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Faux Ceramic Mediterranean Tile

Stamps: Beautiful You page 24 Occasions 2017 item code 143004 wood 143637 clear, Mediterranean Moments page 29 Occasions 2017 item codes 143188 $28.00 (wood blocks included) • 143191 $20.00
Paper: Floral Boutique item code 141663 page 77 annual catalog
Accessories: Stitched Shapes, Navy Bakers Twine

For a recent Stamp Share for Leaders group meeting (a local upline/downline leadership meeting) I participated in a 49 person swap. I wanted to use the Mediterranean Moments stamp set. Doing some research of what it really looks like there (since I have yet to go there myself) I found a lot of blues and ceramic tile. That inspired me to figure out how to make my own "tile". 

I looked through my stash of designer papers to see if I had something that had that Mediterranean feel. The Floral Boutique certainly could pass as some of the tiles. 

Next I had to figure out how I was going to use that. Squares were definitely the shape to go. I wanted  the paper to look like the tile patterns matched. Using quarter inch strips of paper, cut so that they would be easy to lay on my card base, I made a T or X depending on how you look at it, where I would be able to even space my tiles. I did write up with an arrow so that tiles were consistently laid out.

The biggest issue was do I pre cut all 49 3" x3" pieces of designer paper? and then try and keep track of order and direction? After playing around with several ideas here is what I came up with:

Place Tear & Tape on the back of each piece of designer paper first. Mass assembly.
Cut the paper into the smaller squares 1 1/2" x 1 1/2". Keep them in order.
Place the paper spacer on my card base.
Place the tiles down, diagonally worked best. Pick a corner to start with, do the lower row opposite corner next. Then finish the other two squares. 

It was slow, but once I got a rhythm, it took a few hours admittedly. But I was making 49 plus extra cards. 

If we still carried the Crystal Effects, it would have given the tiles a nice glossy finish. 

I am not sure if I chose random "tiles" if the look would have been the same. Meaning 4 different styles of designer paper for each card. 

For the stamped image, it was a thousand times easier to cut out the white piece using the Stitched Shapes first, then stamp after, using the Stamp-a-ma-jig. The card stock is nearly cut to the same size as the wood block anyway. That was a super quick step for me. 

Layering the white stamped piece and the navy piece, as you can see, I drew squares on my work paper, lined up the two pieces and glued together. Super quick to line them up using the outlines. 

If you have any other questions regarding this technique, please comment below or email me

Thanks! Sandy



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