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:

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Here’s how you do it:

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

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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.)

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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:

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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.

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

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6. When the piece is all filled in, flip it over and trim the ends:
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7. Mount your piece on a card front. Add a greeting, focal point, etc., or keep it plain.

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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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All the News Fit to Wear!

When my friend and former news reporter colleague had a birthday, she requested hand made gifts only. Brilliant! Right up my alley!

Since we are both writers, former reporters and newspaper junkies, this gift was easy:

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I used a Formica chip left over from a long-ago remodeling project and collaged pieces of newspaper. I gold embossed the edges and added some pretty yarns, bling and a pin back.

But I couldn’t stop there … I packaged it (and another bracelet) in this box:

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After collaging the box, I sprayed on some gold Perfect Pearls for a little sheen. I added a flower topper made from … that’s right … newspaper, which I cut using a Tim Holtz flower die. So easy and effective!

Here’s a photo that shows the other piece, a bracelet. I used a wood bracelet blank and covered it with pretty paper and a few strategically placed gemstones:
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Are you as addicted to Pinterest as I am? Come back Friday for a Fabulous Find … and a giveaway!

Messy Collage

I was inspired to create these “messy collage” cards by an article in Paper Crafts magazine (probably a year ago). The article talks about taking all the random pieces from your messy desk (who doesn’t have these? I am the QUEEN of the messy desk and the person who never met a scrap she didn’t love) and just making a “messy collage.” Can you tell this article SPOKE to me?

Anyway … here’s what happened:

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I stamped some Hero Arts images in Marvy grey and Hero Arts Soft Stone on a piece of white card stock, then rummaged around until I pulled these scraps together (patterned paper, I think, is from an old Making Memories pad… doily is a My Favorite Things die … butterflies from a Martha Stewart punch … sentiment and text from Hero Arts …

Here are two more:

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What’s on YOUR desk?

Crazy With Collage and PaperCraft Inspiration

As we all know by now, I am a scrap hoarder. I haven’t met a scrap I don’t like (or try to keep.) They sit on my desk, sometimes for what seems like decades, because I KNOW I will use them … eventually.

So imagine my joy in reading an article in the recent issue of PaperCrafts magazine talking about making a “messy collage.”
Well, THAT spoke to me!
The premise is that you just toss things together, and somehow, if the paper gods are smiling, you actually have a cute card.
Let’s see if it worked.

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I started by dabbing two colors of Distress Ink onto my craft mat, misting, then picking up the ink with my water brush and splattering it on my cardstock. After drying with my heat tool I began adding paper bits. I finished with a rosette (see this blog entry for more on rosettes!), a sentiment (Hero Arts) stamped on a die cut piece (Sizzix Framelets set) and attached with my Tiny Attacher (Tim Holtz). It still needed a little somethin’ somethin’, so I added Dew Drops from The Robin’s Nest (attached using Zots minis) and a leftover bit from a Stampin’ Up’s Mosaic Medly (previously stamped and embossed, discussed here.)

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Here, the background was stamped using an old splatter stamp from Endless Creations, in ColorBox Butter and Hero Arts Wet Cement. Then I just grabbed pieces. (Recognize the happy birthday paper?) Gee, surprise, I found a use for a rosette. The special wishes image (Hero Arts) was one stamped a while ago for another project, but I never could find something else to use it on. The embellies are from the Robin’s Nest.

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You’re So Special:
Splotches stamped using Marvy Matchables Terra Cotta and #12 grey. Pieces are from a Core’dinations sampler. Sentiment from Hero Arts.

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Bird Cage:
Not crazy about this one. It started with the dry embossed piece (Tim Holtz embossing folder colored with sponged on Distress Inks) and the bird cage (Hero Arts?, embossed in Stampendous! PearLustre). But then I decided it needed a background. So I sprayed ColorBox’s Stephanie Barnard Blueberry and Chocolate inks). And it was truly awful. So I just kept adding things. Not sure it’s much better, but I decided to include it anyway. Thanks for not laughing.

News You Can Use

Earlier this year I made two jewelry pieces to be donated to a journalism group for a fundraising event.

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I used newspaper stories and headlines to create the background on Formica chips, sealed with Mod Podge. When the Mod Podge was dry I used a VersaMark pen on the edges, then added gold embossing powder. And finally, some beads and gems.

Naturally, I needed something cool to hold them, so I fashioned these recycled gift boxes from a box that held soap:

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Again, I covered the box with newspaper (hey, this was for a bunch of journalists!) and punched a hole in the sides for a ribbon. But the most fun was the flower, made with the Tim Holtz Tattered Flower die (Sizzix) and, you guess it, newspaper. I spritzed the flower with Ranger’s Perfect Pearls (I think gold and another color… I’m so bad at remembering.)

Here’s a close-up of the flower:

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Thanks for swingin’ by!

Friday Fiddling — Repurposing Boxes

Last summer I scored these nifty cardboard boxes from a local craft store. They are made of a sturdy cardboard and have dividers.

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(Sorry for the blurry shot… but you can see this is a great size for holding my cut paper and finished cards.)

Harking back to my roots as a newspaper reporter, I covered one box with my Los Angeles Times, and added some appropriate headlines I had been clipping and saving. I spray painted the inside first, then when the paint was dry I used Mod Podge as a glue and a sealer.

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This one keeps my clear stamp sets accessible.

Here are two others that I use to hold cards. One is covered with wrapping paper that looks like an Old World map, the other is my trusty newspaper again, with some travel cut outs.

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What have you “re-purposed?”

Fabulous Finds Friday — Jingle, Jangle, Bangle

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I first saw these wooden bangle bracelets from DIYBangles at the Craft & Hobby Show. I fell in love. When I saw them on sale at a local craft store, I bought a dozen!

The wood is so lovely — not expensive, yet it has a beautiful, smooth surface that handles all types of media well. You can paint them, stamp on them, ink them, collage them with papers, wrap them with ribbon and more.

I have been having a great time playing.

Here’s one I made at CHA at the DIY booth:

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And another look:

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These were inked in several colors and then stamped (Judikins) and sealed with Liquid Laminate. (For complete instructions, and lots of ideas, go to www.diybangles.com)

Here are a few I made at home:

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The red and blue bracelets were created using origami papers that I attached using Liquid Laminate. (You can’t see it, but the blue bracelet also has a few sparkly Hero Arts gemstones.) The white bracelet was painted with acrylic paint, then adorned with rubons and a few Hero Arts black gems. It, too, was covered with a two coats of Liquid Laminate.

My buddy Debra at Rubber Stamp Plantation is also addicted to these bangles and made some beautiful bracelets, which you can see in her gallery at www.rubberstampplantation.com

Thanks for visiting.