Monday, July 29, 2013

Tile Coasters

I am super exited to share this new project with you.

It's so simple, cheap and so much fun ;0)

All you need is the following:

- white tiles (11cm X11cm in my case)
             -> you can get these for less then $0.20 at any Lowe's
- Mod Podge (what would we be without it ;0)
- small sponge brush
- clear acrylic sealer (spray can)
- felt pads 

Step 1:
Measure your tile and cut the paper/ image you want to add slightly smaller. 
My tile was 11cm X 11cm, so I made my paper 10cm X10cm.

Step 2:
 Use the sponge brush and add a thin layer of  Mod Podge to the back side of your paper/image.

Step 3:
Place the paper (Mod Padge side facing down) on the tile and make sure it lays flat on the tile. 

Let it dry for 15 minutes.

Step 4:
Add any kind of embellishments you want (rhinestones, stickers...). But make sure that, if the embellishments are 3 dimensional (like rhinestones), that they are positioned towards the edges of the tile. 
Otherwise you will not be able to put anything on the finished coaster afterwards.

Step 5:
Once you are satisfied with the layout of the tile, take it outside or to a well ventilated area and spray it with the clear acrylic sealer.
Let the sealer dry for 15 minutes.

Repeat step 5 two more times.

Step 6:
Add the felt pads (one for each corner) to the back side of the tile. This will prevent your coaster to scratch any surface underneath it.

And that's it. 

Didn't I say it's fast and easy ;0)


Here are some samples of my work:

For this set I used in addition to the 11cm X 11cm tile also a slightly larger one 15cm X 7cm. 
While I use the square tile for my coffee mug, I put creamer and sugar or some cookies on the rectangle one.

I used paper from the "Every Day Tango" designer paper stack, the word "Cafe" I printed with the Silhoutte out of grey adhesive vinyl. 

I got the digital images of the boatswhich I printed on regular paper, from Etsy. I bought them from CobraPrints, which has a large selection of cute images. 

For the last tile, I used Mod Podge to cover the bottom with sand and small sea shells.

Important: If you add sand and sea shells to your design, make sure that you spray your tile with the acrylic sealer, after you added these items.

For these 2 tiles I used as background paper from the "Every Day Tango" designer paper stack.
I got the digital images of the coffee mugs, which I printed on regular paper, from AudreyJeanneRobertsEtsy store. Her images were a perfect fit for my coasters. 
For this tile I used as background paper from the "Every Day Tango" designer paper stack. The image is a sticker I had laying around.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Card Of The Week

I love to make handmade cards. I try different techniques and always look for something special. You never know what you get from me ;0)

I plan to post at least one of my card creations each week. I will add instructions for the more complex cards, but sometimes you can just use the layout to inspire you. Feel free to post your creations, would love to see what you come up with.

This week I needed to make a birthday card for my sister. 

The moment I saw the image of the pig "Olivia" I knew I wanted to use it for this card. 
I bought the image at the Silhouette online store, which has the advantage that my Silhouette Cameo also cuts this image out for me. But you also could cut this image out by hand. 



Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Altered Cloth Pins

Are you looking for a quick project or an affordable gift idea?  Altered clothespins are such a unique gift and they are quick, easy and inexpensive to make.  They are also a great way to utilize your paper scraps.
These pins can be used for many things. You can use them on your desk to hold papers together, you can use them as place card holders on the dinning table or you can add a magnet on the back and hang them on a filing cabinet or refrigerator to organize your notes.
The materials are inexpensive, you pay less than 1 Dollar for a set of 5 pins.

The only things you will need for this project are:
-       - Wooden cloth pins (can be found in almost any grocery store)
-       - Mod Podge (glossy or satin)
-       - Small paint brush
-       - Paper scraps
-       - Embellishments (optional)
-       - Magnet (optional)
-       - Glue dots (optional)

Measure the width and length of your clothespin and cut 2 pieces of card stock or patterned paper (my clothespins measured 3 1/4 x 3/4). 

Use the brush and the Mod Podge to glue the paper/ cardstock to each side of the clothespin. Let dry for 15 minutes.

Add another coat of Mod Podge on top of the paper/ cardstock on each side of the pin. Let dry for another 15 minutes.

That's it. Didn't I say it's quick and easy ;0)

Now you can add the magnet on the back (using glue dots) or embellishments or you can leave the pins as they are.


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mini Book Necklace

Welcome to Papercraft  Studios!

It's my little corner in the world wide web, where I will share with you my passion for paper crafts.

I love crafting with paper and I even love more to share my ideas with others.

My first project is probably one of the more challenging ones. I absolutely loved the mini book when I saw it at a craft fair and I decided to make one of my own.

Well needless to say that I did not stop after 1 book. I made quite a few and I still have more planned.

Just one thing, when you use actual book covers in mini format for these books, make sure that it's ok to copy and reproduce them. I always check, when I buy my images from Etsy, that the designer will allow me to use the images for my craft projects (which I sometimes also sell).

Have fun!