Friday, June 29, 2018

Sign Me Up by Judi Kauffman

It all started with a stack of dollar store coasters, the kind that come in packs or eight or twelve. You know – one of those ‘I’ll use it someday’ purchases. These sturdy circles were light blue with oranges and watermelon slices printed on them, summery and bright, ready for a picnic or barbecue. But who uses coasters at a picnic? Not I!

Time to give the coasters a facelift… I turned them into signs: One to welcome guests, the other three to send as an alternative to folded greeting cards.

StencilGirl® stencils: 
Paisley Floral Repeat by Jessica Sporn

Other supplies:
Black gesso
Acrylic paints in red and gold
1” paintbrush
Stencil brush
Cardstock in shades to coordinate with paint colors
Ribbon and trim
.25” hole punch
Die cutting machine
Adhesive-backed velvet paper in black and red (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Shimmer Sheetz in Fire Opal Gemstone (ECD)
Metal adaptor plate (required for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz)
Cutting dies (words) – Live, Thank You, Welcome, Be*, and Happy* (Suzanne Cannon’s A Way With Words Collection from ECD)
  *Be is from the ‘Eat Drink and Be Merry’ set, Happy is from ‘Happy Birthday’
[photo 1]
Step 1 – Paint the coasters with a coat of black gesso, let it dry, then randomly brush on some red paint, and let it dry.
Step 2 – Stencil favorite patterns with a rosy shade of gold paint. Option: If you decide you want a set of matching coasters use only one stencil (or a mixed set with several), stop with this step and add a couple of coats of acrylic sealer!
Step 3 – Die cut word sentiments from adhesive-backed velvet paper sheets or Shimmer Sheetz backed with double-sided adhesive tape prior to die cutting. (Reminder: A metal adaptor plate is required for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz – review Els van de Burgt’s YouTube video tutorial if you are new to this technique.)  Depending on the complexity of the stenciled pattern and the look of the word(s), also die cut a 2.25” circle from adhesive-backed velvet paper.

Step 4 – Arrange and adhere optional circle and word(s) to the stenciled coasters. To my eye, words look best at an upward angle, but this is a matter of personal preference.

Step 4 - Using double-sided tape, adhere each coaster to a cardstock circle. (Shown: Coasters are 4” across, circles are 6”. Use smaller cardstock circles if you prefer a narrower border/frame.
Step 5 – Punch a hole at the top of the outer circle; add ribbon or trim to make a loop for hanging.


  1. A genius way to use these! So pretty! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Judi -- I totally love each and every one of these beauties!!! I'd like to ask your permission for me to use a couple of these photos on my blog. In case you would first like to check out the blog, this is its address -- I would of course give full credit to you for the artwork, and include a link back to this post on StencilGirl Talk.

    1. Absolutely! I adore your stencils and would be honored to have you show the projects, Cecilia! I think this is going to look like "Anonymous" has replied, but it's really me.
      Judi K

  3. Judi - so gorgeous!!! I love this! Thank you so much for sharing and also using one of my stencils <3


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