Friday, July 2, 2010

Because I Care - Stamped Tile Coasters

Hi Everyone,
Well, it has been a very busy week and I still have so many things to do. With my husband's family coming to visit next week, we have been getting things cleaned up and organized ready for their stay. Plus with the new catalogs going live yesterday to add some excitement, it has meant that I haven't had a much time for stamping.
Today's stamping creation is not a card but a gift idea with so many possibilities. As a decorative painter I learned that there were a lot of different surfaces I could paint on besides canvas. With ink and rubber stamps, I have discovered that I can do the same thing with my rubber stamping.
Tile Coasters are a fun and easy way to create a personalized and unique gift for friends and family. You can tailor the images you stamp to suit the recipient as well as vary the colors.
Today I wanted to play with some of my new catalog products. I chose the new Level 1 Hostess Set, Because I Care and the new Stampin' Write Markers New Color Kit, which contains the 13 new colors just released as part of Stampin' Up's Color Renovation.
The tiles are 4"x4" in size and I found mine at my local hardware store. The surface of the tiles does have some imperfections, so I recommend that when you select your tiles that you choose tiles that are relatively smooth with as few imperfections as possible to make stamping on them easier.
Using Stazon Jet Black Ink, I inked up the hydrangea stamp image and carefully stamped it onto the tile surface. If you find that the image does not come out the way you want it, quickly take a baby wipe and clean the stamped image off before it has a chance to dry. Allow the tile surface to dry and then try again. It is important to get even pressure on the stamp to get a nice clear image.
Next I stamped the sentiment Because I Care, again using the Stazon Jet Black ink. You now need to allow the ink to dry so that it will not smear or smudge.  Stazon ink is a solvent ink and is great for non-porous surfaces and dries very quickly which makes it great for this project.

Once your ink has dried (should only take a few minutes at the most), you can now add some color to the hydrangea images. This is where you can have some fun and make each coaster unique or you can create a set that looks the same.
For the blue coaster tile, I chose to use my new Baja Breeze Stampin' Write Marker and carefully colored in the blossoms of the flower. You only need to use the lightest touch to add the color with the brush tip of the marker so that you don't damage it. Next I used the new Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write Marker to color the leaves and the stems of the image. Again, you only need the slightest touch with the brush tip to add color to the image on the tile. If you want to add some depth and shadow to the leaves, just add a little more color to those areas.

To add some depth and shadow to the blossom of the hydrangea, I used the new Marina Mist Stampin' Write Marker to add color to the shaded areas of the petals.  I loved the way this gave the flower dimension and made it pop.
Now for the second tile, I basically did the same thing except instead of using shades of blue, I used shades of pink.

I still used the new Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write marker for the leaves, but this time I colored the blossoms with the new Pink Pirouette Stampin' Write marker. Can I just say, that I love that we have a pink that is slightly lighter than Pretty in Pink. It makes a very pretty combination and it meant that I was able to use my Pretty in Pink Stampin' Write marker to add the shadow and depth to the petals without being overpowering to the soft color of the flower.
I love that we now have the chance to own Stampin' Write markers for all of our colors and with the new Stampin' Write Markers New Colors Kit, it is a great way to add these new core colors to your existing collection.
Now because the Stampin' Write markers are water based, you will need to seal your tiles to make sure that the color does not bleed or fade. I used a clear sealer that is used to seal engines and can usually be found in automotive parts stores. The reason I use this particular spray sealer is because it is heat resistant so that it will be suitable to use for hot and cold drinks. You can also use other clear sealers but I recommend that you test them on a sample first.  Make sure that you use the spray sealer in a well ventilated area, preferably outdoors. It is best to spray a very light mist over the tile and then allow it to dry before applying another light coat. Do this several times to build up a good seal to your tile. These tile coasters can be cleaned with a damp cloth.
The final step is to add round felt discs to the corners of the bottom of the tile to protect your furniture surface. You can also choose to use cork or rubber "feet" for the bottom of your coasters.
I hope you have enjoyed today's stamping creation and I hope it inspires you to look at rubber stamping in a different way. Think outside the box, and look at surfaces other than the traditional cardstock and papercrafting supplies for a whole new world of possibilities.
Have a great day!
Until Next Time.
Happy Stampin',
Tricia Butts

Project Supplies (All Stampin' Up unless indicated):
Stamp Set: Because I Care Level 1 Hostess Set
Ink: Stazon Jet Black
Stampin' Write Markers -Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink
Tiles (available from hardware or tile stores), Clear Sealer (variety of stores).

Because I Care  Clear Mount 120118
                           Wood Mount 118384
Set Of 5
Level 1 Hostess Set (Contact me today to learn how you can get this stamp set for Free!)

Stampin Write Markers - New Color Kit 120948

Price: $35.95
If you already have Many Marvelous Markers and want to switch out retired colors for new colors, you'll want this kit. It includes new core colors and an updated insert for your Many Marvelous Markers case.

■ Dual tipped markers: .5 mm fine point and flexible brush
■ Includes 13 markers: Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, Riding Hood Red, River Rock, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight
■ Odorless, water-based dye ink
■ Coordinates with Classic Stampin’ Pads and exclusive Stampin’ Up! card stock
■ Finger grips on cap aid in easy cap removal

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