The Paper Mosaic Technique is so simple and yet so elegant. And even better, you can use up any card scraps to make them. You may recognise in some of the cards below that Steph and I cut up tissue boxes to create many of these. We got the technique from MaryJo McGraw’s book on card making.
You will need colourful scraps of card, paper cord if you have it (not essential but it does add a lift to the finished result) and some double-sided tape. MaryJo talks about double-sided masking tape because it makes it easier to reposition your card strips, but we weren’t able to find any. I used multiple strips of double-sided tape stuck to a piece of card the size I wanted.
For the first style, you lay strips of card across the middle of the double-sided tape – at an angle or straight if you prefer. Dark or solid colour strips can help to set off patterned strips. If you have paper cord, lay it on the outside edges of this middle piece. Then lay further strips perpendicular to the first piece until you fill up the sticky taped card – just let the strips overhang the edges until you are done and then you can trim them up.
For the second style, you lay the strips all parallel to each other either straight or at an angle on sticky card (make it longer than you want the finished piece to be). Once you have covered the whole piece of sticky-taped card and trimmed it up, you cut the piece into vertical strips. Then you move the long pieces up and down so that the strips are staggered, or you can turn one or more of the pieces up the other way. Stick these to another piece of card to finish. If you have paper cord, you can put this in between the vertical strips.
If you are feeling adventurous, you can experiment with cutting more complicated patterns.