Monday, 30 January 2012

Everyday Coasters

I say everyday coasters because those that know me and my stamping know that I have only ever made these for Christmas time.  WHY?
I have no clue!  Just happens that way.  They make a WONDERFUL gift and I have given everyone I know!  :-)  Need a coaster?  I am your gal!

Well, once the holidays were over I realized that we did not have any everyday coasters for our brand spankin' new living room in our brand spankin' new house!!  :-)

SO off to Home Depot I go!
The first year I was stamping I could find packaged (9to a pack) smooth marble tiles.  Loved them.  Since moving I have scoured home hardware stores in the area and can no longer find the smooth tiles.  They no longer come in packages either.  I must search the huge boxes of travertine marble tiles to find ones that have a "bit less character" so that I can make sure I can get most of my image on the tile.
Not my favorite, but they do look very rustic and vintag-y.

Here are my Christmas tiles 2011....
 These first two tiles are from an old batch of tiles I had available.  These were made with the nice smooth tiles. *love*
This set was made with the travertine tiles that I bought in the fall.  Still a nice feel to them.  I just don't find they take the images as cleanly as I would like.

So how do you do it?
1.  Search home hardware stores for tiles to stamp.  I prefer the marble and UNFINISHED/UNGLAZED tiles.
2.  With a damp paper towel or cloth wipe the tiles down to get rid of the dust.  If you are stamping straight away make sure you don't get them TOO wet!
3. Use STAZ-ON ink to stamp an image that you can colour.  Solid images are just going to look like black blobs.  If that is the look you are going for, they strike that last comment! :-)
3.  I prefer the use of chalks to colour my images.  I like the softer feel.  HOWEVER, these Christmas coasters, above, were coloured with SU markers.  I was feelin' wild that day!  ...and experimenting with my Coaster Class gals!!
4.  Once coloured and looking the way you like take them outside or in an open area where you can spray them with a matte or glossy finishing spray.  I prefer the Krylon matte.....NICE! :-)  Let dry 10-15min to be sure they are done.
5. Apply feet.  Felt, plastic, cork....really doesn't matter.  What ever suits you.  What ever is on sale.  For me....what ever is on sale.  :-)
6.  Put in appropriate room.  Go make yourself a nice cuppa tea and try 'em out! ..... Or wrap them in a pretty bow and gift. 

**Make sure that when you are using markers to colour your tiles that you SPRAY them straight away!  I DID NOT do this for these Christmas coasters and if you look closely you can see that they bled a bit.**

*** I have had some stampers (myself included) that have noticed some bleeding with the staz on.  I DO NOT think it is the ink.  I think it is the different type of tiles I am finding and using.  SO...Once you have wiped down the tile, give them a bit of a spray with your sealer and THEN stamp on them, colour and apply a second, longer coat of sealer. Seems to work so far***

Here are my "everyday coasters"...
 My favorite stamp set.....OKAY OKAY, one of my MANY faves!! 
I even used my chalks to edge the coasters this time.  I think I kinda like it.  :-)
If you look a the words on the coaster above you will see what I mean by the staz-on ink "bleeding"  Nothing major...but I am glad that there were for me and not a gift.

Here are some sets of Chritmas coasters that I made up for Xmas 2010.  All wrapped up with holiday ribbon too!  I did put them in gift bags as well to "hide" what they were.  Heavy gifts...people have NO idea what they are getting! :-)

Happy Stamping!