Clear Block Watercolor Background-Wild About Flowers

Clear Block Background Wild About Flowers

My plan for this week was to create cards for birthdays coming up in July. 

I try to tailor-make each card for the person I am going to give it to.

I created this one for a special neighbor who will be turning 84 this year.

She loves the wildflowers that grow around our properties here in the mountains of southern Colorado, so I decided to create her a watercolor landscape that might look familiar to her.

I used the Clear Block Watercolor Technique paired with the 2-step stamp Wild About Flowers.

To create the landscape, I tapped Marina Mist, Dapper Denim, Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide onto my clear block "E." 

I spritzed the ink with water until it started to pool and run. 

Then, I stamped the block onto my Whisper White card front, letting it sit on the paper for a few seconds.   I lifted the block and set the paper aside to dry completely.

Once it was dry, I stamped the leaf image from Wild About Flowers using Tranquil Tide ink.  Then, I stamped the coordinating flower stamp using Fresh Fig ink.  The grass image is from In the Meadow (retired) using full strength Tranquil Tide and stamped again without reinking.

The greeting is from Dragonfly Dreams and seems to be my latest go-to for birthday cards.  I think it is the perfect sentiment for the occasion!

I really like the bold colors on this one. 

I think our neighbor will like it too!

Clear Block Background Wild About Flowers Close Up

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Wild About Flowers, In the Meadow, Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Marina Mist, Dapper Denim, Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide (3 of the 2016-2019 In Colors)

Paper: Dapper Denim, Whisper White

Accessories: clear block "E", spritzer bottle with water

Happy Stampin'!

Sponged and Masked Background Wild About Wildflowers

Wild About WildflowersFor this card, I decided to create a mountain meadow landscape using the Sponged and Masked Background Technique, along with the 2-step stamp set Wild About Flowers.

My inspiration came from the wildflowers that are starting to bloom in all different colors here in the mountains of southern Colorado!

The Sponged and Masked Background is a super easy technique, and the possibilities are endless!

All you need is a piece of torn computer paper, ink, and a sponge.

To start, simply tear a piece of computer paper to use as a mask to separate the line between the sky and the ground.

The paper can be torn in any way you want depending on what kind of landscape you'd like.

Masked Sponged Background step 1

Place the torn computer paper onto the bottom section of a piece of Whisper White card stock.  Then, add the sky colors above the torn paper using a sponge.

For this card, I used Marina Mist ink.

Masked Sponged Background

Remove the mask, and you will see a definite separation between the sky and what will then become the ground.

Masked Sponged Background step 2

Now, you can sponge on color to create the ground.

For this card, I used Pear Pizzazz ink. 

Once you are satisfied with the colors, it is now time to stamp the main images.

For the flowers, I used the 2-step stamp Wild About Flowers.  First, I stamped the leaves using Tranquil Tide ink.  Then, I used the 2nd step coordinating flower image stamped in Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, and Fresh Fig inks.

I added grass using the image from In the Meadow (retired) stamped using Tranquil Tide and Pear Pizzazz inks full strength, then stamped again without reinking.

The butterflies also came from In the Meadow and were stamped using Dapper Denim ink.

The greeting is from Dragonfly Dreams and was stamped onto Crushed Curry matting using Dapper Denim ink.

Masked Sponged Background closeup

I also wanted to show you what the stamp set looks like so you can see how the 2-step images fit together:

Wild about Flowers

 

So take a look outside for inspiration for your next Sponged and Masked Background project.

You can find more sponged background ideas HERE.

I hope you'll share your creations with me!

annehayward@stampingwithbluemooncreations.com

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Wild About Flowers, In the Meadow, Dragonfly Dreams

Inks: Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, and Dapper Denim (4 of the 2016-2019 In Colors)

Paper: Berry Burst, Crushed Curry,  Whisper White

Accessories: computer paper, sponge

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Recycled Cardboard-Dragonfly Dreams

Recycled Cardboard Dragonfly DreamsI'm always looking for ways to recycle and reuse. 

This was the case recently as I was about to throw away a cardboard box. 

Instead of just tossing it, I ripped off one of the flaps and peeled away the upper layer of paper, revealing the corrugation underneath. 

Cool!

I decided to pair it with the 2-step stamp set Dragonfly Dreams and coordinating Detailed Dragonfly, and Pretty Pines Thinlits dies to create my own little water landscape.

