Monday, March 14, 2011

Heat Embossing and Dry Embossing on Coasters

When I saw that PTI was selling coasters I was super excited. It seemed like it would be so fun to experiment with different coaster designs. It's also great to use for diecutting, but I wanted to see what I could come up with using them as actual coasters!

I ended up using some impression plates to create some gold embossed coaster designs. 

I stamped Versamark ink onto the impression plate then ran the coaster through my Cuttlebug. Then I heat embossed the dry embossed design with gold embossing powder. It created a vibrant and rustic coaster design. These coasters are still resistant to water, since heated embossing powder is waterproof. It has dimension and color but it's still practical.

My favorite design was the Sunshine impression plate. I love this pattern embossed! There were a few spots that didn't emboss, but I liked the rustic look of it. If you wanted to fix it, you could use a Versamark pen to color in the missing spots and then heat emboss again.

The coaster will slightly warp when you heat emboss it, but you can just place a heavy cup on it and it will smooth right out.

I also inked up the Music impression plate with waterproof brown ink and then ran it through my Cuttlebug. I love the rustic look it provides and the music notes are a fun and unusual theme on a dinner table.

Dry embossing and heat embossing the coasters can be a fun and simple way to dress up the table. You can emboss them in whichever colors will match your decor and change them very cheaply for the different seasons.

What things have you made with PTI coasters? Would love to see it! Thanks for stopping by and have a sunny day!!

Supplies (All Papertrey Ink.)
Impression Plates: Woodgrain, Sunshine, Music Sheet
Ink: Versamark
Embossing Powder: PTI Filigree gold
Other: Coasters


Diane Jaquay said...

Wow Monica, using a coaster as a coaster, what a great idea lol! Seriously though, these turned out awesome!!! And as inexpensive as the coasters are you don't have to feel bad if they get ruined by a drink, you can just enjoy making more :)

Mad for Paper said...

Wow, these are great. What a creative idea.

Ted said...

I love how "antique-y" these look, Monica! Very original. :)

Unknown said...

I just ordered some coasters so I LOVE to see what can be done with them!!! GREAT ideas!

Hope the pregnancy's going well & you don't have too much morning sickness. When're you due, and will you find out the gender?

Chan said...

What an awesome idea, Monica, and these coasters look fantastic!! :o) I tried to order some coasters from them last month, but they sold out pretty quickly! Was able to order some this month, and I can't wait to craft with them! Thanks for posting this fun idea!

Jill said...

Monica, what a great idea! You are so clever! And I just heard your wonderful news! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Karen C. said...

Love the music impression coaster. It's so different from most and would be really great for a themed dinner party. I've seen so many cool things with the sunshine impression plate so that's on my wish list now. Thanks for the great inspiration.
Congratulations on your 'baby' news. Wonderful!!

sunghee said...

wow~!!! so fabulous! it's art pieces! I can't believe it's just embossing technique. wow!!

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