Saturday, September 5, 2009


If you are hopping here from the ODBD blog, then you know that today I am here to share another "time with you" moment. Today, I am Sharing Jesus from "Coast to Coasters!"

I love making coasters to give as gifts. I have been doing it for awhile. Let's face it, anyone from the pastor to a stay at home mom needs a coaster to set that piping hot cup of coffee or an iced cold glass of diet coke on. In recent years, I had a very hard time finding scripture stamps. Not anymore. ODBD offers some wonderful sets and singles with scriptures, motivational poems, and images that make for perfect coasters whether it is for a seasonal set, a prayer set, or an inspirational set. The gift of a single coaster or set of coasters makes a wonderful gift for any Christian or Christian family. I thought I would share with you a few things that I do when making tumbled marble tiled scripture coasters.

The first thing I do, is head to either Home Depot or Lowe's and sort through boxes and boxes of tumble marble tiles. The object is to find tiles that are tumbled, but not too tumble. You still want a fairly smooth surface to stamp words onto so they are visable.

The one thing that makes the process very easy is sheets of 12 X 12 adhesive cork for the tile backing. My Micheal's used to have this, but I am having difficulties finding it there anymore. The red sticky strip works, but there is a lot of cutting and measuring. The adhesive cork sheets are truly the perfect solution.

I also recommend Staz On ink. I have a few colors, but I generally use only the jet black.

Once those basic supplies are dealt with and you have purchased and received some fabulous ODBD scripture stamps, the only other thing to do is set everything out and get ready. I like to wipe down my tiles as they are tile dusty. I also like to take the scriptures that I know I want to use and make sure they fit onto the tile. The tiles are 4 X 4 square so my images need to fit into that space. One thing I must say at this point, is that ODBD scriptures are NOT tiny. They will not get lost on the tile surface. They truly are bold and beautiful.

Here is a picture of one of the ODBD scripture images from the Scripture Collection 2 set. I get the smart cushion mount images from ODBD so all I have to do is set the image directly onto the tile to see if it fits. Since ODBD gives you a smart mount or wood mount choice, you can sit the stamp wood side down with rubber facing up. Place your tile onto it and see if any rubber hangs out from under. Then, you will know if it fits or not. Here is a picture from one of scriptures I inked it so you could see it alittle better.







Once, I have all of my images chosen, I stamp all of the tiles. Next, I cut all of my cork sheets at 3 7/8" square. I do this because I have learned that an 1/8' inch tile border keeps the cork from getting rough around the edges over time as well as not showing from the top since the edges on the tumble marble are not straight. I use my Fiskars cutting tool to cut once on the cork side then flip and cut through the adhesive backing piece. I generally still fold it alittle and pull it apart.





Below is a picture to show you the Baby in the Manger scene from the Joy to the World set used on the tile along with a sentiment from the set. To the right is the square cutting of cork where I have pulled the backing back to get ready to adhere the cork to the back of the tile.




Next, I am using a Hand Stamp by sentiment from the Sing to the Lord set. You can sign your name with a permanent marker. Love that finishing touch since it lets everyone know these are a hand stamped and handmade gift.




You can wrap and present these coasters for gift giving anyway you like. For the one coaster in the first picture, I used a large cello bag. I used some gold and red cording and a ribbon bow. I made my tag using one of the newly released Spellbinders shapes. I stamped my sentiment from the newly release ODBD Friendship set and stamped off using red ink the flourished dragonfly image. I think this set and die cut make a perfect gift tag.






Here are a few pictures of some of the tiles close up. I am also including set names with links in case you are interested in making some of these to give as gifts. The first one uses the Scripture Collection 1 and 2.







This set showcased the from left to right top rowFlourished Christian Symbols, 1 Corinthians, Get Well, and Serenity Prayer sets. Just so you know, these tumbled marble coasters do not have any sellants on them. It is the tumble marble itself that absorbs the moisture from cups. They really do work as a coaster beautifully!!!





I always love hearing if what I do has been helpful in any way. Please let me know!!! As always, thanks so much for stopping by and have a Blessed day!!!




22 comments:

  1. Absolutely helpful Betty! I love this "Coast to Coasters" project...what a fabulous idea. I've heard about people stamping on ceramic tiles, but I love these...and I'm so grateful for your instructions and picture-tutorial...I will be soon trying this out! Thanks Betty!

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  2. These are so fantastic, Betty!!! I have always been intimidated by this and have not tried it....thanks so much for the inspiration!! The cork backing is genius!! Gorgeous tag too!! :)

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  3. These are so beautiful, what an awesome gift idea!

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  4. What a great gift Betty!! Oh my thanks so much for sharing your project with a tutorial...BEAUTIFUL!

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  5. Beautiful gift idea Betty!! Hugs Cindy

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  6. This is a great post Betty! I love these coasters and I love how you gave all the details so others can do the same! Great gift ideas as well as a useful thing for our own homes as well! Thanks so much!!!

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  7. thanks for a great project!-i'm gonna try this for xmas gifts.

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  8. Oh wow, I am so in love with these coasters and this idea! I can't wait until I am able to get some ODBD stamps! I want to try this out for Christmas gifts. Thank you so much for sharing! I really appreciate you breaking it all down for us so we in turn can make some of our own. Hugs.
    ~Chelsea

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  9. OMG - Betty - these are beautiful coasters!!! What a great gift idea - I totally forgot about this idea!!! Love how you wrapped it too!!!! Hugs ~S~

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  10. Betty this is a wonderful project! I haven't made any of these in a while and you are right, ODBD scriptures will work perfectly. Thanks for the fab idea my friend!

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  11. Betty, this is an incredibly awesome project! Wow, I have been blown away by all these cool coasters!! I have made these but to but they are nowhere near as nice as yours!!

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  12. awesome, AWEsome idea! beautiful

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  13. Love your coasters, Betty! The ODBD stamps are perfect!!

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  14. I think that is a wonderful gift idea! I think I will have to try it out sometime. Thanks so much.

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  15. ...what a great idea and thank u for the tute...wonder about the tile watermarking...did u not coat the tops w/something?

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  16. Betty these are fabulous and such a cool idea!

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  17. I had received a set of coasters stamped with a red hat theme. I have tried to do a couple but had trouble with the stamping. I love them and wanted to do them for gifts but it didn't work so I just left it. Maybe I will give it another try. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Great job! These are a perfect gift as you said. I may just stamp one for each of my Bible Study members. We are starting a new session here in a couple of weeks. I already have all the stuff, except cork, and I think I can do it. Thanks for the inspiration. Your question of "have I been helpful?" Absolutely!

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  19. These are AMAZING! I love them! I think I might try to make these for Christmas gifts! Thanks so much for the idea! And I love, "Spreading Jesus from Coast to Coaster."! To cute! :) God Bless!

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  20. What a wonderful post Betty, love your beautiful coasters and packaging is fantastic

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  21. Beautiful!!! What a great gift to give!!! Thanks for the Home Depot/Lowes info!!

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  22. Your coasters are great and Thank God for
    ODBD
    Lori

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