Well,, they are right about the recent popularity. I have actually made two coffee/tea themed tags in the last few weeks, the first was for a favorite technique where I recycled an actual coffee-to-go cup while the second was for Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2015 (June) where I used a stamp set from Tailored Expressions. I didn’t want to do the same recycling thing for this challenge (besides, no new take-out cups to cannibalize!) , or use the same stamps, and I don’t own any of Tim Holtz’s coffee or tea themed stamps or dies (I do own the coffee themed apron. but that doesn’t count!), so I searched my stamp stash for yet another coffee or tea-themed stamp. After nearly 30 minutes of searching (yes, I have that many stamps, and no, they aren’t catalogued or stored in any meaningful way), I did find a stamp I have had for a very long time and have never used (these challenges are forcing me to find and use stamps I bought on a whim and put away, never to see the light of day or the surface of an ink pad until now!)!
So, trying to evoke memories of our years in London, where making tea was a ceremony that was considered a curative for all things (I actually shocked our English landlord when he found I actually knew how to brew tea the “proper” way), I set about making this card.
First, I stamped the background stamp from the Kodomo Inc. set “Tea Medley” (3938-009) on a scrap piece of light blue cardstock using “Mermaid Lagoon” Distress Ink. Then I layered it on a scrap of navy cardstock and trimmed to fit my Memory Box “Russian Sage” pre-folded card: