Scrapalicious Mosaic Cards — a Tutorial

A few months ago I re-discovered an old technique that I learned YEARS ago in a cool class taught by the talented folks at Magenta. It uses long, thin pieces of paper to create nifty patterns. Aha, I thought! Another way to get rid of my scraps!

Making these cards, I found, is very Zen-like. Simple and fun and you can’t go wrong. (And did I mention … you can use up your scraps? Grin.)

Take a look:

mosaic white glitter 470 DSC_0428

Here’s how you do it:

1. Cut some long strips of paper, about 1/4 inch in width. I generally use scraps.)

mosaic 563 strips DSC_0479

2. Run a piece of flat card stock through your Xyron machine. (You can use other adhesives, but I found this to be the fastest, easiest method. However, you can also line your piece with double sided tape or use any double sided adhesive sheet.)

mosaic 563 xyron DSC_0480

3. Lay down your dividing lines. This should be a solid color. I generally use black, but every so often I go wild and use white or metallic.) Start with a longer piece placed diagonally across the card, which sort of divides your paper in an upper and lower half. Then add shorter pieces going the other way to create a grid:

mosaic 563 first strip DSC_0481

4. Start filling in the blank areas with your scraps, laying the strips in a herringbone pattern. Let them hang over the edge, you’ll cut them and use THOSE pieces to fill in smaller gaps.

mosaic 563 adding strips DSC_0482

5. Continue to fill in the areas, alternating directions and strips.

mosaic 563 more strips DSC_0483

6. When the piece is all filled in, flip it over and trim the ends:
mosaic 563 back DSC_0486

7. Mount your piece on a card front. Add a greeting, focal point, etc., or keep it plain.

mosaic 563 finished card DSC_0490

My next post will show some examples using this technique, and a variation.

While you’re here, check out my earlier post and leave a comment there for a chance to win a Pinterest book!

Have fun!

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