Sunday, May 25, 2014

Remember Tile Coasters?

Many years ago when I first started stamping, one of the most fun and easy projects I learned how to do was make tile coasters.  Fast forward 9 years (almost) and my sister was in need of favors for my nephew's wedding rehearsal dinner.  She still uses the coasters we made back then and decided she wanted to make them for the favors.

After several different ideas that just didn't seem to work, we landed on this design which is Hero Arts Leaf & Floral Background Stamp.  I used Midnight Blue Stazon Ink to stamp the image.  The tile hasn't been sealed yet, but I will using a matte clear sealer.  I have a solvent-based spray sealer, and I quickly learned that it is not going to work because the ink ran a little.  The Stazon Ink is alcohol based, so I need a water-based sealer for it to work correctly.  Actually, you don't need to seal the coaster at all because the Stazon is permanent ink.  The ink didn't run even after I submerged the tile in water and rubbed a wet paper towel over it.  However, the tiles are so chalky that I think they need to be sealed.  So, stamp, seal and put some little felt/rubber furniture protectors on the bottom and you're good to go.  My tiles came from Lowe's.  They come in a box of 9 for about $3.50.  Be sure to go through the boxes because some of the tiles are broken, chipped, or have really big holes in them.  I think I went through 20 boxes to get 72 tiles that were coaster material.

I made the tag by printing the verse, which is a favorite of the bride, on Crumb Cake Card Stock.  I punched it out with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and rounded the corners with the new Project Life Corner Rounder Punch.  The edges are sponged with a little Crumb Cake ink.  Crochet Trim and Linen Thread complete the tag.  My sister is hoping people will use the tiles at the dinner, so the tag is attached with a removable glue dot. The back of the coaster will be stamped using a customized SU! stamp that includes their names and the wedding date.

These coasters make awesome teacher gifts as well as gifts for family and friends at Christmas.  A set of 4 tied up with some pretty burlap ribbon would be perfect.  Or, you can package a couple of coasters in one of our Decorative Window Gift Boxes.

Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.  I hope you'll give this fun project a try.

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