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  • Sunflower Mosaic

    Cheerful sunflower card w/ a mosaic background die cut out of paint chips. Lots more pics & a hint for doing this.
    For the Inspiration Challenge (IC901), we’re visiting a Pinterest Board of Crafty Morning, where I was inspired by the technique in THIS video & also by the picture of THIS sunflower bouquet.

    So, I pulled out a box of paint chips I have & selected some colors I liked. I used a die that cuts multiple circles to save a little time. The variegated paint chip colors were glued to a white bg in an attempted ray pattern. It’s not perfect, but I like the colors spreading out like they do.

    The sunflower is a layered set, so very easy to stamp the outline, then fill in the colors w/ the solid layers. I made 2 of them then die cut them. One was used for the top flower & the second one I cut apart, popping up the center on top of the 1st flower, & the petals were attached underneath.

    These are the little bins w/ all the circles cut out of the paint chips.

    The first few paint chips, I wasted some time trying to poke all the circles out. The paint chips are thick & have a coating of some sort so most of the circles tended to stay in place. When I stopped poking them out, I found it was much easier to keep them in place & poke out the colors in order I wanted to use them. Worked out much better this way!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!


    Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps –Like a Sunflower set
    Paper:  Staples 110# white, turquoise, paint chips
    Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Rubbernecker Stamps:  Color Fuse set 1 & set 2
    Accessories:  Rubbernecker: Like a Sunflower die, Mini Slimline w/ stitch, Stitched Rectangle, Slimline Stitch, Circles dies,  MISTI,  Crossover II 

  • 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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