Monday, 1 November 2021

More coasters

Some organised people have all their Christmas gifts bought and wrapped by now, having used the whole year to scour the shops for that perfect present....  Well, not me and certainly not this year!

However, WHAT do you buy for the person that has everything? How about a crafty gift made by you and and for that special person? Christmas gifting is the theme of our Country View Challenge this month, chosen by Miriam and I hope you will get ideas from our DT. 
My first idea is coasters, I have been creating a few, each time in pairs, and this is my latest offering:

My base is recycled coasters but your can find fresh ones with a holder here.I created the background with Cosmic shimmer matt acrylic paints, this took several layers as I changed my mind... including adding some copper paint here and there. 

My choice of image is from 2 Visible Image sets: the spiral clock from Ahead Of Our Time and the shattered clock and matching background from the Somewhere In Time.

Once dry I stamped my motif with Cosmic shimmer Flake and glitter Glue using a piece of Distress foam and applied my flakes. You can find similar colours to the one I used with these mixes: Silver DreamWarm Sunrise both from Cosmic Shimmer. Now being the control freak that I am I don't just dump the flakes haphazardly on the image... noooo I try and place a gold flake here a copper flake there etc... but you don't have to do that! 
Once all the image is covered I start removing the excess with my fingers , then with a dedicated sponge (it looks a bit like wire wool but made of plastic thread).

For the shattered clock I first stamped the background stamp with black to enhance the contrast with the foil.

I added a bit of darker colour around the coasters with a Pitt brush pen.
Now these will join the other pairs to get their hard core varnish so they can be used for hot or cold drinks.

And of course let's look at the SHINE.... 

Over to you now, have a look at what the DT made on the Country View Challenge blog and link up your project to the challenge for the chance to win a £20 voucher for the Country View Craft shop. Just remember that cards do not qualify for this challenge. 

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the Paperbabe, SSS Wednesday challenges.


  1. Great coasters Christine, very unique Christmas gifts too. Happy November xx

  2. Wow, what stunning coasters! I love your designs and the shimmer and shine looks so amazing - a perfect gift 😁. Wishing you a Happy November! Hugs Jo x

  3. These are positively gorgeous the gilding flakes are a wonderful way to use the stencil. Do you seal these once you have finished or not? and if you do what do you use please?

    1. Thanks Zoe! Yes I do seal with several thin coats of Polyurethane varnish (I chose matt for these ones) over 2 days, maybe 6 coats or more. The one I have been using is Rust-Oleum Clear Matt.

  4. These are beautifully crafted creation as always Christine.

    B x

  5. Un beau travail de mixed media et de texture, de près ça doit être encore plus beau... J'aime bien ton choix de tampons aussi, ça me fait penser que je les ais ceux là tiens ! 😄
    Beau cadeau de Noël en tout cas oui !!

  6. These are fabulous Christine, I love making coasters for Christmas too. Take care and have a great month, Sue xx

  7. Very cool coasters Christine! The shimmer from the flakes looks great.
    Have a wonderful November!
    Evelyn xxx

  8. I love these - what a great gift they would make.

  9. Fabulous coasters with interesting design!!! Again a motivation that it's time for me to make Christmas coasters too :-) Have a happy November! xx

  10. These are amazing ! Love the colours. Have a happy November ! Corrie x