Hello, everyone, it is Wan back again on the blog. Today, I am going to show you how to create your own mugs and coasters using Sweet stamps. I must admit to being pretty excited when this project worked out and I hope that you will love the end result as much as I do. I will go through how to create two different mug sets in this blog post, one which is just black and white using the stamp set Pho You and another with some colour using the stamp set Miso Happy, so that you have a choice of the kind of mug sets you want to make. With that said, let’s get started, shall we?
For this project, you would need:
Plain white/cream mugs
Sweet stamps of your choice
Oil based markers
Acrylic Sealer (I used Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Sealer)
Cork or scratch protectors
The first thing I did after getting my white mugs and tiles from my local art supplies store was to clean it thoroughly with rubbing alcohol. This is to remove any residue that has been left on the mugs and tiles after the manufacturing process and it is important not to skip this step. If you do, the inks you use might not take to the mugs and tiles and you will end up with unclear images. Once the mugs and tiles are completely dry from the cleaning, the fun can start!
I decided to start by stamping on the tile first, because it was a flat surface and I reckoned I needed the practice. As both the tiles and the mugs are slick surfaces, I needed a way to prevent the stamps from sliding around when I applied pressure. Therefore, after inking the Panda stamp I wanted to use from Pho You with StazOn, I applied two longish, uninked stamps above and below the inked stamp to act as stablisers.
Being uninked, these stamps were sticky and thus, they adhered to the slick surface and were perfect for preventing the inked stamp from sliding once I applied pressure. As you can see from the picture, the image came out fairly crisp using this method.
I next stamped the mug using the same method with the uninked stamps, although stamping on a curved surface was more challenging. I started by pressing down on the left edge of the stamp and then rocking it to the right until each part of the stamp had been stamped onto the mug. I was not pleased with the image the first couple of times and had to use rubbing alcohol to clean the mug, wait for it to dry (this step is important, if the alcohol isn’t dry, the ink would not take) and restart, but I eventually got there.
I then repeated the process with the phrase Pho You, also from the same stamp set.
Once everything had been stamped, I set them aside and worked on the second set. This time, I used the stamp set Miso Happy on the mug and tile. The process of stamping is exactly the same as what I have done for the first set of mug and tile, so I am just going to skip straight to the step where I have finished stamping the Noodle bowl and the ‘Miso Happy’ sentiment and was about to colour in the stamps.
To colour in the stamps, I used oil based markers from Kirarina because they are readily available here in Singapore. However, in other parts of the world, Sharpie oil-based paint markers might be easier to find, and according to my research, they would work great too. However, some have reported that the inks do not stay the exact same colour after being baked in the oven (which would be done as a later step). As I did not use them myself, I am unable to confirm or refute this but do bear that in mind if you are going to be using them. Some of you might also ask whether the normal Sharpie markers would do the trick (seeing quite a lot of us would already have them). I did try them out but the colours seemed to fade after a few washes, so I would not recommend them, especially if you do not plan on using the acrylic sealer to seal the mug as I would later do in this process.
Just so you can see what the mug and tile look like all coloured in, here is a picture. I personally really like the vibrancy of the colours and am really pleased with how they turned out.
After stamping and colouring, I left both sets of mugs and tiles to dry overnight, just to ensure that all the inks were completely dry (As you can imagine, I didn’t want to test the inked areas, end up smudging them and have to start all over.). I then placed the mugs and tiles on the middle rack of the oven the following morning and turned the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (or 180 degrees Celsius). I want to highlight here that you do not preheat the oven before putting the mugs and tiles in, you put them in a cool oven so that they can increase in temperature along with the oven, otherwise, you run the risk of them cracking. Once the oven reached the set temperature, I set a timer for 30 minutes before turning the oven off. Again, to minimize the chance of the mugs and tiles cracking, I let them cool down together with the oven before attemping to remove them (so don’t plan to bake cookies straight after baking your mugs and tiles!). This process of baking is to ensure that the inks bond with the mugs and tiles, so that you can safely wash them without losing your hard work.
Then, to make doubly sure that the stamped images would not fade, I sealed the mugs and tiles with an acrylic sealer. As the acrylic sealer is not food safe, I masked all the areas that could conceivably come into contact with mouths before spraying. For the mug, I also sprayed it from the direction shown in the picture, to ensure that none of the spray landed on the inside of the mug.
In addition, to ensure that the stamped images did not get fuzzy, I did not spray directly onto the mugs and tiles but instead, sprayed a light mist slightly above them and just let the sealer fall onto them. I repeated this step 3 times, letting the sealer dry between each coat. Now, some people have said that you don’t need this step at all if you have baked the relevant items, so if you are willing to take a risk with the stamped images possibly fading, you can omit this step. I included this step just in case anyone is going to make these as gifts, do not have time to wash them repeatedly and yet, understandably, do not want to take the risk of the inks fading.
After the sealer dried, I attached some rubber scratch protectors on the bottoms of the tiles so that they don’t end up scratching vulnerable surfaces when used as coasters (you can also cut some cork sheets to size and do the same. I just used what I already had rather than buy more supplies).
Finally, to finish off, I let the mugs and coasters sit for two days so they could cure before washing them, and then, there you have it, mugs and coasters ready to be used.
This is all I have for you today. I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I have enjoyed creating this project and blogging about it. If you do end up making these, do tag us on IG or post on our Facebook page, because we would love to have a peek! Have a great day, and happy Sweet stamping!