I always love getting a personalized gift and since getting together for coffee and/or tea is one of my friends’ favorite things to do I thought I’d make them some personalized coasters as part of a gift basket this Christmas.
I started off by practicing on one of the extra cork circles. Cork is softer than wood and took a little time for me to get used to. At first I had trouble with the centers of some of the letters burning, too. I found that if I increased the heat (into the orange) and used a lighter touch the letters were clearer.
Here’s how some of my first samples looked before I figured that out.
I started with the letters and did all the same letters at one time. One really nice thing I discovered was that the Hot Stamp Alphabet Set also fits the Creative Woodburner Value Tool, which I already had. I was able to use one tool while the other was cooling off so I could switch the letters out. I do most of my stamping freehand, too, so it’s never perfectly straight.
After finishing the letters I used the different stamping points to make borders, overlapping each just a bit.
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I’m Ann Tatum from Duct Tape and Denim. I’m a jewelry designer but I can’t contain my creativity to just jewelry! From childhood I’ve loved just about every craft I’ve ever tried. And my studio currently looks like I’m enjoying every craft! I especially love upcycling vintage finds. I raised two daughters who are now married, have one grandson, and live with my musical husband and the boss of our house, the cat. Follow our adventures on DuctTapeAndDenim.com.