Monday, January 24, 2011
Another accidental discovery led to this technique for making faux mosaic tiles. I spilled a little embossing powder onto a piece of foam mounting tape and I noticed that it stuck. Naturally, I heated it to see what would happen. I was amazed that the heat from my heat tool did not melt the foam tape and that the embossing powder melted onto the foam. I covered the whole strip of tape with more powder and heated it, thus discovering a way to create mosaic “tiles” that are easy to make, fun to use and weigh very little. Perfect for Scrapbooking and card making.
Scotch brand foam mounting tape (can be found in any office supply store)
MSRS Cloisonné Heart Stamp
Variety of embossing powders (I used: from MSRS, Desert Fire, Desert Rain, Pearlescent Ivory, and Mirror Gold and from Judikins: Rustique Jade)
Double sided tape or glue
Cut several lengths of foam tape (approximately 3 – 4 inches long). Place one sticky side up on a folded scrap of paper. Sprinkle on some embossing powder to cover. Shake off the excess powder and use the folded paper to put the extra back into the bottle. If you decide to use more than one color on the strip, sprinkle the powder in a few areas and fill in the remaining areas with another powder. You will have mixed powder left over. Save this as a custom blended powder! Continue until all the strips have been covered.
Heat the strips one by one with a heat tool until they are all melted and cooled.
Use scissors to cut random sized and shaped “mosaic tiles”. Set aside.
Stamp the Cloisonné Heart onto a piece of black cardstock using Versamark ink and any embossing powder. Heat until embossed. Cut the heart out and then cut it in half lengthwise as shown. Turn the halves over and begin filling them in with tiles by peeling the backing off and sticking them in place.
Stamp the heart again. This time, sprinkle on the same embossing colors used on the tiles onto random areas of the design. Save the mixed extra to your custom jar of powder. Heat to emboss and cut out.
Assemble the card with tape or glue by mounting the two mosaic half hearts and the multi-color heart as shown with the multi-colored heart emerging from the two mosaic halves. Mount onto a gold cardstock frame and a black frame as shown and place on a folded cream colored card to finish.
Posted by Michael at 10:32 AM