Sunday, 17 January 2016

A tea time tutorial

Hello lovely people,

I'm here to showcase some LOTV products today as part of the Design Collective and I have a sneak peek for you of some brand new trio stamp sets coming out at the end of January.

Since my trio of images was tea-themed, they inspired me to make teabag shaped cards and I thought I would show you how I made them with a step-by-step picture tutorial.

Here's the pair of cards I made; they are quite dinky and as you can see, I have used just 2 of the images from the set.

Teabag shaped cards with LOTV Tea for two stamps

I started by cutting a 23 x 8.5cm strip of white linen card and scoring a crease down the middle.
I then scored diagonal lines from 1.5cm in along the middle crease to 2.5cm along the edge of the card from the middle crease.

As I folded the card in half I pushed the diagonal folds inside the card.

I like the way the little folds at the top give it a teabag style feel but if you didn't want to do the folding you could just cut the corners off a regular rectangular base card.

I cut an 11.5 x 8.5cm rectangle of DP to cover the front and used the card base to mark where the corners needed to be cut off.

For the shaped top piece I cut a 5.5 x 2.5cm rectangle of DP and cut the corners off as shown below.  This piece is the same pattern as the main front piece but of course, the pic below is the back of it!

I cut a 2.5 x 2.5cm square of DP to match the main piece and a 5.5 x 8.5cm rectangle of contrasting DP for the strip across the middle.
I inked all the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

I added stitching to the 3 largest pieces of DP and you can see where I didn't bother to stitch along the middle of the main piece where it will be covered by the stripy strip!

I added die cut borders to the central strip and mounted my coloured image onto Kraft card.

I didn't want to stitch the tiny tag square so just poked some holes round it instead and added a Kraft heart.

I glued the main DP layer and stripy panel to the card base at this point.

I put 1mm foam pads on the back of the image panel, the top piece and the tag, making sure to leave a gap at the top of the 2 smaller pieces to allow room for the staples.

I tucked one end of an 18cm length of twine under the foam pad of the tag square.

I attached the image circle to the centre of the stripy panel on the card.

I added the staple to the top of the tag and then stuck that in place on the front of the card.

I could then see exactly what length of twine looked good to me, trimmed it down and stapled it in place on the top flap.

Finally I attached the top piece with the foam pad and a line of glue just along the very top to add dimension.

And then it's done!  I had lots of fun making these and hope you enjoyed the tutorial.

Teabag shaped cards with LOTV Tea for two stamps

Card recipe;
Image: Tea for Two Trio - LOTV (coming soon!)
DP: Vintage Autumn basics - Maja Design (available from Live and Love Crafts)
Dies: Heart flower lace - Magnolia Doohickeys, Mini heart collection - Memory Box, Circle stax - MFT Die-namics

Copic colours - teacup image;
Teacup: B91/93/95
Saucer: W00/0/1/3
Teacup spots / saucer rim / flowers: R56/59
Tea: E30/31/33
Biscuit: E25/27
Tablecloth: BG90/93/96

Copic colours - cupcake image;
Cupcake case: RV91/93/95
Cupcake frosting: RV0000/000/91
Bunting: RV91/93/95 & BG90/93/96
Hearts / cherry: RV93/95
Tablecloth: BG90/93

I hope you all had fabulous weekends whatever you were up to :-)

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,

Challenges I am entering;


  1. What a great tutorial Kat - love this quirky idea, I also love the new cute image - too much temptations I think! - thank you for the inspiration hugs Judith x

  2. Hi Kat
    This is fabulous ....and a great the Stamp and the Papers
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

  3. A brilliant tutorial Kat and such gorgeous cards...consider yourself "pinned" xx

  4. Hi Kat, you are totally fab and a card making genius! I LOVE these cards. Your tutorial is great and you have created two really beautiful and unusual cards. Every detail is so well thought out and perfectly put together. A-Ma-Zing... Anyway, all this talk of tea is making me thirsty! not to mention the cake! Must meet up soon to enjoy both.

  5. Your makes are gorgeous xxx thanks for the tutorial xx

  6. These are gorgeous Kat, love the shape and fab tutorial.

    Donna x

  7. Fabulous tutorial Kat - love the style and sweet images.
    Must try not to be tempted lol!!!!
    Debs xx

  8. Hi Kat these are stunning! Thanks for sharing such a great tutorial!
    Hugs Lynsey x

  9. These are just gorgeous and fab tutorial!
    Lucy x

  10. Great tutorial. Love your design x

  11. Hi Kat, totally love your tea bag card and a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing. Hugs Jennifer xx

  12. Fabulous cards Kat, love the teabag design. And beautiful as always, the papers and trim are gorgeous. Thank you for the excellent tutorial :)
    Katrina xx

  13. Wow Kat these are both amazing ! fantastic tutorial and i cannot wait to get my hands on those stamps ! hope you are well xxx

  14. Oooh fab design, I love the teabag idea. Thanks for the tute!

  15. The new images work perfectly with your fabulously designed cards. Thanks for the tutorial too, very clear and easy to follow. I must get my sewing machine out and have a go at stitching paper, I've only hand sewn up to now.

  16. I love your quirky little cards and your tutorial is brilliant. I hope you will do some more tutorial posts! :-)

    Sharon x

  17. How creative, love this original fold, so perfect with these images!

  18. Fabulous tutorial, the cards are adorable xxx

  19. Kat, that is so cool and so clever! I LOVE your lil' teabag makes. Both utterly gorgeous and brilliant. Awesome tutorial. Lovely to see your process. Hugs, Wends xxx (Glad you spotted the 'hello' die, made me smile to read your comment x)

  20. Thanks! Love this, must Pin.

  21. Well I'm already loving this new little trio from LOTV - and your tutorial on this fabulous way to use them is perfect! I love the end results - and the tutorial is going straight to my Pinterest board for future inspiration for me!

    Big hugs
    Christine x


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