Saturday, December 19, 2009

Dry Erase Tiles

I have had several emails asking me for directions on the tiles I posted yesterday, so .... I thought I'd post the directions here for all of you!

I used glazed tiles that measure 6"X8" from the local hardware store. I rubbed the tile with my Embossing Buddy so I didn't have extra EP stick to the tile. (If this does happen, you can scrape it off with a razor blade/craft knife.) Next I stamped my tile with the image and Classic Stampin' Pads. I have discovered that line images work better than bold images as the bold images tend to look "gloopy". You do have to be very careful to stamp straight down and lift straight up because the ink will smear pretty easily since the tile is glazed. However, if you do have a smearing situation, the ink will wipe right off with a little spritz of Stampin' Mist and a paper towel (which is why you HAVE to use embossing powder on this project). Once you have your image stamped, sprinkle with clear EP and tap off the excess. (I blew on mine after that, just to be sure all the excess had been removed.) Then heat in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. Remove with pot holders as they will be VERY hot. I put mine on racks to cool and they did this much more quickly than I though they would. It took about 15 or so minutes for them to be cool enough to handle. I then tied some ribbon around them and set them in the little easels I bought at the dollar store.

OH! I covered the dry erase markers with DSP and/or copy paper stamped to match the color of my image while the tiles were heating/cooling. I used 2 stips of Sticky Strip to adhere the paper to the markers. Voila! A quick gift that looks great! And the great thing about these is you can get several of them ready all at once and stick them in the oven together!

I'd love to see what you create. If you make one of these, please link back to this post so I can see! :) Enjoy creating.


Dee Tollaksen said...

These are great! Nice job, what a great affordable gift.

Sharon Carr said...

Hi Tory,
What a cute little gift idea! Love it!! I've got some running around to do today, so I'll be looking for these tiles! I've got time to make some of these before Christmas too.