Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Butterfly Coasters

Flutterby Wednesday has lots of fun stuff going on this month.  Our fluttery leader, Danni, enjoyed a birthday on September 4th and we're celebrating all month long with prizes every week.  {wink}  Check out the FBW Blog for info on prizes from Whimsy and Stars Studio and Tiddly Inks this week. 

Also, we are thrilled to have Amy from A Thousand Sheets of Paper as a guest designer this week!  {grin}  We again have everyone's favorite challenge - it's an OPEN one, just remember your butterfly, fairy or angel on your creation!

Okay, so I don't have a new project to share with you this week.  Life has just been crazy with school starting and going back to work and all the damage in our area from Hurricanes Irene and Lee.  BUT,  I thought I could share with you one of my favorite projects that I did a few years ago.  I've never blogged about it before, so it should be new to most people here, right?

I got these 4" tiles from Home Depot and made coasters as a gift for my Mother-in-Law, as she shares my love of butterflies.  I used a retired set from SU! called Wonderful Wings and stamped the butterflies with black Craft Ink.  Then I left them alone and did not touch them for 48 hours - very important to give craft ink on a slick surface like tile lots of drying time! 

Once they were dry, I colored them with my watercolor pencils - easy peasy!  Then I took them outside (for good ventilation) in a cardboard box and sprayed them with a clear matte sealant spray.  Once the first coat dried, I sprayed them again with a second coat.  That just takes a few minutes.  Then for my finishing touch, I cut out squares from a cork sheet and terrifically tacky sheets to adhere the cork to the bottom of the coasters.  I made two of each butterfly, so it was a gift set of 6 coasters. 

Thanks for fluttering by.  Hope you enjoyed my flashback today! 


Jennifer Shults said...

What a wonderful idea! These are so cool!

Anna said...

Oh, my goodness! Stunning! They are so pretty, Michelle!

Danni said...

These are so creative! Fabulous job! I can't decide which I like the best..hehe!

June Houck said...

These are all really pretty, Michelle!

Mary J said...

WOW!! These are amazing Michelle! So professional!

Sheree said...

Wow!!! Those coasters are incredible Michelle! I'm going to have to try it out myself!
Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. I really like your work and am now a follower of yours!

Harriet Skelly said...

Wow I love these coasters - this would make such a great gift!

Digi Darla said...

Love these! Great idea! TFS!

Dawn Mercedes said...

ooh know...I wanted this set...didn't get it. It retired. I then got it for a steal..then a while later, I sold it. haha. Indecive, aren't I! haha

Looks great!
(PS. My mom has this set so I figured if I did need it, I could borrow hers.)