Friday, September 19, 2014

Vintage Ceramic Tile Coasters- A Great Gift Idea Using Vintage Photos

  Happy Friday.. just a quick post to share some new ceramic coaster creations using fabulous digital vintage photos- another great idea for using beautiful vintage or any other art you can share.

These coasters are a great way to liven up any room. They are not just for drinks but can be used as paperweights, wall decor (yes many people have incorporated these ceramic tiles into backsplashes or tiled walls) and art decor by placing on little easels around the room. They make a great gift too and the images you can purchase or create yourself - including your own photos - is limitless.
 The coasters are created by printing the vintage photos in a 4x4 format on high quality cardstock using a professional color laser printer. Then each photo is adhered to a ceramic (4x4) tile coaster available at any home improvement store. I clean each tile with alcohol before adhering image.
 I do not use mod podge but rather another great decoupage medium - Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage and a good brush to apply it. (no foam brush as it creates bubbles).  Apply several coats and use a brayer to "iron out" any air bubbles...let dry in  between or paper will buckle.
Last, use a HIGH TEMP clear gloss sealer if you want to make sure that your coasters can be used for hot as well as cold beverages. The sealer must cure for about two days. Afterward, I apply precut, adhesive cork on back to protect furniture.  Then I tie together with beautiful ribbon and viola, a perfect gift.


 I have just added these lovely vintage and deco art coasters and more contemporary designs to my ETSY STORE HERE.  

Digital Art purchased at the following ETSY shops:
ArtCult, Bunnifoofoo & Behind the Door
All artwork is used with permission of all shops according to their TOU policy for the unlimited creation and selling of handmade items using the art they sell.

Have a great day and thank you for your kind comments.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sweet 16 Shadowbox- A Creative Romance "Anything Goes" Challenge

    Today I am sharing a Sweet 16 Shadowbox created for the granddaughter of a friend for her Sweet 16 Birthday this week! It is also my Design Team project for "Anything Goes" challenge at A Creative Romance! I love when all is said and done to look back and see how I challenged myself to try new ways to create.
    No image, no coloring this time around. Instead, I used a Sizzix Bigz Dress Die- actually a quilt die used for applique- and decided to make this dress form my focal point. Since Bigz dies cut anything, I knew that in addition to using it for cuting applique fabric for quilts, I could also use it for paper and chipboard.
     I began with cutting a shape out of white chipboard. Then I cut two pieces of pink satin and attached to front and back of chipboard with the best glue for fabric- Fabri-Tac...no globs, no hot glue mess.  I layered two pieces of sequin tulle and adhered them to the front onl by placing a thin line of Fabri-Tac around the edge of the satin, then carefully placing the tulle down.  I added three pieces of rhinestone trim to make a drop waste. Last, I distressed the edges with "Victorian Velvet" distress ink to cover and white chipboard still showing. I took this pic above with the piece outside the shadowbox as you will see that the glass creates such a glare.
    For the background, I layered and distressed two sheets of Maja's Sofiero 12x12 design paper with Victorian Velvet distress ink.  I layered lace, thin strip of the dp (ala Alyce) and some white sequin tool on top. The I added the largest die cut of the Spellbinder Heirloom Legacy set. The oval is another die in that same set and I used it to cut a mirror out of the Tim Holtz mirror paper.. OMG that is the best. Not only is it adhesive but you peel off a clear layer on top and when you do, you would swear you are looking at real mirror glass.

I added the pic above to show you as you can see my fingers taking the pic! Now take a lesson from me, wait until you are DONE to remove that clear paper as you can get glue and fibers on it just like real glass! I adhered the dress onto the "mirror" and the pop dotted it onto my background.

     Some added embellishments include a Tim Holtz filmstrip, Pearl Swirls,Wild Orchid Crafts Roses (white and two toned) and a Prima frame under which I stamped "Sweet 16".  Last, I heat embossed/frantaged a large silver metal corner with Bridal Embossing Powder mixed with Shabby Pink frantage.
     I hope the "Birthday Girl" loves her gift. I know I had a lot of fun making it. I already have another million ideas in mind for how I would embellish this dress again.  Want to give a big "thank you" to my dt mate, Rhea Weigand for helping me take better photos!

Why not have a peek at the Design Team Inspiration at A Creative Romance and join in our "Anything Goes" challenge.   Have a great day and thanks always for your kind comments.



Shadowbox Ingredients:
Other Supplies:
Pink Satin and Tulle (Joanns)10" 
 10" White frame Shadowbox (Joanns)
White frame Shadowbox (Joanns) 
 Lace 6 inch (Joanns)
Wedding Pearl/Rhinestone Trim (Etsy)
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