Sunday, 10 August 2014

Tea Time Cards

Hello all!  Alison (butterfly) here with some more flowery cards - yes, cards!  This time rather than blues and greens, we're living in neutrals land with kraft card and tea/coffee stained tags.


I soaked my manila tags in a mixture of tea and coffee, and then did my stamping in Sepia Archival ink.  I stamped a medium tag and a tiny matching one with each stamp, and then inked and spritzed and flicked them.


There wasn't a fixed plan at this point... maybe cards and matching gift tags?

The flowers come from various Katy Leitch sets...








I did like the earthy kraft card bases on my simple watercolour cards a few weeks back, so I decided to go that way again.  And I can never resist book pages, torn and inked, layered into the look.


I used the Tim Holtz Simple Sayings to create my greetings.  I stamped them onto a page from the same book, so that they would match.


They're backed onto more kraft card to make them a little more sturdy,


and mounted on padded tape for a pop of dimension.


Rustic twine through the top of the tags adds extra texture and dimension too.  I added lots of delicate splatter...


...and some stencilling through the Tim Holtz Lattice Layering Stencil.


And in the end, I decided the tiny tags would be quite cool inside the cards...


... so you get an immediate echo when you open the card to read the greeting.


So, some more simple cards for you - this is starting to become a habit!  I hope you like them.


There's still plenty of time to come along and play in our Anything Goes August Challenge - no need to use Artistic Stamper stamps, but if you do you get two entries into the prize draw - hope to see you there!  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Ingredients used:
Artistic Stamps - various Katy Leitch sets: Encyclopaedia Botanica, Botanical 2, Jumbo Flowering Branch, Jumbo Bouvardia
Tim Holtz Simple Sayings - the Hashtags would also work really well
Kraft Card
Manila Tags
Book Pages
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils - Lattice
Twine
Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs
Archival Ink - Sepia
Padded Tape

34 comments:

massofhair said...

Stunning cards very CAS in design yet so vintage in colour, love them!

Would have used the smaller tag to add a name/address to the envelope but like your idea very much.

Fab inspiration TY:-) xxx

scrappymo! said...

Wonderful note cards. I am loving that sepia ink...have not seen that before. I like your design and love the tip about cutting the labels from the same paper in the book.

Marci said...

Lovely cards!

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Love the crafty cards, Alison. Love the idea to use tags inside and outside... very new

Helen said...

I love them, gorgeous colours that you achieved from your tea/coffee mix and I love the stamping.

Amanda said...

Lovely neutral coloured looking cards, what a beautiful set.
Love
Amanda x

Nikki Acton said...

Great set if cards, fit for any occasion. Love all the neutrality and splatters! You say simple, but lots of technique and very effective. Nikki x

sally said...

Great CaS cards!

Sally

Deborah Wainwright said...

Love these Alison great set of cards. Love the colours and all the different techniques you have used. Great idea for the little tag inside xx

Sue C said...

Fabulous set of cards Alison. Love the sepia tones you've created. Sue C x

May said...

Hi Alison, I adore your Fabulous cards, Love the images & how you have used the Tea & Coffee stained tags...Beautiful work... Hugs May x x

rachel said...

beautiful neutrals - love these Alison xx

Paper Profusion said...

These are gorgeous Alison. Apparently 'simple' yet wonderful achievement of depth. Love the colours too. Nicola x

Anneke said...

Alison these look just gorgeous. So vintage. They really look old. Thanks for explaning how you made these beautiful cards. Anneke.

Dee Adams said...

What a lovely set of cards , love the use of both the tag on the front of the card and the tag on the inside.. Dee x

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

sooooooo beautiful, love them all.

Nan G said...

love your version of CAS, Alison! they're gorgeous!

Dorthe said...

They are so very beautiful, dear Alison, so love the sepia look, and beautiful flower stamps, and love you uses old papers to stamp on !!
Hugs,Dorthe

Kay Wallace said...

Love your "tag team" cards, Alison! Kraft paper is always a go-to start for my cards, as I love vintage anything--especially your cards!

Shari Trumbull said...

Simple--You? Never-Alison! Your cards are Fantagulous!! Love the effort you go through to actually dye your papers with tea/coffee! I used to do that, but got lazy once I got my Distress Inks ;) :) This set of cards are wonderful and would make such a nice little stationery gift! Wonderful stamp images and love those little tags you added inside each card! That's why you're so AWESOME!! XOXO-Shari T.

Ruth said...

Love the smaller tag and the brown tones are perfect. Beautiful...as always! Ruth x

Astrid Maclean said...

Gorgeous set Alison, love the sepia colour tones and the little tags on the inside is a great idea!

Juliz Design Post said...

Lovely cards with an amazing vintage look.
Julie x

Annie said...

beautiful cards Alison............those stamps are on my wishlist

TFS and best wishes

Annie x

Sid said...

Loving your cards, they look so natural !!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Bloomin' gorgeous! Those sepia tones are so right with these stamps. Love the little echo inside the card! Chrisx

isisimaginings.com said...

Beautiful vintage-y cards! I love the little tags on the insides too.

Redanne said...

The sepia archival looks wonderful on your tea and coffee soaked card, the stamp designs are beautiful and I love the little tag inside idea. Beautiful work!

Dianne said...

Master pieces all 4 of them, full stop...

Sandy said...

Beautifully done ALISON but that is why they pay you the big bucks. Honestly Alison the are all smashing!
I hope you are doing well kid - it I has been a busy summer for me.
Sandy xx

Candy C said...

As always, Alison...gorgeous work! <3 Candy

cathylynn said...

Wowzers these are fabulous!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Terry said...

Such a lovely earthy feeling in this gorgeous collection, Alison. I love the tag/card combo! Hugs!

Kezzy said...

Wow super gorgeous cards, loving the neutrals and the tags are look awesome. Happy Creating ☺ Kezzy xxx