I have a lot to show you tonight. I've been playing with stamping on tiles. There is lots of good information on SCS on how to's and whys. But I wanted to try and test every how to and hopefully put it all in one place. I hope that this post covers all of it:
Things that stayed the same for all of the tiles: I used the 4 x 4 tumbled tiles from Home Depot (I also have heard that you can use the Rialto tiles from Lowe's). You may have to search through several boxes to come up with tiles that are pretty smooth without too many pit marks. Tiles are around $.58 each. On all of my tiles I stamped with Staz-on. Since there are so many colors of Staz-on it helps to keep things from getting boring. After stamping with Staz-on I always heat set the tile with my heat gun. Mostly because some of my Staz-on ink pads are wetter than others and I just wanted to be sure that nothing ran. After I completed coloring my tiles they were baked at 350 degrees for 15 minutes and when cooled sealed with a matte finish spray sealant.
This was one of my first tiles, I stamped with Black Staz-on and then colored my image with Marvy Markers. The ones that are equivalent to Tombows and SU markers (So any of them would work). Then I tried to use my Copic Alcohol inks to do the outside of the medallion. I made a mask so that I would not get alcohol ink on my medallion. (Especially since Copic Alcohol ink and Staz-on have a chemical reaction that doesn't work well together) It went well except the alcohol ink seeped through my mask and blurred my image (on the right side of the tile) This can not be fixed so I went no further with this tile.
Tile #2: Stamped with Staz-on Mustard and heat set. Colored with Marvy Markers and Sharpies. Made a mask with my stamp and used Copic alcohol ink around the edges of the image. This one worked. Note that the Marvy marker colors held pretty true to color after baking. The sharpies color intensified. Sharpies are the green, purple of the center flower and deep mauve in-between the green.
Tile #3: Stamped with Staz-On red. Colored my image with PrismaColor Pencils. It was definitely easy enough to color and went on smoothly. I even colored around my image with a pale pink and purple which was barely visible until after baking. So note that with PrismaColor pencils the color intensifies. And the red Staz-on turned a somewhat bright pink almost.
Tile #4: Stamped with Olive Green Staz-on. After heat setting I tapped the entire tile with versamark and colored with Pebbles chalks. The versamark is to help the tile grab the color. And with an image that has small parts such as this, coloring is not easy. However when I was done I liked how it looked. If you accidentally went out of the lines cleaning the chalk off was easy. So when I was done I felt the color was pretty vibrant. However, once again baking did change it's appearance. I felt that it almost melted the chalk and cause it to bleed together, leaving a very blurred image. So not my favorite way of doing this.
All three of these tiles were stamped in Black Staz-on and colored with SU watercolor crayons. Each tile was colored by someone different - in hopes that I/we would get different views. Let me just add that after playing with these watercolor crayons from Stampin Up everyone should run to their nearest SU rep and order these. They are amazing! They went onto these tiles so smoothly and then with the SU blender pen the color was moved and blended. I even tested the crayons on paper and the same result and then I colored direct to the stamp with them and that was equally amazing. Those tutorials and projects will be coming up soon also. Back to the tiles - I was worried about what would happen with baking, I thought that the colors might thin out and run. But no way, ho-posie (my 4yr olds way of saying hosay - where the "p" comes from is beyond me) They baked up beautifully and when cooled I sealed them.
This tile is stamped with Cactus Green Staz-on, colored with Marvy markers and Sharpies, baked, sprayed with Krylon glitter spray and sealed with matte spray. The background was left natural so the red tinting you see is from the glitter spray.
Finally I took of the tiles and made it into a wall hanging:
Then lastly I played with how to seal them. This next tile is sprayed with Krylons Glitter Spray in Resplendent Red and then with my matte finish. Here is what it looks like:
These tiles can now be used for many different purposes. They make great coasters, trivets, gifts, etc. The tiles also come in 6 x 6 for bigger trivets and in 2 x 2 which is great for magnets and pins.
Picture this this technique in so many different themes. How about one for Baby's room or elegant tiles for the bedroom or bathroom. Themed tiles for a kids room - the possibilities go on & on.
I hope I haven't left any possible medium out, I tested Marvy markers, Tombow markers, Sharpies, chalks, PrismaColor pencils, SU watercolor Crayons and Alcohol inks. And yes, I did try Copic markers, but it left a very water marked surface and couldn't be smoothed out. So I actually used rubbing alcohol and cleaned it all off to start over. Do you know of any other mediums that can be used? If so please post a comment here so that we can keep all of this great info in one place.
Here is where my stamps come from:
- All three medallions come from I brake for stamps. Be sure to tell Della where you saw her awesome stamps. I have some great projects with these medallions coming up also.
- Stained Glass Lilies also come from I Brake for Stamps.
And truly lastly, This was a blast! I have a wedding and two baby showers coming up and I'm going to make some of these for each of them, just to be part of the gift. I know that my preferred medium that I will use will be the SU watercolor crayons.