Saturday, September 17, 2011

Mica Flake Faux Mother of Pearl WOW!

Yesterday I was prepping for my CAS Christmas Card Class… and doing just a little multi-tasking as well.  I had absolutely NO clue what I was going to share for my Super Saturday Tutorial!  It was a busy week… so I picked up my container of Mica Flakes, and thought… certainly there’s something ‘out of the box’ that can be done with this stuff?!?

I hear and read it often in online forums, and demo groups… what can we do with these mica flakes other than make an ornament?  A few weeks ago I shared a Mica Flake and faux flannel technique here… but certainly, there must be more, right?

And here we are… Mica Flake Faux Mother Of Pearl Technique!  You’ve may have seen those mosaic tiles in your local tile and/or hardware store, and possibly craft store as well.  Imitating abalone shells, the broken pieces are assembled into irregular or regular sizes and used as trim in bathrooms and kitchens.  Here’s my card!faux, technique, faux mother of pearl mosaic, mosaic technique, comfort and joy, rhinestones, glimmer paper, wisteria wonder, elegant lines, createdbyu, blogspot, sharon_Field, shop online, online ordering, classes and events

Supplies for today’s Super Saturday Tutorial…

Faux Mother of Pearl Mosaic Technique:

    • Mica Flakes
    • Sizzix Adhesive Sheet or Sticky Sheet
    • Bone Folder
    • Stampin’ Sponge
    • Sanding Block
    • Soft Suede Classic Ink
    • Brushed Silver Card Stock
    • Snips
    • Table Top Paper Trimmer and/or Snips
    • Household tissue or paper towel

Step by Step Tutorial for creating the…

Faux Mother of Pearl Mosaic:

  1. Cut Brushed Silver Card Stock and Adhesive or Sticky Sheet to the same size.  In today’s Card sample, both sticky sheet and card stock were cut in two inch widths.
  2. Remove protective layer from the adhesive or sticky sheet, and attach to the brushed silver card stock.
  3. Use a bone folder to burnish the remaining protective layer, this will make it easier to remove.faux, technique, faux mother of pearl mosaic, mosaic technique, comfort and joy, rhinestones, glimmer paper, wisteria wonder, elegant lines, createdbyu, blogspot, sharon_Field, shop online, online ordering, classes and events
  4. Peel back, and remove the remaining protective layer.
  5. Apply a thick coat of Mica Flakes, patting down with fingers.faux, technique, faux mother of pearl mosaic, mosaic technique, comfort and joy, rhinestones, glimmer paper, wisteria wonder, elegant lines, createdbyu, blogspot, sharon_Field, shop online, online ordering, classes and events
  6. Use the sanding block to burnish excess layers of mica flakes from the card stock.  Work aggressively in a back and forth motion, and then a circular motion to remove excess mica flakes.  Your goal is to ‘knock down’ the excess ‘fluff’. faux, technique, faux mother of pearl mosaic, mosaic technique, comfort and joy, rhinestones, glimmer paper, wisteria wonder, elegant lines, createdbyu, blogspot, sharon_Field, shop online, online ordering, classes and events
  7. Ink up a wedge of stampin’ sponge with soft suede classic ink, and sponge on top of the mica flake covered surface.Ink up a wedge of stampin’ sponge with soft suede classic ink, and sponge on top of the mica flake covered surface.faux, technique, faux mother of pearl mosaic, mosaic technique, comfort and joy, rhinestones, glimmer paper, wisteria wonder, elegant lines, createdbyu, blogspot, sharon_Field, shop online, online ordering, classes and events
  8. Then use a soft cloth, tissue, or paper towel to remove excess ink.  The sample below shows both brushed silver and gold card stock… LOL, I decided that the brushed silver was more realistic, and abandoned the gold…maybe another time!faux, technique, faux mother of pearl mosaic, mosaic technique, comfort and joy, rhinestones, glimmer paper, wisteria wonder, elegant lines, createdbyu, blogspot, sharon_Field, shop online, online ordering, classes and events
  9. Use a table top paper trimmer or snips to trim excess mica flakes from the edges of the card stock.
  10. Now, all you have to do is add it to your card or scrapbook page!  Here are some additional views of the Mica Flake Faux Mother of Pearl Technique and card share for today’s tutorial!faux, technique, faux mother of pearl mosaic, mosaic technique, comfort and joy, rhinestones, glimmer paper, wisteria wonder, elegant lines, createdbyu, blogspot, sharon_Field, shop online, online ordering, classes and events

