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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tile Coasters

Well hi and good morning!

Can you believe it's 13 days until Christmas?  WHERE did the year go?!??  Time in the craft room is starting to become a little scarce, but I still managed to put together a dozen of these coasters yesterday and today.  I got the idea from my good friend Catherine Pooler over at StampNation (YouTube video here) and had a lot of fun with them.

You can see they're similar (same background and main image stamps) yet slightly dissimilar.  I don't usually care for perfectly matched sets so I mixed up the directions in which I stamped both the background script image as well as the main medallion image a bit.  These are tumbled marble tiles, easily available from most hardware stores.  If you decide to make them, be sure and get the unglazed ones so that the ink is absorbed.  

I used black Staz-On ink, but I hear that pigment inks would work well too, though you might need to heat them or bake them for a bit after stamping to dry them a little faster.  I was going for the vintage look, though, so black was my color of choice.  I did, however, still put them in the oven set on 200 degrees for 20 minutes just to make sure the ink wasn't still sticky.  Better safe than sorry.

And by the way, larger tiles would make GREAT trivets.  Think of all the possibilities!

I treated the backs a bit differently from Catherine's as I used cork instead of the felt dots.  I had a roll of it on hand and no felt dots; however, It was sufficient enough trouble that next time I'll go out and buy some dots.  I just didn't have any on hand but did have cork and didn't want to wait until I could get to the store.  

I glued the squares to the backs of the tiles with Welbond, a good, strong, water-based white glue.

And that was that - a quick, easy project that would be fun to make with children and would make great gifts for teachers, parents, and whomever.  Even my DH and DD each wanted one!

Thanks for joining me today.  Except for a few DT deadlines, I will be scaling back a little on making cards until after Christmas.  I will still be posting, just not necessarily cards.  We're going on a horse and carriage ride on Saturday night, so Sunday will surely have pictures of the adventure!  Here's wishing you a safe and merry holiday season, and as always...

Happy crafting!!


Tumbled marble tiles (UNGLAZED), Staz-on ink, stamps, cork sheets or felt dots, glue.  That's it, easy peasy!

Challenges entered:

There She Goes TSG185 - Season of Giving (gifts or gift-inspired)
Love to Create Challenge #45 - Anything Goes


Mum of 4 said...

These are the perfect gift. I NEED to get to the hardware store and get some. Thanks for the inspiration! I love how you stamped yours. TFS!!!

Cannot wait to see pictures and hear about your horse and carriage ride, sounds like sooooo much fun! :)

Zenita Smith said...

Very nice presents!! I had forgotten about doing these but think this will be some Christmas presents soon!! Thanks for sharing with us at Love to Create Challenge and have fun on you carriage ride!!

Dina said...

What a perfect gift idea! Thanks for sharing!
I know time is flying and there are only 12 days till Christmas, but maybe I can manage to make some of these!

Lee-Anne said...

What a beautiful gift, Shea! Love the combination of the medallion and the script! Have a wonderful time on your horse and carriage ride!