Delft Tile

by Julie Warner

Score lines into your cardstock before stamping patterns over it for a tile look.


  • Scor-It!™ or other scoring tool
  • Cardstock
  • Ink
  • Stamps (Sparkle N Sprinkle used here)
  • Sponge
  • Light grey marker (Tombow used here)
  • Scrap paper for masking


  1. Step 1

    Cut card stock to 5" x 3 3/4". Using your scoring board, score the 5" side 1 5/8" in from each side (this will leave 1 3/4" for the center column). Turn 90 degrees and score the 3 3/4" side 1 1/4" in from each side.

  2. Step 2

    Turn your scored card stock so that the backside, or side with indented score lines, is face up.

  3. Step 3

    Stamp your image. Large background images work best. Smaller images will also work, but care must be taken not to press too hard into the scored indentations.

  4. Step 4

    Cut an inside corner out of the scrap paper. Place the mask over the scored lines. Ink the sponge with the same or slightly lighter ink. Lightly sponge just inside the scored line covered by the mask. Move the mask as you go, sponging all sides of the “tiles”. The out side edges may be sponged, if desired.

  5. Step 5

    To further enhance the tiles, use the light grey marker to outline the scored indentations or faux grout lines.

  6. Two different background shown here.

  7. Step 6

    Use the tiles as a focal image.

  8. Alternately, use the tiles as a background on a card.



    Other Sizes
    Try making the tiles smaller for a different look.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Delft Tile. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Beautiful card. What tool did you use to get the line of bumps( smile poor description) on the bottom of your card and are you leaving the grout white and outlining around it in grey?
Regina  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 9:47 AM
These is a wonderful and easy technique. It looks so pretty. Thanks for the instructions.
Marilyn  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 10:07 AM
md  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 10:21 AM
Awesome. I want to try this soon, before I forget. Go Julie!
Diane  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 11:06 AM
This is definately a keeper! Fabulous end result Julie! xx
Vivienne  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 11:11 AM
This is such a great tutorial with fabulous instructions. Thanks for sharing them with us.
Lynn Mercurio  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 11:12 AM
Hi Regina!
The row of raised dots on either side of sentiment were done using a dot border folder by Cuttlebug. I placed the folder across the the area and used a stylus to emboss it by hand (in order to keep it smooth over the sentiment). The border folder comes in set called "With Love".
Hope this helps!
Julie - justwritedesigns  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 11:29 AM
Sorry I didn't answer your second question. Yes, I used the marker to outline the "grout" lines. The grout lines themselves are left white.
Julie - justwritedesigns  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 11:30 AM
Thanks so much for your beautiful work and quick reply.
Regina  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 11:35 AM
I love the card but I am going to be the picky one. How about a picture at the beginning to show what is being made then the instructions.

Thanks for sharing this beautiful card.
KarenK  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 11:45 AM
Love this!!! Trying it soon!
GarnetJ  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 12:02 PM
What a wonderful technique and beautiful effect! Love this!
Anne Harada  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 12:05 PM
Really lovely card. Please provide details about the vase and shape behind it on the delft tiles background card. Even when items are discontinued, you can sometimes find them. People inevitably want to know EVERYTHING about a card - so info might as well be given up front. Thanks
Macroartist  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 12:20 PM
This is such a fabulous tutorial! Thanks so much for hte great idea and the step by step! This is a must do this weekend.
NanaConnie  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 12:27 PM
I absolutely love this technique. Would you please tell us what the vase stamp is?
doris gaizo  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 12:30 PM
I love this. Absolutely beautiful!!
Diane  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 1:02 PM
I love this idea! I can't wait to try it out!
kaycstamper  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 1:02 PM
Way to go Julie!! What an awesome technique!!
Becca Feeken  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 1:49 PM
I have been to Delft, Holland and have several authentic pieces of Delft pottery in my home. This would be great as a framed piece to hang with my pottery. Thank you1
BONNIE  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 2:58 PM
I thought this looked so hard when I viewed a picture of the finished tile, but watching your video tutorial showed me how easy this is, thank you so much! Its gorgeous!
christi hicks  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 3:04 PM

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