The Mica Flake Faux Mother of Pearl Mosaic really picks up color from the card stock surrounding it.  Here, it’s backed with Wisteria Wonder, a new in-color for 2011-13.  I’ve added additional bling with silver glimmer paper, a new product featured in the holiday mini catalog.faux, technique, faux mother of pearl mosaic, mosaic technique, comfort and joy, rhinestones, glimmer paper, wisteria wonder, elegant lines, createdbyu, blogspot, sharon_Field, shop online, online ordering, classes and eventsWisteria Wonder ruffled ribbon was tied in a double loop bow  jewelry tag punch ‘peace’ added with a stampin’ dimensional.  Guess I should have trimmed that Faux Mother of Pearl Mosaic a bit more, LOL!

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The focal image of today’s card is a new stamp set from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  Love this dove from “comfort and joy”… and of course, the rhinestone corner bling too!

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Couldn’t help but add a little texture via my big shot machine and elegant lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder… thought it mimicked the lines and swirls of Comfort and Joy well, don’t you?

I’m not done playing around with this new Faux Mother of Pearl Mosaic technique… Winking smile just wait until you see what I’ve got to share tomorrow!!  Hope you’ll stop back by to say hi!

Hugs,

Sharon

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21 comments:

CraftyJo said...

This is gorgeous - I have to go see now if I can get Mica Flakes here in the UK. Thanks for a great tutorial.

Donna said...

Sharon, this is an amazing technique! I can hardly wait to try it! (it goes without saying that the card is gorgeous, too LOL) Thanks for sharing!

lisa808 said...

Sharon, the colors the mica flakes picked up are beautiful. tfs another fab idea.

Julie said...

Most Excellent technique! Thanks for all the details.

Holly/Rubber Redneck said...

Beautiful card! I just ordered this stuff yesterday! I can't wait now to try this out!

Dee in N.H. said...

Wow, that stuff is really cool! Love your card and the way that mica picks up the colors! TFS!!

Cynthia said...

Wow and Wow again, Thank you for "thinking out of the box" on this. Beautiful card!
Cynthia

Carol said...

Gorgeous card! I will have to try this!

A Touch of SOL said...

BRILLIANT!

Shiozaki Beach girls said...

Wow Sharon! this is fantastic! I didn't buy the mica but I sure want some NOW!!

Susan Carlson said...

Wow! What a great technique. Thanks for sharing! Now I've got a real reason to buy the sticky sheets.

Patti said...

Beautiful card. I love that technique and the end result. Thanks for sharing it.

Fabiola said...

wouah! superbe! biz

Amanda Coughlin said...

Cool thinking, Sharon. Adding on to the Faux Mother of Pearl is ingenius! Your card is as lovely as the lady that shared it! Thanks girlie!

Janet Swofford said...

How cool is that??? I love your new technique and your card is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!
Inky hugs,
Janet

Jeanne Nielsen said...

Naturally I don't have the sticky sheets so I can't immediately try this, but I'm putting it on my next order! TFS! Looks so neat! Reminds me of my granite kitchen countertop!

Patrice H said...

What a cleaver idea you have come up with Sharon! Can I say WOW!It makes a very stunning card.

nana_cindy42 said...

Super tutorial!!! Beautiful card!

Dolly LaBelle said...

Original idea and one of the best ideas I have gotten from the Craft Gossip page. Thank you so much for sharing!

Jaen Giggy said...

Wonderful tutorial! Easy to follow. I have the Mica Flakes but haven't tried them.. but I sure will now.
Your card is just beautiful.
Thanks for sharing.

Sharon Graham said...

Thank you for this wonderful idea. I tried it with Not Quite Navy ink and that was beautiful too.