There are some variations to making these. You can use colored permanent markers (i.e. Sharpies) to color your stamped image. You can also use dye based ink pads to stamp your images, then bake the tiles in your oven to heat set the inks (350° for approximately 30-45 minutes). Another way to personalize the tiles is to add a photo to them. You will need to seal the photo with a sealant (such as Mod Podge). Keep in mind that the stronger the seal over the coaster, the less absorbent the tile will be. And finally, you can use larger tumbled tiles to make coordinating trivets or decorative plates.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
I found this cute coaster on another Blog site and decided to share, I love them and am planning to make some, (these will make wonderful gifts). The directions say to go to your local Home Depot Store (or any home-improvment store that sell's tile), You will need: 4 inch tumbled tile, a black StazOn ink pad, decorative chalks, chalking tool (or cotton swab), Acrylic Stamps of your choice and a Acrylic Block for stamp, Facial Tissue for blending chalk, Aerosol Hairspray (the cheap kind),(this will seal the chalk color after you have chalked the image on the coaster), Silcon or Felt "bumpers" for bottom of your coaster.
Prep your tiles by wiping them with a damp paper towel to remove any manufacturing dust. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Ink your stamps thoroughly with StazOn. Stamp image on your tile. Be very careful as you stamp as the surface may be slippery and your stamped image might smear. ** Hint: Inking your acrylic stamp with VersaMark ink first may lesson the staining of your stamps.
Allow the ink to dry. Use the chalks to color in any areas you desire. Layer the chalk until you achieve the look you prefer. Use a tissue to blend chalks to your liking.
Spray the tile lightly with the hairspray. You want to seal the chalks, but still allow for some moisture absorption. Allow to dry.
When dry, attach the bumpers to the bottom of your coasters to prevent scratching of your tables.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
I apolize for not explaining how I made the 2 scrapbook pages below in which I posted yesterday ("Grandma's Birthday" and "Cousins"), I used my favorite "Hot off the Press" Scrapbook Kits "Finished in a Flash", these kits have all the emblishments to complete a page, just pop them out of the book and they are ready to go (these kits are great for us busy scrapers). For Grandma's Page, I used birthday sticker emblishements that I already had in my stash, how easy to just place on the page and press. My Grandma has since passed away, I am so glad that I was able to make this page in memory of her.