Thursday, 25 February 2016

a mosaic filled with love

How is this for organised?
I plan on using this 5x7" card for my Mum on Mother's Day.

Here is a close up so show the texture and dimension.
I took a 12x12 sheet of green textured cardstock and kept cutting leaves using the Winnie & Walter - In Bloom - Maggie's Roses Cutaways until I had used it all ... I had lots and lots of leaves.  I put some of the two-leaf pieces aside, then trimmed the leaves apart from the rest, so that I had a collection of leaves in three sizes.
Next came the rose - I cut the largest roses (both the detailed and solid dies from the W&W cutaway set above) in red and white several times as I wasn't sure whether I was going to layer them and if so, how.
Then came the fun part - my goal was to make a background using a single rose surrounded by a mosaic of delicate leaves.  In preparation for assembly, I took some Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue and added a tiny dollop to the back of each leaf, at the top where the veins start and to the back of some of the solid roses & solid leaves (single & double leafed).  When left to dry without being adhered to anything, this adhesive becomes repositionable, so my die cut pieces become lightly adhesive.
I placed the rose and feature leaves in place then started putting the leaves around them, working from the feature pieces outwards and over the edge of my 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" panel.  Yes, it took a while to get them to fit together without huge spaces or being too close together, but it was worth every second (... a true labour of love).  AND I used every leaf too!  Once I was happy with their placement, I adhered the rose and solid leaves in place, then lifted each leaf, one at a time and adhered them in place, using the same Tombow Mono, which becomes a permanent adhesive when pieces are layered together.
Once all the pieces were adhered, I trimmed the overhanging leaves with scissors and matted on to white then red cardstock, then adhered it to a white 5x7 base made from the same textured cardstock.  (I use Helmar 450 Quick Dry, a clear liquid adhesive when adhering mats and panels to cards, as it gives me a little time and wriggle-room to get the layers aligned before it dries permanently in place.)  
I cut the word "love" using the same red cardstock as the rose using the Winnie & Walter - In A Word - Love Cutaway.  OK, I confess, I cut several, several in red, several in white and several in black, as I was going to layer some together for more pop.  It didn't matter which colour I tried, the leafy background was a little too distracting, so I cut a narrow strip of vellum to place behind it and I think it looked pretty layered together, subtle, without distracting from either the background or sentiment.  What do you think?  I just placed some small dollops of Tombow Mono Multi behind the sections where the "love" was, so that the adhesive wasn't visible through the vellum and the vellum lifts a little at the edges giving it some delicate dimension.
I matted inside the card too.  Apart from looking pretty, it adds weight to help the card stand tall without bending or bowing.  

I hope you enjoyed my mosaic filled with love :)

American Crafts Textured Cardstock
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Liquid Adhesive

I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:


Belated 2nd Birthday Bash Challenges

- I created my background by using die cut leaves to make a mosaic

- I used two different die sets to create my card,
W&W In A Word - Love Cutaway and W&W - In Bloom - Maggie's Roses Cutaways
and I used two different colours, (red and green, white is a freebie)

- my leaves go over the edge on all sides of card panel

- I have used a rose with many, many leaves

PS - W&W will be giving away a Guest Star spot for their next release.  They will be choosing their winner based on the entries submitted for their Belated 2nd Birthday Bash Challenges.  A minimum of four projects must be entered in different challenges for their consideration, so I'm heading off to work on some more challenge entries.


Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 134 Inspiration Piece (image) 
I was inspired by the floral background and large title.


Simon Says Stamp Blog
Work It Wednesday February - use something floral
Simon Says Stamp Blog
My floral is the rose with lots and lots of leaves.


  1. What a stunner of a card, Tracy! I know your Mum will adore it! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  2. As soon as I opened this in my email, I knew it must be for Magazine Monday. It's the same direction I was thinking about going, filling the background with something like they did with flowers. Great job!

  3. Beautiful card! And I appreciate how much time and work you put into it!

  4. Wow, Tracy, I am so impressed that you cut all those leaves! And glued those tiny outlines down not once, but twice!! Well, if anyone deserves this time and attention, it's your Mum, right?! Thanks so much for joining my Over the Edge Challenge at Winnie & Walter's birthday bash!

  5. Very pretty card and your Mum will just adore it. Who wouldn't??!

  6. Hi Tracy! Very impressive, love all the detail. Thank you for playing along at Crafty Gals

    Corner's Anything Goes Challenge
    . Lisa DT

  7. OMGoodness, this card is gorgeous. What a lot of work, but it is well worth it. Stunning!
    Thank you for playing along with us at Crafty Gals Corner.
    Hugs ~ Lena, DT
    Lena’s Creations


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