Father’s Day Hot Rod

Susan Robinson
August 31, 2017


With Father’s Day nearly upon us, thought I’d better post something manly. My poor old Dad has had dementia for many years now and we have finally put him into a home as my mother has been struggling to care for him on her own.  Luckily we found a lovely place that is very close, so I can pop over regularly to see him. He is past the stage of needing gifts bought for him, but he does always LOVE getting a card, especially home-made ones.

This design is very simple, so I stamped it onto an opened out teabag to add some interest to the background. Also my Dad is originally from England and likes a ‘cuppa’ tea, so I thought it appropriate.

stamp: Penny Black set ‘Hot Rod!’ 40-224


Japanese Tea

Susan Robinson
May 23, 2017


Teabag cards are quite addictive, and I do drink a lot of tea. I replaced the teabag tab on this one with a circular seal which I made by stamping into molten black UTEE then smudging some gold rub-on over to highlight the pattern. I coloured her dress in with watercolour pencils and painted White Opal Liquid Pearls over her paddle board. The patterned paper is from Daisy D and I used a piece of cork as my middle layer to add texture and give it an earthy look.



stamps: The Japanese Lady (I’m assuming she is Japanese, apologies if that is incorrect) I bought in Honolulu from Stamp Plantation; Asiaglphs #3 L499H & Seal both by Penny Black.

broke a bit off the seal, doh!


Inky Teabag

September 20, 2016


20160825_192621stamp: Elegant Stems C8412 by Stampington

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Wild Honey, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves Distress Stain Sprays

papers: Ivory Matt Card; Brick & Gecko Bazzill Cards

accessories: Buttercup Liquid Pearls; Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls; Copper Swirl Paperclip; Coloured Rhinestones

adhesives: Glue Stick; Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Circle Punch; Paintbrushes; Heatgun; Sponging Block; Water Spritzer


  1. Dry your teabag. I opened this one right out to empty, then ironed it flat.
  2. Spritz teabag lightly with water, then your Distress inks. The water will help the inks blend together. Dry with heatgun or set aside to dry naturally. 20160822_192734
  3. Stamp your Stem collage onto your teabag in black Archival ink. Pick up some Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl powder with dry paintbrush and brush over mesh design of stamped image on teabag. 20160822_191345
  4. Stamp image again onto ivory card. Tear along bottom and right hand side of ivory card and sponge the edges with sepia ink using sponging block. Attach to brick (reddish) layer, then onto folded green backing card with two-sided tape.
  5. Stamp postal mark only onto scrap of ivory card.  Cut out postal mark with circle punch. Sponge edges with sepia ink. Put square of Magic Mount beneath it and set aside.
  6. Squirt some Buttercup Liquid Pearl out, pick up with fine paintbrush and apply to flower heads. Affix coloured rhinestones to base of flowers. Set aside to dry. 20160822_19302420160822_193103
  7. Apply glue stick to back of teabag, then lift gently into place over same image on ivory card, lining them up carefully. The teabag material will not be completely flat so it can be a little tricky, but try to get the sides of the teabag lined up with the edges of the card as much as you can. 20160822_195024
  8. Fix circular postal mark into position. Secure teabag tag to top of card with spiral paperclip. 20160825_192621




Blue Night Teabag



20160814_221537stamps: Birds in the Trees D1365 by Memory Box; Sun 2953C by Penny Black; Live Inspired DD960A by Unity Stamp Co

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Clear Versamark Pad; Antique Linen Distress Pad; Denim Adirondack Pad; Tumbled Glass Distress Stain; London Blue Dylusion Spray

papers: White Matt Card; Mid-brown Prismatic & Fawn Bazzill Cards

accessories: Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls; Silver Alcohol Ink; Teabag (used)

adhesives: Glue Stick, Two-sided Tape, Magic Mount

tools: Sponging Block; Water Spritzer; old Toothbrush; Heatgun (optional)


