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Jessian97 11-28-2006 03:14 PM

How I did the Photo Coasters in my gallery
I have gotten *A LOT* (that's an understatement) of requests on how to do these. First of all, let me say thank you all for your kind words - and your patience until I got home from work to post these instructions...

Gallery Link if you're curious


Materials Needed:
*Tumbled tiles (I used 4"x4")
*Tissue Paper (just the kind for wrapping gifts)
*Favorite Pictures & photo editing program
*Acrylic Sealer (I used Patricia Nimocks Clear Acrylic Sealer)
*Top Coat (I used Rust-oleum Clear Top Coat)
*Sponge brush
*Small Circular Clear Page Pebbles (I used Making Memories)

1. Wipe tiles with damp cloth to get the powder residue off of them.
2. Cut a piece of tissue paper to a couple 8.5"x11" (or smaller) sheets of paper.
3. Iron your cut sheets of tissue paper to make them completely smooth.
4. In your photo editing program, make your pictures 3.5"x3.5" and turn them to greyscale.
5. Import your edited photos into a word processing program. You'll be able to place them better on an 8.5"x11" format. Leave space between each photo. I was easily able to get 6 of my photos onto a single sheet of paper.
6. Tape (or use your mono) your tissue paper onto a sheet of printer paper.
7. Print out your pictures onto the tissue covered sheet of paper. (I found that putting the preferences on the highest quality setting worked best and provided the best image on the tissue).
8. Remove tissue carefully from the copy paper.
9. Tear around your pictures (I found that using the Tearing Edge made the process go faster & easier to get a straighter tear).
10. Apply a very light coat of modgepodge to your tile.
11. Being extremely careful, center and press your tissue onto the tile. Remove bubbles carefully to avoid tearing the tissue.
12. Let dry.
13. Spray 3 coats of the Acrylic Sealer. (let dry between coats)
14. Spray on 3 additional coats of the Top Coat. (I found that the top coat put a thicker seal - and removed any roughness from the tissue that may be there) (let dry between coats, and at least one hour after final coat)
15. Put page pebbles on the bottom of the tile to protect surfaces that the tile may be on. (I found this more efficient and pretty looking than using adhesive on felt. The pebbles come with adhesive on the back and look really professional).


Also... I found a square paper box at Walmart (for $0.97) that has a scalloped lid and can be decorated as well. I wrapped the tiles in tissue and placed them in the decorated boxes... tied with a ribbon and Voila!

Have fun!

mrslaird 11-28-2006 03:42 PM

These are awesome! Thanks so much for posting the directions. Maybe my dad will get something cool this year after all. :D

nsruss 11-28-2006 03:48 PM

Thanks for the instructions! I love your tiles!

jtax 11-28-2006 03:59 PM

what a great idea! thanks for sharing your instructions, too!

ChrisE 11-28-2006 04:39 PM

What an amazing gift to make!! Your directions are superb!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!! I saw a kit to do this (I think in the Bed, Bath, & Beyond ad) and it was like $40!!!!

stampin'momma 11-28-2006 04:47 PM

thanks for posting the directions. I was on your list too. Love it , now I need to head off to home depot for the tiles. Thanks again.

CherylPenner 11-28-2006 04:57 PM

Thanks for the instructions! I was going to PM you but figured your inbox would be filled with requests!

RICTAM 11-28-2006 05:17 PM

Thanks for the instructions. These are wonderful!

Jovi 11-28-2006 05:29 PM

Thanks for sharing the link to your gallery (I was curious and never saw your tiles), and a huge thank you for sharing step by step instructions… Your tiles are beautiful ~ tomorrow I’ll be going to Home Depot to pick up more tiles! ;)

Debz1024 11-28-2006 05:30 PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the instructions!!!! I thought photos on candles were cool (and they are), but these are the bomb!!!!

Thanks again for sharing!! :)

Samsmommy 11-28-2006 05:36 PM

YOU ROCK!! Thank you! Thank you so very much...I can't wait to get started.

olivia'smom 11-28-2006 07:04 PM

thank you for sharing your directions. what a great idea.

stampkat 11-28-2006 08:15 PM

Perfect!! Thank you!!

