Have you been wondering what else you can do with your Stampin” Blends besides coloring your images? Well how about coloring tile for a trivet or coaster? That is exactly what I did today for the Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge #203 – Anything But a Card! Frankly, I had a difficult time coming up with an idea for one, but our home improvement project gave me the spark I was looking for.
As you may have noticed, I have not been posting quite as regularly for the past few weeks. We have been redoing a bathroom and like every other such project. it has taken longer than expected and made twice as much mess! This has seriously cut into my crafting time! But when it inspires a project, and is going to look great when done, I really can’t complain. I got the idea for my coloring tile project when one of the tiles fell and broke. Extra pieces – SCORE – free crafting materials!
What I Used
Besides the piece of ceramic tile that I cut down to 4.5″ x 5.5″, I used these Stampin’ Up! supplies:
Coloring Tile with Stampin’ Blends
Stamping Your Design
I found the Stamparatus to be a valuable tool for stamping the design on my tile. I removed the rubber pad from the tool and placed the tile in the corner as far from the hinges as possible. Because my design called for two stamp sets – one rubber and one one photopolymer – I knew the Stamparatus might have some problems with thickness. Keeping the tile far away from the hinges would alleviate some of the pressure on the plates. This turned out to be important when stamping with the rubber stamp.
CAUTION: Do not press down too hard on the plates when stamping so you don’t crack or break them!
I began with my stamping my sentiments with StazOn, which leads to
CAUTION #2: StazOn will stain your Stamparatus plates, so be extra careful when inking your stamps. Don’t ask me how I know!
With the sentiments stamped, I arranged the floral elements around the tile ans stamped, repeating as necessary to get a clean image. Once everything was stamped, I set the tile aside and let the ink dry overnight, although it really isn’t necessary to wait that long. But because I was going to use alcohol markers, I wanted to be sure it was REALLY dry.
It is super easy to color with the Stampin’ Blends on tile. The inks dry almost instantly and remain vibrant in color. Blending is more difficult than on paper because of the non-porous surface of the tile and quick drying time. It is best to use your light and dark markers in different sections to give the impression of shadows where desired.
CAUTION #3: Be careful when coloring and avoid direct contact with the stamped lines as you color. You can color right up to the line and push the marker ink to the line, but keep your nib away as much as possible. The alcohol in the markers will dissolve the StazOn a wee bit and you can pick up some black on your nib. If this happens, just take it over to a piece of scrap paper and scribble it off.
After I finished coloring the flowers and open areas of the sentiment, I used the bullet nibs of three markers to places lots of scattered dots around the background. A light touch is needed here.
I hope you will give this a try. I think I will be keeping my tile in my crafting area and using it to rest my heat gun on as it is cooling down.
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Come back tomorrow for a fun card!