Pet Crafts, Rescue Mama Art

Crafts for Pet Lovers

Pet themed coasters…a quick and simple to make gift idea.

MAIN6My husband and I recently finished up decorating some new vacation rental properties…one of which is a pet friendly unit.  I needed some coasters for the unit…when I attempted to shop for them I was surprised at what stores charge for coasters  these days…so I made some of my own.  After a little research on materials they were super easy and fast to make.

Your Supply list: Travetine tiles (Home Depot), Grout Sealer, Archival stamp pad, stamps, felt or cork backing

The best tiles for coasters are travertine…porous tiles.  Stamping on non-porous/glazed tiles is not going to work.  The only place I could find the TILEStravertine tiles (at a reasonable price) was Home Depot.  I purchased two different styles of these Premiere Decor tiles…both worked fine.   Be careful when you buy them…inspect the package as best you can to make sure none of the tiles are cracked, chipped or broken.    Your results will be best if you rinse the tiles well before you use them (let them dry over night).

STAMPSI used a variety of stamps I had in the house to decorate the tiles.  You will need to use an archival stamping ink.  I use the Ranger Archival Ink pads for most projects.  You can get these pads at Michaels or Hobby Lobby…they are usually about $12.00 and they last a really long time.    After you stamp your design on your coasters let the ink dry (I would let it set for at least a few hours).

I looked up all sorts of methods for waterproofing coasters before I did this project.  I saw ideas to use everything from Mod Podge to boat sealer.  I don’t know about boat sealer…didn’t try it.  But I am not a fan of using Mod Podge SEALERon coasters because it does not interact well with water.  I wanted a waterproof coaster…not smudged by or stained by a sweating glass.  Since my husband and I just finished remodeling several bathrooms we had a bottle of grout sealer on hand.  I gave it a try and it turned out to be a great solution for waterproofing these coasters.  I set my stamped (dry) coasters in a box..took them outside (grout sealer smells) and sprayed them (soaked them actually) with the grout sealer.  I let them dry and repeated the spray two more times.  The end result was washable, non-smudging coasters.

The last step was to back the coasters so they wouldn’t scratch my tables.  I used a metal die for my Big Shot to cut my backings…but you could easily just cut squares by hand.  I glued my backing (I used cork that I picked up at Michaels) with Beacon’s glue.  Beacons is my “go to”
20141015_22302920141015_222006glue for projects that need a really heavy duty glue.  Beacon’s has a wicked odor…so open a window and don’t get it on your fingers.   Once Beacons glue is completely dry the odor is gone.  I set my coasters upside down and let the glue dry overnight.

coastersI also tried this project with coasters that I hand painted with acrylic paint.  The grout sealer worked well to waterproof the hand painted coasters.

Have fun!

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Our sweet Luna!

Things here at Misfit Manor have been insanely busy…our vacation rentals have been busy and the dogs keep me endlessly (but joyously) occupied.   We are all happy to see spring…it is so lovely here in Kentucky.

If you love all things pet and pet rescue please follow my blog and/or my Facebook Page.  I also have a Pinterest Page full of great resources for pet lovers.  If you are looking for pet rescue art, pet sympathy items or pet adoption cards please check out The Rescue Mama ETSY shop!  Also, check out some of my other free pet craft tutorials on my website.

Rescue On!

Nancy

 

 

Pet Crafts

Pet Craft: Holiday Dog Candles

Free Craft Tutorial: Vintage Holiday Dog Candles

20141202_064731I don’t know about you but by the time we get this close to the holiday season I am all done with the shopping and craziness …its time to nest and craft!  Christmas crafts are my very favorite to make!

If you are looking for a quick holiday gift for your favorite dog lover these candles and jars are simple and inexpensive to make.  I made several different versions using only a few supplies (listed below).  Nothing about this project in itself takes very long, however, you do have to let layers of the project dry overnight for the best results.

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To light up the smaller finished candle holders I dropped in an inexpensive votive so the candle will be re-usable.

Supply List:

  • mod podge
  • candles and jars
  • color tissue paper
  • vintage pet photos
  • snow flake or clear glitter
  • sponge brush
  • ribbon/various embellishments
  • Distress Ink Pad to age your images

jarsI used three different items to make my projects.  I used a canning jar to make a candy dish, a plain glass candle holder (purchased at the dollar store) and a tall votive candle (also purchased at the dollar store).

paper For my vintage dog pictures I used the Christmas Cavallini Dog paper that I ordered from the PaperSource for $3.95/sheet.  You could use any pictures you want though and old greeting cards work great too.  I like the Cavallini papers because they are a heavy duty paper that won’t tear when you are working on projects.  The images also don’t run or fade.

20140920_110737To get my project started I cut my images out from my Cavallini papers….for some candles I tore the images I have a rough edge on all sides of the image.  I like to stain this images with Distress Ink to make them look older.  I selected the tissue I was going to use with each candle and candle holder and cut it to the appropriate size for each project.  It is better to make your tissue cut larger than smaller.

