Monday, April 16, 2012

Faux Enamel Tile Project

It's been a while since I gave you a complete project, so today I'm sharing my "Faux Enamel Tile".  I know others have played with using alcohol inks on tiles, but this is what I came up with through trial and error.  I think it looks pretty cool....hope you like it too!  Supply list at bottom of post.

(c) 2012 Cindy Pointe
1.  Clean tile with rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and allow to air dry.
2.  Using blending tool with felt pad, apply alcohol ink (Denim & Sailboat Blue) and blending solution to the pad.  Pounce and swirl tool to cover the entire tile.
3.  Using various stamps, arrange into a pleasing design.  (I used my Fiskars Stamp Press to arrange them, but you could do a sample design on a scrap piece of paper and then follow that)  Stamp with embossing ink then heat emboss with white embossing powder.
4. With alcohol ink, add color to each flower using a paint brush.  (I squirt the AIs out on my craft mat and pick up from there.  I will also add blending solution to the AI as needed to keep it flowing.)
(NOTE: If you're using ink darker than the background, just go right over it.  If you want to use a lighter color, like the bottom yellow flower, use blending solution on the paint brush to "lift" off the background first.)
5.  Go back with the blending tool and more background ink/blending solution to pounce a darker area where the sentiment will be placed. (I do this after all the other inking is done so that I don't wipe it off by holding the tile.  Also, sometimes I change my mind on where I want the sentiment to go once all the other stamping is done)
6.  Stamp sentiment the same way the flowers were applied.  Using a paint brush and more of the background AI colors/blending solution, pounce around the area to blend the light and dark areas together.
7.  Heat set the inks using heat gun then spray with multiple thin layers of sealer.  (NOTE:  Other sealers MAY work but all the others I tried made the AI bleed.  For best results use the recommended spray.  However, if you want to try what you have on hand, do a sample tile.  Don't risk ruining all your work!  On the other hand, if you don't like what you have done, it's easy to remove using blending solution and a razor.  Just be sure to change it BEFORE you seal!)
I have mine displayed on a little easel but you could use strong adhesive
to apply a hanger to the back.

Supply List:
*White glazed tile--6" x 8" (available at Lowe's or Home Depot)
*Adirondack Alcohol Inks:  Cranberry, Eggplant, Sunshine Yellow, Purple Twilight, Lettuce, Denim, Sailboat Blue.
*Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution
*Stamps:  Scrappy Cat "Sunny Days" and "Flower Sketch", Chatterbox "Fabulous", Tim Holtz sentiment
*Distress Embossing Ink
*White Embossing Powder
*Sealer:  Tree House Studio Clear Acrylic Gloss Coating (available at Hobby Lobby)
*Misc:  rubbing alcohol, Ranger Ink Blending Tool with felt pad, craft mat (optional), Fiskars Stamp Press (optional), heat gun, paint brush, paper towels

Entering this tile into the following Challenges:


Unknown said...

gorgeous tile! Love the sentiment!

Donna Ellis said...

Faux enamel tile - I have not heard that one before - and it is quite striking! Great explanation, too, with wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing!

Marjie Kemper said...

Totally gorgeous!

Lisa H said...

That is a great technique! I love how your tile came out.

Cathy L. Calamas said...

Wow, really nice, your background is fantastic.

KayJay said...

Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful step by step tutorial! I love the entire composition.

michele hileman said...

Totally awesome... I love it

Dan said...

Great tile, and great tutorial too! :) The Design Team are really pleased that you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week - Thank you!

Unknown said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Wow!

Michele said...

Cindy this is simply lovely! thank you for the tutorial. we will miss your wonderful work at the cheerful stamp pad but it sounds like you made the right choice for your life -- well done. xo

Gail Is This Mutton? said...

Fantastic technique, looks great!

lady jasmine crafts said...

What a great idea Thanks for joing us at Ditzy craftymess xxx nicky

Shelley said...

Wonderful tutorial, thanks!

shatril said...

Love this technique. Gonna try this just as soon as I get out to buy the tile. I wonder if UTEE would work to seal it? I might just try that.

2amscrapper said...

Great project!

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful project and the colours are so full of vitality.

PetraB said...

Your tile is stunning, the colours so vibrant. Sorry to see you leaving from the DT, we will miss you.

Paper Squirrel said...

Very, very cool! Love this...perfect for summer. Will have to give the technique a try.

suzARTe said...

This is gorgeous and a very cool technique to create your faux tile. I love all the lovely colours you have used.

Thanks so much for sharing the steps and your lovely project at Anything goes, Just keep on creating. I hope you will continue to play along :)

PinkyLisasInkyCrafts said...

Thank you so much for entering the challenge over at craftymess blog
What an amazing entry. Looks gorgeous!!
I really do hopw to see more entries from you over at craftymess.
Well Done
Lisa xxxx