Sunday, October 14, 2012

Eggshell Mosaic

Today is the last day of workshops over atJoan's Gardens. Joan will be posting the projects later.   One of the projects we planned included an "Eggshell Mosaic Background".  We saw this great tutorial over at SCS here. Rather than post the same card as Joan, I decided to show you another project with this technique. To create this background, you need to clean eggshells then glue them down onto a piece of card stock using Matt Mod Podge.  To get the beautiful colors, you use drops of Adirondack Alcohol Ink.  The colors of Adirondack Ink I used are; Ginger; Rust; and Adirondack Gold Mixatives.  I did not have a yellow Adriondack ink so when I was finished using the other inks, I sprayed my piece with "Butterscotch" Adirondack Color Wash.  It gave me exactly the colors I wanted for my mosaic.

I used the Cheery Lynn "Notre Dame Cathedral Doily" die, cut out of gold shiny card stock, to cover my mosaic.  The mosaic was larger than my doily, but it is very easy to trim it down around the doily with a pair of scissors.  I wanted a background around the mosaic so I used the Cheery Lynn "Large Sunflower Doily".  

My card is 5.5" x 6".  Someone asked me how I get this size of card.  I use an 8.5" x 11" piece of card stock and just cut off 2.5" off, down the long side.  I then have a piece 6" x 11".  When you fold in half you have the 5.5" x 6" size card.  I then use that 2.5" strip I cut off for lots of my smaller die cuts -- especially long borders. 

The green background on this card was embossed with one of the Sizzix "Corners & Lattice Set" embossing folders.  The flower was created using the Cheery Lynn "Build A Flower #1" dies.  A gold bead was placed in the center of it.  I used foliage around the flower from Cheery Lynn "Mini Flourish One", "Princess Tree"; and one of the Marianne Design "Decorative Elegance" dies.  The corners are from one of the Cheery Lynn "Lace Corners-Deco J" set.

This is a very fun way to create a very realistic mosaic. 

Products used:
Cheery Lynn "Notre Dame Cathedral Doily" (DL224)
Cheery Lynn 'Large Sunflower Doily" (DL181)
Cheery Lynn "Build A Flower #1" (B181)
Cheery Lynn "Mini Flourish One" (B170)
Cheery Lynn "Princess Tree" (B180)
Cheery Lynn "Lace Corner Deco J" (B175)
Marianne Design "Decorative Elegance" (LR0157)
Mod Modge
Adirondack Inks in many colors 
Adirondack Color Wash (Butterscotch)
Sizzix "Corners & Lattice Set" embossing Folders (656979)
Gold card stock
Clear Mailing Boxes



Mihaela said...

Such a gorgeous background and colors!!! Love it!!!

Diane said...

Gorgeous Selma.....this was a fun workshop....I have eggs soaking right!!

Glenda said...

Amazing technique and one I plan to try! Your card is lovely and all the elements are wonderful.

Sheila - Ginger said...

Wowee....that's fabulous Selma!I love it!

Love Sheila xx

Sheila - Ginger said...

Wowee....that's fabulous Selma!I love it!

Love Sheila xx

Francie (Montreal) said...

Your card knocked my socks off! It is simply fabulous. Very effective technique and incorporated beautifully into your card. Wow.

craftieodmae said...

WOW! This is gorgoeus, I saw it over at SCS too but didn't try it, you may have me rethinking it LOL

Anonymous said...

Selma, your cards are beautiful. I love them all!

Payne Holler Cards said...

Knockout! Making omelettes this weekend so I can try this!

Bobbi Miller said...

I have to say I was very intrigued when I saw this was coming from you and Joan. Egg Shells? What an interesting concept. Your card is gorgeous (as always) as are the sneak peeks Joan had on her blog. I may have to investigate this technique. Thanks so much for sharing! :-)

Sylvia said...

That is a beautiful mosaic,Selma! Love the idea of egg shells, beautiful card! Have a lovely day.

Memaw said...

Hi Selma,

This is just gorgous I want to try it again because I think my first try was a failure but this is so unique. Thanks bunches for sharing.


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