When I was a little girl visiting our grandparents was a real treat. We didn’t always have a car so it didn’t happen as much as any of us would have liked. When we did go I remember being reminded about manners and acceptable behaviour. Not that we needed reminding, the way our grandparents behaved and spoke was reminder enough. When Grandma would offer us a plate of biscuits we only took one, and had to be persuaded to take a second. Mum always mentioned that Grandma was never asked “how many can we have?” Grandma always made a pot of tea served in fine china cups with saucers. Being on my best behaviour I took what I was offered. To this day she’s the only person I’ve ever done this for. Love is drinking the tea!
The teacup image from the Tea Together Stamp Set reminded me of Grandma’s china. A pretty delicate pattern on the outside and brilliant white inside. There were no mugs at Grandma’s house.
I began my project by stamping the teacup image onto a piece of Whisper White Card using StazOn Jet Black ink. Then I coloured in the image using my Watercolor Pencils and a barely damp Aqua Painter. The colours I chose were Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive. Then on the saucer I added a tiny bit of Basic Gray just to add a little shadow beneath the cup.
Next I took a Full-Adhesive Post-It® Note and cut out the cup shape using my Big Shot and the coordinating die from the Tea Time Framelits. I placed the Post-It Note cup over the image and then used some Stampin’ Sponge to colour the rest of the piece with Coastal Cabana ink.
I decided to keep the card fairly simple and started by cutting and scoring some Calypso Coral Card. Then I folded the card along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create the card base.
Onto that I then fixed a piece from the Tea Room 12″ x 12″ Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
I used more liquid glue to add a narrow strip of the same DSP to a layer of Very Vanilla Card. Then I attached it to the inside of the card base.
Next I attached the teacup layer to a piece of Calypso Coral Card. Then I wrapped some Very Vanilla Solid Baker’s Twine twice around the layers and tied it in a bow. The assembled piece was then added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Finally I used StazOn Jet Black ink to stamp the ‘love is a warm cup of tea’ sentiment onto some Very Vanilla Card. I punched out the sentiment using a 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, and then punched a piece of Calypso Coral Card with a 1-1/2″ Circle Punch. The two pieces were fixed together with liquid glue and then attached to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
THE LINED ENVELOPE
All that was left was the envelope and I decided that today I would add a coordinating liner to it.
I took a 5-5/8″ x 6″ piece of the Tea Room Specialty DSP and placed it onto a cutting plate on top of the Magnetic Platform. Then I placed the U-shaped die from the Beautiful Layers Thinlits at the top of one of the 5-5/8″ edges, making sure it was centred. I placed another cutting plate on top and then ran it through the Big Shot.
With the die-cutting done, all I needed to do was use Paper Snips to cut into the left and right edge to remove the waste portion of the DSP.
I took a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope, slid the envelope liner inside and folded over the envelope flap. I then used a Bone Folder to sharpen the crease on the envelope and the liner.
Next I lifted up the envelope flap and applied a little liquid glue just to the back of the liner flap. I folded the envelope flap back down and pressed firmly. Now when I opened the envelope the liner was securely attached and my project was complete.
Love is… being able to coordinate the inside and envelopes with the rest of my projects. Whether that’s with a stamped image, sponging or the addition of DSP.
Love is… getting the Tea Time Framelits for free as a Sale-A-Bration choice with a recent order.
Love is… a hot cup of coffee!
BUNDLE BONUS – I purchased the Beautiful Layers Thinlits (containing the envelope liner die) as part of a bundle with the Beautiful Promenade Stamp Set. I didn’t use the stamp set on my project today, but if you do want the stamps and dies you’ll save 10% if you order them using the special bundle item number. For this reason you’ll find I’ve included a link to the bundle in my product list.
To choose the Tea Time Framelits as a free Sale-A-Bration item, you will first need to place an order of $120 CAD before shipping and taxes. Then during the checkout process you will be asked to enter your Sale-A-Bration choices. I’ve listed the dies at the end of the product list to remind you. These dies will also become available for purchase once the Stampin’ Up! 2019/2020 Annual Catalogue launches on June 3rd.