Monday, June 04, 2012

Art Tiles - supply list and tutorial

I recently completed a simple and affordable project I have been working on.  These tiles can be used as coasters, wall decor or display plaques.  It is slightly time consuming but the results are completely worth it.

- Small square Floor / Bathroom tiles $.25 - 1.00 USD each.  I used ones that were recessed in the center which made it easier to inlay the paper squares
- Scrapbook patterned paper
- Rubber Stamps
- Ink Pads
- Embossing powder
- Heat gun
- Felt
- Scissors
- Exacto knife
- Glue gun, glue sticks, and glue dots
- Mod Podge
- Finishing Spray
- Sponge applicator

This is pretty simple to make.  Squares of paper and felt were cut to the size of the tile.  The felt was glued on the back of the tile with the glue gun and the edges trimmed with scissors.  The paper squares were stamped in various designs using black ink and embossed.  Once complete the paper was slightly distressed using Vintage Photo and Antique Linen Distress Ink Pads by Tim Holtz and a stamping blender. 

Once the designs are complete, the squares were glued onto the front of the tile with glue stick.  The corners were reinforced with glue dots and the paper was trimmed to fit the an exacto knife as seen below:

The paper was coated with Mod Podge using a sponge applicator - this did  make the paper bubble in a couple of areas so a brayer was used to smooth it down. Once the Mod Podge dried, the tiles were sprayed with an acrylic sealer.  


A sampling of the finished tiles can be seen up close below.   I made these for my mother and MIL (late mother's day gift), but will plan to make some for our home as well.  

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