Since many of you wanted to know how to make these, I thought I'd do a tutorial. First of all I want to explain that there are several different techniques for making these. One way is to print out the pictures on photo paper and simply glue them to the tile and seal them to make them water proof. That's fine, but I like the look of this method much better. We aren't simply gluing pictures on, we're making the picture actually become part of the tile, so the transparent photos will take on the texture of the tile. Let's get started!
-Tumbled marble tiles
-Sheet of cardstock
-Spray on sealer
Crop your photo to the desired size on your computer. These tiles are 4x4, so crop accordingly. You are going to print your photo onto tissue paper. Tape the edges of tissue paper onto the card stock so you can feed it through the printer.
Here is a picture of my customer's sweet little grandson printed out on the tissue paper.
Next, you will spread a very thin layer of Mod Podge over the tile. It's important that you spread a THIN layer because the tissue paper is very delicate and can tear easily if you use too much Mod Podge.
Carefully place the photo on top of your Mod podge covered tile . Starting from the center and working out to the edges,use your fingers to gently press the picture into place. Keep pressing until any wrinkles or air bubbles are gone. After the Mod Podge is dry, brush another coat over the photo. Allow to dry and repeat. You could do a third coat if you want just to make sure it's nice and sealed!
When the final coat of Mod Podge is dry, spray the tile with 3 or 4 coats of sealer. This part is VERY important. Mod Podge alone will not protect your photos from water over a period of time.
Glue the cork square to the back of the tile. Another option is to just stick little round felt feet to the bottom - whichever you prefer!
Here's the finished set for my sweet customer, Janice. Thanks for letting me show off your beautiful family, Janice!
Here are a few pointers:
-Make sure your photo ink is completely dry before you start.
-If you tear the tissue while placing the picture, immediately run it under water and wash off the tissue and Mod Podge - at least you've saved your tile and can reuse it!
-I tear the edges of the photos before I apply them, but that's just because I like the way it looks. You can leave the edges in tact if you prefer.
I love these because you can take your grandmother's old family photos and make special keepsakes out of them. You don't have to use them as coasters - you can display them on an easel or plate stand. You could also do pet photos, nature photos, food photos - anything you can think of!
Have fun with it!
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