Sweet Tea

The Spring & Summer Coffee Loving Cardmakers hop started today, and I’m really happy to be able to participate in it. It’s a really fun hop with lots of prizes. I first found the hop at the end of last year during the winter hop, and I made a few cards to join in and play along. I hope I will be able to do so this time, too.

For this card I am using one of the freebie images that has been offered along the hop. Super Sponsor a2z Scrapbooking offered this freebie Sweet Tea stamp from Sugartree Stamps. I arranged the digi image and accompanying sentiment, then printed them onto some alcohol marker friendly paper.

I coloured my image with Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers. I started by colouring the sweet tea itself. I wanted a kind of ombre look, as the reference photos I found showed sweet tea being darker towards the bottom and yellow towards the top. I had to go back and forth a few times with my colours to get the blending to work, but managed it eventually.

I used some of the same yellows I’d used in my tea to colour my lemon, then bought in a very light blue to add some colour and dimension to the glass. I used a different light blue to colour the stripes on the straw, and bought in some grey to add a little shading to the white portions of the straw. Finally I added some grounding below the image using some very pale yellow.

I added some detail and shine to the image using my white gel pen. I added shine lines to the glass of the jar as well as to the ice cubes. I also added some dots of texture to the lemon with the gel pen. Then I used my Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen and added some sparkle to the ice cubes.

I wanted to add a little more detail to the card, but didn’t want it to detract from the image so I kept it very subtle. I used the large cluster of hearts from CAS-ual Fridays Calm and Loving stamp set and stamped it with Simon Says Stamp Spring Rain ink, using second generation stamping. I stamped in three different places, and masked off the image to make sure the hearts would only be in the background.

I’m very happy with how this card turned out. The hearts in the background are very subtle but I think they do finish off the card nicely. I struggled a bit with getting the coloured right, and I’m not sure that I got the lines of light quite right… But it turned out well enough anyway.


Lady Joyful

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Spring & Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop – Spring/Summer + Coffee/Tea/etc

Crafty Gals Corner – Anything Goes

Digi Choosday – Anything Goes

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Summer

The House That Stamps Built – Anything Goes

The Paper Shelter – Digital Image

66 thoughts on “Sweet Tea

  1. This is so much fun! I really like the image and sentiment. Reminds me of when I lived in the South and ALL tea was sweet tea. 😉

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  2. I love the image! I’m not a sweet tea person- I’m on the other side. LOL. Your card is a good reminder that I need to make another pickle jar full of sun tea. Today is a great day to do it! 🙂

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  3. Stunning card,great colors and aawesome design…thank you for joining us at DIGI CHOOSDAY CHALLENGE this week,hope to see you again
    Željka DT xx

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  4. What a beautiful project! I love it! Thank you so much for joining us in our ATG challenge at Crafty Gals Corner. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

    Judy Crafty Gals Corner DT
    Don’t Mess With Me, I’m Scrappy {My Blog}

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