Mosaic Rainbow by Laura

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Hello, and welcome back, crafty friends! All throughout the month of May, all of the design team members at The Little Paper Tree will be showcasing projects with a common theme we all know and love…RAINBOWS! Today I kick off my interpretation of the theme by sharing a card that takes the rainbow theme to the extreme! I used the Concord and 9th Mosaic Turnabout Stamp and carefully inked up my stamp in several different colours to create a rainbow.


You can find links to all the fabulous products (I used here) below. Don’t forget to use TLPTLAURA10 at checkout for a 10% discount!


Turnabout Stamping

When I first saw Concord & 9th’s brand new edition to their (very clever) turnabout stamps, I just had to have it. It works the same as previous turnabout stamps in that you create a simple jig (or square, really) to turn your panel between each impression. Each time you turn the panel, you stamp in a different color (or not… up to you!) and you instantly get a patterned background. You may have seen my previous post where I used just the inner circle to create multiple patterns using water. Today I’m going to use the whole stamp to create this super bright, super fun rainbow!


Turnabout Prep

If this is the first time you’re working with your stamp, you’ll need to do a few things to set up the stamp and jig. You can find detailed information in this videomade by Concord & 9th, or check on their website. It is really easy and only takes a few minutes. After you do it the one time, you won’t have to do it again for that stamp! You’ll also need a stamping tool such as the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform or We Are Memory Keepers Precision Press. Both work exactly the same way, and make working with these types of stamps (and most any other type of stamp or stamping technique) a breeze.


Rainbow Stamping

Once I had my stamp marked and jig made, I picked out all the colours I wanted to use for the rainbow. As I said earlier, I went for an in-your-face rainbow design, so I went all-in. I chose a mostly primary colour pallet. All the inks used can be found at The Little Paper Tree by clicking the links of the materials listed below.


I trimmed a piece of Neenah Solar White to be 5.5” x 5.5” (which are the dimensions of the stamp) and put it on my jig. Placing my stamp right over the card in my stamping tool) and shut the door. Normally at this point you would simply choose a colour, ink up the whole stamp, and stamp your panel before rotating the jig 90 degrees and stamping again in another colour. However, I wanted each row of the stamp to represent a different colour of the rainbow, so it was a tad more complicated than that!


I carefully inked up every row – one at a time – before rotating my jig and going through the colour pallet again. It was fairly easy to keep the ink to each line, but if I did get any stray ink where I didn’t want it, I used a mostly-drybaby wipe to clean it off really well. Also, I made sure the area I cleaned wasn’t the slightest bit wet in case it activated my already stamped Distress Oxides. While the reactive effect Oxides give when hit with water is a cool technique to do, it wasn’t what I was going for here



It’s important to note that I did try to stamp all the red in one go (stamped it on each side and rotating all the way around before switching to the next colour), all the orange in one go, etc, but that really didn’t work as well for me. I found that sometimes the card moved just ever so slightly (or rather, I was going to fast and got careless!) and the stamp impressions didn’t line up as nicely. You’ll prob see that happened a bit with this method too, but it wasn’t overly bad and really kinda worked with the abstract look of it!


Making The Card

Once I had my rainbow created, I trimmed the panel down to 5.5” x 4.25” as this will create a landscape, top folding card. Then I got to work on my clouds. This was easy peasy using the Lawn Fawn Cloud Borders Dies.


These are classic dies every cardmaker should have in their stash! They are so versatile for creating all kinds of scenes, and if you love rainbows (and who doesn’t?), you have to have lots of sky options for them!


I cut all three of the borders – two from Neenah Solar White and the third from vellum. Then used mini ink blenders and a touch of Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to the top edges of the clouds to give them a bit of depth. Then trimmed them to size and glued them to the rainbow panel using Tombow.


I cut, scored and folded and 10” x 7” piece of Kraft (to create a 5” x 7” card base) and placed the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackables Die over it in such a way that it created a shaped card. This is super easy to do. Placing the folded piece of Kraft on my cutting plate and taped the largest of the rectangle dies over. So that the long edge hung over the folded side, which means it won’t cut into the fold and the card base will stay intact. Then I just ran it through my Cuttlebug as normal. I adhered the rainbow panel to my card base using Tombow.



Finishing The Card

To finish up, I used Versamark and clear embossing powder to stamp and heat emboss that beautiful, handwritten sentiment from Avery Elle’s Loved and Admired Stamp. I also added a small black die cut heart that I covered with a good, healthy dose of Wink of Stella. And finally, I went mad adding matching sequins (from a variety of Little Things From Lucy’s Cards) to further drive home that rainbow feeling!


Whew! That’s that card done for today! I hope you are inspired to go create a rainbow of your own! Be sure to share your rainbow makes in our new Facebook group, The Little Paper Treehouse! I can’t wait to see everyone’s creations!


Thanks for stopping by…and see Y’all next time! xo




Concord and 9th Mosaic Turnabout

Avery Elle Loved and Admired



Lawn Fawn

Puffy Cloud Borders

Scalloped Rectangles



Tim Holtz

Distress Oxides – Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Lucky Clover, Mermaid Lagoon, Seedless Preserves

Distress Ink Tumbled Glass

Versafine Onyx Black



Neenah Solar White

Neenah Desert Storm

Bazzill Basics Kraft

Bazzill Basics Black

Crafters Companion Vellum



Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder

Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush pen

GBS Anti Static Powder Tool



Little Things From Lucy’s Cards Sequin Shaker Mixes – Fairy Lights, Twinkle Lights, Glacier, Vintage Lilac



Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

Tombow Xtreme Tape Runner



Tonic Nuvo Dual Tipped Ink Blending Brush

Tim Holtz Stamping Platform

Tim Holtz Replacement Magnets

WRMK Precision Press Stamping Tool

Fiskars A4 Paper Trimmer

Tim Holtz Mini Snips

Cuttlebug Diecutting Machine & C Adapter Plate

Heat Gun


  1. Jeni
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    An awesome twist on a rainbow. So pretty.

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