Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Only Tiling I Recommend You Do

Anyone who has tiled their bathroom or kitchen with ceramic tiles knows how tedious it is. Which is why I keep clear of the whole scene. I prefer to make tiled cards.

There's a few options when it comes to tiling images for cards. Here's what I call "real tiling" which is where you cut up your stamped image into pieces or tiles and stick them down after sponging the edges of each piece with ink to make the edges highly visible. Alternatively, when you stick the tiles on the backing cardboard, you can leave spaces between the tiles so the colour of the mat board comes through.

This card is made using one of my favourite sets, Blossoms Abound (birthday gifted to me by Cassandra) and was inspired by the work of Alisa Tilsner. Colours used are Apricot Appeal, Ruby Red, Olive Green and Sahara Sand. I've added a piece of Pewter HodgePodge and Always Artichoke narrow grosgrain ribbon. I like to sponge the edges of cardboard with sponge daubers inked from my ink pad because it gives me more control and a better finish.

Then there is "Faux Tiling", otherwise known as the Grid Technique. An example of this is shown below in the Lovely As A Tree card. The main tree image is on a tiled surface.

This card was inspired by the work of Angela Sargeant and Alisa Tilsner. The colours used are Brilliant Blue, Garden Green, Black and Certainly Celery. Both wide and narrow grosgrain ribbon is used. The background stamp on the Brilliant Blue card is Weathered and in keeping with this I've used the edge distressing tool in the handy Cutter Kit (four tools in one) to rough the edges of the Garden Green mat.

It may be a little difficult to see the tiles so here's a close-up picture:

This faux tiling is easy. Please follow this link for a full tutorial by Beate Johns on the Grid Technique. If you give this a try, please let me know if you have any questions. And please email me at ktonnet@bigpond.net.au with some photos of your work.

Thanks for reading my first craft post.

Love from Crafty Kim


Sue M said...

Love your tiled cards Kim.

Alana Galagher said...

Hi Kim,

Congrats on starting your blog, it looks great & your cards are gorgeous.

Tina D said...

Hi Kim
Congratulations on your new blog, it looks great and so do your cards. Keep up the good work, Tina :)

Merryl said...

Hi Kim,
Your Blog looks great.
See you soon

Dani Fender said...

I do really like this too. The colours are great and really make it pop!I think I'm getting suckered into spending some money or sucking up to my customer alot!!!