Friday, 27 January 2012

Taking Tea with Friends


My sweet friend Diane sent me the lovely Stampin' Up set, Tea Shoppe, for my birthday. She knows I'm a little tea-crazy, and I love my teapots, tea cups, tea mugs, and tea.


As soon as I saw the stamp set, I knew I needed to include it in our upcoming rubber stamping class. First, I needed a little inspiration, so I visited fellow SU demo Cindee Wilkinson's Just Sponge It blog. She had used markers to color directly onto the rubber teacup to create a multi-colored image.

I decided to do the same, but I found it was easier to use the Baja Breeze ink pad to entirely ink up the rubber first. I then used an eye makeup applicator sponge to remove ink from the areas of the flowers and leaves.

Then I took Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder markers and colored the flowers on the rubber. I also colored the leafy bits with Lucky Limeade. Once finished coloring, cut out the teacup.



If you are not familiar with coloring directly onto rubber, you can have a look at my Tea Shoppe tutorial.


How to build the card: 

You will want to use the SU scallop edge punch to create a strip of striped paper. Make sure the stripes are pointing down vertically.


This striped strip will be attached to the larger piece of green designer paper to create a nice background layer.


Now, attached a piece of Rich Razzleberry polka dotted ribbon on the seam between the striped strip and green paper. Adhere this to the folded square card.


Run the square purple designer paper through the Big Shot with a scallop frame; it should be about 3 1/2 inches square.

Create a little teabag tag by punching out a label or using an office supply tag like the one on my sample card. Use Perfect Plum ink on the small flower stamp in the Tea Shoppe set to add flowers to the tag; stamp on both sides. Use Lucky Limeade or Baja Breeze to ink up "You suit me to a tea," and stamp onto the tag.

Add pop up adhesives behind the tea cup image. Tuck the string of the tag behind the teacup, sticking it onto some of the adhesive, and then let the tag dangle over the top of the teacup.

Stick the cup onto the top of the scalloped square. You're done!