My inspiration came from the Hardscrabble Creek which runs along the front of our property.  In the summer, it is frequently visited by dragonflies, flying up and down, patrolling for bugs. 

To create the dragonfly, I inked up the solid image of the wings by tapping both Dapper Denim and Garden Green inks onto the stamp.  After stamping the wings onto a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock, I over stamped using the 2-step dragonfly body using Early Espresso ink.

Then, I cut it out using my Big Shot and the coordinating dragonfly thinlits die. 

The foliage was cut out of Garden Green card stock using the Pretty Pines thinlits dies.

I left a piece of solid paper on the bottom of the cardboard intentionally for my greeting which came from Butterfly Basics stamped in Dapper Denim ink.

I mounted the cardboard onto a piece of Dapper Denim matting, then onto a Crumb Cake card base. 

I slipped the leaves under the top of the paper using SNAIL adhesive, then popped up the dragonfly using a Dimensional.

I love the texture and interest the torn cardboard brings to this card!

Recycled Cardboard Dragonfly Dreams close up

Recycle and reuse!  You'll never look at a cardboard box the same again!

For more ideas, please visit my Recycle and Reuse page HERE

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams, Butterfly Basics

Ink: Dapper Denim, Garden Green, Early Espresso

Paper: Crumb Cake, Dapper Denim, Garden Green, Whisper White

Accessories: scrap cardboard, Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly, Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, sponge, Dimensional

Happy Stampin'!

Cute Kitten Paint Chip Thank You Card

Paint Chip Kitten

While I had my stash of paint chips out after creating my masculine-themed  paint chip gears card posted HERE, I decided I'd use this cute kitten paint chip to create a thank you card for Sally, our favorite pet/house sitter.

Sally always takes such good care of our critters while we are away. 

She is such an animal lover, and I knew she'd appreciate this card.

Crafting with paint chips is one of my all-time favorite crafting techniques.  I just let the paint chip do the heavy lifting. 

But, one thing that can be a challenge is matching the colors on the chip with Stampin' Up! colors.  That was the case with this card. 

After holding the chip up to several different colors in my stash, I finally chose Basic Gray as the matting which picks up the gray in the wood behind the kitten. 

The yellow didn't quite match anything, but it came closest to Delightful Dijon (retired), so I used it as my card base.  I wished I had a small piece of More Mustard (long-time ago retired!) as I think it would have matched perfectly.  I think the Delightful Dijon works ok though.

The green is almost Always Artichoke, but not close enough to Mossy Meadow.  So, I stamped my greeting from Wish Big using Always Artichoke ink on a Very Vanilla banner. 

Remember, the names of the paint colors are printed on the middle of the paint chip, so I always use a banner piece for my greeting to cover it up.

I sponged Basic Gray along the edges of the banner.

I added a More Mustard brad from my stash to add interest.

Paint Chip Kitten close up

This card came together pretty darn fast.  Again, I just let the paint chip to most of the work!

Be sure to check my Paint Chip page found on my blog site HERE for more inspiration.

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin0

Ink: Always Artichoke, Basic Gray

Paper: Delightful Dijon, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla

Accessories: paint chip, sponge, brad, paper piercing tool and mat

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Masculine Card-Crafting with Paint Chips

Paint Chip GearsOne of my all-time favorite stamping techniques is to use paint chip samples found in the paint department at our local home improvement store.

For more paint chip ideas, please visit my Paint Chip Page HERE

I recently found these masculine-themed paint chips. 

Perfect for those sometimes hard to create masculine cards!

Masculine Paint Chip Samples

For the card above, I chose the paint chip with the gear image.  With Father's Day coming up, I thought this would be a great one to use. 

Instead of using a greeting specifically for Father's Day, I used one from Dragonfly Dreams which I thought would make the card all purpose. 

It would work for Father's Day, as well as birthday, retirement, etc.

As you can tell from the sampler chips, they all have the Behr brand symbol, plus the names of the paint colors. 

To get around this, I simply trimmed the top of the chip to just enough to remove the symbol and then trimmed the bottom to match. 

Originally, the tops and bottoms of the chips are curved.  By trimming them slightly, they are now square.

To cover up the name of the paint color in the center, I simply created a banner for my greeting that is 3/4" wide.

I sponged some Early Espresso ink along the edges of the banner and added a brad from my stash as added interest.

The card is mounted on an Early Espresso card base to complete.

 

Paint Chip Gears Cropped

Easy, Easy. 

I just let the paint chip do most of the work!

