Saturday, March 21, 2009

Classic Sketches Tile

I've always been drawn to classic styles so it was natural that I would be immediately drawn to the new set in the Stampin' Up! Spring/Summer Catalog, Classic Sketches; I knew right away it would be great to make some marble tile coasters for our family room.

These are the 4 x 4" Bottichino tumbled marble tile available at Home Depot. They are not glazed and are really quite easy to do. First I clean my tile with rubbing alcohol to remove oil from fingerprints and marble dust. Second, stamp my chosen images with CRAFT ink. This is different from the Classic ink in that it has pigment in it and is opaque. I used Close to Cocoa Craft Ink on these tiles. I also used a Stampin' Sponge wedge to softly sponge more Craft ink on the sides to enhance the aged look. Third, bake them in a 350 degree over for 15 minutes to set the Craft ink. Let them cool (they will be very hot, and hold the heat!), adhere rubber or felt feet to the back and enjoy!

If you wish, you can spray the tile with a sealer once they are cool, but be aware that your tile won't be as absorbent if you seal them. If you use any water-soluble media such as chalks, watercolor crayons or pencils, etc., to add color to your tile, they will definitely require sealing. I have also used Staz-On Ink for stamping on marble tiles. Since I wanted brown for these, I chose to use the Craft ink which works quite well.

In addition to the Classic Sketches, I used a couple of images from a new Occasions Mini Catalog set, Sense of Time, which also has an antique/vintage look. Customers may begin ordering from the Occasions Mini on April 1st (no joke!), except for the three sets which I posted here earlier (which have the cutest images for Easter) which may be ordered now. One of the perks of being a demonstrator is that you have opportunities for pre-ordering from the catalogs!

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend! Thanks for dropping by!


Jennifer said...

These are really cool! I was wondering what I should do with those extra tiles from our tile classes a few years back. :-)

Connie Paxman said...

Tumble tiles...thanks for the instructions...I saw these three times today, so now I have to make them.
connie paxman

Hetty said...

Those tiles are just wonderful, Margret!!

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