I made two projects for today's hop. The first gift is a coaster set.
We are lucky in Columbus to have a very cool interactive art studio called Creation Nation where you can paint ceramics, fuse glass or make jewelry. I purchased this unglazed ceramic coaster set there. Normally, you would stay at Creation Nation and paint it, then they would fire it for you...but I had other ideas.
Have you seen the new Cling Jumbo Christmas stamps? Every single one of them is a must-have. They are perfect for both cards and gifts. So I stamped each coaster with one of these stamps, using Tsukineko StazOn Jet Black ink. I then colored them with Prismacolor Premier colored pencils. To give them that 'glazed' look, I coated each one with a layer of Fast Finish Decoupage from Beacon Adhesives. This is a fantastic, acid-free, non-toxic product that you can find at Michaels. The Stampendous stamps I used are Cling Jumbo Amaryllis, Cling Jumbo Cardinals, Cling Jumbo Poinsettia* and Cling Jumbo Magnolia. There are direct links at the bottom of my post.
My second gift is a necklace made from a domino. I sanded the face of the domino with 120 grit sandpaper, stamped the Stampendous Cling Blossom Spray image (once again using StazOn Jet Black ink) and colored using Prismacolor Premier colored pencils. I used the Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage again to seal my domino and then drilled a hole in it using a Fiskars Handheld Craft Drill. Before I strung the domino on the chains, I added a little more bling by generously painting the sides of the domino with Beacon Gem-Tac Embellishing Glue and then sprinkling it with Stampendous Silver Crushed Glass Glitter.
I love the chunkiness of this glitter which comes in so many great colors and is perfect for a project like this. The best part is when teamed with Gem-Tac, the glitter is there to stay. I even tried to rub it off but it stayed put. These very cool chains I found in the jewelry department at Michaels.
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*Please note the Cling Jumbo Poinsettia is currently available at Michaels and your local craft stores. It should be back in stock soon at the Stampendous Online Store.