Here's a quick and fun project that makes a terrific gift for almost any occasion! You could give individual coasters as "mini gifts" to co-workers or teachers, or you could tie the set together with a pretty organza ribbon to give as a housewarming gift, birthday gift, etc. These lovely coasters could be added to a gift basket with some pretty drinking glasses for a wedding gift as well! The options are endless!
Here's how I made them:
Begin with 4" x 4" tumbled marble tiles that you can pick up at any home improvement center. Wipe the tiles clean with a damp cloth.
Apply Timber Brown StazOn ink to an acrylic stamp. I used the following CTMH stamps for this project:
- State of Mind
- Find Your Style
Here are what my 4 tiles looked like before I sponged colored ink onto the images:
If you want to add just a hint of color to the images, lightly dab a sponge dauber on a colored StazOn ink pad and, with a light hand, carefully add ink to the images:
Here are what my tiles look like after applying a little colored ink:
To add a protective backing, you can use cork or felt pads. (Cork can be purchased by the roll or sheet at your local home improvement center). Cut the cork slightly smaller than your tile...I cut mine 3 1/2" x 3 1/2".
Apply Liquid Glass to the back of the cork and attach the it to the back of the tile. Hold in place for a couple of minutes and then turn the tile over to rest so that the weight will hold and stabilize the cork, allowing it to adhere firmly.
Lastly, spray the tops of the coasters with a sealant to protect your artwork and you're done! (I like to use Valspar's Clear Lacquer, which comes in a spray can). Here's another photo of the finished project:
I hope that this little tutorial was helpful and will inspire you to use your ink and stamps in a new way!