Monday 17 September 2012


While having a sort out in my studio recently, I came across some old slide mailers - I nearly threw them out as they haven't been used for years.  Then I thought why not have a go - so here is my first 'play'.  In case anyone is wondering, slide mailers are small folded cards with glass slides for mailing samples off to laboratories.    

The front - I used torn paper, rubber stamps and copper embossing powder.

The inside - you can see it opens as a book and the two glass panels were glued in using a very thin line of glue right on the edge of each panel, so it wouldn't show through from the front.

The back.

Still in a blue and orange mood I made this photo mosaic using photos from Charles Dickens birth place that I visited back in April.

Some of my great-grandmothers china.

I am linking this to Blue MondayMosaic Monday and Colour Me Weekly.


  1. All lovely!

    Your work is perfect for those slide mailers! I love the copper embossing powder.

    Another fantastic mosaic .... I'd like to revisit the house - not been since I was little.

    I love love love your grandmothers china. It is so delicate and pretty.


  2. Nicely done!!! Beautiful mosaic! Cathy

  3. slide-mailers are new to me - very interesting.

  4. Lovely work. The slide mailers have turned out really well! Such an original idea. I really like the mosaic photos and your grandmother's china too.
    Jane x

  5. Thanks for sharing your beautiful blues. I never heard about slide mailers; you've taught me today!

    Happy Blue Monday, Diana.

  6. What a great works you have done there:)

    Visiting from Blue Monday- hope you can stop by..

  7. I love the china and the colours you linked with it Diana.

  8. Oh this makes me want to get the china down from the attic. Such a pretty collection and I'd never heard of slide mailers before.

  9. Such interesting photos! I like the slide mailers even though I don't really understand what I see. The photo mosaic is beautiful and the china is so delicate. Three lovely posts in one!

  10. You never get too old to learn something newl I certainly learned today from your interesting post.

  11. Your slide mailer project is gorgeous - I'm still trying to figure out what I'm seeing - a card that opens up, and the 2 glass slides are attached inside, right? I've heard of them, but never really understood what they were. The colors and texture and layering are stunning...

    Love your Grandmothers china - I used to do mosaics with old broken China - if I saw that in person my hand would itch to break it and make something with it!

  12. Those are beautiful and your china are fabulous!


  13. You did a great job.

    My blues are here and here.

  14. Slide mailers are a new one on me too. I too can't quite make out what they are from the pic's but the art inside them is as beautiful as ever.

  15. I missed posting on Color Me Weekly, but happy to catch your offering. Wouldn't your great-grandmother be totally shocked in "her day" to find a beautiful photo of her gorgeous china, with little patches of color attached to it. Fun to think about. I scrolled down through your more recent posts...I really really really love your mosaic pieces. Each is artistically arranged, and close in hue and value. This takes time and thought, patience and talent. They are beautiful.

    Also thank you for taking the time to check my humble blog, even though I didn't post to CMW.

  16. Beautifully captured.

    Catching up with Blue Monday.
    It would be great if you can comment on My BLUE as well. Thanks!

  17. Your slide mailer experiment is beautiful! I love the way you essentially highlighted portions of the images. Brilliant.

    And as always, your photos are beautiful. Love your great-grandmother's china.