LaurenSalzberg 11-28-2006 08:43 PM

This is just perfect!
Believe it or not, it never occurred to me to put photos on the coasters. Duh! Nor would I have thought that you could print on tissue paper. I can't wait to make some of these for Christmas gifts this year! Thanks for great directions!

judi_stamparooni 11-28-2006 10:33 PM

They are awesome! TFS!

lovetostamp569 11-29-2006 04:36 AM


cindy nagel 11-29-2006 04:49 AM

Too cool!!! What a great Christmas gift for the my parents!!!

Kristen Nunez 11-29-2006 05:24 AM

WOW awesome directions I will have to try and do this myself. I started trying it before I read the directions but for some reason my pictures are coming out with pink all over them I think I'm just putting way to much modge podge on them. Okay lets try to use your way and see what happends


emmiestamps 11-29-2006 07:52 AM

thanks for sharing I know what grandma is getting this year!

Jessian97 11-29-2006 11:04 AM

Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments! :)

BethanyPaull 11-29-2006 11:10 AM

Wow! How in the world did you come up with HOW to make these? Yours are gorgeous and so professional looking. Very kind of you to post directions as well.

gthandy 11-29-2006 11:20 AM

oh those were GREAT!!

AlteredArtist 11-29-2006 11:43 AM

I took a peak at the tiles in the gallery. They sure are beautiful! I love the samples you've shared! I uploaded my image to the gallery this morning. I made this a few years ago for my mom.
Here's the link: http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...&ppuser=103193

jbalcer 11-29-2006 11:47 AM

This is one of my favorite photo tiles:

Thanks for sharing your instructions!

Koda's Mom 11-29-2006 12:59 PM

So many projects, so little time!

Thanks for posting the instructions. All the samples are wonderful!

Jessian97 11-30-2006 11:24 AM


How in the world did you come up with HOW to make these?
There was a link on here a while ago (I forget where/when) that showed how to do these. I think it showed to use the modgepodge over the tissue - but if you have an older printer, or if you're not on the right settings, it'll turn your print pink and smear if you don't do it fast enough. So I substituted the sealer and then added the top coat...

Also - the ironing helps A LOT and the instructions didn't say to do that - however if you don't you'll definately jam an inkjet. :) After doing 15 sets of them you pick up little tricks. :)

vlasak 11-30-2006 11:45 AM

Heres a dumb ? - What can you use them for? Il ove the idea of decorative use - strung together - on the walls-on a cute stand etc.but are they also coasters? I feel stupid asking because I think they are awesome just as a decoration but my mind is reeling as to other coaster options.. what do others use thiers for? :)

Jessian97 11-30-2006 01:01 PM

Under drinks.... :)

vlasak 11-30-2006 01:08 PM

They seemes so pretty- I couldnt imagine putting a wet glass on them but I cant wait to try it.. Any tips on where to get the tiles?

Jessian97 11-30-2006 01:17 PM

They're in the flooring dept at Home Depot & Lowes! :)

kstamper 11-30-2006 02:19 PM

Thanks for posting the awesome directions. I usually stamp my tiles, but may have to try this for something different.

ericabeth 11-30-2006 02:48 PM

You are so wonderful for sharing these awesome instructions---very cool project!

AlteredArtist 11-30-2006 04:42 PM


Originally Posted by vlasak
Heres a dumb ? - What can you use them for? Il ove the idea of decorative use - strung together - on the walls-on a cute stand etc.but are they also coasters? I feel stupid asking because I think they are awesome just as a decoration but my mind is reeling as to other coaster options.. what do others use thiers for? :)

I normally turn my into coasters. But I also give them a little triangular stand. That way the 'receiver' can decide what they want to do w/ them. If your going to give it as a coaster, you will need to use different coating on top. The water tends to seep through using regular acrylic sealer. There's also the polymer coating which can do as an option as well. I normally coat mine w/ about 10 coats of an indoor /outdoor waterproof acrylic sealer allowing for full dry time in between coats. If you don't let each coat dry completely it will cause a slight gap between coats and won't be as waterproof as you'd like. Remember glasses have condensation on them, so they will seep through.


Doodah 12-03-2006 08:09 PM

Tile Instructions
Thanks soooooo much for the instructions!!!

StampinStazy 12-03-2006 10:03 PM

Thank you so much for sharing what you did to get such a great end product!!

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