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Stained Glass Mosaic

Stained Glass Mosaic

Hi All,

I have an easy way for you to get this cool stained glass look! Here is a close-up of the inlay, which I created with my Gansai Tambi watercolors:

Stained Glass Mosaic

I used the Mosaic Star die, but you can use any die that has a lot of intricate pieces. Simon Says Stamp also has a mosaic heart. You could also use dies like this flower corner and this pile of gifts. Check out your stash for options!

Enjoy the video!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Copic colors used: n/a

Mosaic Star Die
Mosaic Star Die
Falling Snow Folder
Falling Snow Folder
Lawn Fawn Lucky Stars Stamp Set
Lawn Fawn Lucky Stars
Gansai Tambi Black
Gansai Tambi Black
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 6:24 am


    Your card is very classy looking, Darlene. But, since I don’t have the mosaic die, I’ll just use a star die as another option. It won’t look exactly the same but will be effective too I think. And, yes, my hip surgery went well and I was able to walk with crutches only 3 hours afterwards. I went up and down stairs with crutches today (the day after surgery). And was sent home to recuperate this afternoon. I’ve got lots of exercises and walking to do but within 6 weeks I should be able to rock and roll again (smile). It is an amazing operation but if I’d known how they performed it beforehand, I would’ve freaked out. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. But it’s behind me now and thanks so much to those who wished me well!

    • wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 11:44 am


      Wishing you a speedy recovery!

    • wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 4:09 pm


      Yay for you, Connie! So glad to hear your surgery went well & you’re already up & around. Take care of yourself now! 🙂 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Carol Mac

      So glad your surgery went well! Wishing you a speedy recovery as well!

    • wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 8:36 pm


      WOW your recovery is very speedy. What type of pain control drugs are they using? God bless you.

      • wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 9:57 pm


        Hi jo, Immediately after surgery, I got a 1/2 of a pain controlling skin patch but not morphine. It contains a slow release analgesic. I also am taking paracetamol and ibufren for the first 3 days. I’m on day 2. After that I will hopefully only need paracetamol and maybe the other 1/2. I am walking with crutches all through the day. The crutches are only for balance. And I have gentle exercises to do. This is the newest type of anterior hip replacement. My surgeon is a professor here who introduced it into Australia from France in 2009 where it was developed. No muscles, tendons of nerves are cut and only a small incision near the groin area. If anyone needs this operation, it is light years ahead of the traditional hip surgery.

  2. wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 7:51 am


    I love the mosaic look! Nice clean looking card. Sometimes I have trouble with the black splatter running together in small row. You do it so easily, Darlene. I think I probably apply too much pressure on the paint brush at once.

    Glad to hear from you Connie! Wow, that is amazing, back in the swing so soon. Take it easy. Yes, I agree that sometimes ignorance is bliss in the medical world as our minds can easily take over in the negative. Continued prayers for your recovery.

    • wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 8:16 am


      Thanks so much. Your prayers would’ve help a lot. I felt real peace going into the operation because I knew people were praying for me!

  3. wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 11:32 am


    LOVE IT!

  4. wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 11:46 am


    I have a few dies similar to this mosaic and I never use them because of the tedium of inserting the pieces. Thank you for demonstrating how the process can be simplified. Great card!

    • wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 8:37 pm


      Me too. It takes a lot of time to fit the pieces and work out which goes where. I’m off to the craft/play room and try it out.

  5. wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 2:57 pm


    WOW!! When I saw the card for the first time, it look complicated and I immediately started thinking “Sheeesh!! it’s going to be so hard to put all of those little pieces in their proper spot” but you just erased that thought from my head Darlene, this is a gorgeous card, I love the beautiful color wash background, I love how vibrant the colors look even after drying.
    I don’t have that star die but I have other dies that would work just as fabulous.
    Thank you for the video.

  6. wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 3:08 pm


    Thank you for this technique. I have been reluctant to make a card with little pieces. I will give this a try. Beautiful card.

  7. wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 3:28 pm


    Lovely card Darlene, I wonder if it would work with double sided tape sheets>

    • wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 4:08 pm


      Carole, it certainly would! That’s what I use. I just apply the adhesive sheet to a piece of cardstock large enough to cover the back of the opening in my panel–just so it won’t be sticky on both sides. Then remove the release paper from the other side of the adhesive, and stick it to the back of your panel! Easy peesy, lemon squeezy! 🙂 ~ Andrea

      • wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 4:25 pm

        Carol Mac

        Ah! thanks kardz and Andrea…good idea!!! ?

  8. wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 3:38 pm


    That was really neat. Thanks for the surgical tape tip. The card looks neat and anything but simple. Love how you figure these things out.

  9. wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Brenda L.

    I love how you embossed the whole panel of watercolor Darlene! Looks great and made such a beautiful card. Hugs, Brenda

  10. wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 4:55 pm


    Great card…. can’t wait to try this at home! I needed this refresher for the inlay cards!

  11. wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 4:59 pm


    GENIUS! Amazing idea!

  12. wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 5:03 pm


    Darlene, this is gorgeous!!! Love the watercoloring. Thanks for the tip on doing the inlay the easier way, too. I never in a million years would have thought of that! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  13. wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 5:48 pm


    Wonderful card! I wasn’t sure I like the way the background looked right after it dried, but once you added the embossing powder and die cut the star, wow…beautiful! Just wondering if you have had any problems with Versafine Black Onyx ink with the Misti. Whenever I use that combination, it really stains the Misti. I just got a new ink pad, but the same thing always happens and nothing but the Novus 2 cleans it off.

    • wrote on July 9th, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      I don’t have problems with the Versafine, but I wipe it off right away. I do have issues with other dye inks that stain. I just use an alcohol pad to clean it, but I have the etched MISTI. You’re not supposed to do it with the original MISTI. If your Novus cleans it, then I’m confused why you don’t just use that.

      • wrote on July 11th, 2016 at 4:17 pm


        Oh, I don’t actually have the Novus 2 cleaner. I borrowed some from a friend, but was just wondering if anyone else had this same problem with the Versafine.

  14. wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 6:50 pm


    Oh Darlene, I love this!!! I’m thinking what current stamps/dies from SU I could do this with – any ideas off the top of your head??

    • wrote on July 9th, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      The first thing that comes to mind is the Rose Garden thinlits – lots of little pieces!

  15. wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 8:31 pm


    Love your great creativity. There is always something new in your videos.

  16. wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 8:40 pm


    Thank you for this item. I learnt a lot. Bye for now . . . . I’m off to the craft/play room and try it out.

  17. wrote on July 8th, 2016 at 11:28 pm


    This is a gorgeous card! I can’t wait until my move is completed and I can play again…

  18. wrote on July 10th, 2016 at 9:48 am


    Darlene. You are the true star here. Lovely card. So fun to watch You create. Glad to hear Connie’s news. Hip hooray. Stay cool…

    • wrote on July 12th, 2016 at 10:09 am


      Hip Hooray – loved that cute play on words!

  19. wrote on July 19th, 2016 at 7:29 am


    Darlene, simply put, you are a GENIUS! Love the card and the technique!

  20. wrote on April 21st, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Teresa S

    You made something that looks very difficult incredibly easy. As always, it is gorgeous!

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