I’m assuming the reason why this technique has been called ‘Shattered Glass’ is because when it is completed the collaged sections resemble shards of broken glass.

I decided to call my cards ‘mosaic collage cards’ because before I stamped on them they reminded me very much of abstract mosaic craft.

First of all I’m going to give you basic instructions on how to create the mosaic shapes, read on for more information:

How To Create The Mosaic Shapes

What You Will Need:

A5 and A6 Card Stock: you can use any colour you wish: I used black and white card

Masking Tape: this is the tape you use for decorating and painting with

Colour Medium of your choice: read below for how I created the coloured mosaics.

How To Create:

There are 2 ways of creating the mosaic shapes depending on the size of your card stock:

Framed Mosaics

The following instructions are for the smaller sheet of card (A6):

This methods creates a frame around your mosaic shaped card. The framed mosaic can be used to attach directly onto the front of a card blank once you have completed it.

1. Take your sheet of card stock and lay it in front of you.

2. Tear off several pieces of masking tape and press them down on your trousers or a piece of fabric: this is to remove the extra tackiness of the tape so that you don’t tear the card stock when you remove them later on.

3. Take one strip of masking tape and tear it in half, place a strip at the top and then at the bottom of your card stock, jagged rough side facing inwards.

4. Repeat step 3, only this time place a strip on the left and on the right hand side of the card stock.

You now have a kind of frame shape created by the tape.

5. Next tear the masking tape into long thin jagged strips, and lay them down inside the frame, place them at different angles and shapes to create abstract sections. See above scan for a better idea.

Your mosaic shapes are now ready for you to add colour and stamp upon.

How To Add Colour To Your Mosaic Card Stock

Direct To Paper:
You can use either sponge or your ink pads direct to the card stock to create a direct to papered coloured background. See my class on How To Direct To Paper elsewhere on this site.

Stipple the inks from your ink pads using a stippling brush to create a coloured background.

You can stipple acrylic paints onto the card to create backgrounds..theres many different types of paints available on the market..pearls and metallics would look especially good on dark colour card stock.

My favourite method is as follows and works best on black card stock:

Rainbow Jewels Pearl Ex Mosaic Backgrounds

You can see a scan of the background here:

As you can see the black card stock enhances the pearls and the metallics colours which I used to create the background.

Here is how to create it:

What You Need

Black Card Stock with masking tape already laid down to create mosaic shapes

Metallic Acrylic Paints: I used paints by Inscribe and Plaid

Stippling Brush

PVA Glue or Perfect Paper Adhesive

Pearl Ex in various colours

How To Create

First of all you can use both glossy or matt card stock for this technique. I used both and they both created very different results. The glossy card stock created a more transparent effect where the matt card created an opaque effect.

1. Using your stipple brush lightly stipple metallic colour acrylic paints over the entire surface of the card. I used metallic: green, gold, copper, pink, lilac and blue.

You don’t want to completely cover the surface, leave a tiny bit of the black card showing through.

2. Squirt a little pva glue (or perfect paper adhesive) onto a piece of scrap paper, using your stipple brush take up the glue and stipple it onto the card stock.

3. Working very quickly before the glue dries, dip your stipple brush into a pot of pearl ex colour and stipple the pearl ex over the pva glue.

At this point you can add as many or a little different colours of pearl ex as you wish. I used gold, silver, blue, bronze and green pearl ex to create a rainbow of colours.

Set aside to dry.

When dry you are left with a surface which changes colour and resembles jewels as you move it in the light.

Stamping On The Mosaics

Once your ink, paints or chosen method of colour for the mosaics has dried it is now time to stamp your collage over the surface!

You can use a large background type stamp and stamp over the masking tape and the coloured areas..this creates a kind of abstract ‘block it’ effect, or build up a collage using smaller stamps to a specific theme.

For example I used a collection of clocks and watch stamps I had to create a ‘Time’ theme.

I found it best if you stamp using an archival ink such as ancient page or memories ink. I used ‘jet black’ archival ink for a true black colour. The colour is so black it doesn’t get lost on the darker card stock.

And Finally…Removing The Tape:

Once the ink is dry its time to remove the tape!

Be careful!

Remove the tape slowly and carefully and you will have no problems!

If you rip the tape off you run the risk of spoiling your collage!

Once you have removed the tape your card is almost complete.

All that remains now is for you to crop and mount your collage onto card stock to finish your mosaic collage card.

Mosaic On Cd’s!

I did a little experimenting with this technique and found you can recreate it on Cds! Here is a cd I created using pearl ex and pva glue to add colour. Once I stamped on the cd and the ink was dry I covered the stamped areas with diamond glaze to add a texture:

Mosaic Art Collage Backgrounds

This is a gallery of backgrounds I created to show you how the mosaics look before they have been stamped.

Please note that the backgrounds have had the masking tape removed from them, you do not remove the tape until you have stamped upon the backgrounds. I removed the tape to give you an idea of what they look like.

Direct To Paper Mosaic Cards

Pearl Ex Mosaic Cards