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Mosaic tiled backgrounds & Ciao Bella Chemical Reaction stamps

Today I am sharing a way to create fabulous cards with Ciao Bella Chemical Reaction stamp set using a mosaic tiled style background.

Ciao Bella Paper Chemical Reaction stamp set - Lou Sims

I did this technique in a recent Facebook live event for Ciao Bella Paper which has now been saved to their YouTube channel. Link to video below ... ⬇

We often make backgrounds using inks & crayons but sometimes they do not turn out as we wished. Sharing an idea how we can "rescue" these backgrounds to create beautiful cards afterwards. In the video, you can see how I created my starting backgrounds using Distress Crayons & all my images have been coloured using Ecoline Brush Pens.

***  All supplies used to create my cards are listed below  ***

Card idea #1

Using my mosaic tiles, I began creating my background to fit a 6" x 6" card base. Using the Ciao Bella Chemical Reaction stamp set I stamped out the main image & layered it on to the card front. Next, I stamped out lots of the symbol squares, cutting them out & adding in a collaged fashion. Finally I added the sentiment - one of two from this stamp set - & a few punched hearts.

Ciao Bella Paper Chemical Reaction stamp set - Lou Sims

After creating this card, I had loads of the mosaic tiles pieces left & rather than "bin them", I made a further card, A6 in size. The same stamped images are used but by adding the different sentiments - included in the stamp set - the look of the cards has changed too.

Ciao Bella Paper Chemical Reaction stamp set - Lou Sims

I've finished the cards with some sequins and glossy accents to highlight the coloured liquid/gas in the glass containers.

Ciao Bella Paper Chemical Reaction stamp set - Lou Sims

Card idea #2

Using the same idea for creating my background, I changed both the colour & added the mosaic pieces on to a large heart die cut using Creative Nested Primitive Hearts die set. 

Ciao Bella Paper Chemical Reaction stamp set - Lou Sims

I have kept the colours more in keeping with a coffee vibe & mounted the final finished piece on to a kraft card base. I have stamped the card base with one of the background stamps, adding glossy accents. It really show cases the Ciao Bella Chemical Reaction stamp set in a totally different way.

Ciao Bella Paper Chemical Reaction stamp set - Lou Sims

Card idea #3

For my final card, I wanted to see if the same idea would work on a shaped card. I decided to use Sue Wilson Noble Collection Double Stitched die set to create both my base card & also the layer to add my mosaic tile pieces to.

Ciao Bella Paper Chemical Reaction stamp set - Lou Sims

I love the shape as it allowed me to spread the stamped images out further across the design. I also used more of the smaller stamped elements from the Ciao Bella Chemical Reaction stamp set.

Ciao Bella Paper Chemical Reaction stamp set - Lou Sims

Ciao Bella Paper

Ciao Bella Paper have only recently started making stamp sets to match their collections & it's wonderful to see that they can be used independently or mix & match with different paper collections. Ciao Bella Chemical Reaction stamp set works seamlessly with beautiful Sign of The Times Collection.

Where to find Ciao Bella Paper?

This is just some of the shops/companies I know stock a wide range of Ciao Bella Paper items.

UK -  Personal Impressions       Create &Craft      Susie B Supplies (on Amazon)

Europe - Julie's Secret Stash   

US -   A Cherry On Top.        Create &Craft  

Ciao Bella Paper are also very active on all social media platforms and share lots of daily inspiration from Facebook posts & lives, Instagram posts & lives & YouTube live events plus loads more besides. Simply just search Ciao Bella Paper and you will find them.

Facebook Live event

Here is a link to the Facebook Live which show cases how I created my cards which is now on the Ciao Bella Paper YouTube channel.

Thank you so much for visiting today & hope to see you again really soon.

Take care,



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KarinsArtScrap said…
these cards are gorgeous and fantastic backgrounds Lou, great job
Gr Karin

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