Sunday, February 16, 2014

Creative Cafe' "Tea for Two" Tea Bag holder

Hi Everyone!  We've had some fun projects and cards again this month's Creative Cafe' kit!
Today I'm sharing a fun way to share tea bag treat with someone -it's easy enough to add to any giftbag or package!  In fact this started out to be a tag, and it kind of 'morphed' off into this gift tag idea.
Here's a view of the front .... 

....and here's the back!
Onto the tutorial!  I've gathered up my supplies distress inks, sponge applicator, Goose Bumps, plastic stencil and my Traditions paper pad from the kit! 
 I first cut a Tag using my Tim Holtz large Sizzix tag die and to flipped it around die-cutting the bottom so I'd have the angled ends and hole on each end.
TIP: If you don't have die you can easily do this by cutting it 3" x 6" and angle cutting your corners and punching holes at each end.

I picked a solid yellow page w/ Red on the other side - but you can pick anyone of the amazing options from the Carta Bella Tradions paper pad.
Next I have a fun technique to try! To add some interest -I pulled out a new stencil found in The Rubber Cafe' store -that has fun random circles and distress shapes - a couple look like coffee or tea rings so thought this would just perfect! 
I used a disposable sponge and opening the Goose Bumps dipped my sponge in or you can also buy this with a dauber sponge end for an even easier application. Using my stencil I applied the goose bumps positioning it around my card. I definitely found this easier to control for this than using the spray applicator.  Once dry you will have a nice resist and tonal look like Versa Mark ink but does not require embossing powder so quicker! 
The bonus to this also is that the GooseBumps do not take long to dry so you'll be able to start applying your Distress inks very quickly.   I used Antique Linen and Tea Dye- starting with the lighter shade (Antique Linen)first I used my Applicator to go around and add some more depth of color to the outside.  Next I applied the (Tea Dye) darker distress ink - see how the images really start to pop off the surface?
For some added fun -I pulled out my Spritzer tool and created some additional splatters and splats with Vintage Photo distress marker you can control your outcome by the pressure you apply to the pressure ball on the tool.

Next I scored - at 2 7/8" and again at 3 1/8".  This will give you a 1/4" bottomin the center with just enough area to rest a teabag inside.

For the stamped portion of my tag- I'm using a paper piecing technique. I stamped the teapot where I wanted my final image to go - and stamped it again on a patterend piece of paper which gave me some cute flowers and leaves. 

Fussy cutting this out I popped it up on my gift-tag front.  I did ink the edges and the teapot itself, to give it even more depth- I also did'nt bother to cut out the handle but instead relied on the stamped teapot already in postion on my tag front.  For the teapot knob I used the clear gem chrystals from the kit and using a blue copic marker, colored it with blue.

Here's a closer look...  check out the little teabag tag hanging out of the lid of the pot!
Small spoons stamped with Memento Espresso ink are marching across the bottom on both the front and the bottom.

To finish it up - I created another tag that I stamped Tea Perk Up! It too has a shape similar to a teabag label -I tied it off with Blue Rayon ribbon from the kit- with the two ends folded up and tied together it forms the perfect pocket to hold your teabag, ready to attach to any gift bag or wrapped package- or share as is with a cube mate or office buddy.
Thanks for "steaping" by and keep checking back for more tea and coffee treats created by the Design team this month!
Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' kit -Tea for Two
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' kit -Tea for Two; Carta Bella Traditions pad
Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle; Distress Inks; Antique Linen, Tea Dye; Distress Marker Vintage Photo
Adhesives: Dimensional Pop-dots
Embellishments: Goose Bumps texture; Rayon ribbon; and clear gem stones found in the kit
Tools/Dies: TCW -"Well Rounded" Stencil ; Large Tag Sizzix die by Tim Holtz; SU Tag punches; Spritzer tool; foam brush and applicator

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