Sunday, July 20, 2008

Tea Staining Technique

This month is all about techniques with the CCEE group. And this week we were to use Tea Staining. We also had to have music somewhere on the card because this is also the week we choose a Catchy Name on SCS. CNFS. jazztobi is the name we're featuring today!

If you'd like to see what the other girls did with this technique, click HERE. We'd love to have you play along with us too. See what kind of paper you can create!

All my bg's and my butterfly were tea stained. I know...what's with the bluish purple look? Well, I didn't like the look of my paper that I soaked in tea for like, forever. So I took my flavored teas by Stash (Chocolate Hazelnut, Pomegranate raspberry green tea, and acai berry herbal tea, dropped them in boiling water for about a minute, took them out and dripped them all over my paper. I thought the paper would turn out brown and red. Nope, This is the result. WAY COOL!! I loved the look!! I stamped the music bg from Unity Stamp Company on the bg panels with Latte (Adirondack), and ink distressed them with Frayed Burlap (Ranger Distress Ink).

The Sunflower (Paper Inspirations) and butterfly (Inque Boutique) were thumped. I inked up the entire flower image with More Mustard (SU), and colored and thumped with Really Rust, Bravo Burgandy, and Chocolate Chip (SU). The leaves and stem were thumped with Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip (SU). After getting the image inked up, I spritzed it twice and stamped it on Vanilla Cream (Prismatic) paper. The butterfly was inked up with Wild Wasabi, Rock -n- Rolled in True Thyme and thumped with Always Artichoke and Ballet Blue (SU).

The Inque Boutique sentiment was stamped with True Thyme (SU).

Here's a close up so you can see the dimension and sparkle.
The flower center has a mixture of Coffee and
Cinnamon Stickles. I also added a bit of sparkle to the leaves
and petals with my Quickie Glue Pen and Ultrafine Crystal Glitter. I found the charm at Walmart in the jewelry section, and the little pearl is by KaiserCraft.

I'd like to take this time to tell you how awesome Prismatics are!! I'm in paper heaven!! They are textured on one side, and smooth on the other. And the soak up ink divinely. I loved staining these papers. I've also just sponged the paper directly and rubbed the ink pads directly on it. All with awesome results. Michelle at Stamper's Dream will have it in stock very soon, so keep checking her store. Love the stuff!!

Stamps - Sunflower (Paper Inspirations), Butterfly, sentiment (Inque Boutique), Music bg (Unity Stamp Company)
Paper - Herbal Garden Light and Medium, Twilight, Vanilla Cream (Prismatics)
Ink - Latte (Adirondack), Frayed Burlap (Ranger Distress), More Mustard, True Thyme - sentiment (Stampin' Up),
Accessories - charm, stickles, sewing, pearl, glitter, organdy ribbon, corner rounder, scotch mounting tape


Cindy Haffner said...

Tosh this is so beautiful, so much details, I love it.

StampOwl said...

I had to look hard for that music but I found it LOL .... fabulous card Tosh love it ... love the colors your tea created too

Tobi Crawford said...

This is GORGEOUS! I can't wait to have it in my hot little hands!! haha..



Michelle said...

I can't BELIEVE how freakin' talented you are! Do you know how absolutely GORGEOUS this is????? Girl, this is a work of art!

Did I say how much I love it? :-)

JAR said...

So beautiful -- you just make the loveliest cards!

peanutbee said...

Wow, Tosh, the detail on this is amazing...WOW, WOW, WOW...and in case you missed it, WOWWWWW! (LOL!) The colors are fantastic!! Okay, now I gotta try the tea staining technique. :)

Paper in the Works! said...

Sigh, this is stunning! Oh to have the patience to tea stain and then wait for the paper to dry! I love all your gorgeous elements and how everything works so beautifully together! Tobi, I want to be you!!! What a lucky gal to be the recipient of the CCEE challenges :)

So jealous! *wink*


cherylquilts at scs said...

This is so beautiful! Thanks for the explanation of how you achieved that gorgeous look!

Jerri Kay said...

So incredibly beautiful Tosh! When I grow young, I want to stamp just like you!

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