Hi friends, how about another tea-themed card?  This is the second of three cards that I made for a tea-themed challenge (details below) and I am really loving how these backgrounds turned out.  Maybe I just need to spray my walls with tea and be in tea-stained heaven haha. But anyway on with the card…

The Process

I started off thinking about making backgrounds with actual tea, so I brewed some really strong tea using three tea bags and left it to cool.  When it was cool, I put it in a spray bottle and went to town on some watercolour paper.  Because I was enjoying this so much, I ended up with four backgrounds, so instead of making one card like I planned, I ended up making three cards.  This is the second card, I had this frame left over from another project and decided to use it on this card.  I actually didn’t want to use black but I kept coming back to it, so I decided it was meant to be.  But it was cut in plain black cardstock so I decided to heat emboss it with Wow Black Glint embossing powder.  I stamped these cups and saucers from Altenew’s Vintage Teacup set onto watercolour paper and watercoloured them using Distress Inks and then when they were dry, I stamped the pattern in gold Delicata ink.  There is a matching die for this stamp set but I don’t have it so I fussy cut around the cups and saucers.  Then I started playing around with placement on the card.  I had been thinking about this tea challenge for a while and had started to collect some of the Twinings tags off the teabags and also the boxes, and decided to use a couple of the gold tags on this card – they say “Twinings, enjoy me” on them.  Then I took an unused teabag and stamped the sentiment on it, before attaching everything to the watercoloured background.   I edged the card with Ground Espresso Archival Ink, and mounted it on a kraft card base, made from Gina K Sandy Beach cardstock, which is actually not really kraft but a little bit lighter, and matched the card better – you can see it around the edges of the watercolour panel.


Here’s a close up of the teabag and tag


And other close up of the cups.


This would make a great card to send to a tea-loving friend, perhaps with a box of tea!



The Inspiration

This is about the August Challenge on A Vintage Journey which is titled A Cup of Tea for Your Art.  Honestly, you had me at tea.

And because of the colours and what I ended up doing with the cards I made, I think this card also fits in Finnabair’s Art Daily Cafe Mood Board for July which is still open and entitled Mail Art, and these tea-stained colours fit perfectly.

finnabair art daily mood board july 2019 mail art



Distress Archival Ink – Ground Espresso, Black Soot
Watercolour paper


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