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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sharon Briss: Quilted Tiles Tutorial

As you all know, I am totally about the quick and easy. During our recent Floriculture Tag blog hop, I showed off a simple quilted tiles background which can be used for a variety of purposes. Today, I will show you how to create a simple one-layer card with a look of depth and texture similar to the tiles on the tag below.
Stamps: Cosmos bud from Floriculture and sentiment from
Bits and Pieces (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I have seen this look a ton of times, but after reading all the intense marking, measuring and masking that was going on I had always given it a pass.  I am not one for methodically calculating measurements or getting out my various scoring tools and painstakingly marking off lines.  Also when masking, I like not to have to reposition a ton as every time can lead to a mishap that might have me back at square (or tile) one.

For this technique, you will need the following supplies:
  • metal or wooden ruler
  • repositionable notes, preferably ones that are 5" tall or more or scrap paper and repositionable adhesive
  • cotton balls, sponges or daubers for inking
  • plain cardstock
  • distress ink in two similar shades, one light and one dark
  • repositionable adhesive such as repositionable Tombo
  • punch, die cut or other cutting tool for cutting circles, ovals or squares
  • scrap paper
So far, so good, right?  Mostly stuff you probably have lying around on your craft table right now!  If you can't find the longer repositionable notes (although I find them invaluable), you can carely layer the 3" x 3" ones to form one longer piece or just run repositionable adhesive along the edge of a piece of scrap paper.

For this tutorial, I will be creating a CAS card.  I started with a white standard-size (5.5" x 4.25") card base.  I folded it in half and secured it to my scrap paper with a little repositionable adhesive.  The last thing I want to happen is everything to shift while I am inking it.  The next step is to pick a central image and stamp in the middle of the card and color or paint it as desired.  You can also stamp it in the same ink as you will be doing the background for a nice monotone look.  I used my darker distress ink, Frayed Burlap, for my image.

Choose your image frame style - circle, oval, square, rectangle or die cut.  Add respositionable adhesive to the back of your mask and position it over the inked image.   I will often hold my card up to the light to check the position of the mask.

Now, it's time for that easy quilted tile background.  Place your ruler on a corner of your cardstock so that it runs diagonal to the lie of the card.  I use an easy trick and make sure that two of the measurement markings on the ruler line up with the edges of my card.

Place your repositionable note beneath the ruler, remove the ruler and sponge the edge with the darker shade of Distress Ink.  Draw the ink from the repositionable note onto the cardstock.  Always go in this direction.  You are just creating a small visible edge so don't go crazy with the color.

Once the first line of inking is completed, remove the note.  Line up the top edge of your ruler with the inked line and lay your repositionable note under the bottom edge as shown.  Remove the ruler and sponge another edge.  Repeat until you reach the bottom of the card.

Now, it's time for the other direction.  Line up your ruler with other top corner.  Be sure to use your other lines as guides to create a nice 90 degree angle.  Repeat as you did with the other side, you will notice your nice tiles forming as you go. 

Take your lighter shade of distress ink and softly sponge all over exposed card, being careful not to disrupt your masking.  This bit of soft color will provide a soft edge all around your image.  Finally, remove the mask from the image.  Voila!  Easy card, no fuss - no muss!

Stamp: Lily of the Valley from Floriculture plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I like to put self-adhesive pearls or rhinestones at the intersections of the tiles, as I did with the example below, but you can also leave these spots plain as desired.

Stamps: Cosmos bud from Floriculture plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I like the masked image, but you can also create this background in a light, neutral color and stamp right on top of it with a darker ink as I did for my blog hop sample.

Stamp: Lily of the Valley and sentiment  from Floriculture plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)

You can also add to your background by masking off two or more sides of your diamond and stamping an image onto one or more tiles.  Below, I've made a birthday tag!

Stamp: Bridget and sentiment from Winter Women (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I hope you will try this technique!  If you do, add your creation to the linky so we can all see!

Don't forget - there's still one week left to play along with our RRD Holiday Inspiration Club!  For this four-week period, we've been working on Do It Yourself Backgrounds for your holiday cards! 


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