Mosaic Tutorial

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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7 Responses to Mosaic Tutorial

  1. Great tutorial Julie! I tried this for the SCS challenge but it came out terribly! I love your pretty mosaic pattern with all the different papers – I’ll have to try this technique again – it looks wonderful on your card!

  2. Thsi is so cool … love the colors and patterns you combined.

  3. Awesome tut Julie!! I love how you did yours with the black behind it!! I like this better than how it was explained on SCS!! TFS!!

  4. WOW!!!! Your mosaic is phenomenal – and so is your tutorial!!! I never would’ve thought to use black EP, but it looks amazing!!
    hugs, Jami

  5. Wowzers, this is one fabulous piece of art. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!

  6. Avatar Suzanne (Auntea Suzzz)
    Suzanne (Auntea Suzzz) says:

    Julie…Again you blow my socks off. Well not really my socks because its warm down here in Florida so I am barefoot. I just love…love…love your Mosiac. TFS!

  7. Wow … this looks like a lot of work but I’m sure it’s worth it in the end … it’s GORGEOUS!!! Thanks for sharing the technique!!