Sunday, November 9, 2014

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2014

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 Welcome to the final day of the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! We hope you enjoyed the projects from the last 2 days! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We've gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues.

 Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can "hop" from one blog to another to check them all out.

Hello Crafty Friends... 
Today's handmade gift I will be showing you how to make hand-stamped stoneware drink coasters. All you need are a few supplies.

1. Tiles (preferably with a porous and smooth surface),
I bought mine from my local super center/ grocery market. The bottoms came pre-corked to prevent scratching and they came with a neat wooden holder to house them in while not in use.

2. Your favorite stamps
For my project I used Pink and Main's Bee Happy stamp set.
It has very cool mix-n-match hexagons that I am just ga-ga over!!
3. A black dye based ink pad
4. Alcohol based markers

Prep you coaster for stamping. Dust and dirt may have collected on the surface of your coasters. You want to work on a clean surface so your ink lays down nicely and your image is crisp and clear. To do this simply rinse with warm water or wipe down with a damp wash cloth and let it dry completely

Stamp image onto coaster using your dye based ink pad.
Using a dye based is important because the ink becomes permanent once it is dried. We don't want all our hard work ruined from runny ink. I used a ink pad that plays well with alcohol inks and water colors. Certain ink pads, even dye based ones, have a tendency to smear when coloring.

Here are those cool mix-n-match hexagon I talked about earlier. And because the are see-through they make for easy alignment and placement every time!

This set comes with 6 different hexagons
4 patterns- chevrons, stripes, dots, and a sort of "bulls eye" looking one,
1 solid,
and 1 outline.

Color in with your alcohol ink markers.This is also important. Again, we want to use a product that is going to be permanent when dried.You have to remember that these are for setting down drinks... condensation from cold beverages are going to pool on top the surface.

Start with your lightest color as your base. Add and blend the darker shades in areas you think will cast a shadow.

 Do the same on the rest of the stamped images.
And, you are done!!

Other optional supplies
Heat gun  (speeds up drying time)
When using a heat gun, you must remember that you will be heating up stone, not paper. Drying times on stone, even with a heat gun, are different from drying time on paper. AND, also remember to put protect your work surface. Use a silicone sheet or craft sheet when heating your tiles... They WILL get very HOT! Always, always, always use your heat tool with caution and keep out of the reach of children (and pets)! We don't want little hands and feet (or paws) to get burnt!

Not necessary.
Some people just like having a extra layer of protection. But there isn't a real need for it unless you didn't use alcohol inks to color your image. If you do choose to seal your project stay away from aerosols. They tend to be alcohol based and will ruin your project  and make the inks run and bleed.

Now, just need to wrap up your gift and give to a friend or loved one!!

Hope you enjoyed this handmade gift project!

~ DT Mitsy

 Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects?? Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!

  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
  Ellison Educational Equipment
  ICE Resin
  Neat and Tangled
  Therm O Web
  Walnut Hollow
  Elizabeth Craft Designs
  Rowland Technologies
  Graphic 45
  Hydrangea Hippo
  Pink and Main
  The Buckle Boutique
  Tami Mayberry Art & Design - Tami Mayberry 
Jamie Dougherty - Jamie Dougherty Designs
  Elizabeth Craft Designs - Raquel Mason
  Meagan - The Charming Farmer
  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - Angela Ploegman
  Carolyn Dube - A Colorful Journey
  Pink and Main - Mistyana Wright  (YOU ARE HERE)
  The Buckle Boutique - Niki Wilson
  It’s Sew Lorine - Lorine Mason   ‎
  Therm O Web - Andy Knowlton 
L. Grace Lauer - Uniquely Grace
  Clearsnap - Meihsia Liu
  Oh Snap Lizzie - Lizzie Sanchez
  Graphic 45 - Katie Zoey Ho
  Charity Wings  ICE Resin - Tatiana Allen
  Polly Carlson - Pieces by Polly Ellison Educational Equipment - Jan Hobbins
  RoseRedd Paper Studio - Rochelle Washington
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  1. darling! Love them!

    1. Thank you! I love them too... I think this year I might have to make myself a set too! LOL

  2. WOW! Such a great idea. Your project is so darn cute. TFS!!

  3. Those are just so cute! I love that little bumble bee, and the hexagon stamp is great too!

    Shawn ~
    Design Team Coordinator for The Buckle Boutique
    Personal Blog ~ Crafty Chics Blog
    and ~ Find your Cricut images FAST!