Monday, July 3, 2017

Color Fusers Blog Hop: July 2017

Welcome to the July 2017 Color Fusers Blog Hop! The Color Challenge for the team this month was to use any or all of the following four colors, Dapper Denim, Soft Sky, Lemon Lime Twist and Whisper White. My project today uses the Lovely Words Thinlits and a technique I'm calling Masking a Mosaic.

This project was inspired by a piece of art I had pinned to my "Creative Inspiration" Pinterest board. It was a different color scheme and the piece was on a large canvas and done with acrylic paint. Wouldn't something like this be so fun as big wall art? Well... my piece is a regular 4-1/4" x 5" card size and done with sponges, regular Classic Inks by Stampin' Up! and four large post-it notes. It's a little time consuming but was pretty easy and fun!

To create this Mosaic...

  • Put a large Post-It Note on an angle to create a line from the top center to the bottom left of center. You may notice this is the only line that goes all the way from top to bottom completely.
  • Place two other post it notes to create a triange shape that seems pleasing in size and shape.
  • Sponge in this exposed triangle starting at the smallest top point of the triangle and sponging in streaks toward the large bottom end of the triangle. As I sponged each shape I varied the angle of the sponged streaks. You can see this really well, in the close up photo ahead.
  • Remove the Post-It notes and reposition to expose only the next shape you want to sponge. When you do this you'll want to keep the post in note parallel to the previous lines but covering about an 1/8" of the white cardstock so when you sponge you leave a line of white between the first triangle and the next. This is likely the hardest thing about this technique because it's hard to tell how much white you are leaving between the sponged shapes. I'm actually really surprised at how regular and similar in size my white lines ended up being. In the close up below you can see some of the variation in the white strips between the sponged shapes.
  • Repeat this process, again and again, building your mosaic as you desire.
The end result was a fun surprise. As I was building my mosaic, I just exposed enough to see what the next adjacent shape should be. I tried to vary the shape, angle, size and color of each sponged element as I went. I never saw the whole thing until the very end. I really love how it turned out!

In the close up above you can see that I added three of my favorite new embellishment... the Clear Faceted Gems. I also used some Wink of Stella on the die cut "Hugs" piece. You can see a little of the sparkle in the close up above.

I hope you've enjoyed this card! A complete supply list is included ahead. Thanks for stopping by today!

Check out all the fun projects we have for you today! Continue on the the Color Fusers blog hop using the links provided ahead. I'm sure you'll find wonderful, fun projects that you will not want to miss!

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I'm bad at commenting on blog hops because I'm always too much in a rush to see the next project. But I just had to pause today and say something about your card and technique. I absolutely LOVE how this turned out! Beautiful and artistic...especially since you did the sponging in streaks...very effective. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous card, and for taking the time to explain the process. Can't wait to try one of my own!

Posted by Doris on July 03, 2017 at 12:53 PM #

What a neat card Melissa, love it!

Posted by Debbie Henderson on July 03, 2017 at 05:30 PM #

Clever use of the old Retiform Technique with a twist! I need to revisit this!

Posted by Pat Ertman on July 03, 2017 at 06:12 PM #

Great technique, Melissa. I love how your card turned out.

Posted by Jo Anne Hewins on July 03, 2017 at 06:36 PM #

What an awesome technique. Thanks for sharing with us!! Hugs, Heather

Posted by Heather on July 03, 2017 at 08:00 PM #

Oh Melissa what a beautiful card - wowzers - I absolutely LOVE the technique you used - fantastic :-)

Posted by Sarah Wills on July 03, 2017 at 08:14 PM #

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