20140920_110917Coat your candle (or candle holder) with a fair amount of Mod Podge and literally roll your paper on to the candle.  Don’t worry about wrinkles, they won’t show once we add the glitter…but do worry about tears…if the paper tears you will have light showing through and your finished project will looks sloppy…so work really carefully with your tissue.  Once you are done let this dry overnight (you can let it dry for a shorter period of time…my general rule with mod podge though is to let layers dry overnight so I don’t end up with a tacky finished product).

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Put a layer (generous) of mod podge on the back of your chosen picture and place it on the candle or candle holder.  Smooth out any puckers or wrinkles.  Because you are placing it on a round surface you will get some wrinkling.  Put a light layer of mod podge over the front of your image and let it dry overnight.

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Cover the entire candle – EXCEPT the image – with a light layer of mod podge…sprinkle with glitter and let dry overnight.  If you want a finsihed project that does not shed glitter than go back over the dry project with another layer of Mod Podge (dab with a sponge brush).  You will lose some sparkle but have considerably less mess.  Let dry overnight.

I embellished each candle with items I had in craft stash…ribbon, greens, ornaments, bells, etc.

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20141202_054457For the candy jar:  I used a mason jar and red tissue paper.  The tissue paper can be wrinkled and when you apply it to the jar there is no need to smooth out any wrinkles as the glitter will hide the wrinkles.  You do want to be sure there are no tears though.  If you have a tear in the tissue paper light will show through and your finished project will look sloppy.  I tore out the image I wanted to use as the focal point of my jar.  I used vintage photo distress ink to age the paper.  I did not want light shining through the jar so I added some paint to the Mod Podge before I applied it to the vase.

The steps to get the paper on the jar are 1) cut your paper in a strip that will wrap all the way around your jar.  2) Coat your jar with mod podge (not too much or your going to have a mess, too little and your paper will tear).  3)  Wrap your paper around the wet jar and cut off any excess paper.  4) Let the project dry (I usually let this dry overnight).  5) Coat the back of your vintage image with mod podge (generously) and place smoothly on your jar- do not put paint in your mod podge for this step.  Once it is securely placed where you want it put a light coat of mod podge over image.   Let dry overnight.  6) Coat your jar (with the exception of your image) with a layer of mod podge (no paint) and then sprinkle with glitter, let dry overnight.  Optional step: If you don’t want any glitter flaking off your project re-coat the glitter with a light layer of mod podge (use a sponge brush and lightly dab).  You will lose a little of the sparkle but in return will not have glitter flaking off the jar … which would be problematic if you are using it for a candy jar.

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candy jar 2candy jar 3Here are some more photos of the finished jars….

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Here are some other ideas for quick holiday gifts….there are free tutorials for all of these on my Craft Page!

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heart clipsDIY Dog Gatesbookmark imprint

Pet Crafts, Pet Rescue

Rescue Hearts for the pet lover

Rescue Hearts for the dog and cat lover…vintage photos and rescue themed.

Front imprint close up catI found some simple paper mache’ hearts at a craft store…they were destined for a date with my craft table and some vintage pictures.  I had a blast making these heart ornaments…what do you think of them?

For a free tutorial on how I made these click here: Hearts Tutorial.  These finished hearts are going up on my ETSY shop.

Enjoy and Rescue On!

Nancy

 

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Handmade Cards & Gift Wrap, Pet Crafts

Gift tags for the pet lover

Hand made gift tags for the pet lover!

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I love making packages pretty and personal, don’t you?

What do you think of these gift tags?

I made a set for myself and put three sets up for sale on my shop.  I am charging $6.99 for four – does that seem like a fair price?

Rescue On,

Nancy

Handmade Cards & Gift Wrap

Sparky says…my foot is in my mouth!

Foot in mouth card…

Here is another card from my Sparky says line…

We all have moments where something has slipped out of our mouths that we wished we would not have said.  This is a card for just those moments.

The inside of the card reads; “I can’t believe I said that..I am so sorry”

What do you think?

Foot in mouth apology card
Foot in mouth apology card
Handmade Cards & Gift Wrap, Hope after loss, Pet Crafts, Pet Sympathy

Handmade Pet Sympathy Card

Handmade card for loss of dog

Sympathy poemThis is one of my original designs for a sympathy card.  This card starts with a base card stock of recycled paper.  I stain it (all sides) and then heavily emboss the front.  There is a distressed, stained and embossed piece of cream cards stock that is largely covered with the poem and embellishments but it creates a lovely accent behind the poem.  All of the embellishments are stained to match and some of them are stamped with designs.

This is one of my favorite cards, what do you think?

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Handmade Cards & Gift Wrap, Pet Crafts

Get Well Card – for pets (or their parents)

Get Well Card  Pet Get Well Card

Just finished a new pet get well card.  I hand stamped this and colored it with colored pencils and gamsol.  Dressed it up with flowers and lace.

The inside of the card reads; “Heard you were a hurtin pup…feel better soon!”

Do you like this card?