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.

Hi Macroartist,
If you go to the actual card in my gallery: I give all the details on the stamps and other supplies. But the vase, the greeting, and the bg floral image are all by Sparkle N Sprinkle. The Eternity label image (and matching die) behind the vase are by Our Daily Bread designs.

Hope this helps!
Julie - justwritedesigns  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 3:08 PM
What stamp did you use for the Asian jar? This is a great tutorial. Thanks.
Bezerly  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 5:24 PM
Georgeous, thanks for sharing the how to!
Terri  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 5:26 PM
Julie, best card ever! I think on your gallery that you may have reversed the paper and ink descriptions. What kind of Neenah white paper do you recommend?
Bezerly  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 6:13 PM
Very, eye catching. Blue doesn't seem to be used a lot in cards but this is outstanding and perfect for the composition. Nice, nice idea and card! The vase and spellbinder die in the background is just awesome!
Dottie Davis  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 7:52 PM
Very pretty and in my favorite color!
Joni Kelly  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 9:53 PM
Love your technique!
Of course i love it, i'm dutch, LOL! smile
Thank you for sharing and i'm definitely going to try it.
Debbie Meijer  |  Thu Mar 17, 2011 at 2:56 AM
I love the card. I am going to try the new techique as soon as I get off here. You really do a good tutorial Julie. This one is great because my sister Phyllis sent me a new Martha Stewart score board yesterday and I'm going to try it on this project.
Janet S  |  Thu Mar 17, 2011 at 7:16 AM
Great technique, and love the color you used. I will definetely try it. TFS
Liliana  |  Thu Mar 17, 2011 at 8:59 PM
Very lovely technique - I was wondering how you made the perfect matching blue lines on the inside of the nesti?
Marcy  |  Fri Mar 18, 2011 at 6:09 AM
Great tutorial and a totally gorgeous projects. I'm going to have to give this technique a try.

Thank you.
Kathi R  |  Fri Mar 18, 2011 at 11:53 AM
stunning-can't wait to give it a try!
Fernanda  |  Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 12:56 AM
I really love your card, this technique is awesome, just beautiful!!
Brigit  |  Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 11:52 AM
beautiful card, can't wait to try it.
Thank you
Angelina  |  Mon Mar 21, 2011 at 5:17 PM
Thank you for this beautiful tutorial! I love the tile look, and have been afraid, (of what?!) to try it out, but this looks like I can do it!

Thank you again!

He IS Able,
Traci S.
Traci S.  |  Sun Mar 27, 2011 at 5:20 PM
LOVE this card!
Would you please tell me the name of the vase stamp for the delft tile card? Thanks
Jackie Corley  |  Wed Mar 30, 2011 at 7:51 AM
What was the stamp used for the vase?
doris gaizo  |  Fri Apr 8, 2011 at 8:16 AM
This was so clever, just love you ladies with such talent. Will definitely give this a try. Thanks for sharing.
Shirley Harnett  |  Sat Apr 9, 2011 at 7:18 AM
wow, such a pretty card and an amazing technique! Think I will certainly be trying this one out very soon.
LaceTopDesigns  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 6:27 AM
WOW! WOW! WOW! simply stunning Who would think this would be so simple to do.
Mary  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 5:20 PM

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