Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Tile Coasters

These hand-stamped tile coasters are a wonderful Christmas gift for just about anyone. There are several ways to make them, but one of the easiest is to stamp an outline image with Staz On ink an let it dry. Then you color the image with Stampin' Up! CRAFT ink using an Aquapainter. If you prefer to use a solid image stamp, you can stamp directly with Craft ink onto the tile. You can even layer darker colors over lighter colors. CRAFT ink is a permanent, pigment based ink and is different from the CLASSIC ink that we use most of the time in my workshops. One of the advantages of this method is that if you don't like the way you colored the image, you can wipe it off while it's still wet.

Then all you do is bake the tiles for about 30 minutes at 250. Let them cool in the oven. The images are now permanent and you don't need to seal them. The tiles will be slightly absorbent, but nothing like those thirsty stone ones.

To protect table surfaces, use can use felt, cork, or those furniture protective thingies (don't know what they're called, but they're on the bottom of all of my chairs and tables to protect my wood floor). On these I used some cork coasters from Ikea. You can get 12 for $1 or something ridiculously cheap. Use Tacky Glue to adhere them.

The tiles that I use are Botticino Tumbled Marble tiles that I get at Lowe's.
'Til next time...Happy Stamping!

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