So, I'm sitting here staring at my messy desk and trying to find ways to procrastinate and I think "Hey, I'll just sort through my saved images. That's cleaning right?" And to get energized for the activity I have my morning cup of coffee close at hand. I'm sorting through a file of "images ready to post" and I realize I'm staring at my coffee coaster - that I made 2 years ago!
Not to say I'm behind on anything . . . but 2 years ago? And it never got posted? Seriously?!
Actually I made about 15 of them as "thank-you" gifts for the demonstrators who helped with a demo meeting.
I picked up a whole pile of these tile coasters from my local Habitat For Humanity Re-Sale Store, which is a great place to shop for tiles, its a good price and you're helping a good cause.
The shiny finish you see on the project is Modge Podge. From the visual you can probably see how it was made: stamped image, punch art flowers and covered with a finish. I do have a few helpful hints to pass along if you decide to try anything similar:
- I heat embossed the image. I just wasn't sure how the Modge Podge would react with ink and I didn't want to risk the image smearing. Can you see a few sparkles on the image? I also used Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. I wanted my helpers to know they were really special.
- I found that to avoid bubbles in the project I had to put the Modge Podge on BOTH sides of each piece of paper.
- I covered it with about 4-5 coatings of the Modge Podge - which required multiple days of drying. Yep, I learned that part the hard way. After 2 days I thought I was safe and I stacked them. The weight of a pile of coasters pressed them together enough to damage the finish! Oops, start over.
- You'll need something to protect your table tops from the hard scratchy edges on the bottom of the tiles. On the first few I cut and glued a sheet of cork to the bottom. Then I decided that was over-kill so on the rest I just used those little sticky felt circles you can put on the bottom of chair legs.
Like I said, this is an older project so the stamped image and the leaf are both from retired product. The pink flower is Stampin'UP!'s Petite Petal Punch and the yellow flower center is a 1/4" hole punch.
We have another demo meeting next month which means I'll have to come up with another thank-you project. The tile coasters were well received so I'll have to find something equally wonderful. Let me know if you have any suggestions in place of the tile coaster.
Are you just a little curious about what demonstrators do at local meetings?
- Check out the details of our next event HERE
- and see a photo gallery from the meeting where I gave the coasters HERE.
- Contact me if you'd like to attend as a guest
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