Quick and easy project that has a multitude of possible applications. There are a variety of ways to create scale tile, this is one method that I use frequently.
Thin cardboard (scrap from a notebook, cereal box, or scrapbook tablet)
Xacto knife or scissors
Scrapbook paper, contact paper or wallpaper in suitable pattern (example: granite, marble, solid, wood, stone)
Step #1: Lay your scrap of cardboard on top of your piece of patterned paper. Trim paper just slightly larger than the cardboard.
Step #2: Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the cardboard. **Note-Mod Podge is waterbased and will cause the cardboard to warp slightly. This is ok.
Step #3: Lay your patterned paper face down on your work surface. Place the cardboard on top of the paper-glue side down. Press down firmly with your hands. Start in the center and work your way to the edges to remove most of the air bubbles.
Step #4: Place a stack of magazines or heavy books on top until the glue dries. This will flatten out the cardboard.
Step #5: Trim the excess paper to the edge of the cardboard using a straight edge & sharp xacto knife or scissors if you can cut really straight.
Step #6: Draw a grid on the back side of the cardboard the size you want your tiles. I made mine 2 inches by 2 inches. This will equal a real life 12 inch square tile. **Hint-look at websites that sell tile for size & design ideas. 1" x 1" = 6" RL tile, 2.5" x 2.5" = 18" RL tile
Step #7: Cut along your grid lines. Voila you have tiles!
This will make a fantastic backsplash for a kitchen, a great floor or fabulous surround for a fireplace.
Here is one example of this tile used in a Barbie sized setting. I customized a vintage Sears kitchen fashion doll playset and added my own backsplash:
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