Stained Mosaic

by Beate Johns

Create a mosaic look with a homemade background stamp.


  • Acrylic stamp handle

  • Rubber trimmings (here, adhesive-backed)

  • Rubber Scissors

  • Neutral colored Cardstock

  • Outline Stamp, Flourishes Dove and Holly used here

  • Black Ink

  • Versamark™ ink pad, or other clear embossing ink (not shown)

  • Clear Embossing Powder (not shown)
  • Heat Gun (not shown)


  1. Step 1

    Cut your rubber trimmings into small pieces.

  2. Step 2

    Adhere the rubber pieces to an acrylic block.

  3. Adhere the pieces close together and fill your entire acrylic block.

  4. Step 3

    Stamp an image with black ink on neutral cardstock.

  5. Step 4

    Color your image with vibrant colors.

  6. Step 5

    Cut your image to the desired finished shape and size. (Label 4 Nestabilities used here.)

  7. Step 6

    Ink mosaic stamp with Versamark™ ink and stamp it over your colored image.

  8. Step 7

    Add clear embossing powder over your image. Tap off excess.

  9. Heat embossing powder with heat gun until it's completely melted.

  10. Step 8

    Rub your black ink pad over the image.

  11. Buff image with paper towel to take black ink off the embossed parts of your image.

  12. Step 9

    Repeat step 8 if neccessary. Your stained mosaic piece is done.

  13. Step 10

    Finish your card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Stained Mosaic. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Truly Stunning!
Michelle  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 9:08 AM
Beate... this is beautiful! thanks for sharing, Pam
airbornewife  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 9:11 AM
Absolute wonderful. I knew there was a reasone I should have kept those negatives from my stampps. Next time I will remember.
Chai Dackermann  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 9:16 AM
WOW!!! This is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for the idea.
Tamara  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 9:18 AM
Wow, this is stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!! I totally love this stained glass effect - now to save my rubber pieces!
Holly  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 9:20 AM
So simple, yet so beautiful!! Thank you for sharing your creativity. (thought I was finished with the Christmas cards lol!)
Katherine  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 9:29 AM
I thought this idea would be right up your alley!
Pam  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 9:41 AM
Love this idea. All those extra pieces I have thrown out - what a fool I have been! No need to worry I still have tons of sets that need to be cut out. Now I can't wait to do it. Thanks!
Pattikins  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 10:04 AM
I always enjoy the weekly emails with new ideas BUT yours is the best I ever idea I've seen.

My husband was even impressed & belive me when I say he has no interest in my crafts but I had to show him this. Thanks for sharing
Cathy  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 10:07 AM
I knew there was a reason I kept all of those pieces. Now I can put them to good use!
Shela  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 10:25 AM
What a gorgeous technique! I now know NOT to throw away extra rubber... LOL
vdutchr  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 10:40 AM
What a wonderfully creative and inspirational technique!! FABULOUS!!
June  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 11:01 AM
Beate, I love this idea. I was looking at the card and could not figure out how you did it with the black...brilliant. Thanks for sharing and
WritingEli  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 11:27 AM
you are a genius! Just love this idea!! Wish I had kept my scraps .. not I have to buy more stamps!!! =)
Lisa  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 11:30 AM
FABULOUS IDEA!! Perfect for Christmas cards - that I haven't EVEN begun!!
Sandi*S  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 11:32 AM
now i have a real reason to have kept all those rubber pieces. I hope mine turns out so well, what a great idea.
Tiya-B  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 11:37 AM
Awesome. Your tutorial made it look so simple. I am inspired. Thank you so much. It it gorgeous. I can't wait to try it.
Denise  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 12:18 PM
This is REALLY clever and I love the finished look! Thanks!
jengd  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 12:40 PM
I love this !!!
Ina Smith  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 1:00 PM
cool idea!! too bad i just threw out my scraps that i was trying to figure out what to do with!!! :( Gotta go hunt down my
connie  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 1:10 PM

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