Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tile Coasters

Hi everyone!

It's been crazy busy around here...birthdays galore and now I have my cousin here visiting from England!  We've been having great fun catching up, taking pictures, visiting and getting up to mischief!  Is so much fun to be a tourist and tour guide in our beautiful city!

I thought since I had a moment to sit and put my feet up,  I'd share the tiles I made.  I've been seeing these tiles everywhere and there are so many directions out there...this is what I did {g}

First I washed the tiles (tumbled Bottecino tiles from Home Depot...they came 9 to a box for $4.99). Then I dried them and stamped them with Stazon Timber Brown Ink.  I stamped half the tile with the Medallion Stamp and the other half with En Francais....soooo pretty!

After they were stamped, I put them in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  When they were baked, I slid them carefully onto a towel and let them took about 45 minutes until they were cool enough to handle. 

Then I turned them upside down and used white craft glue and adhered cork (I got this at Home Depot too, it came in a roll and I can't remember how much it was) to the back so they won't scratch the furniture.   I actually cut the cork a bit bigger than what was needed and then once it was glued, I trimmed the edges with my scissors.  One of my tiles had a cracked corner so I just trimmed around that too.  I was really happy with the way they turned out!

Baking them is amazing, you can see the wonderful effect on the tile in the foreground....some of the natural colouring of the tile came through during the baking that was a wonderful surprise!  Next I wrapped some retired Chocolate Chip satin ribbon (from a few catalogues ago) around to make it pretty.  The flat bottomed ribbon tutorial is here on my blog.

I have tested these coasters with my watery bottomed glasses (these glasses are so annoying I wonder why I keep them!  LOL!) and they are running or ink coming them!!  These would make perfect gifties for anyone!

Hope you like them too! 

Thanks for stopping by ~ Judy