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DIY Coasters: A Perfect Springtime Make!

DIY Coasters: A Perfect Springtime Make!

We're officially into Spring now, and this means that it's time to stretch out on the patio with a cool lemonade or glass of wine and enjoy the slivers of sunshine that peek into the yard.

I had a little quartet of stone coasters that were waiting for some late afternoons and I wanted to embellish them. I thought about stenciling and then my eyes fell on the package of Framelits and Stamps that were sitting on the shelf.

I can emboss them!

DIY Coasters: A Perfect Springtime Make!

These coasters are a rough slate, and are fairly inexpensive to purchase.

DIY Coasters: A Perfect Springtime Make!

I broke out the Tim Holtz Framed Silhouette Framelits and Stamp set, my Sizzix Stamper's Secret Weapon pad, and my Ranger Embossing ink.

DIY Coasters: A Perfect Springtime Make!

When stamping onto the stone, the rough surface does make things a bit tricky. In my first try, I pressed onto the entire stamp, which left embossing ink in the middle of the frame.

Thankfully, with a stone coaster, you can wash off the embossing ink - even if you've already sprinkled the dusting powder on it! - and start again. Just wait until the coaster is dry and then stamp again.

DIY Coasters: A Perfect Springtime Make!

I used Whispers white opaque embossing power to sprinkle on top of the ink.

DIY Coasters: A Perfect Springtime Make!

And then I stamped the silhouette.

Because the texture of the coaster is so rough, the stamp won't be precise. I love this, because I wanted the coaster to look a bit rough - a kind of vintage and worn appearance.

If you prefer the crisp lines of stamping, you might be better off to use a blank wooden coaster.

DIY Coasters: A Perfect Springtime Make!

I used a heat gun to melt the embossing powder...

DIY Coasters: A Perfect Springtime Make!

And voila!

I know that these coasters, with their rough, weathered appearance, will be perfect on the patio.

DIY Coasters: A Perfect Springtime Make!

While this cameo and frame had a great deal of detail, I think that these coasters would be darling with a botanical or leaf stamp as well.

DIY Coasters: A Perfect Springtime Make!

If the coasters are going to stay outside, a spray of clear sealer will keep these weather and stain proof.

There are so many options for this project! What stamp would you use to emboss your coasters?

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Other Materials Used:

  • Blank Slate Coasters
  • Ranger Embossing Ink
  • Embossing Powder: White Opaque
  • Heat gun or hair dryer

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