Tile Coasters

by Gina Krupsky

Create a set of coasters or trivets for gift giving.


  • Stazon Ink© in black and colors of your choice

  • Background stamps

  • Main image stamps

  • Sponge daubers

  • Porous tiles from your home improvement store

  • Felt pads


  1. Step 1

    Begin by inking up your large background stamp with black Stazon™ ink and stamp your tile. Use a generous amount of pressure.

    Don’t worry if your result is somewhat blotchy. This will give your tile an antique worn look!

  2. Step 2

    Stamp your main image using black Stazon™ Ink. Again, make sure you use a considerable amount of pressure.

    Allow the image to dry for about 10 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Using colored Stazon™ ink and a sponge dauber, begin to dab color onto your image. Do not rub, just dab.

  4. Step 4

    Use a second color to add depth. Allow the coaster to dry for about 10 minutes.

  5. Finished Front of coaster.

  6. Step 5

    Add four small or medium felt pads to the corners of the underside of each coaster to protect furniture during use. These felt pads are available at your home improvement store as well.

  7. Step 6

    Make these in sets of four and group them together to give as gifts.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Tile Coasters. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

IS there a tutorial for the photo coasters I am seeing in the gallery? I really want to make some for valentines gifts. If anyone can let me know I would appreciate it. thanks Christy
Christy Messina  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 11:18 PM
I used the craft ink spots, glossy enamel glaze. Baked at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes. Seems to have worked, except that it made my Night of Navy turn an odd dark greenish color. Maybe I baked it too long?
Amy  |  Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 8:12 PM
Amy, when I did mine, both with Stazon stamping and coloring in with Stazon or Craft inks, I baked for 30 minutes, but I did NOT use any glaze or sealer.
I bet the glaze you used turn the color with the heat. I have had no problem with fading or rubbing off, either. Also, the Stazon inks are more transparent, and I think that is a nice look, giving a bit more depth. The craft inks are more opaque.

Try it without glaze and with the Stazon and/or Craft inks, and baking.
Melody  |  Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 10:36 PM
I made myself a set of these coasters five years ago and I've used them with wet glasses, hot coffee and everything in between and they look brand new. I didn't seal these or heat set them. smile
Gina K.  |  Wed Mar 11, 2009 at 6:56 PM
I would seal it with MOD PODGE - it comes in various finishes (matte, shine etc) Just use a simple sponge brush and put 2-3 coats on allowing it to DRY in between coats. This is available at Wal-Mart or Michaels! You could even put a two-dimensional art piece in the corner of the tile! Have Fun!
Susanne527  |  Sat Mar 14, 2009 at 6:42 AM
I've made them with staz-on ink on tumbled tiles and have been using them for 6 months without any smearing. I would think sealing them would take away the absorption from what you are sitting on them.

I have also make the photo tiles on a smoother tile and sealed with modge podge
Linda  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 8:03 AM
At what temperature do you bake the tiles for 30 minutes?

Thanks for sharing.

Patti Morrow  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 12:16 PM
I have made many coasters with the tumbled marble tiles. I have used ink (StayzOn and used Crystal Effects on top), paper napkins, printed waterslide paper and some have been done with Modge Podge. If you leave the Modge Podge without sealing it, it will leave a white ring if it gets wet. I use a spray sealant that was recommended at the store. I have not tried to use any of the coasters for hot things.
Barb  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 6:13 PM
Hi Again,

Thank whoever responded to my question but the question was, when you bake the tiles what temp do you set the oven on? I was questioning Melody's comment that she uses Stazon Ink and "brings
the oven to temp" put tiles in and bake for 30 minutes" but she didn't mention what temperature to set the oven for? 250-300-350-400? Thank you.
Patti Morrow  |  Wed May 6, 2009 at 7:09 PM
Patti, one of the early postings mentions setting the temp at 300. Have fun!
Sandy  |  Thu May 7, 2009 at 7:04 AM
Thank you so much, Sandy for responding to the temp question about the beautiful tiles!!!!! Got it and going to bake a batch in the next couple days. Again, thank you very much.

Patti  |  Thu May 7, 2009 at 7:30 AM
Hi, I've been doing tiles for a while using a combination of alcohol inks as my background mixed with metallic mixatives. Then stamped over with stazon. I've also used the new pastel alcohol inks, stamped and colored in with stazon. I let it dry a little and on a nice day go out side and spray with krylon matte finish to protect it. I then also apply little bumper pads. Try it!
Jan  |  Thu May 7, 2009 at 3:23 PM
I use craft ink and sprinkle glassy glaze enamel over the wet ink. Then I bake them at 200 degrees for 10 minutes. Ten minutes may not melt the glaze enough, so you'll have to keep a close watch on them. I've baked them at 300 before like the previous posting mentions and I burned the ink (it changed colors badly!). But I was also doing a different inking/decorating method than that post, so that might have been the problem. Good thing the tiles are cheap! =) Good luck!
Amy  |  Thu May 7, 2009 at 6:13 PM
I need to know if we can use markers, colored pencils to shade in the tiles after the image has been stamped with stayzon or do I have to use perm ink colors?
Christy M  |  Mon May 11, 2009 at 12:10 PM
Have I been doing my tiles wrong? I've never baked them and have been using them as coasters without any problems. Why is baking needed? Good question Christy, what is the answer?
Jan  |  Mon May 11, 2009 at 6:48 PM
I have not colored my tiles with anything but Stazon. You could use Copic markers but you want to make sure you stay clear of the black Stazon stamped lines or the Copics will make your Stazon run. I have never baked my tiles so I do not know the answer to the baking questions.
Gina K.  |  Sat May 23, 2009 at 12:12 PM
Think you could use this to stamp on smooth finish bakeware...and still be able to bake with them and wash them?????
heather  |  Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 9:14 AM
I only have 2 colors of stazon, but I have a lot of Sharpie markers in different colors. I was wondering if I could use those instead. Also what kind of sealer are you talking about? Is it something that can be bought in AC Moore or Michaels?
Thanks for your help.
Linda Barr  |  Fri Nov 27, 2009 at 6:46 PM
i tried using a sealant on my tiles and l found that my ink went a little brown after spraying. does not look bad, kinda looks antique. but going to try the oven method before spraying mine. i wanted a seal on them so that they dont bleed
what do you folks think
marg roswell  |  Fri Dec 4, 2009 at 11:14 AM
Well, l tried 9 more coasters, and this is what l did. I stamped my cardinal put in oven on 300 for 20 minutes. Let the coasters cool, then painted them and put them back in oven for 20 minutes. waited an hour, sprayed with acrylic sealer, waited 15 minutes and gave them a second coat of sealer. came out great
Marg Roswell  |  Fri Dec 4, 2009 at 3:47 PM

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