Tuesday, 21 August 2012

The Sepia Tea Party

A messenger crow arrived today with news about a large supply of tea that was stolen from a local merchant. He was seeking help from any willing hero and would provide a reward to anyone who could recover the crates of missing tea. I sent a message to the Guardian of Glitter for assistance, knowing she was a tea lover, and we met up and set out to find the missing tea. Turns out it was stolen by the notorious Captain Jack Java who was in the process of disposing of the tea into the Lake of Liquid Pearls. Nikki used her glitter beam to stun him while I sliced him with my great sword - Kraft Blade. We then returned all the stolen tea to the grateful merchant. I felt I needed to make a card based on our tea-capade.

This was the first time I've ever attempted this "double pocket fold" card after watching a bunch of different tutorials on YouTube. My only regret is the patterned paper I chose, but I powered through anyways. Before I get into everything that I used, here is what it looks like with the stuff out of the pockets.

So because I was entering this into the Lawnscaping Challenge that involved creating your own patterned paper with stamps, I used the Lawn Fawn set "My Cup of Tea" to stamp the teacup pattern and the pattern on the tag. I used that same set to stamp the spoon and sentiment on the tag. Then I used the Crafty Secrets "Coffee and Tea" set to stamp the retro lady, tea kettle and the sentiment on the front. I coloured them using Prismacolors trying to go for a sepia tone.

Here's a close up of the cute kettle on the tag. I used the "steam" stamp from Lawn Fawn's "My Cup of Tea" for the background on this one. The bands of kraft I added on the tag and outside of the card because they reminded me of those "sleeves" they put on your cup at coffee shops so you don't burn your hand.
I used the kettle from the Lawn Fawn set to make the "patterned paper" for the inside of the card. They weren't all uniform but I liked that better because it added to the "vintagey" feel of the card.
Then I added another retro lady from the Crafty Secrets set and coloured her as well. I kind of messed up on her, but oh well. The phone and the "call me" came from the October Afternoon "9 to 5" set and the super random splotches came from the 7 Gypsies "Steampunk" set. 
Of course I also stamped the envelope to match the card because it makes me happier when they match. I earned +400 combo exp points for using four different stamp sets to make this card.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:
365 Cards: Day 174 - Surprise Inside (the tea bag)
Emergency Crafters Challenge: Tea & Cake
Lawnscaping Challenge #40: Make your own patterned paper with stamps

The merchant ended up paying us in tea. I needed to hook a cart to Ruffles just to haul it all back to the Guild Hall as it was too much to fit into her saddlebags. The Lady Commander will be pleased to see all that tea upon her return as she is a fan of warm beverages. Quest complete.

~ Guild Master Crystal ~


Tamara said...

great card!! Love the vintage style of it :)
Thanks for playing with us at Lawnscaping
xx Tamara

jenn shurkus said...

very nice vintage card! :) thanks for playing with us at lawnscaping!

Michelle Looi said...

Amazing! Great card
Thanks for joining us at 365cards

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