Next time you are at your local hardware store, stop in the paint department and take a look at the variety of paint chips. 

Crafting with paint chips; the possibilities are endless!

Be sure to follow my Paint Chip Board on Pinterest for more ideas!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla

Accessories: paint chip, sponge, brad, paper piercing tool and mat

 

 

 

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Busy as a Bee-Enjoy Your Special Day

Dragonfly Dreams Bee

The bees are back!

In celebration, I created a card featuring the bee image found in the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams, along with the coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die.

To create this card, I started by stamping the solid image of the bee onto my Whisper White card front using Crushed Curry ink.

I then cut coordinating bees using the bee thinlits die out of Chocolate Chip card stock. 

I popped the cut out bees over the stamped image using Dimensionals.

The greeting is from Detailed Dragonfly and was stamped using Chocolate Chip ink.  I added the curly cues from the stamp set Eastern Palace to set off the greeting. 

I used a sponge to sponge Chocolate Chip ink along the edges.

The card front was then matted to a piece of Crushed Curry card stock.

To add more interest, I dry embossed a piece of Whisper White card stock using my Big Shot and Hexagons embossing folder. 

This embossing folder is a perfect compliment to the bees!

Dragonfly Dreams Bee with Hexagon Embossing Folder

 

All the products used in this project can be purchased through my Online Store. 

Online ordering

And remember, during the month of June, Stampin' Up! has added an additional $35.00 to the Hostess Rewards for workshops totaling $350.00 or more. 

This is a great time to stock up on new catalog items!

Be sure to contact me if you have any questions: annehayward@stampingwithbluemooncreations,com

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams, Eastern Palace

Ink: Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Crushed Curry

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits DieHexagons Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, sponge

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Fresh Cardmaking Idea-Watercolor Stamping With Flowers

Use flowers out of your garden like these:

Stamping with Flowers

To stamp on watercolor paper to create this pretty abstract background:

Watercolor Stamping using Flowers

Want to learn more?

This technique will be featured in my Fresh Card Making Ideas for June, which will hit email inboxes on June 13.

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Two Step Stamping Busy as a Bee Thank You

Thank You BeeSpring has sprung here in the mountains of southern Colorado.

Many of the bee-friendly plants in our garden have come up and are already in bloom.

This is great news for our bees!

In celebration, I created this quick and easy card using the bee image found in the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams.

The bee is a 2-step stamp image.

Two-step stamping allows you to combine individual stamps to build the final image you want in the colors you want.

First, I stamped the solid image of the bee repeatedly onto my Crumb Cake card front using Crushed Curry ink.

Then, I over stamped the solid image using Chocolate Chip ink.

The stamp set is photopolymer so lining up the images is very easy.

I did the same on a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I punched out the image using my 1 3/4" circle punch and then matted it onto a 2" Crushed Curry circle.

Easy, Easy!

The greeting is from the all-occasion set Teeny Tiny Wishes, one of my all-time favorite greeting sets.

Thank You Bee Closeup

Here is a photo of the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set so you can see the 2-step images for the bee as well as for the dragonfly.

Dragon Fly Dreams imageStampin' Up! also offers Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits to coordinate with the stamp set. 

Use the thinlits and your Big Shot to cut out images for added dimension! 

 

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip

Paper: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Whisper White

Accessories: 1 3/4" and 2" Circle Punches, sponge

Happy Stampin'!

Delightful Daisy Suite Sampler-Sign Up to Receive My Newsletter

Daisy Delight Sampler

Spring has arrived with the new Delightful Daisy Suite found in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog from Stampin' Up! 

(The Daisy Delight Bundle will be available the week of June 26).

Daisy Delight stamp set, Daisy punch, Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, 1/4" Double-Stitched Ribbon, and faceted gems!

Ideas using products found in this suite will be featured in my June newsletter which will hit email inboxes on June 6!

Want to learn more?

Don't miss out!

Get your copy by signing up to be added to my mailing list by noon on June 6. 

To sign up, please use the Mailing List Sign Up Box located on the upper right-hand side of this page.

Once the signup form has been submitted, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial as my gift to you.

I hope to hear from you soon!

Thank you.  Anne

Happy Stampin'!

Going, Going, Gone....

Retiring Products

Don't miss out!

Retiring stamp sets, bundles, accessories.

Today is the last day to shop for retiring items from the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual and 2017 Occasions Catalogs.

Select items are discounted up to 50%!

