Tuesday, 10 February 2015
After an email from Rose yesterday I decided that today's technique should surround making backgrounds using Mica. Today card is a simpler version of the background on the card I had on the giveaway yesterday. This time I have used just the new Regal triplet from the latest range of craft dies from Creative Expressions for Sue Wilson.
On this card I have cut three strips of the double sided adhesive to mount the die cut and mica on.
The question form rose was is there a different way to add the Mica to the background and would perfect medium or similar work in the same way. Firstly after a few trials I have found that the double sided sheets work the best using the following.
Cut the die cut image to be mounted then add a piece of the DS adhesive sheet to a piece of card the same size as the die cut. I then add the die cut to the adhesive side and brush either one colour or a mix of colours into the gaps between the die cut where the sticky shows through. The benefit of this is that the die cut is secured down and secondly that you use far less Mica than if you make a plain background.
The second way to do this, as mentioned by Rose is to use a brayer to cover the piece at the back with perfect medium and then brush the mica over that. Whilst this does work it is a little more patchy than the adhesive and the issue is then how to attach the die cut. If you glue the die cut over it will remove the mica and may not stick down correctly. If you choose to try this method I would foam mount the die cut, with a larger bored, over the background to a part of the card that does not have Mica on it.
I would say on the adhesive sheets I am very careful and sparing with the ones I use and ensure that I use only the amount needed and use all the scraps. Any smaller leftover pieces can be used for smaller cards and tags.