Tea Cup Stacks

Susan Robinson
September 27, 2020


Not sure about you, but I’m nearly over this theme. I do have 2 more posts to go though, so to sweeten the deal, I will post my favourite ‘Date and Ginger’ cake recipe tomorrow. What’s tea without cake?

Distress Stain sprays ‘Brushed Pewter’ and ‘Pumice Stone’ were used to create this background, but I was a bit over enthusiastic with the metallic I think (they’re notoriously hard to stamp over). That’s why I chose to silver emboss the wording, but then I had to edge it with a very fine black pen in places to make it stand out.

I stamped the jungle print in ‘Coffee’ Archival ink across the bottom of my card to replicate a tablecloth, then stamped it again onto my bottom cup. I sponged the top and bottom cups with ‘Antique Linen’ Distress ink, and sponged ‘Vintage Photo’ over the middle cup and also the saucer. In case you’re wondering, that funny thing on the right is a sugar cube! I hand drew it onto supersheet (2-sided sticker paper), poured crystal glitter over it, and Magic Mounted it into place. Just felt it needed a little something to fill that space. Hope the rest is self explanatory.

stamps: ‘Scrapcosy’ set ESC16 by ElecTica/Paper Artsy; Botanical Tea set ICO296 by Graphic 45/Hampton Art; ‘Exotic Jungle’ 3565F by Stamp-it


Bonus buy below, haha. Popped this little paper collage stack of tea cups card onto the bottom of this post, as I am really ready to move onto another subject matter, but didn’t want it to go to waste.

stamp: ‘Time for Tea’ 547 by Crafty Individuals


Time for Tea?

Susan Robinson
September 7, 2020


Time for tea? Rhetorical question really.

I bought a new stamp set called “Scrapcosy” ESC16 – EclecTica from PaperArtsy and have been having a play. I mainly bought it for the background wording, which I just love! I will be using this same set for a few more cards to come.

For the background, I smeared some shimmer Texture Paste through Tim Holtz ‘Gothic’ stencil onto white card. Set aside. When dry, I sprayed ‘Old Paper’ Distress Stain & ‘Tawny Turquoise’ Moon Shadow Mist (by Lindy’s Stamp Gang) over. I just love this Mist – it leaves gorgeous shimmery splashes of turquoise where the ink pools. Hard to photograph though as you have to turn the card to catch the light. The paste will slightly repel the inks, so respray for a deeper colour if desired, drying the card between sprays. The background I used for my card was one I had done previously so didn’t have photos of the process. When I went to replicate it, discovered my shimmer paste had dried up (doh!), so I substituted normal mat white texture paste for these photos and just ran a silver pigment pad over the raised section of design at the end to simulate the original.

Stamp collage tea wording with brown Archival ink pad onto dry background.

Stamp cup with saucer twice onto white card. I sponged ‘Old Paper’ and ‘Tumbled Glass’ Distress inks over, and used a blue pencil to colour handle and for shading. Cut out as shown (you only need 1 saucer).

Create tag by stamping ‘tea’, sponging with sepia ink, cutting to size, then attach length of string with copper spiral paperclip.

Run glue pen around lip of cup, saucer and top of handle. When tacky dry, lay copper foil over.

Magic Mount the single cup over the other, securing the loose end of string between. Position cup and tag on card and tape in place. Cut out small teaspoon in copper paper and glue, securing string loop as well.

There are 2 postal stamps as part of the ‘Scrapcosy’ set, but felt they didn’t work for this card, so made my own. I have some blank perforated stamp sheets I bought years ago. I placed a mask made of clear film over single section I wanted to work on, then sponged inks over it to colour. Then I stamped a selection of tiny words and images in black and maroon inks to create my ‘postal stamp’. After gently tearing it out of the sheet, I matted it onto a dark brown card and glued onto main card. After looking at it for a while, I decided it wasn’t grungy enough, so added another postal mark stamp over the top in sepia.