Die-cut tile card

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 30 May, 2017

If you’re dreaming of far-away adventures and warmer climates, why not create this impressive Moroccan tile-inspired masterpiece? Just one die, a little time and a dab of patience are required to achieve fantastic results, and the final effect is so satisfying! Anita’s 3D Clear Gloss gives the project a slick and shiny finish, creating a super-realistic tile look.

1. Pick a colour scheme for your card (or simply copy ours!). Look at all the hues in a box of Papermania Capsule 12 x 12" solid cardstock and choose five colours that complement each other. Pick a background colour – for best results, opt for your darkest shade – and run through the Xcut Xpress machine with the Xcut Moroccan Tile Die. Use the smallest nib on an embossing pen to ensure all the tiny die-cut sections are removed.

2. Cut a square of Kraftstax cardstock slightly bigger than the die and cover the entire square with a thin layer of Anita’s Tacky Glue, using a large paintbrush. Carefully position the die-cut on top and lightly press down to stick in place. Pick a contrasting colour and run through the Xpress machine again. Remove some of the negative pieces of the die-cut pattern that you want to add to the background. Use a Sailor 2 In 1 Glue Pen to inlay each of these sections in the tile.

3. Repeat this process with the three other colours until the whole panel is filled in. Once dry, cut the design into 16 equal squares with a craft knife and a metal ruler. (Mark out the spacing on the back beforehand to ensure it’s even). The squares will each be roughly 3cm. Try your best to ensure that the pattern is divided evenly, with the first cut lines going directly down the centre. Cover each square with a thick layer of Anita’s 3D Clear Gloss and leave to dry for a few hours, preferably overnight.

4. Choose one of the accent colours from your design and cut a piece of cardstock to cover the front of a small square card blank (We picked the orange to make the outside border pop!). Trim a slightly smaller square from your background colour and glue on top. Draw light pencil marks down and across the middle of the card to make a cross directly in the centre. Start from these pencil marks and add the squares across the card, leaving a small gap of coloured cardstock between each one.

5. Once happy with the arrangement, firmly stick each tile in place with Anita’s Tacky Glue. Lay the card underneath something heavy (such as a large book) for at least an hour, to allow the tiles to dry completely flat.

Project and how-to instructions by Sarah Jackman Read. Project originally published in the February Issue (79) of docrafts Creativity magazine.

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