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Mother's Day Tumbler using Kid Footprints or Artwork

How to use a child's footprints, handprints, or their artwork to make a Mother's Day tumbler!
Yield: 1 tumbler

Materials

  • Stainless steel tumbler in your size choice (I used 20oz)
  • Rustoleum 2x gloss white spray paint
  • Rustolem 2x Clear Gloss
  • Glitter Fine white
  • Alcohol Ink Choose 5 colors that will match the image you are using
  • Clear waterslide paper
  • Mod Podge I use gloss
  • Foam brush
  • Sanding block I use 220 grit
  • Loctite Multi Purpose spray adhesive
  • Counter Culture DIY Artist Resin
  • Can of air
  • Cup spinner/rotisserie 
  • Respirator
  • Protective gloves
  • Mixing cups
  • Mixing sticks
  • Painting or drawing with a white background

Instructions

  • Using your favorite method, prep your stainless steel tumbler and spray paint it white.
  • Apply Mod Podge to your cup with a foam brush. You really need to work fast! Aim for long, smooth lines and complete coverage. 
  • Immediately sprinkle your glitter all over the cup. Don't forget the bottom!
  • For the second layer, I shake off any excess glitter and then spray the cup with Loctite. Then, sprinkle glitter all over the cup. You should have complete coverage now. 
  • To seal glitter so that it stays in place while applying epoxy, I then spray the cup 2-3 times with Rustoleum 2x Clear Gloss, waiting 10-15 minutes between each coat.
  • Now we are ready for epoxy! Mix your Artist Resin and apply to your cup with a gloved hand. Make sure you're wearing your respirator! Let spin 3-4 hours, turn off the spinner, and let it dry completely.
  • Lightly sand your cup, and then apply a second layer of epoxy. Let it spin 3-4 hours, turn off your spinner, and let it dry completely.
  • Your cup should be nice and smooth now and ready for waterslide! Note- you may find areas that need a little sanding. Go ahead, but NOT in the area you will apply your waterslide. For this cup, my client sent a painting her kids had made with their feet! I uploaded the image into Design Space, cleaned up the background, and printed the image on clear waterslide paper. 
  • Next, because I have an inkjet printer, I sealed the image 3 times with Rustoleum 2xClear gloss, waiting 10-15 minutes in between each spray. If you have a laser printer, no need to seal.
  • Apply your beautiful waterslide to your cup, and let it dry an hour or 2.
  • Grab your inks and can of air! With gloved hands, put a drop of ink onto the cup. Then, blow the ink in different directions with your can of air. Play with it, have fun, and if you don't like a section you can remove with alcohol and try again. Easy peasy!
  • I let my inks dry for about 30 minutes and then give the bottom of my cup a light spray with Rustoleum 2x Clear Gloss to really seal those inks. We are almost done!
  • Clean up the rim of your cup if needed and sand any rough spots on the rim. 
  • Finally, apply your last layer of epoxy, and le tit spin 3-4 hours. Turn your spinner off, and pray (kidding...or am I?) that you're done! Wait for your cup to completely dry, and then check it to see if you have a smooth finish. There is always a chance you will need another layer of epoxy, and that is completely fine! My cups are always 3-4 layers. 
  • Once your cup is nice and smooth, you are all done!