Monday, December 7, 2009

Totally Terrific Tiles!

Good Monday morning everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend - I know we did here. We had our first snow of the season and kicked off Christmas with not one, but two concerts! I posted some pictures and a bit of narrative here on the blog over the weekend, so if you want to see the fun and take a trip down memory lane with me, just go back one post.

On Friday morning, I held my Totally Tiles class here and the gals and I had so much fun creating fabulous stamped tiles to give as gifts for the holidays. I forgot to take pictures of their tiles before they left, but I did make time to recreate some of them because they did such a wonderful job!
The tile above was designed by Natalie and I loved it so much, I HAD to copy her! We used the Christ is Born and Winter Post stamp sets with Bravo Burgundy Craft Ink and the retired Copper Encore pad. The copper turns gold when it's baked. A yard of retired Burgundy Organdy ribbon finished this one off.

This one was started by my friend Lissa, but she changed her mind and went with another design. After the class was over, the ink was still on the stamp, so I just added a bit more and went ahead and made the tile. I'm so glad I did, because it turned out gorgeous! I used the Medallion stamp with the same inks as above, but applied with the sponge daubers.

This tile is a copy of the one Lissa actually made to take home!

Again, I loved it so much, I just HAD to copy her! It's the same inks here, but we used the Chocolate Chip Striped Grosgrain Ribbon for the accent. Isn't it beautiful?!

This last one was the first one I made Friday morning with the gals, I had already put it on display in my kitchen when I started taking pictures.


Here I used Lovely as a Tree with Handsome Hunter Craft ink and the greeting is from Many Merry Messages in Bravo Burgundy. The ribbon is the Bravo Burgundy 5/8" Grosgrain. I used some Mini-Glue Dots to ruffle it up a bit. Kind of hard to see in this picture, sorry!

We made some sets of coasters as well, but I don't have pics of those - we were a busy bunch on Friday! Even Emma was making tiles this weekend to give as gifts. I'll take some pics and post them for you later this week. She gets a bit more "outside the box" than these projects here!

The tiles are pretty easy to do, I buy them from a local home improvement store and rinse them off before stamping. Just stamp your images and cover with Glassy Glaze Embossing Powder, tapping off the excess. Bake them in a 350 degree oven for about 12 minutes or until all the powder has melted smooth. Baking time depends on your oven performance. Let them cool and display as desired! Super easy!
I have found that the deeper, richer colors perform better. The colors do change with the baking process - for example, my Real Red Craft ink looks dark pink after baking.
You can also use your Classic inks and Markers on the tiles when they are done this way, but again, you should use the more deep, vibrant colors so they don't fade out. The tiles should have a bit of glaze on them, not the tumbled tile if you are going to use classic ink or markers. The best part is that if you make a mistake, you can wash it off and start over again before you apply the powder! So the most important thing to remember is to have fun!

Have a great day everyone!
~~Robin

11 comments:

  1. they're all wonderful. what fun it must have been. xox

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  2. The tiles are fabulous! I'm wondering if there is another product that I can substitute for the glassy glaze? laura j

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  3. These are beautiful! I will have to try this with my club gals. Thanks for all the how-to tips.

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  4. WOW these tiles are just beautiful Robin! What a perfect gift! I hope all is well with you and yours! Have a great week, and thanks for sharing. Love Keesh x

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  5. These tiles are totally WOW!!!! Wish I could have been there to make some!!! Miss ya!!

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  6. This tiles are beautiful and you are an artist!!! Congratulations and thank you for sharing the tips with us.
    Martha Lucia

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  7. Gorgeous tiles- what a fun class- I would love to do something like this!!!

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  8. These are all gorgeous. You make it look fun & easy too. Thank you. EdieB

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  9. really gorgeous, Robin! and i bought some of that "Gassy Glaze" (hee hee) just so i could make tiles...one of these days!

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  10. I never thought of using Glassy Glaze on them. Thank you so much for sharing yet another way!! The last set I did I used the Shimmer paints - thatw as fun too!

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  11. These tiles are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Question: do you use these as coasters? or just diplay them as decorations?

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