Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Tea Stained

 I decided to try my hand at tea staining my paper.  After making my tea I took my used bags and squeezed the water out of them and then smooshed my paper into the mixture and let it set to dry.  I used one of the tea bags to cut out my doily die to go behind the stamped flowers.  

I used the same ink that I used to stamp the flower and added a little water to it and used that to splatter the background.  I distressed the edges of my tea stained background and then added some walnut stain distress ink to go around the edges. I don't know if you can see them but I used little gold glitter stickers on the background too.

  • Deep Red - Wildflower bunch stamp
  • Distress ink - Faded Jeans and Walnut stain
  • Tea stained background w/ faded jeans ink splatters
  • Prima - 8 point doily die, cut from used tea bags
  • Starform - Glitter gold stickers
  • Simon Says birthday sentiment

I am sharing my card today with the Sisterhood of Crafters challenge which is make your own background.

We managed to get close to 3 inches of snow, and it stayed cold so we still have it, and looks like it may be around for a little while as our temps barely get above freezing tomorrow.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today, 



aussie aNNie said...

Love love love this and gosh I need to try this technique. Brilliant. xx

aussie aNNie said...

Stunning project, BRILLIANT design.. Thank you so much for entering your gorgeous project into our "MAKE YOUR OWN BACKGROUND" challenge atThe sisterhood of crafters this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Cheers, aNNie DT Member{My Blog}

Kim said...

The technique using the teabags is fabulous. Love those blue and white flowers.

Esther Asbury said...

I've never tried tea staining, but I have done coffee staining. Your results are so beautiful, and I love the bright pop of blue in your flowers. Gorgeous card!

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

This gives such a nice vintage look. Great job with the tea dye.. :)

April said...

I love the tea stained paper. This is very vintage looking. The blue color just pops off the card!

Birgit said...

What a lovely vintage style card. This is beautiful Connie! We've gotten the same snow and cold weather here in Maine. Stay snug and warm my friend!

Em Louise Fairley said...

So pretty xoxo

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Lowcarb team member said...

What a good idea to use the tea bags.
I think your card looks great.

All the best Jan

Louca por porcelana said...

Pretty card!Have a lovely weekend!

Debbie said...

i have always wondered about this technique and how exactly it worked, now i know. it is really beautiful connie, gosh, you put so much thought into these cards!! i can see the gold glitter stickers!!

Darlene said...

Well done!! You did a great job with your tea staining ... your background looks awesome! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

Please stop in for a visit!

P.S. Stay warm! We are to get a big snow storm over the next few days ... guess you know what I'll be going while it snowing LOL. Yep ... crafting!

Leslie Miller said...

Oooh, your delft blue flowers are so pretty against the tea-stained background! Fabulous work on this, Connie. You're so good about trying different techniques. I've been seeing the snow your way on the news. It's cold and wet here, but no snow.

Donna Phelan said...

So beautiful, I get such a lovely Vintage Vibe! I adore that tea stained doily die cut, makes for a pretty shadow under your glorious floral bouquet! The perfect birthday card!