Making Marvelous Mosaics


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The inspiration for today’s mosaic card was this rug on the Home Decorator’s website.  How did I do?



  • The Stampin’ Up! Striped Scallop Thinlits Die became the frame for holding the mosaic pattern.  I used Very Vanilla card stock for the die cut as well as the A2 card base.

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  • Stampin’ Up! Adhesive Sheets, Liquid Multipurpose Glue with a Paper-Piercing Tool (my choice) or a Sakura Glue Pen are all excellent ways to adhere the die cut to the card base.  I just dot the edges with glue and random spots in between.
  • Scraps of card stock in Brushed Gold, Lost Lagoon and Basic Gray were cropped with the Striped Scallop Thinlits Die to get the “mosaic” bits.  They are easy peezy to layer into the framework with a touch of Snail Adhesive.Stampin up stampinup mary fish stampin pretty striped scallop die 3
  • An Antique Brad makes a bold statement on the Brushed Gold Butterfly (Elegant Butterfly Punch).Stampin up stampinup mary fish stampin pretty striped scallop die
  • For best results, add a piece of waxed paper between the die and the card stock when cutting with the Big Shot.  This makes it much easier to remove the die cut and pieces.
  • Hover and Pin it! Here’s a photo showing key products for today’s card that you can save or pin to Pinterest. See ALL my product photos in one spot on my How to Make Simple Cards board on Pinterest.



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  1. What a unique card! I am anxiously awaiting the video. I am interested in how you achieved the small color “tiles” to fit into the die? Simply beautiful.

  2. I cant wait to share my splashy birthday card (Tangelo Twist and Bermuda Bay) on Friday, Denise. Thanks

  3. Perfect! I love it when inspiration comes from unexpected sources. This would be beautiful in so many color combinations!

  4. I sure appreciate the feedback from all! Thanks, Judi!

  5. Thanks, Troy Louise. The Elegant Butterfly Punch is one of my favorites!

  6. Fabulous interpretation! Great colors & I love the font SU used for the sentiment. Your butterfly really finishes it off. Thanks!

  7. Well 🙂 it looks like you got everyone’s creative juices flowing. Great idea Mary, we ALL love what you did! Looking forward to the video too. xoxo judi

  8. Im so excited this card is getting such a positive response. Thanks!!!

  9. Lynn Gauthier - Michigan

    Brilliant!!! So unique and gorgeous. LOVE the colors. You never cease to WOW me! Thanks so much for sharing with us!!!

  10. Wowza . . . thank you, Terri!

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    Mary, this is probably my favorite from you of all time! Stunning!

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  11. Such a chuckle, Bobbi. Im enabled every day! M

  12. Mary, this is probably my favorite from you of all time! Stunning!

  13. Mary, your card is stunning! I didn’t think I needed to get this framelit. You’ve convinced me I am really a crazy person. It’s exactly like the inspirational rug…thanks for sharing it today. Can’t wait for the video.

  14. Hi Jeanie . . . this was my first time using the die, too. Now Im hooked!

  15. thanks, Shannon. Your comments inspire me in return!

  16. I think you could use the Hexagon plate the same way. Thanks, Princess Judy!

  17. Wowzah! That is quite a stunning card. I have to admit I’ve been curious by this cutting plate and am happy to see it in action.

  18. Mary–this is a lovely card–I bought that die when it first came out and haven’t used it yet. I’m looking forward to Friday’s video because I can’t figure out what you do with the SU adhesive sheets. Thanks for continuing to inspiring!!

  19. This is a gorgeous card and you made it sound so easy to make. I love that Die; I think I will have to get it now!!! Thanks for all your wonderful, beautiful creations and recipes to make. I always get so excited and inspired when I read your blog 🙂

  20. Thanks, Karen. I was so excited about this card!

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  22. A beautiful work of art, Mary! This is one of the prettiest and most interesting cards I’ve seen in quite awhile. Thank you for the inspiration!

