Faux Tin Tiles
by Dina Kowal
Recreate the look of vintage embossed tin.
- Chipboard (cut to 6” wide to fit in die cutting machine - cereal box used here)
- Square dies (Spellbinders Nestabilities used here) or another shape that can be tiled
- Aluminum foil (foil tape can also be used)
- Spreadable adhesive medium (gel medium used here)
- Embossing folder (Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Elegance folder used here)
- Die cutting machine with embossing pads
- Acrylic paint
- Foam brush
- Solvent, such as mineral spirits or rubbing alcohol
- Paper towel or craft-dedicated rag
- Metallic finish (optional)
Spread a thin, even layer of adhesive or gel medium over a piece of chipboard.
Adhere aluminum foil to chipboard. A brayer can be used to smooth out wrinkles and bubbles.
Be sure to allow the adhesive medium to dry completely. Trim edges or fold to back side.
Die cut the covered chipboard into squares. More than one pass through the die cutting machine may be needed.
Place covered chipboard squares in an embossing folder with a centered or repeating pattern, centering the die cut(s) over the design.
Emboss according to machine instructions, adjusting as needed for the thickness of the material.
Paint a layer of acrylic paint over the tile with a foam brush. Be sure paint gets into all the details of the pattern. Allow the paint to dry completely.
Soak a small area of a paper towel or craft-dedicated rag with odorless mineral spirits or another solvent.
Rub the solvent over the raised areas of the panel to remove some of the paint for a vintage look.
Step 6 (Optional)
Lightly rub a metallic finish over the raised areas of the panel to enhance the color of the exposed foil.
Use the panel to complete a project.
Cut smaller pieces and emboss several at once.
Piece them together to cover a frame or other altered object.