Thanks for popping in. Thought I’d pop in myself, before heading off to Clarity Towers. It is pouring cats n dogs outside! So much for “suede shoes are in this season”!! Only snag is you can’t wear them outside! And no amount of pre-wear protective spray that they try and sell you with every pair is going to keep this deluge out. Wellies. That’s the only answer. Wellies.
Anyway. Let’s make a coaster for somebody for Christmas. let’s make a lovely, simple gift. Since getting in pottery, I have really woken up to the art of making gifts, not just cards. It’s not even about the money, although I have to say, it is so much less expensive than a race round John Lewis! It’s about actually focussing on a certain person, a loved one, and then making them something special. It’s about the TIME and ENERGY spent on a friend – not the money. I know myself when I receive a handmade gift, it is really appreciated and treasured. That said, I am always grateful to receive ANY gift! I know better than most how hard it is to make time to make things. But I think you know what I mean. And, back to the blog, a coaster is a pretty simple gesture, innit!
I’m actually killing two birds with one stone here, so to speak. We are putting a new and very exciting kind of material through its paces at the moment, to see if it will do what we want it to do before we invest and move forward, and I have used it to die cut out our most intricate die. The good news is: IT WORKS LIKE A DREAM! So watch this space…it is a game changer.
STEP 1. Die cut the floral flourish out of white stencil card. Using tiny dots of Perga Glue, attach the delicate white artwork to a piece of (darker is better) designer card. I went with this dramatic colourway from Rainbow River.
Our Fresh Cut nested Square dies have exactly the perfect cutout size to fit in our Pergamano coasters. Result!! Certainly more luck than judgement there! No need to use the metal shim you can see in the pic. As I say, I was putting the new material through its paces. It’s popularly known as R&D – Research & Development. How else would I spend my days???
Pop it in the coaster. Done. No. NOT TOASTER!!!
If you want to stamp the recipient’s name on the back, then the Word Chain ABC is brilliant for that too.
If you fancy making these coasters for your friends, for your club, for your festive table – both the dies I have used and the coasters themselves are on a super price drop for a week. CLICK HERE TO INVESTIGATE.
But now there’s nothing for it… I have to go get wet to get to where I want to go! Say that whilst eating a packet of crisps!
Love & Hugs,