Wall Tile Background

by Kelly Santi

Use a textured surface for a smooshed ink background.


  • Removable wall tiles (Store Dollar sections or in hardware stores)
  • Cardstock (Neenah Paper Classic Crest #110 cover used here)
  • Distress oxide inks - any 3 colors
  • Water spray bottle
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: Simon Says Stamp Paper Hugs die and Sentiment Strips by CZDesign, liquid glue/adhesive, trimmer, die cutter, scissors, heat tool, enamel dots/sequins, dimensional adhesive foam, colored cardstock)


  1. Step 1

    Choose a removable wall tile you'd like to use for a background and any 3 colors of ink.

    Distress Oxide inks work really well for this technique.

  2. Step 2

    Smoosh the ink into the tile.

    Choose any 3 colors that work well together for best results.

  3. Step 3

    Using a water bottle that has a spray nozzle, spritz the cardstock with water until it has a sheen to it.

  4. Step 4

    Press your precut cardstock panel firmly onto the wall tile.

  5. TIP:
    It also helps to have a small board to help push down the cardstock into the grooves.

  6. Step 5

    The tile has grooves (valleys and mountains like an embossing folder) that the ink settles into - this is where the magic happens!

    Gently peel back cardstock from the tile.

  7. Step 6

    Look at the detail! The ink settles into the grooves and transfers to the cardstock!

    Air dry or set with a heat tool.

  8. Step 7

    Embellish the panel to create a card of your own design.

  9. Step 8

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Wall Tile Background. 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.

What a really cool idea Kelly! Thanks for sharing with us!
basement stamper  |  Wed Feb 23, 2022 at 9:57 AM
What is a removable tile?
I am in Australia and I have no idea what 1 is
Heidi Bell  |  Wed Feb 23, 2022 at 10:37 AM
They're vinyl tiles you might use for a kitchen backsplash - they have adhesive on the back and they're easy to install and switch out. Here are some that are a little more pricy, but a good variety of samples and how they're used: https://www.wayfair.com/keyword.php?keyword=peel+and+stick+removable+tile
dini  |  Wed Feb 23, 2022 at 11:58 AM
Very fun technique!!! So clever.
jheyer  |  Wed Feb 23, 2022 at 12:00 PM
I do a similar thing with bubble wrap in different size 'bubbles' -I haven't seen these wall tiles in the UK and wouldn't go buy one just for the effect, I must admit. I get good results with 3 DO inks on a sheet of bubble wrap!
janetannc  |  Wed Feb 23, 2022 at 2:18 PM

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