Friday, November 23, 2012


The tiles I used for these samples are tumbled Italian marble available at both Home Depot and Lowe's. Always wash tiles first, and let them dry completely before stamping. The basic technique for this batch followed these steps:
1. Brush tile surface with the Embossing Buddy.
2. Ink stamp with a pigment ink (I used Stampin' Up! Basic Black Craft Ink for most, Chocolate Chip for a few) and stamp image. Stamp firmly but don't press too hard or fine lines will blur, and don't wiggle or rock your stamp! If desired, rub some craft ink on the tile edges (for a muted, not shiny, look do the edges first and let the ink dry so embossing powder won't stick to it).
3. Cover with Crystal Clear Embossing Powder.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.
 I used an old metal baking sheet covered with foil and put as many tiles on it as I could fit per baking batch. My sheet had sides, so I turned it upside down and used the bottom - the oven heat flows over the tiles more evenly this way and it takes less time for the embossing powder to melt. Before taking tiles out to cool, make sure that all the embossing looks shiny. Overbaking does not help (this is more of a problem with metallic embossing powders and/or glossy tiles, but still should be avoided).
5. When powder is melted on all the tiles, remove from oven and let them cool completely.
6. Color with inks or markers. I used alcohol inks because they dry quickly and are permanent. You can mix Stampin' Up! ink from reinkers with 70% rubbing alcohol. If desired, blot some ink on edges/corners with a piece of felt or cotton ball. You can add metallic accents with metallic paint pens.
7. Seal with a clear sealant. (More on this after I experiment some more - see my last post)

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