One Saturday morning, I prepared a hot cup of tea and went to my stamping room to figure out what project I would complete next. I looked at my stamping supplies. I looked at my fresh, hot tea. I looked at my stamping supplies. I looked at the discarded teabag. I looked at my stamping supplies. I looked at…well, you get the picture. Once the tea bag from my tea had cooled (but was still moist), I tapped it all over a piece of Very Vanilla card stock (the primary background of this card). The resulting tea stain looked horrible! What a bad idea! The paper warped into a curled-up mess, and the tea stain was ugly. Once it dried, though, the remaining stain had a gorgeous marbled effect. The paper straightened out a bit and was again easy to work with. I trimmed it, smoothed the corners and slapped it on some card stock with some Sticky Strip. Here’s a closeup of the background paper:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders:
- There are no limits to those punches and framelits. The sentiment “Tea for two…” fits nicely in the Apothecary Accents Framelits die. One stamp, one die cut. Done. I outlined the die cut sentiment with an Early Espresso cut of the same framelit and a sideways turned framelit from the same set. I played with a bunch of punched out images before I landed on this combination. Glad I played around.
- Don’t be afraid to limit your color choices. I love the warm, rich colors of this card – Soft Suede, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla. That’s pretty much it. No need to always add pops of other colors. For this project, I just let the card speak for itself.
- Play with card shapes and sizes. For years, I only made standard-sized cards. Why would you ever make something different? As of late, I have really played with the shapes and sizes because I know I can make the coordinating envelope. Switch things up! Throw yourself a curve ball.
Stamp sets: Tea Shoppe Inks: Early Espresso Papers: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla Accessories: 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Scallop Square Bigz Clear, 3/16″ Corner punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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