Hi Everyone. Happy Wednesday.
I have a little 3D project to share with you tonight. Some of you may remember the interchangeable coasters I shared with you in this post. The great thing about those coasters is that they are flexible and you can change them out for the seasons. However, they are pretty good quality, so, they end up being a little bit pricey.
I decided to share a more affordable project with you tonight. Still using coasters, but this time the plain glass coasters that you can get pretty cheaply at any hobby or super store. You need a couple of things:
- Your favorite stamp - just make sure it fits with the size of the coaster :-)
- Glass coasters
- StazOn ink
- Alcohol markers
- Piece of paper cut to the same size as the coaster with the image you are using stamped on to it
- A non-alcohol based fixative
For my coaster art, I used the pear from the Faith in Nature set and my copic markers.
One of the key things to remember as you get started.... alcohol markers and StazOn do not play well together. If you stamp the StazOn image onto the coaster and then try to color it, it takes off the StazOn.
To get around that, I lay the stamped image on spare paper underneath my glass coaster. I then used that as the template. I laid down a little bit of color on the glass. Let it dry, then I stamped on the image using StazOn.
Now... as the color isn't intense enough at this stage, I let the StazOn thoroughly dry and then turned over the coaster and colored underneath the glass where, of course, there is no stamped image! You have to work the alcohol markers very quickly, otherwise you get streaking.... but a little streaking is perfectly ok... it gives it texture and I think looks great.
Here's how mine turned out:
All that was left to do, was to spray the fixative on the top and the bottom and that stops the image wearing off.
I can't wait to do some for Christmas. I just haven't decided which image to use yet. I wonder I could use part of the snowman from Snow Buddy? Mmmmm.... now I really need to think a little harder
So... I think it's a cool project, the coasters are really pretty inexpensive and I think wrapped up, they would make a great gift. They are really easy to make, once you know the trick about StazOn and the alcohol markers.
On a personal note:
Thank you to those of you who left wishes for us yesterday. I did enjoy reading your comments and Andi... "It all started with a carpet.." would make a great book title, actually it would have made a great blog title, too. Cindy... definitely a good plot for a movie... honestly... what a weekend! But, as Beth said... we won't forget this one in a hurry.
I am so pleased that so many of you thought about the wildlife.... Thank you Kelly and Linda... We really had thought about it. We get so much pleasure out of our little garden that I wouldn't want to give that up for anything. We are hoping that we will get a whole new set of birds and animals to visit us. Our builder told us that he saw 15 Sandhill Cranes in the wetland behind our lot. 15... how absolutely amazing. I don't think we will be that lucky, but boy. I'd love to!
So, Jeanne... we are definitely taking the fountain with us. In fact, we have decided we will have one outside my office and one outside the family room in the basement. So, we should be covereed at the back and front :-) We've also lined up a place for our bistro table and chairs... under a couple of trees that look out over the wetland and the woods behind.
Beverly.... yes.. you will notice I provided NO details on what led to me calling Lou and idiot driver :-) Yvonne... you are right...these little incidents really do make you realize how fragile life is and how quickly things can change. Ruth Ann and Rita... thank you for your good wishes and thinking about us.
Rach.... thank you for thinking about Mamma Rose. She is doing well. So much better than we had anticipated she would. She saw the video we sent to her of the model home we chose and is so excited. We hope and pray that there might be a way to get her to visit with us. I know she would love it.
So.. thank you all..... I am feeling much better today. Still a little stiff, but grateful :-)
Have a wonderful Thursday everyone... I hope it is a day that is filled with love and laughter and lots of time spent doing the things you love!
Warm hugs and prayers to those who need a little lift tonight.