Thursday, May 31, 2018

Tea For Two

Since the Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's blog hop is going on right now, I decided to feature an old, but  beautiful digital stamp set from Graciellie Designs.  I love the elegance of this image and decided to try creating a card with somewhat of a vintage feel to it. BTW - all of Gracie's Etsy store is 50% this month, but you'd better hurry today's the last day of the sale!

To create this card I:
  • Inserted an image from the Cup of Tea digital stamp set into my word processor and changed the tones to brown
  • After printing, I colored the rose and stem with Prismacolor pencils
  • I die cut my image with Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders) and added some faux stitching around the edge with a Sharpie marker
  • I layered my image on a coffee stained doily

Here’s how I coffee stain my paper doilies
  1. Make a dish of strong coffee using: 1/2 cup water 2 – 3 Tablespoons instant coffee
  2. Carefully dip doilies in coffee and lay on an old towel
  3. Dry using a heat gun
  4. Using a small paintbrush, brush a bit more coffee onto the center of each dry doily to create a stained look
  5. Repeat drying process
  6. Iron (without steam) to flatten

 Next I:
  • stenciled a background on cream card stock using a Recollections stencil and Frayed Burlap/Tattered Rose Distress Oxide (Ranger)
  • I inked the edges in Frayed Burlap Oxide
  • In the center I added a dark brown strip of card stock punched on both sides with the Embroidery Deep Edge Punch (Martha Stewart)
  • For the sentiment, I inserted a saying from the Cup of Tea digital stamp set into Photoscape and clicked to turn it negative - next I changed the tones to brown and printed it on pink card stock
  • the tiny crinkle ribbon bow is created from Hug Snug seam binding and Walnut Stain distress oxide
  • three tiny pink pearls (Couture Creations) finish off this tea themed card

 This post linked to:
Coffee Lovers Spring + Summer Blog Hop
Little Red Wagon - Not Too Shabby
Frilly and Funkie - Layers of Lace
Tuesday Throwdown - Create Your Own Background


New Creations said...

Gorgeousness! Love the Monochromatic feel on it with a subtle stencilling work and awesome layers, I can smell the coffee!

~amy~ said...

Super pretty Ester. Lovely work with that image.

Karen Letchworth said...

This is so soft and romantic feeling, Esther. LOVE it! And thanks for the tea-stained doily tip.

Verna Angerhofer said...

So gorgeous and I love the distressed look.

MariLynn said...

Your card is one of my favorites from the hop. Love the coffee dyed doilies. It gives your car such a great vintage look.

Arianna Barbara said...

Awesome and elegant card! Wow!

Conniecrafter said...

Love the gorgeous rose on the tea cup, great vintage feel, neat idea to coffee stain the doily, great touch! Great softness with the stencil!

Billie A said...

Pretty card.

Lisa said...

This is beautiful ... that image.. the design and that doily! Thanks so much for the tutorial.. I do believe I"ll give this a try tomorrow!

Fikreta said...

its so very beautiful card.

JanR said...

Lovely card! I especially like that bow. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

sarascloset said...

Esther what a great coffee lover's card; I bet it even smells good to a coffee lover! I love your stenciled background and how you've colored that rose. And I'm delighted to see you've shared this with us at Frilly and Funkie in our Layers of Laces challenge! Hugs! said...

This is so sweet!!!

Terri Winske said...

What a stunning the vintage feel to it and the pretty colors in the cup! So glad you joined our create your own background challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!

Cec said...

What a sweet card. Love the vintage image and that fabulous lacy die cut strip in the background. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

SewPaperPaint said...

I just love these caramel colors and your stained doilies. I often take the used coffee filters from work and rinse and dry them to die cut later. Fun stuff! Thank you so much for sharing in our Layers of Lace challenge at Frilly and Funkie. Big hugs, Autumn

SewPaperPaint said...

Oh Esther, I couldn't be happier that you won the loot at F&F this week! I hope you have fun shopping. You are so kindhearted and dear to me and I'm thrilled that you were blessed this way. <3 Big hugs, Autumn

sarascloset said...

Me, too! Yippee! Have fun SHOPPING!