  1. Dry, empty and iron your teabag. Stamp birds in trees onto teabag in black ink. Stamp them again in the middle of white card.  Dab Tumbled Glass Distress Stain over both to colour. Set teabag aside to dry. Continue colouring white card by spraying London Blue Dylusions ink above the lighter blue. Spritz with water a little to blend. Set aside to dry or speed up process with heatgun.20160814_21274120160814_213050
  2. Sponge white card with Antique Linen Distress ink until all white is covered. Sponge all edges with sepia ink.
  3. Glue stick back of teabag and position on main card, lining up tree branches. Stamp sun (moon) in clear Versamark pad across both. Pick up some gold Perfect Pearls with a dry paintbrush and brush over moon to colour.20160814_21324720160814_215735
  4. Sponge denim ink across top of card to darken night sky. Give silver Alcohol ink bottle a good shake. Tip very small quantity onto tip of old toothbrush and flick with thumb over night sky to create stars.20160814_221427
  5. Stamp ‘live inspired’ wording in black ink vertically alongside outside edge of teabag.
  6. Attach finished card onto mid-brown matting, then folded fawn backing card. Put a square of Magic Mount onto back of teabag label and attach at base of card.

Bike Teabag

September 17, 2016




With this weather being so cold the last few months, I have found myself drinking lots of tea. Rather than throw away my teabags, I have re-cycled them into cards. Something a little different and quirky.

  1. When the teabag is dry, empty it out. Depending on the shape of the bag, I either tear across the top under the staple or open out completely. Each one will be a bit different. I deliberately don’t try to be neat, as I think the torn edges and stains add character to the overall design.
  2. Iron your teabag. This makes it easier to stamp onto. I placed my iron directly onto the bag on medium heat. The bags are quite hardy and (obviously) can take a bit of heat and also water. This particular bag was quite dark so decided to use it for a man’s card.


stamps: Bike from World’s Fair ICO347 by Graphic 45; Leaf Swirl 3968G by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Clear Versamark Pad; Bronze Perfect Pearl Mists

papers: Walnut & Pinecone Bazzill Cards; Copper Shimmer Card

accessories: Mini Gears #98847 Memory Box die; Copper Embossing Powder; Earl Grey teabag (used)

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Heatgun; Big Shot Machine


1.Stamp leaf swirl across top of lighter brown card in black ink. Stamp man on bike image below it (doesn’t matter if left side is not perfect as it will be covered by teabag). Stamp man on bike with wording onto teabag. 20160815_174515





2. Fix teabag into place over main image. Because this particular teabag was so dark, I used two-sided tape, knowing it wouldn’t show through. 20160815_174842Put square of Magic Mount onto tag of teabag and secure in position.

3. Apply Clear ink from Versamark pad direct to edges of light brown card. Pour copper embossing powder over while still wet, then heatset using heatgun. Do all 4 sides. 20160816_134543

4. Lightly spritz base of card with Bronze Perfect Pearl Mists. Attach to folded dark brown backing card20160816_134047.

5. Cut out mini gears die twice in  copper shimmer card using Big Shot machine. Randomly ink gears with black ink. Use liquid glue to attach them onto card where desired.



Teabag Art

August 13, 2016


My first attempt at teabag art. It’s not that hard, so have a go! Worse thing that can happen is you stuff it up. Keep calm, throw it out, and make yourself another cup of tea 🙂

NOTE: if you go to my facebook page, you can see a slideshow of some other cards I have made with teabags. This will also be the theme of my first monthly “Coffee Club” group starting in September (see page on ‘Classes’ for details).

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1. Firstly drink your cuppa tea

2. Save your tea bagteabags closed 1

3. Dry them out (this may take a few days depending on the climate)

4. Empty teabag (by cutting or tearing a hole at the back depending on the shape of bag. You’ll find some tea leaves want to linger)teabags open

5. Iron your teabag (I placed my iron directly onto them, but you may prefer to place the teabag within the fold of a hanky or tea towel, or between two pieces of paper)

6. Stamp and colour your teabag. The paper of the teabag is designed to take water, so is easy to work with. I used Distress markers and a waterbrush to colour fuchsias and hummingbird, than added touches of Liquid Pearls to highlight. Assemble rest of card.


stamps used: Fuchsia G-2007 by PSX; A Cup of Tea ICO296 by Graphic 45