Stamping on ceramic tiles is one of my all-time favorite techniques!
These make great gifts and are good for an "anything but a card" theme.
This would be a great idea for Mother's Day.
Or how about for an upcoming bridal or baby shower?
Colors could easily be chosen to match the theme of the party!
The technique is easy to do!
You will first need to purchase the tiles. These can be found at any home improvement store for very little cost.
There are many varieties in many sizes, but I find that unglazed tiles work the best.
Great tiles to use for this technique are tumbled marble which can be found at your local hardware store. These tiles are often pitted which provides interest.
I purchased a shrink wrapped bundle of 9 tumbled marble tiles at our local Ho** De*** for about 10.00.
After removing the shrink wrap, I wiped all sides of the tiles with a damp paper towel to remove any dust.
Once the tiles dried completely, I was ready to start.
I simply stamped the "dancing girl" image and greeting from the stamp set Beautiful You using Stazon ink.
Stazon works well because it is permanent and will not smear.
If you don't have Stazon, you could use an archival ink. This should work ok because you will be sealing the tiles at the end anyway.
I then colored in the dress and hat using regular dye based Stampin' Up! Write Markers and set them aside to dry completely.
Stampin' Blends would work also.
This was the fun part. Mixing and matching colors to create a colorful outfit.
I found that my favorites were the images colored in bright pinks and blues
Experimenting is half the fun!
Once the marker ink was dry, I sprayed them with a clear acrylic matte sealant to seal in the inks.
When using the sealant, be sure to follow the directions for use, especially spraying in a well-ventilated area.
The sealant will dry fairly quickly. And now your tiles should be water resistant!
To protect any furniture that these tiles may be placed on from scratching, I added some fun foam "feet" to the bottom of each. I simply cut the fun foam down to size (the tiles are approx 4"x4", so the fun foam was cut to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2") and then attached it to the bottom of the tile using a spray adhesive.
Easy, easy and a perfect gift.
Stamp Set: Beautiful You (retiring)
Ink: Black Stazon, various markers
Accessories: tumbled marble tiles, matte sealant, fun foam, spray adhesive