This card is one of those that starts out with one idea and ends up changing track part way through. I was planning on going for spring colours, but somehow ended up looking more autumnal! In any case, this is my fifth card for the Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop, and I decided to make a scene of sorts.
I started by die cutting the Simon Says Stamp Modern Flowers card wrap from a snippet of white card. That was my starting point for the idea – I wanted to use it like a table cloth.
My scene also required a wall, so I used my Hard Textures stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop and some Tiara ink to add brick detail to my yellow card base. Most of this stenciling ends up covered, but I think it still adds interest.
I then started working on the tea cup that would be the focal point of my card. Here again I used snippets, but this time patterned paper. I chose a yellow with polka dots for the cup itself, a textured orange for the flower, and a lacy green pattern for the leaves and stem. I stamped the cup from Stamplorations’ Rise and Grind with Catherine Pooler’s Midnight ink. For the polka dot paper I stamped the entire image, but for the other papers I only stamped the flower, so that I wouldn’t have as much waste.
I fussy cut out each of the stamped pieces, then used my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers to add shading to each of the pieces, which gives the impression of them being more dimensional. I then went around the cut edges with a black, brush-tip, waterproof marker, which makes the edges look more finished. I then used Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue to adhere all the layers together.
I used the same glue to adhere my table cloth to the table, and then the bottom of the cup onto the table cloth. The table cloth piece was fairly thick card, so I added some off cut snippets of the same card and adhered them to the back of my cup in order to lift it so that it would lie flat. I then adhered the entire thing to my card base.
As I said in my introduction, I’d originally planned for this to be a spring coloured card, but as I dug through my scraps for papers to use for the paper piecing, this is what I came up with instead. I still think it’s pretty, even if it isn’t what I originally had in mind.
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