Tile Coasters - Guest Blogger Teena Stewart

I'd like to thank my guest blogger, Teena Stewart from Serendipitini, for contributing today's tutorial.

Teena manages two handmade businesses. Serendipitini features handmade gifts such as wine bottle candles, sun catchers, jewelry and artwork incorporating recycling and creative reuse. Serendipitni Pet is dedicated to products for pet lovers including tile pet silhouette coasters, pet silhouette necklaces and pet silhouette prints.

Today Teena will show you how to make your own pet silhouette coaster.

Make You Own Coasters Tutorial by Teena Stewart

If you have ever had left over tiles from refurbishing a bathroom or kitchen and wondered what to do with them, this is a great opportunity for creative reuse. For this project you will need ceramic tile with non-glossy finish. Avoid natural stone tile that has no finish as you will have difficulty removing any botched images and these types of tiles tend to absorb ink more.

I hand stamp my coasters and make my own stamps. I you wish to make your own stamps the Martronics Corporation is a good source. They sell a variety of things including stamp making supplies, stencil making and etching equipment.

Ready made stamps can be found at most crafts store. For this project you will need:
  • A stamp pad with permanent ink. I use StazOn timber brown ink. 
  • Matt or satin finish tiles smooth or semi-rough tiles. I use 4" x 4" size from Lowes Home Improvement. 
  • Rubbing alcohol, cotton balls and swabs 
  • A stamp dauber and a small flat end paint brush 
  • Stick on bumpers (four for each tile) (Found at hardware stores) 
  • Clear acrylic spray (optional)

Clean and dry your tiles. Ink your stamp pad then tamp the stamp on the pad. Make sure the stamp is fully covered with ink. Center your stamp over the tile and press firmly. Wait a minute for that to dry. Take your dauber and daub ink in any blank places large enough for your dauber to fit in. Wait a minute for this to dry. For fine details you can use a small brush dipped in the ink. The ink is permanent and is also heat and cold resistant.

If you mess up, use a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol and, if necessary, remove the image. Wait for this to dry, then start over. You can use a Brillo pad if it is stubborn. The ink is permanent when it dries, but if you want to be extra sure of permanency, spraying with the acrylic spray will make it nearly impossible to take the ink off. Keep the spray a good distance from your stamped coasters and spray lightly. If you hold it too close the ink will blur and run. Once this is dry, add bumper feet to each coaster.

I sell my coasters in sets of four for $16.50. They are available in a variety of designs at Serendipitni Pet on Etsy and SerendipitiniPet.com.

For new releases, tips, specials, and product giveaways connect with Teena Stewart on her website at http://serendipitini.com.

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