Online ordering

Order online 24/7

Please be sure to let me know if you have any questions:

annehayward@stampingwithbluemooncreations.com

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Clear Block Cool Water Background-Dragonfly Dreams

Dragonfly Dreams

Spring has arrived here in the mountains of southern Colorado.  After a dry winter, we've had a snowy and rainy spring.  Temps are rising, and the Hardscrabble Creek is running high.  That means the dragonflies will soon be patrolling up and down the creek bed in search of food.

In celebration of their return, I created this card using the Clear Block Watercolor Background Technique and the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams.

The Clear Block Watercolor Background Technique is my go-to whenever I want to create a landscape, whether it be on land or water.

The technique is easy.  Here's how.

Lightly tap ink pads onto a clear block, and spritz with water.  Lay the block onto a piece of regular card stock or watercolor paper.  Let it sit for a few seconds, then lift.  Let it dry completely, then stamp your image.

For this card, I tapped Pool Party and Marina Mist inks onto my clear block "E", then added Pear Pizzazz ink along the edges.  After spritzing the block with water, I stamped on a piece of Whisper White card stock. 

Once the background was dry, I stamped the dragonfly using the 2-step method.  First came the solid wings stamped in Emerald Envy, then came the body over stamped using Dapper Denim. 

I stamped the dots image using Marina Mist and Pool Party.  For the most part, I inked up the stamp, stamped off, then stamped onto my background so they dots wouldn't be full strength.  But, some of the Pool Party dots were stamped full strength.

I added some clear Wink of Stella to the dragonfly as well as to the background for a little shimmer.

The greeting was stamped in Dapper Denim.

Dragonfly Dreams closeup

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Pool Party, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim

Paper: Dapper Denim, Whisper White

Accessories: Clear Block "E", Stampin' Spritzer with water

 

Happy Stampin'!

That's the Tag Stained Glass

Thats the Tag Stained Glass

Create the look of stained glass by using Vellum cardstock and Stampin' Up! Write Markers. 

For this card, I paired the Stained Glass Technique with the retiring stamp set That's the Tag and coordinating Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies.

The technique is easy.  Here's how:

To begin, first cut the flower oval out of Early Espresso ink using the Big Shot and Timeless Tags Thinlit Die. 

Then, cut out the solid oval out of vellum cardstock . 

You will now have 2 pieces that will need to be glued together.  For this piece, I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen along the narrow edges of the Early Espresso frame.

Turn the piece over, and you are ready to color in the back side of the vellum, using the Early Espresso flower as your guide.

Thats the Tag Stained Glass Technique

For this card, I used Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive, Pool Party and Crushed Curry markers.

Thats the Tag Stained Glass Technique

When you turn it over, you will now have a pretty piece with the look of stained glass!

Thats the Tag Stained Glass Technique

To complete the card, I applied glue from the Fine Tip Glue pen carefully along the inside of each of the segments of the flower.  This gives a lacquer finish look of glass.

Thats the Tag Stained Glass close up

I hope you'll give the Stained Glass Technique a try!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: That's the Tag

Ink: Early Espresso, Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive, Pool Party, and Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Markers

Paper: Early Espresso, Watermelon Wonder, Vellum, Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies, Fine Tip Glue, Pool Party ribbon





 

Happy Stampin'!

In the Meadow Reflection Technique

Here is another couple of Blast from the Past cards featuring the retiring stamp set In the Meadow and the Reflection Masking Technique.

Instructions can be found HERE

In the Meadow Reflection Technique

For the card above, after creating the sky and water by sponging Marina Mist, Island Indigo, and Pool Party inks, I stamped and colored in the main images of the deer, trees, and grass. To create the reflections, I inked up each stamp with Basic Gray Archival ink.  I off-stamped the images onto my work paper, turned the stamps upside down and stamped, lining the bottom of the stamps up with the bottom of the original stamped images.

The deer were stamped using Early Espresso ink, then colored in using a blender pen and Crumb Cake ink.  The landscape is the from the stamp set Sheltering Tree stamped full strength and off stamped using Old Olive ink.

 And here is a pretty reflection mountain scene:

In the Meadow Reflection Masking Technique

To see how this card was created using the Reflection Masking Technique, please visit my instructions HERE

In the Meadow retires on May 31.

Be sure to order your set before it is too late!

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Picture Perfect Hummingbird

Picture Perfect hummingbird

The hummingbirds have arrived here in the mountains of Southern Colorado.

