped the image (Museum Stamps) on matte coat paper w/ the coal ink, then heat set it. I used a water brush and various colors of reinkers to water color the image. I added the ocean spray w/ a white gel pen. I did a very thin edging w/ a black marker then attached it to a teal layer. I stamped the kanji (Stampendous) on the side.

Layered a bunch of times, alternating w/ the tangerine and black then finally onto a teal card. The ribbon was added somewhere in the middle of the layers and I added faux brads (made w/ 2 sizes of hole punches). The top three layers were cut w/ Nestabilities rectangles that I resized.

Stamps: Museum Stamps, Stampendous
Paper: white matte coat, teal, tangerine, black
Ink: AP coal, various Adironack reinkers
Accessories: black ribbon, hole punches, black marker, white gel pen, Nestabilites rectangles set

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