Tuesday, November 23, 2010

25 Days of Hand Crafted Gifts and Ornaments - Bamboo Tile Charms

Today's gift idea is one that many people have requested to see more...
Bamboo Tile Charms!

*Bamboo is often thought to bring good luck!!

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Like alot of people I love to play with these tiles...they are very versatile and are so easy to use/decorate.  Actually, when I was thinking about putting these together I figured they could be used as charms (for a necklace or bracelet), embellishments for a scrapbook or card, magnets or even ornaments depending on how you finished them off.

So here we go...

There are so many ways to decorate these tiles so I thought I'd show you three of my favorites...

Decoupage ~

Simply apply a bit of Glossy Accents and spread it over the tile with your finger.  Place the image over the glue, gently press and smooth. 

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Stamped ~

Simply stamp your image with Staz-On or Archival Inks.  Color the image with pigment pens, markers, colored pencils, etc.  OR if you'd like you can stamp the image with colored ink and leave it as is.

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Image Transfer ~

Apply a layer of glue to the tile, place the image face down into the glue.  Smooth them image and let the glue dry completely.  After it has dried, wet the paper with warm water and rub away the paper backing.  The image will be left. 

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(vintage music was image transferred ~ I then stamped over the top)

And here are some of the tile charms I created....

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Now as I stated you could decorate these charms with all sorts of mediums ~ Alcohol Inks, Perfect Pearls, Pattern Paper, on and on... 

Finish the Charms ~

I usually do three things to finish off the charms....

1) Apply a thin protective coat of Glossy Accents over the image.

2) Finish off the edges ~ either with acrylic paint or Metallic Paint Pens. 

3) Add some sort of finding...this is where you really determine how you are going to use the charm...  You could add a tiny screw eye, glue on bail or drill a hole and use a jump ring.  You could add a bit of magnetic stripping to the back. Use the existing holes and string them in to a bracelet or choker necklace.  Add a bit of wire and a few beads to create a Christmas ornament.  Etc...

Now it's your turn!

Would you like to create your own bamboo tile charms for yourself or as a gift?

Well all you have to do is tell me what your favorite Christmas cookie is to be entered to win :) 
(Mine is mexican wedding cakes - the powdered sugar covered balls ... mmmmmmm!!!)

You might be the lucky winner of three tiles complete with screw eye finding already added.

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You have until 11-30-10 to post to be entered to win!

Good Luck Friends!

P.S....I'm not a very good sales person but one of my friends reminded me to mention that I do sell plain tiles (no findings) in my Etsy store (link in the right side bar).


  1. I LOVE these! Where did you get the tiles? Also what type of glue did you use for the transfer? As for my favorite Christmas cookie...hmmmm I think it would be the good ole fashion sugar cookie :)

  2. love your tiles and would really like to win them and then have some fun playing. i have a recipe for "ginger creams"-a soft ginger cookie that is drizzled with powdered sugar frosting - have been making them forever.

  3. Hi Roni -

    These charms are so sweet! How adorable. I love the one with the little boy looking out the window - just so cute. My favorite cookie is one I get asked to make at the Holidays from family. I take a basic sugar cookie recipe, add a small dollop of almond paste in the center, then fold the 4 sides over the almond paste. I then top with a cherry and bake. It makes for a very moist cookie.

    Elaine Allen

  4. Great project! Looks like a lot of fun!
    My fave Christmas cookie is a mini chocolate chip snowball cookie. I found the recipe on the bag of Toll House mini chocolate chips.

  5. I love Cranberry Hooticreeks. A friend gives me the mix in a jar every year. I'm going to check out your Etsy store too!

  6. What an absolutely fabulous display of bamboo tiles - you are so very inventive.

    Ginger cookies - I just love them - so warming snuggled up by the fire with the weather raging outside in the winter

  7. Those are so cool! My favorite is the one with the music background. My favorite cookie? Any homemade cookie, I've never had one I didn't like. LOL!

  8. Two of my favorite cookies have been mentioned already. I try to find a new cookie every year and I love them all. Snickerdoodles has to be at the top or maybe sugar or my husbands favorite his grandma Baker's cookie, well you get the idea. Thanks for the chance to win some tiles.

  9. I love those tiles! I also enjoy the wedding cookies, but my most favorite cookie is a spritz sugar cookie. yum yum!

  10. These are so cute! If I made them, I would find it hard to give them up. LOL My favorite Christmas cookies, are good old fashioned frosted, rolled sugar cookies.

  11. I'm crazy about these tiles! Think I have to try to transfer-very interesting!
    I've never met a cookie I didn't like but have to say that blossoms are my fav - especially still warm and the kiss on top is a little melty...YUM!

  12. Love the tiles!
    I love peanut butter cookies.

  13. My favorite Christmas cookie is the Kluejen (not sure of the spelling, we pronounced it kuh-LEE-jen). It's a bite-size anise cookie that my mom used to make and the flavor is so refreshing after all the super-sweet things one usually eats for the holidays.

  14. Love the tiles!
    My favorites are for sure the old fashioned sugar cookies..

  15. I've read a lot about these tiles lately and have been thinking about trying to do them myself, so thanks for the chance to get some "practice" tiles! As for the cookies, peanut butter blossoms :-)

  16. Roni I have been visiting your blog for ages but especially now with all your Christmas ideas.
    These Bamboo charms are amazing and I would love to win them.
    My fav cookie at Christmas is homemade not store bought shortbread. Yummmy
    Happy Thanksgiving to you.

  17. What lovely ideas with bamboo tiles. I've never seen them in my area. My favorite cookie is Snickerdoodles with the cinnamon sugar on the top.

  18. These are lovely, never seen anything like it before so would love to win some to create with!
    My favourite things are my mother's rum truffles. Mine never quite taste the same as hers(I think she may have left out some of the ingredients on the recipe she gave me LOL!

  19. These are fabulous tiles....I've never seen them before. They do look like so much fun...thank you for the chance to win some.
    I love all cookies but at Christmas it has to be the Spritz.

  20. Those tiles are absolutely beautiful, I have never seen them before.
    My favourite cookie is a Dutch christmas one called speculaas. I think it has ginger and spices that you might put in apple pie, and often made in windmill shapes (of course!) delicious :)
    (Thanks for my halloween bracelet - its lovely!)
    Jolanda x

  21. My favorite Christmas cookie is the gingerbread men.

  22. I love the Mexican Wedding cookies too!! My Mom and I used to make them every year. Those and Spritz Cookies..ooohh..all that butter in one little cookie!! Gotta love em!


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