Friday, February 28, 2014

Friendship Warms the Soul: Creative Cafe' Tea for Two

Hello everyone!  Laura here to beat the "winter blahs" with a little soul warming craft time!  You've heard of comfort food, well this is "comfort crafting" at it's best using The Rubber Cafe' Tea for Two Kit of the Month

So sweet all bundled up and ready to share a cup of tea with a friend!

Base:  Brown cardstock 41/4" by 51/2"

First Layer:  Light blue solid from 6x6 pad 4"x 5 1/4"

2nd  Layer:  Blue Swiss Dot cardstock 2"x 4" adhered about 1/4" from
                    the bottom of the light blue, using Scrap Happy Glue 

Center Panel: Brown cardstock 3"x4" base, then the blue patterned paper
                      cut 3/4"x3 3/4" adhere to the brown piece, then this was 
                      adhered to the center of the card. 
The Corner Banner:
Cut a 1/4"x 1 3/4" piece of the light blue cardstock (from the background) and create a "V" to form a banner shape.  Stamped with two spoons in Rich Cocoa Memento Ink, and adhere it onto a 1"x 1 1/8" piece of blue dot cardstock and adhered to the upper right corner.  Bling was added along the top edge of the banner.

For the Girl:
The girl image was stamped on white cardstock in Rich Cocoa Memento ink, and colored in using Copic Markers.  Then I inked around her with a mix of Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  It was layered onto a brown cardstock scalloped circle frame then adhered slightly off to the left of the center rectangle on the card. 

Here are pictures of how I added the Distress Ink (I took a picture without the image so the process was easier to see):

The die cut cardstock circle is left in the die, then inked around the edges with distress ink:

It gives you a soft look around your stamped image, and still leaves the white frame to make the image pop

Here is a close up with the inked "framed" image:

For the Teapot:
The teacup is stamped on white cardstock with Weathered Wood Distress Ink, with the "Tea for Two" sentiment stamped directly on top using the Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  The image was punched out using a 1 1/4" circle punch, and the edges inked, and adhered to a 1 1/2" circle of brown cardstock.  Finally this piece is popped up with dimensional adhesive to the chipboard teapot.  The teapot was stamped on a darker blue paper in the 6x6 pad, fussy cut out, and adhered using Scrap Happy Glue.  A few bling were added to finish it.

I have a little secret tip to share about using the lace and tying the seam binding ribbon and bow.  I used a 1" x 4" piece of the blue dot cardstock and glued a 4" section of the lace to it using a few dots of Scrap Happy Glue down the center.  It will look like this:

This makes it easier to add seam binding, and avoids the bulk of lace being tucked behind your card.

TIP: I don't tie a piece of seam binding around the cardstock using a bow.  I glue down about a 5" length around the piece you see above, and then add the bow AFTER as you can see here:

This means I can slide the bow I tie using this piece from side to side on the base ribbon until I get the position I want....I started doing this after I was tired of re-tying bows over and over (a perfectionist at

This ribbon strip was glued about 1/2" from the bottom of the pattered paper, and then I glued the teapot on the right side directly onto the ribbon.

Here's a final close up of the teapot and bow:

Thanks for stoppin' by the cafe' today!  Hope you're inspired to start your own "comfort crafting"!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'- Creative Cafe' Kit-Tea for Two
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'- Creative Cafe' Kit-Tea for Two
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Distress Ink-Vintage Photo; Walnut Stain; Weathered Wood; Copic Markers -B95; B97; E31; E37; E50; E53; Blender
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue; dimensional foam tape
Embellishments: Bazzill gems, lace trim, chipboard teapot- all from the kit
Tools/Dies: Spellbinders- Classic Circle and Classic Scalloped Circles; 1 1/4", 1 1/2" circle punches


Karen T said...

love your chipboard teapot and it's layers!

Unknown said...

Beautiful card - love the coloring.... Also like how you outlined the instructions! Fabulous!

Kristine Reynolds said...

so cute! I love all the layers and details!