 In celebration, I am featuring a blast from the past card I created last year using the retiring stamp set Picture Perfect.

 This is one of my favorite cards I created using this set.

There is a slight learning curve and, it takes a little practice to get the hummingbird right, but it is so worth it. 

Here are some tips that I have worked out:

1. The packaging is numbered with each stamp (1-4 for the hummingbird).  Also, each stamp has a tab at the top of it.  Use this tab for placement and alignment with each step.  To help me with the placement of the bird, I made a small tick mark on my card stock using a pencil.  I lined up the tab on the stamps with this tick mark.  Erase the mark when you are done.
2. Start with the lightest color.  For the hummingbird, I started with Smoky Slate stamped off once, then stamped the #1 hummingbird.
3. The 2nd stamp is the throat which I stamped using Real Red.  The shape of the throat matches the image of #1 stamped image.
4. I stamped the 3rd stamp using Smoky Slate full strength.
5. I stamped the 4th stamp using Tuxedo Black.
6. When aligning the stamps for the body of the hummingbird, remember to position it with the tip of the tab on your tick mark.  Other alignment points are the eye, the tail feathers, the beak and the line along the bottom of the body.

This set also includes a 3-step rose and a 2-step star fish.  

It retires on May 31, so if you haven't purchased it yet, now is the time to do so!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Picture Perfect

Ink: Tuxedo Black, Smoky Slate, Real Red

Paper: Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Real Red, Whisper White

 

 
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Touches of Texture Quick and Easy, No Fuss Cards

Touches of Texture with Eastern Palace Touches of Texture
Sometimes you need a quick, all-purpose card. No special techniques, just quick and easy stamping!

That is exactly what I needed recently to send out as thank you cards.

I got out one of my favorite stamp sets, Touches of Texture, paired it with three of the incoming In Colors (Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime, Tranquil Tide) and a couple of the designs found in the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper collection and quickly put these two cards together in a matter of minutes!

Just basic stamping.  It doesn't have to be complicated!

So, next time you need a card, get back to the basics with simple stamping.  Use Designer Series Paper to add a little more interest, and you're done!

The three new In Colors, plus the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper are all part of the Sneak Peek Eastern Palace Suite available now through May 31. 

Check Here to view the Bundles and to place an order online

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Touches of Texture, Picture Perfect for the greeting (retiring)

Ink: Card # 1 Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime, Tranquil Tide, Early Espresso

Card# 2 Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime, Tranquil Tide

Paper: Very Vanilla, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Dimensionals to pop up the DSP

Happy Stampin'!

Tissue Paper Photo Tiles

 

Tissue and Tiles

Left to right: Marie and Rowley Frick Pease (my Great-Grandparents), Dorothy and Alvin Abraham on their wedding day (my Grandparents),  Emily (Herr) Abraham (my Great-Grandmother on my Grandfather's side)

After posting my Beautiful You Ceramic Tile Coasters HERE, I started thinking back to some of my favorite projects using ceramic tiles that I've used in my crafting.

Probably my favorite is printing photos on tissue paper and then applying and sealing the tissue to a ceramic tile. 

This is a blast from the past from 2007!

This is the coolest project ever!  When I first read about this technique, I knew I had to try it.  But to be honest, I was sure it was going to be one of those projects that sounds  great but just wouldn’t work.  I thought printing on tissue paper would be a disaster, jamming up the printer etc.

Well, I am very happy to announce it is really easy and is one of those WOW! projects.

I've made several of these over the years as this is a great way to personalize a gift for family and friends.  I have sealed and put "feet" on the bottom of some of them using felt so if they want to be used as coasters they can without scratching furniture. 

Others, I have included trinket/plate holders so they can be displayed upright.  The photo above are the tiles my Mom has displayed on her bookcase.

Instructions are below.  Have fun going through your old photos, and let me know how your project turns out.

Print out photos onto tissue paper and glue/decoupage to ceramic tiles.  Here’s what you need:

4x4 tiles (coasters) These can be any kind of tiles: tumbled marble, glazed etc

or 2x2 tiles (magnets)

mod podge

paint brush or sponge

plain white tissue paper

plain white copy paper

scotch tape

printer

clear sealer

felt feet for coasters or magnets for refrigerator magnets

photos

1.  Take an original photo, scan into your computer.  It can be a color photo or black and white photo.  If it is a color photo, you might want to edit it to black and white or sepia tone using a photo editing program.  The black and white and sepia photos have a nice aged, old-timey look when they are printed on the tissue paper.  You can resize the photo to fit the size of the tile with a little photo editing.

