12/3 Tile Blossoms

I was debating what to give the teachers in my life for Christmas and quicker than I could have ever gotten in the car and driven to Target, I made a set of four tile coasters! I LOVE how they turned out and my dilemma is solved!

I brayered Creamy Caramel onto my Flannel Plaid background stamp and then pressed the tile into the stamp for a wonderful warm, Tuscan-looking background. Then, I took the base stamp of the lilac flower from the SU set called Blossoms Abound and stamped it in Brocade Blue. Over the top, I stamped the flower accents with Elegant Eggplant. The stems are stamped with Always Artichoke and the leaves are stamped with Certainly Celery. I used just regular old dye ink that comes with the Stampin'Up Classic Ink pads. Then I followed it up by spraying on a matte acrylic finish. However, I have found in the past, that color can bleed through the matte finish, so my second light coat was a glossy acrylic finish - nothing seeps through that! But, because I like the matte look better, I went back and with my third coast of finish, I used the matte again. The reason I start with the matte and not with the glossy is that sometimes the colors run a bit if I use glossy first. For some reason, I have a hard time with the getting the glossy on evenly and lightly. It's easier for me to go even and light with the matte finish starting out - that kind of sets the color so it's ready for the next coat. Aren't they wonderful??? I'm just a skippin', I'm so happy with how they turned out!!

Below is a close-up of one of the tiles.


Kathy S. said…
Gorgeous, Kay!!

I stamped on tiles for the first time about two weeks ago, and am NOT happy with how they turned out. I followed the tutorial on SCS and used stazon ink and sharpies. I did not use a sealant and the ink rubs off! Maybe I can go back and salvage them by spraying them after all.

I love your blog. You do such beautiful and creative work. Keep it up!
Jamie Martin said…
Beautiful tile! I'm surprised you can use dye ink, thanks for the info.
Oh my gosh, what WONDERFUL gift items!! I'd love to try these and I thank you for the great explanation of your spray finishes!!! These are fabulous!!! Rich and elegant looking!!!
The Rubber Maid said…
I stamp on tiles with Brillance inks as they are archival inks and permanent. You can check mine out at my blog. When mine are done I use a tile sealant from Home Depot or Lowes and put a cork backing.Pat