Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Vintage-inspired Tea Boutique projects

Stampin Up Cup of Tea Boutique

Stampin’ Up!® products are not just for cardmaking and my customers had asked if they could decorate a notebook at our all-day Craft-Tea Day Out on Saturday.

I aim to please so came up with this lovely vintage-inspired design using the Cup of Tea Bundle and Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper. I wanted to show the versatility of the Tea Boutique paper by highlighting the more subtle designs on the reverse.

Stampin Up Cup of Tea Boutique

I cut six cups from Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper, cutting some of them on the reverse so the handles weren’t all on the same side. If you do this, the slightly raised edges caused by the die will be on the front but you can easily flatten these down by smoothing with a bone folder.

All the cups are gently aged around the edges using a Blending Brush and some Crumb Cake ink.

They are mounted onto some vellum printed with fine text in white – this is from the Layering Designs pack which is gorgeous and extremely versatile.

I often use vellum on top of Designer Series Paper to soften the design. Here I have used it to add a little interest to the background without adding bulk.

The leaves are stamped using the Cup of Tea stamp set and Pear Pizzazz ink, although any pale green would work well, or even a different colour such as pale blue.
The vellum is mounted onto Petal Pink cardstock, which is also aged around the edges using Crumb Cake ink, and then onto Orchid Oasis, to provide a pop of a darker colour to frame it all and pick up the cups of the same colour. 
Stampin Up Cup of Tea Boutique
Around the front panel I wrapped some Petal Pink ribbon, joining at the back as I really don’t like to see ribbon stuck down. I doubled up the In Color Baker’s Twine to tie a bow around this. Using twine allowed me to add a bow without too much bulk. If a notebook is to be carried around, you don’t want a lot of bulky elements on the front as they can easily become dislodged. 
Stampin Up Cup of Tea Boutique
The little teabag tag, stamped with the Cup of Tea stamp set, is supposed to be tucked into one of the cups. Unfortunately, I forgot and stuck the cups down all the way round – but I always say “I make the mistakes so you don’t have to” and I was able to warn the ladies not to do the same as me. 
Stampin Up Cup of Tea Boutique
Finally, the project is embellished with flowers die-cut from Tea Boutique Designer Series Papers and pearls. Elements like this can enable you to echo a colour used elsewhere, providing much-needed balance. For instance, I have used a yellow flower at the bottom to pick up the yellow cup at the top. The Orchid Oasis, flower towards the top echoes the Orchid Oasis cups, and the Fresh Freesia flower picks up the cup of the same colour.
Stampin Up Cup of Tea Boutique
Staying with a vintage theme, we also made this little box for teabags. These Delicate Details Treat boxes are beautiful and so easy to make; they even come with their own adhesive.

I used a strip of Orchid Oasis cardstock and the same Petal Pink ribbon as on the notebook, topped with another cup die-cut from Tea Boutique Designer Series Papers using the Teacup Dies and aged with Crumb Cake ink. This time I remembered not to apply adhesive all the way round so I could tuck in the teabag. 
Stampin Up Cup of Tea Boutique

The Sweet Sorbet flowers were deliberately used to pick up the colour of the teabags themselves. The laser-cut Delicate Details Treat boxes will show your contents and I wanted to pick up the hint of red that showed through. However, I have lined the bottom half of the inside of the front using Pear Pizzazz cardstock, which is echoed in the Pear Pizzazz leaves. Only the front panel is laser-cut so you don’t have to worry about the other panels. 
Stampin Up Cup of Tea Boutique

I hope you like these vintage-inspired projects made with the Cup of Tea bundle and Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper. 
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