2. Tape a piece of tissue paper to a piece of copy paper.  I used a larger sized piece of tissue paper, folded the edges over and taped the two together on the back.  Make sure the two pieces of paper are well taped together so you don't jam your printer.

Tissue Paper and Tiles

 

Tissue Paper and Tiles

Tissue Paper and Tiles

3. Insert tissue paper/copy paper into your printer. 

4. Print photo.

5. Trim tissue away from the copy paper. 

6. Cover the tile with a thin coat of Mod Podge.

7. Gently lay the tissue paper image on the tile. Starting in the middle and going out, lightly spread the tissue, adhering it the tile.  Be very careful here.  The tissue paper can tear very easily, so try not to manipulate it too much.

8. Carefully cover the entire image with Mod Podge.  Set aside to completely dry.

9. To use the tile as a coaster, seal with an acrylic sealant and allow to dry.  Add felt or cork feet using permanent adhesive.

10. For a magnet, seal with sealant and allow to dry.  Add a magnet to the back of the tile.

This is a photo of my Mom and her brother, Alan.  It is on a glazed tile, so it is smooth.

Tissue and tiles

This photo is the 4 generations of women on my Mom's side; Marie (Crawford) Pease (Great-Grandmother), Audrie (Abraham) Haskell (Mother), Dorothy (Pease) Abraham (Grandmother), and the baby is me!  It is on a tumbled marble tile, so there are some pot marks on the tile which helps add interest.

Tissue and tiles

 

 

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Stamping on Ceramic Tiles-Beautiful You

Beautiful You Stamped Ceramic Tiles

Stamping on ceramic tiles is one of my all-time favorite techniques!

These make great gifts and are good for an "anything but a card" theme. 

Every year, my Stamp Clubs would choose this theme for one of our monthly swaps. 

Invariably, there would be at least 1 or 2 ceramic tiles traded in the swap!

I still have them, and we use them daily as drink coasters.

I stamped and colored these coasters to give to attendees at a recent class.

The technique is easy to do!

You will first need to purchase the tiles.  These can be found at any home improvement store for very little cost.

There are many varieties in many sizes, but I find that unglazed tiles work the best.  

Great tiles to use for this technique are tumbled marble which can be found at your local hardware store.  These tiles are often pitted which provides interest.

I purchased a shrink wrapped bundle of 9 tumbled marble tiles at our local Ho** De*** for about 10.00.

After removing the shrink wrap, I wiped all sides of the tiles with a damp paper towel to remove any dust.

Once the tiles dried completely, I was ready to start.

I simply stamped the "dancing girl" image and greeting from the stamp set Beautiful You using Stazon ink.

Stazon works well because it is permanent and will not smear. 

If you don't have Stazon, you could use an archival ink.  This should work ok because you will be sealing the tiles at the end anyway.

I then colored in the dress and hat using regular dye based Stampin' Up! markers and set them aside to dry completely.

This was the fun part.  Mixing and matching colors to create a colorful outfit. 

I found that my favorites were the images colored in bright pinks (Melon Mambo, Watermelon Wonder) and blues (Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay). 

But, I also like the one colored with Cucumber Crush and Mint Macaron.

But, experimenting is half the fun!

Once the marker ink was dry, I sprayed them with a clear acrylic matte sealant to seal in the inks. 

When using the sealant, be sure to follow the directions for use, especially spraying in a well-ventilated area.

The sealant will dry fairly quickly.  And now your tiles should be water resistant!

To protect any furniture that these tiles may be placed on from scratching, I added some fun foam "feet" to the bottom of each.  I simply cut the fun foam down to size (the tiles are approx 4"x4", so the fun foam was cut to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2") and then attached it to the bottom of the tile using a spray adhesive.

  Beautiful You Stamped Ceramic TileWatermelon Wonder dress and Tempting Turquoise hat

Beautiful You Stamped Ceramic TileThis one is interesting.  I started out using my Wisteria Wonder marker.  I didn't quite like it, so I added some Marina Mist, then a touch of Crushed Curry. 

Beautiful You Stamped Ceramic TileCucumber Crush dress with Mint Macaron hat

Easy, easy and a perfect gift. 

These were a big hit with the ladies in the class!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Beautiful You

Ink: Black Stazon, various markers

Accessories: tumbled marble tiles, matte sealant, fun foam, spray adhesive

 

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