Thursday, March 26, 2009

No Effort Mosaics TM

Back in November we did a stamp show out here on Long Island and several cards were stolen from our display, you can read all about it on our company blog ( under the post:  Missing, heartbroken)  anyway, so one of the cards that were taken was one of my demonstration cards. We have our 2009 show's coming up starting this weekend so I figured I'd better get up to the studio and recreate my card. While I was up there I managed to make a few more. 

All of these cards use Starving Artistamps stamps and the Square tile mosaic for the backgrounds.  It's the same basic formula for all the cards (you can find full color step by step instructions on the website for this technique under NO Effort Tile mosaics instructions  I will put a general step by step written instruction at the bottom of this post but if you are like me and prefer to visualize check out the website. 

Stamps used: square tile mosaic, sm. and lg. dark sea horses, spatter stamp.

Stamps used: Faith sentiments set, large natural leaf, splatter stamp, square tile mosaic.

Stamps used: square tile mosaic, geode from fossils sheet, lily, sm. butterflies.

Stamps used: geode, nautilus, large and small plesiosaur, square tile mosaic, sentiment from urban sentiments set 2.

Stamps used:  Large butterfly, spatter stamp, square tile mosaic, sentiment from sweet and simple sentiments set.

How to make mosaic backgrounds:

1. Flip your mosaic tile stamp on its back, rubber side up.

2. Ink your stamp with versamark, clear embossing powder, or posh irresistible clear ink.

3. You can now add any light colors of PIGMENT ink on top of the clear ink or you can use a pattern or texture stamp to stamp some colors on top of the versamark ink.  

Add more images* if you want, like I did with the leaves.  

*Do not stamp words, numbers or other images that need to point in a certain direction (like clock faces) because you are stamping on the stamp everything will be reversed. 

4. Once you are done stamping and coloring on the tiles you can stamp out your creation onto regular cardstock.

5. Since all the inks are slow drying, you can cover the tiles in clear powder and emboss them. 

Idea to note: you can also stamp more images on top of the tiles once you stamp the tiles. Stamp in pigment ink and then clear emboss the entire thing. (like I did in the fossil card) 



Sandra MacLean said...

A VERY, VERY cool technique Tracey!! I might have to play with that one!

Nina said...

Those are gorgeous, Tracey!! And about those stolen Nina cards...I haven't forgotten my promise (it's just so much more fun to make new ones!)... Is it ok if I'll send you some other cards of mine? :)