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!
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
- Table Top Paper Trimmer and/or Snips
- Household tissue or paper towel
Step by Step Tutorial for creating the…
Faux Mother of Pearl Mosaic:
- 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.
- Remove protective layer from the adhesive or sticky sheet, and attach to the brushed silver card stock.
- Use a bone folder to burnish the remaining protective layer, this will make it easier to remove.
- Peel back, and remove the remaining protective layer.
- Apply a thick coat of Mica Flakes, patting down with fingers.
- 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’.
- 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.
- 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!
- Use a table top paper trimmer or snips to trim excess mica flakes from the edges of the card stock.
- 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!
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.Wisteria 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!
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!
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… just wait until you see what I’ve got to share tomorrow!! Hope you’ll stop back by to say hi!