“Anything But A Card” Blog Hop and Link Party + Giveaway

WOW, OH, WOW, this is exciting to join in an official blog hop. Thank you so much for joining me today. I would love for you to subscribe to my page for other goodies along the way. But today, if you are following the hop, you should be coming from Helen Kalb  . Please read on, and don’t forget to add a comment for a chance for a wonderful gift certificate from Altenew!!

–Coasters and Trivets

I love playing with Alcohol inks…on any substrate.  I’m still taking classes from any source to get more tips and tricks in how this medium works.  It is mesmerizing and is never the same twice. 

At Christmas I decided to make some presents for my family by making coasters for my six kids…that meant 4 coasters for each family….24 coaster!! 

Here are some pictures of the ones made then:

For this blog hop I thought it would be fun to expand a bit and add a trivet to the collection.  I took the third set in the pictures above for the example and used the same colors to create the trivet. I used the Alcohol refills for the Altenew Artist Markers in colors of Sapphire, Persian Blue and Ocean Waves. Included with this was some Ranger Silver Alloy.

Here’s my guide to the finshed project. It isn’t hard, it just takes some time and patience for drying and waiting for the next steps.

  • Obtain a ceramic tile with a light background ( I was actually lucky to find several at Habit For Humanity Restore for 25 cents each but they were terracotta in color.)
  • Since my tiles were terracotta, I purchased some white gesso and painted it onto the tiles to seal and to create a white background;
  • Using alcohol inks, 91% alcohol and some blending solution I went to town in covering the tile.

Here’s a speeded up video showing putting the color on the tile.

Once the tile was as I wanted it I let it dry overnight.  Then set upon sealing the inks with resin, following the instructions on the package for mixing. 

There are some tricks with resin

  • have air be as dry as possible (air conditioning is helpful if you live in a warm, humid climate),
  • tape the underside of your project with painters’ tape along the edges,
  • before mixing the resin, turn some cups upside down to elevate your tile. 

The resin is self-leveling so is will find its way around the tile and drip off the edges.  Thus, with the painters’ tape underneath you can then just peel it off and the resin drips will come off also. If after 3 days of curing there are some rough spots along the edges you can sand them down with a fine sand paper.  It’s easy to do by hand and you don’t need special tools other than the sand paper.

For finishing touches you can just glue some felt to the bottom of the tile itself or get fancier with a frame.  I found a frame on Amazon that would hold a 6×6 tile and thought that would dress it up even more.  I got a bonus that the frame also came with a tile…so now I have another tile I can use in the future.  What a deal!!!

The finished product and matching coasters


$200 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $35 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 07/04/2021 for a chance to win. 

There’s MORE! What’s a hop without YOU?! We have included an Inlinkz at the Altenew blog for you to enter your gorgeous Altenew “Anything But A Card” creations. We will pick 2 of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate!

Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 07/06/2021.


Start at the beginning at Altenew Card Blog 

Before me is Helen Kalb 

You can continue on with the Blog Hop by going to Rosie Neustaedter 


Altenew Card Blog 

Terri Marie Koszler 

Neha Aggarwal 

Bridget Casey 

Tenia Nelson 

Nandini Karmarkar 

Teri Stokes 

Rachael Shedeed 

Fiona Duff 

Eva Bussom  

Nenette S. Madero 

Roteja Galvan 

Karen Brown 

Sandra Woodson 

Helen Kalb 

Penny Pynnonen 

Rosie Neustaedter 

Irina Fonina 

Rebecca Sogn  

Nancy Souza 

Virginia Lu 

Sure hope you enjoyed this and have a terrific day!


38 thoughts on ““Anything But A Card” Blog Hop and Link Party + Giveaway

  1. Eva Bussom June 28, 2021 / 10:11 am

    Beautiful coasters! Love the look of them!


  2. Betty June 28, 2021 / 10:28 am

    your trivet is gorgeous – and love how you were able to frame it!


  3. Nenette June 28, 2021 / 12:13 pm

    This is a great idea, Penny! Thanks for sharing your process.❤️

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  4. Liz O. June 28, 2021 / 12:43 pm

    Fabulous! Love all the variety of coasters but the tones you chose for the trivet are more my cup of tea 🤩 Thanks for the inspiration and video Penny!


  5. Kay Furnish June 28, 2021 / 12:48 pm

    Wow! I love your coasters! Years ago I made some, but mine didn’t turn out nearly as gorgeous as yours. I also appreciate that you included the quick little video because I’m more of a visual learner versus reading instruction! LOL Thanks so much for sharing this great technique with us.


    • Penny June 28, 2021 / 7:11 pm

      Ha, that little video almost didn’t happen…don’t do them often enough to remember how to do sometimes. I’m glad you liked it. You made the effort worth while


  6. joni52 June 28, 2021 / 1:02 pm

    What a fabulous gift idea, your coasters are gorgeous


  7. vickiedavis77 June 28, 2021 / 3:38 pm

    OH MY! Your coasters & trivet are totally awesome!


  8. Beverly Jordan June 28, 2021 / 5:38 pm

    All are such beautiful works of art!! Love your color depths especially!!


  9. Linda BL June 28, 2021 / 5:52 pm

    The trivet is beautiful! Looks so pretty up against the cobalt blue mug.


  10. roxanne tellini June 28, 2021 / 6:15 pm

    I love the way alcohol inks give such an organic look. These are wonderful coasters. Would heat on the trivet damage the resin?


    • Penny June 28, 2021 / 7:07 pm

      Thanks for the question:
      according to the website for this resin “This clear epoxy resin offers heat resistance, scratch resistance, FDA-compliant” It is Alumilite Amazing Clear Cast.


  11. Meghan Kennihan June 28, 2021 / 10:32 pm

    These are awesome coasters! What a great idea!


  12. Marisela Delgado June 29, 2021 / 1:38 am

    So beautiful!


  13. fondarush June 29, 2021 / 10:13 am

    Your tiles are very pretty!


  14. Lauryne Cunningham June 29, 2021 / 12:23 pm

    What a beautiful gift! I love this idea!


  15. Kelsey Thomas June 29, 2021 / 2:48 pm

    Those turned out awesome! 🙂


  16. Donna Walls June 29, 2021 / 7:49 pm

    I love playing with alcohol inks and the idea of making coasters and trivets is a great idea. All of yours are very pretty!


  17. Kathy Raker June 29, 2021 / 10:49 pm

    Beautiful coasters and trivet! Love all the colors. Thanks for sharing!


  18. Inkin' Chickie June 30, 2021 / 4:32 am

    Nice project share of the coasters. I like the idea to frame.


  19. Nicki Baxley June 30, 2021 / 9:44 am

    These look beautiful as coasters!


  20. dorothyayotte June 30, 2021 / 4:26 pm

    Gorgeous! I love them. Thanks for sharing your talent and process.


  21. Denise Bryant July 3, 2021 / 1:14 am

    Love these pretty coasters! Great project!


  22. Sadia Ashraf July 3, 2021 / 6:25 am

    Fabulous coloring!


  23. Cyndi Morris July 4, 2021 / 2:37 pm

    That trivet (and your coasters) are gorgeous! I love the alcohol ink coloring.


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