Today I'm introducing you to Takeo! This image is special to me because it is named after my son. When Jenny showed me some of the boy images and asked which one was most like my son, I said without hestitation, the boy with the balloons. He loves balloons! I'm so grateful to Jenny for all the wonderful things she said about Takeo on her blog and for thinking to name a stamp after him. Takeo loves his Aunty Jenny, Uncle Paul and Akemi and has fun whenever we get together.
For my project, I decided to try a tile coaster. I was nicely surprised at how simple and fun they are to make. I used a 4-1/4" square tile from Home Depot (.16 - .52 each). I cut and colored the paper pieces and glued them down using a sponge brush and Decoupage (you could also use Mod Podge). Then I put a thin layer of Decoupage over everything. I was careful to go over the colored image (Copics) with care to avoid smearing. After it dried, I sprayed Rust-o-Leum Clear Gloss over the tile to seal it. I sprayed one coat and let it dry. Then a second coat and let it dry. I've actually put cold drinks on this tile and so far, it's been waterproof. I kept the design simple with no bulky embellishments or foam dots so it could actually be used as a coaster. It's withstood water but I don't know how it would handle heat. These would make great favors or gifts and they're simple and inexpensive. I'm excited to try more!
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