A couple of weeks ago one of my readers had requested additional number graphics, from the pair of numbers that I used in this post here. I decided I would offer the numbers here, but also thought it was a good opportunity to use them in a fun project as well. I used the graphics to make this cute set of Vintage Number Marble Coasters!
I've included instructions below.
1)Light colored 4" square tumbled marble coasters (you can find them at Lowes & Home depot for just under $5.00 for a box of 9)
2)Omni Gel Transfer Medium (I got mine at Michaels crafts)
3)A roll of adhesive backed cork sheet (Also from Michaels)
Step 1: Go HERE to download the PDF sheet for this project, and print it out on your computer. Next, you will need to have a Photocopy made of this ( inkjet printers do not work with this process.)
Step 2: You will need to brush on 3 coats of the Omni gel. Brush the first coat in a horizontal direction, let dry completely. Brush the second coat in a vertical direction, let dry completely. Brush the 3rd coat in a diagonal direction, and again let dry completely.
Step 3: Sorry forgot to photo this step! Cut image to the size of the coaster and then soak in a bowl of water for 10-20 minutes.
Step 4: While paper is still wet, rub the paper backing with your fingers in a circular motion to remove all of the paper leaving just the gel transfer behind.
Step 5: This is what your left with. The ink is trapped inside of this vinyl looking piece. Pretty cool!! At this point you can trim this up with scissors if you have ragged edges like I did here.
Step 6: Use more of the Omni Gel as a glue to adhere the transfer to the tile. I coated both the top of the marble and the back of the transfer.
Step 7: Press the transfer down and smooth out to get rid of any air bubbles. If you have a brayer this would probably work even better. I have one but... couldn't find it. Oh well!
(The image will look a little cloudy at first but will dry clear after a day or 2.)
Step 8: Roll out the adhesive backed cork and lay the tile on top. Then cut to fit. I used a utility knife for this one, but scissors work just as well. This cork is made by "contact" and it has a nice grid on the back, which makes it easy to get it just right!
Step 9: Smooth down the cork with your fingers.
Now your done!! I'm storing mine in a small antique Ironstone tureen for now. I hope you like this easy project. These would make a great gift for the holidays, I think they would also be a good item to sell at craft shows etc.