Thursday, September 30, 2010

Faux Tin Tiles Technique

Faux Vintage Tin Tiles Technique

I don't know about you but I love the look of vintage tin tiles. They are an architectural detail of days gone by that add an extra special something to any space.  Well, today we are going to create our own vintage tin tiles to incorporate into our cards, scrapbooks or other projects!


Embossing Powder (ex. Platinum)
Embossing Ink
Acrylic Paint (ex. Snow Cap)
Stamps (ex. - Impression Obsession)
Cardstock (ex. - Black)
Heat Tool
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1. Stamp image on cardstock using embossing ink.

2. Sprinkle desired color of embossing powder over the image.  Shake off excess and heat to melt.  Let the embossed image cool before moving to the next step.
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3. After the embossed image has cooled, apply a nice layer of acrylic paint over the image.  You want enough paint so it fills up the image and covers the embossing.
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If you are using the dabber, smooth the paint out so there are no lumps or bumps in the paint.
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4. Let the paint dry until it is almost set...  the time will vary from paint to paint.  Basically just wait until the paint has lost the glossy wet look and has a matte look to it.

5.  After the paint has dried to the matte finish stage, rub off some of the paint until the embossed image just starts to show through.  You can rub as much or as little paint as you would like depending on how you want your finished tiles to look.
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6. Trim your image from the paper and your tile is ready for use!
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Now I created the example on black paper but you can also used white cardstock to create a different look.  Below is a comparison to show the difference between the two...

Left = Black Cardstock
Right = White Cardstock

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You may also use different colors of embossing powders and paints.  These examples were created using copper embossing powder (my fav!!) and various colors of paint.
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And this tile was created using Wild Plum embossing powder on black cardstock w/white paint...
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So you can see by varying the paints, paper, and powders used you could paper your entire house with different looking faux vintage tin tiles ;)

I am going to be gone tomorrow but I will try to get a few finished examples posted soon incorporating these tiles into cards. 

Tomorrow is also JFF Friday so be sure to stop by and see what I've created with this weeks stamps!

Have a great evening friends!!


  1. WOW, that's awesome, I have a tin ceiling tile replica framed in my home and LOVE it...can't wait to try this, thanks for sharing.

  2. Fabulous results with this technique! Must try this!! Thanks again for sharing.

  3. OH, I Love the look of this technique!! I am a big fan of tin ceilings also!! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Very realistic looking! love it!

    Would you be able to share the name of the stamp you used in your previous post? It's the little bird next to a watering can and some pumpkins? I've been looking for it, but can't find it. TIA

  5. Wow, I wasn't expecting that to be the technique! I was thinking you were going to use embossing metal or something. This is sure a quick and effective way of making faux tin. Great job!

  6. I'm so gonna try this! How cool is that? You share some good stuff, Roni.

  7. This technique is so cool! I have always liked the tin tiles and even have some I/O quilt blocks to use. Thanks!

  8. Before you select a material you will need to decide what surface the tile will be applied. Tile can be placed as a backsplash behind a stove, or on the wall to the underside of the upper cabinets. Tile is a popular countertop material, and can also be used on the kitchen floor.


Thanks for your thoughts and comments!