Monday, August 25, 2008

Faux Tin Tile Tutorial (with aluminum foil, a Cuttlebug & a Scor-pal)

This is a super easy way to get the look of metal tile. The tinfoil is so inexpensive and easy to work with. It takes embossing & alcohol ink like a dream. The panel above (for the heavy metal card in yesterday's post) was painted with gesso and the scratched with a Scor-Pal tool in the groove lines. Actually, that probably makes no sense 'til you check out the tutorial ;o) so here it is...

Faux Tin Tile

  • Cardstock (great way to use colours you dislike/scrapped pieces)
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors/Paper trimmer
  • Aluminum foil
  • A Cuttlebug
  • A Scor-Pal
Optional (for colouring):
  • Brayer
  • Gesso
  • or Alcohol ink/Solvent ink (Stazon)
  • or Acrylic Paint

Step 1. Cover cardstock with lots of glue stick
(remove any lumpy bits)

This is a great way to make use of scrap cardstock
(with mistakes on it) Or colours you don't like.

Step 2. Lay tinfoil desired side up & smooth
(Most creases will flatten during embossing)

Step 3. roughly trim the tinfoil
(this actually sharpens your scissors)

Step 4. trim it & dry emboss it
(With a Cuttlebug/whatever...)

Step 5. score tile lines in it
(Use as-is, or continue & colour it...)

Step 6. Brayer with white--or a colour:
(Just Gesso/Acrylic Paint/Alcohol ink)
Gesso primes it, so craft inks & e.p will stick!

A Multicoloured Variation:

Step 1. Brayer with solvent or alcohol ink

Step 2. Daub with alcohol ink & blending solution
(I've used Adirondack's Stream by Tim Holtz)


  1. This is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! Thanks for the incredible idea!

  2. WoWzA, Mel-a-Licious, this is delicious! Is today "Be A Poet Day?"

    I'd really love it if you could show me how to do this up close; will you come to my house and we can make it together?

    So Florida is extra-special-super-duper-extra-special-wonderful in say ... November? Is January better for you?

    Thanks so much! Oh, and fly into PBI, okeedokee?!?

    ~Huggies & Depends!

  3. I new this would be a great tutorial! I am so glad it is easy because it looks SOOO cool!

  4. What a fabulous effect! Thank you!

  5. thanks for the great tutorial, i'm certainly going to try this. please check out my brand new site

  6. Just Genius!
    I like your version a lot better. I even liked it without the white paint and all. That would have looked too metally on the card, so what you did is perfect.
    I wish someone sells gold colored foil too. It has to be cheap though.

    TFS, really!

  7. Totally cool - you are a genius, I tell you!

  8. This is absolutely beautiful. Now, I have a little bit of shopping to do. :-)

  9. these look great - thanks for the idea!

  10. UAU! Thanks for the tutorial. You card is stunning, very very rocky metal!:-)

  11. this is spectacular. Now I know what you do all night!

  12. Mel, you are so inspiring! Every time I visit you site, I just want to come over and play at your house! I would learn a lot for sure! This is really awesome, and it really does look like tin tiles!! Amazing!

  13. Ya did it again! Beautiful...have to try this one, too! Can't wait to see what you come up with next!!! Do you ever sleep??? You sure work hard for us!!!

  14. wow! fabulous! this is one of the many reasons
    I Love Your Blog

  15. I love this idea! I can't wait to come home from the office and try it out! Thank you so much for this site. You've sparked all my interest in my crafting again.

  16. You are so clever, Mel. For the life of me, I don't know how you manage to come up with such wonderful ideas on a daily basis. You rock. This week's tutorial uses metal from a coffee can (well, next Tuesday actually). Thanks for the best posts.

  17. This is brilliant! I love visiting your blog. I've only been visiting for a couple of weeks and I've already learned more new things to do with the Scor Pal than I thought I would. Thank you!

  18. Absolutely brilliant Mel!


  19. This is awesome!! Thank you.....found your site from a link by my friend penny.

    Can't wait to try this out!! :::smiles::: Shelly

  20. Such a fabulous idea! I love how you added the alcohol inks! It sure makes a plain foil look absolutely gorgeous! Okay. . .another stuff I gotta try! Boy, I can't keep up! Too many awesome stuff to try out. . .my head is spinning! LOL!

    I'll have to put this project on my to do list which by the way is getting longer and longer!!


    I can't wait to get home and try this.

  22. Oh my word.......this looks fantastic.
    Stuff the turkey.....I'm nicking the tin!!!

  23. Gorgeous! I'm so glad you gave us the step-by-step. While I saw your heavy metal card, it wasn't until I saw just the faux tin tile that I realized what you did. Woo hoo!!!

  24. Wow! I would hav framed the last turquoisey one and hanged it in my bed room! Looove it!

  25. WHOOT! I've not popped in for a few days...but I see you're still on your everlasting roll! LOVE this technique....looks awesome MEL!

  26. You are just too clever. What a great and inexpensive, not to mention beautiful way to spruce up a card.
    You more then ROCK.

  27. We're in trouble when you quit thinking up all these cool new ideas! (And guess who forgot to order Gesso last week?)

  28. So beautiful Mel, it reminds me of the tin celing from the 40s. Love it, fantastic idea..

  29. WOW!!! Just love these techniques... your so tallented!....

  30. Hi Mel,
    You have the most interesting tutorials I have ever seen... I love to get your blog as you have such intersting things on it.
    Keep them coming and wish I had your talent!!!
    God bless you !

  31. Love this faux metal tile look! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Thanks for this tutorial..I can't wait to try it.. Your card is simply beautiful.

  33. I can't wait to use this technique for the challenge at the cuttlebug challeng blogspot. Thanks so's faulous!

  34. I can't wait to use this technique for the challenge at the cuttlebug challeng blogspot. Thanks so's faulous!

  35. This is so neat. I can't wait to try it. I'm assuming that since it's glued down then embossed scoring it doesn't mess up the foil?


  36. Hi Mel,
    I see that this project was done a long time ago but I just found it looking for techniques to display on my Technique board that I'm doing for my booth at the Puyallup, WA Spring Fair. Anyhoo, thanks for the great directions, I can't wait to try it!
    Sharon Fritz


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