Monday 7 February 2011

Inchie Tiles

My hubby and his sons share an interest in wine so when we needed a birthday card for son #1 recently I thought some "trattoria tiles" might do the trick. The inchies are cut from scrap mountboard with a Cuttlebug die and stamped while pushed up close together and then inked around the edges and slightly separated when sticking them down. Inking the edges just gives them a bit more depth, I think.

Try asking at your local framing shop for offcuts of mountboard - they'll often give it to you free or very cheaply. Most mountboard is white on the back so it doesn't matter what colour the front is if you want a white surface to work with, just flip it over.

Two step stamping is fun and it makes for a very quick card - no colouring or shading to do! I stamp a positioning sheet on vellum and keep it in the case with the set so I don't even need to do that step each time I use the stamps.

Gorgeous Grapevine (Stampin Up!)

Smooth white
Dark red

Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Raisin, Currant, Lettuce and Pesto)
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Vintage Photo)

Cuttlebug die - square
Cuttlebug embossing folder (Victoria)
Scor It

Thanks for stopping by!


Effie said...

Great idea and a lovely card.

Kathy said...

This is wonderful Joanne, I love the look of the tiles.
I got a huge bag full of mountboard for 50p from one of the picture framers in town - that was about 3 years ago and I've not made a dent in it yet!

Karen said...

ooo those tiles look sooo realistic Joanne! A lovely idea for wine-lovers xxx

Janice said...

Nice effect, really like this card. I note you don't mention that you like a drop of wine too ;)

sam21ski said...

Fabulous and I agree the colouring on the edges does give more depth xxxx

Paulette S said...

I love it! It looks like real hand painted tiles.

Sue said...

Oh I love the tile effect on this card, looks so real.
Sue x

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! Love the tile effect! x

cparsons said...

I love this technique! I've made friends with the lady in Hobby Lobby's framing department, so I'm going to follow your suggestion and get some scraps from her. I'll have to go through my stamps to find a good one for this idea.