I'm eager to tell you about the tea bag card in the above picture. But first, let me walk you the photos of this month's Ten on the Tenth stash items. If you are new to my "10 on the 10th" posts, this is how it works: on the tenth day of each month, I share three projects (one card, one scrapbook page, and one "use up the scraps" project) that I created in order to use up ten items from my supply stash. This month I decided to use up newer items, most of which I bought at Archivers in late December, when I realized that the store would soon be going out of business.
|items 7&8 (embellishments): 12" strip of red canvas trim from Canvas Corp. & partially-used birthday sticker sheet from Bella Blvd; items 9&10 (throwaway items): lid from old coffee jar & clipping from international bubble mailer.|
A couple month ago I blogged about a cool Christmas card that I had received. I liked it because it contained a tea bag, and I was determined to make my own version of a tea bag card. I finally came up with a design. It's a birthday card, and very different from the Christmas card that I received. I am excited to show you how I took the idea of a tea bag card and "made it my own."
|Additional supplies for card front: spray ink from October Afternoon; pens from Zig; Candi dots from Craftwork; corner punch from Creative Memories.|
I used a length of the canvas trim from my supply stash to make a little "belly band" that holds the tea bag in place. I decorated the belly band with cardstock, a sticker, and Candi dots. Then, to make this card even fancier, I decided to decorate the inside and back surfaces as well.
This is how the left-hand panel of the inside of the card looks. I love the saying on that big sticker! Some of the spray mist that I had used on the front of the card seeped through, but I just worked with it, adding even more spray ink drips around the sticker, to create a bokeh effect.
I decorated the right-hand panel of the inside of the card with patterned paper and stamping (alternating first and second generation stamping). I pulled a string from the red canvas trim and folded it into a heart-shaped embellishment, which I fastened in place using washi tape from We Call Her Happydaks.
Finally, I embellished the back of the card with a cheerful cluster that is made up of the airmail seal, some patterned paper, a sticker, more canvas fibers, and more of the same washi tape. I really enjoyed decorating all four surfaces of the card. Now it is almost like a mini book instead of just a card.
And this is how the card will look after the recipient removes the tea bag. I tried to capture a "party atmosphere" in my design. :)
|Additional supplies for layout: border stickers & owl from Doodlebug Design; alphabet stickers from Bella Blvd; Candi dots from Craftwork; pens from Zig.|
Moving on, here is the scrapbook page that I created with the same set of supplies. I pulled some more threads from the canvas and tied them into bows to create little embellishments. I used the bubble wrap from the mailer to stamp an interesting background on the cardstock. And, of course, the birthday stickers from the Bella Blvd sheet reinforce the birthday theme of this layout.
|Additional supplies for accordion album: tape from We Call Her Happydaks Etsy; black gesso from Ranger; stamping ink from Hero Arts; pens from Zig; rhinestones from Dee's Place; household mini stapler.|
Last but not least is a work in progress (WIP), which will use up all the leftover scraps from the supplies that I pulled for this month's Ten on the Tenth. The happy red polka dotted cards made me think of Chinese New Year, so I decided to create a mini accordion album (inspired by this video) with my Year of the Horse celebration photos. I still needed to use my coffee jar lid, so I dipped the rim of the lid into black gesso to stamp interesting journaling box shapes onto the plain white sides of patterned paper scraps. These journaling boxes, together with the accordion album and my other remaining scraps, easily slip into a little bag that I can keep on my desk or tote along to a crop. When ever I have a few extra minutes, I can decorate another page in the album, using the same basic design that I used for the front cover.
Thanks for taking the time to look at my birthday card, scrapbook page, and accordion album WIP. I really enjoy coming up with creative ways to use up my Ten on the Tenth supplies, and it feels good to do this bit of de-stashing. I have to head out for a little while now, but I'll be around soon to visit everyone else's blogs and see what is new with you all. Happy T Day!