  23. Thanks Nana V. My WOW! video is in the process of being edited and I’ll share this Friday. Honestly, this is so easy you’ll say . . . I can’t wait to try it!

  24. this card is a diffident WOW!!. You need to do a WOW video about this card Mary. Like the card, that would really be helpful. THANK YOU for your daily inspirations you give us Mary!!!!

  25. Thanks, Miss Mary. I try 🙂

  26. Stained glass could be an amazing alternative, Dara!

  27. Mary L Schreiber

    You done good, its gorgeous.

  28. Spot on Mary! I stayed away from that thinlit but I don’t think so any longer. I bought that cross stamp (single stamp – might be retired now) and now I’m thinking this design could be a stained glass window as the backdrop to the cross focal image. You did a great job. Thanks for the inspiration.

  29. Thanks so much, Lucy. I hope you enjoy the different version I created (and a WOW! video) this Friday!

  30. It inspired me, Maria, to open up the die which I had for awhile. Now I cant get enough of it!

  31. Thanks, Connie! Its just as exciting to share inspired projects to see if my blog followers see the similarities (which they always do)!

  32. The gold brushed paper really adds a new dimension (metal) to the color scheme. Youll love it, Laurie.

  33. Thanks, Elisha. I limited the colors (from the rug) but still felt the card was home decor inspired!

  34. You continue to WOW! me, Frenchie. Thanks for your sweet comments!

  35. Thanks, Kadie. I made a second one, equally fun to create (but a splashy birthday card). Sharing it on Friday with the video.

  36. Youll get a WOW! video on Friday (its already done :), Marlene. However, the die is a critical piece and the possibilities are far greater than you might realize at first. I’m in love with it.

  37. A puzzle was the first thing I thought of when I looked at your fabulous card. LOVE everything about this card…..And LOVE puzzles!

  38. Thanks so much, Laura. I made a video and will share more this Friday (including another mosaic style card)!

  39. Thanks, Linda. I tried a button on the butterfly. However, when I tried the Antique Brad, it said this is it!

  40. Omg , MsMary, you did beautiful, perfect, oooooo, I love it all , the butterflies gives it such beautiful touch, YEP , you did !!!
    That’s why your our teacher ,you WOW US EVERY TIME !!!!!!
    Love u,
    Hugs Frenchie ,

  41. You can do it, Patti C. We can look at a few catalogs together when you stop by my house and get you inspired!

  42. Its so fun to treat this card as a little puzzle and play with the colors and patterns!

  43. You nailed it!! Love it! What fun!!

  44. Thanks so much for the wonderful comments! Great way to start my day.

  45. Mary,
    I have not ordered that brushed gold paper yet, but this card will make me do it! Just beautiful!

  46. Nancy Farrell

    Hi Mary, very different card. Beautiful, I love it.

  47. Patti Carbonell

    Mary, this is really amazing! So beautiful and creative! You are a master for translating “other decor items” into great looking cards! Such much inspiration you give us all. When I look at home type magazines, I try to see them with a different eye, but haven’t succeeded in doing that yet. I’ll keep trying!

  48. Linda Riesgraf

    Love this card! Great color combination and I love the way that you filled in just random spaces with color. Butterfly with button anchoring the sentiment panel is definitely the perfect finishing touch. Thanks for sharing!

  49. LOVE this!! stunning! love the inspiration.

  50. This is gorgeous. I’m trying to wrap my mind around how you did this. I don’t have this thinlit so I am stumped. I need a Wow video. LOL

  51. You did AMAZINGLY well to recreate the pattern on the rug. This is just beautiful.

  52. Oh WOW!! this card is amazing!!! it’s like that rug was made specifically for this die or vice versa, how cool is that??!!! You recreated the pattern on it just like in the picture, simply fabulous Mary.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  53. Mary, this is a WOWSER! Beautiful card!

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