Rowlux® Illusion Film is rockin' good fun for making mosaics on greeting cards! When I first pulled all the different colors out of the package that the folks at Rowlux were kind enough to send me, the cardmaker in me got really excited. I knew I wanted to see all the colors and patterns tiled together.
Rowlux is a thick, polycarbonate sheet (kind of like acetate) with wavy, holographic-style moiré patterns. It comes in loads of bright and bold colors. It's translucent, but also has some opacity - scroll down to the end of this post to see how the different colors look against black versus white. I really like how the patterns pop against the black.
Choosing the right adhesive to work with Rowlux without killing the optical effects is a bit tricky. Any kind of glue dot or foam square will show through. A dry-mount spray adhesive is recommended because liquid glue can cloud up the pattern.
I didn't have any dry-mount spray, and I was hesitant to go to the art store to buy it because I tend to walk out with way more than I went in for, lol.
So I tried dry-brushing a super light coat of clear gel glue on each inchie tile for first card (above) and after letting it dry for an hour or so, I was able to press most of the cloudiness away with my bone folder and it I think it still looks pretty good. But the glue isn't really intended for "plastic" to paper applications...the tiles are gently adhered and they'll stay put, but it's not hard to slide your fingernail underneath and pull them off the card.
Then I decided to try incorporating the adhesive into the design with my second card.
I had these black foam squares which were easy to center on to each tile because of the sheet's translucency, plus I was working on top of black cardstock...so it was perfect! I absolutely love how this second mosaic turned out, and the foam adhesive is totally staying put on the Rowlux.
|Opacity comparison on white vs. black backgrounds|
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