If I am making coasters for gifts, I usually make 4 coasters and wrap a ribbon around them for an extra touch. For special occasions, I like to give one coaster with an easel for display purposes.
What I Used For My Coasters:
Tile squares, I bought the field stone 4x4 tiles at Menard's in a 8 pack package
Stamp ink pad, I use the permanent ink so it doesn't smear when you apply the sealant
Leather rope or thin wire
Liquid glaze - I use Delta glaze with glitter (it's like a varnish or sealant but for crafts)
Felt, card stock or scrap book paper
Glue (I used Elmer's white glue)
- I use a damp cotton cloth to wipe off the tiles (they can be dusty) before I start applying my decorations. Let the tiles dry, it takes less than 30 minutes.
- I start by cutting a piece of felt or card stock paper to cover the back of the tile. I glue it on with Elmer's glue. This gives a nice finished touch, this step is optional if you don't care if the back is covered.
- Apply stamping ink to your stamp and stamp your design on the tile.
- You can dip a sponge in some acrylic paint and dab it around the edges if you want a border.
- Apply beads, decals, color your stamp design with colored pencils, or use other decorations of your choice.
- Before you apply your glaze to the stamped portion of the tile, test a portion to make sure it won't smear. I had this problem once when I used water-based ink. Make sure your stamp pad ink is permanent.
- Use a paint brush to apply a light coat of glaze to the tile.
- Let it dry completely. I let mine dry at least a day before I box them to use as a gift.
- Have fun and be creative!
|Back of the baptism tile|
|Stamp and glue thin metal - colored tile|
Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi