Friday 7 February 2014

Coaster {with Hot Picks stamps by Helen Chilton}

Hi everyone Helen here. As it's February I thought I'd make something quick and easy that you could make for Valentines Day. It uses a normal small tile that's been painted. You don't have to use StazOn inks but you do need to use permanent ink-pads as you're going to glaze it at the end. I've used coloured pencils as I like the textured effect they give over the paint.

Take a small tile coaster, either glossy or matte, and paint with Snowflake and Stone Fresco paints. Then, once dry, stamp the car from Hot Pick 1106 straight on top in StazOn black.

Cut a scrap of paper to the same size as the tile and cut out a heart for a mask - keep both parts of the mask. Stamp the car again onto scrap paper, cut this out and use it to protect the car image on the tile as a mask. Lay the heart aperture that you created over the masked off car and stamp the  map background from Hot Pick Xtra 01 using  Teal Blue and Cactus Green StazOn

You now have a heart shaped map 'behind' the car. now use the heart shape mask to protect the heart map zone, leave the car mask still in position too, and now stamp text all around the heart shape.

Remove the masks, add some corner stamping with gears/ cogs and then outline the heart zone with a permanent black pen.

To add a pop of colour use some coloured pencils (not watercolour ones though) and add highlights with Snowflake paint: The pencils will work well over the paint as the chalky finish of Fresco paint creates a good 'tooth' on the surface of the tile. For focus, leave the heart zone un-coloured, and add depth to the outer text area, and do the car in a contrasting colour.

Finally  seal with a coat or two of Satin Glaze sponged over and cover the back of the tile with a square of felt. If you want to make this into a wall hanging instead of a coaster, just add the hanging fixings to the felt backing.

See you again soon. 


A huge thank you to Helen from PaperArtsy HQ. What a fantastic gift for Valentines day, practical, colourful and just a nod to romance with the background heart. That is such a neat technique for adding layers and melding images together. 

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Unknown said...

Cracking idea, and fab colours too

Lin said...

Oh that's brilliant I love it!!great colours too!!

Helen said...

Love this Helen - sure it could be adapted ti other occasions too

Julie Lee said...

What a great design! A really clever idea and adaptable as Helen L says. Julie Ann xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

I just love this, Helen! Makes me want to run into my craft room straight away. Do you think it would work if I used translucent frescos in place of the pencils? I haven't worked on tiles before,

Lucy x

Hazel Agnew said...

Fabulous idea, love the whole concept. X

jojo79 said...

Great idea. Will have to get some tiles.


massofhair said...

Love making tiles, always have some spares. Thanks for the inspiration:-)

Geraldine said...

Gorgeous tile, love the colours and the stamps used.

Alison said...

Great techniques Helen! Love this idea!
Alison xxx

Anonymous said...

Helen, that is gorgeous, great colours too. I've got to try more masking, it's so effective.

craftimamma said...

Fab idea Helen. Love the masking and the effect of the pencils over Fresco paints. I have loads of tiles a local tile shop where happy to give me (they were old stock destined for the skip :D). Something else I really must DO SOMETHING WITH and this would be a good start!

Lesley Xx

Words and Pictures said...

Very cool - love the nostalgic feel, and fabulous layered stamping.
Alison x

Helen said...

I'm sure the translucent Frescos would work, Lucy.
The only thing you have to watch out for is, if you're going to glaze your tile to seal it, any waterbased medium you've used to colour it with (eg, dye inkpads, watercolour pencils, spray inks etc.) will run and fade. Believe me, I found out the hard way!

Cocofolies said...

Really gorgeous, thanks for the inspiration and all the tips, much appreciated!!! Hugs, Coco x