Monday 6 July 2015

Tea Dance ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone!!

The weekend seems to have flown in a blink of an eye but I hope you all had a good one and ready for another creative week ahead!

Today, we have a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge starting and this week is all about Coffee or Tea! 

With the popularity of coffee and tea themed stamps, die cuts and more, it was only a matter of time before we took this on as a theme! You're welcome to tea stain your paper or leave a coffee mark on your page. Use Tim Holtz's new coffee or tea dies or maybe just be inspired by your own favourite beverage! The choice is yours and whatever you decide, we can't wait to see what you create!

For my project, I was inspired by the tea dances in the 1940's and created a vintage panel using Tim's gorgeous Tea Time die and piling up those tea cups to use as the main focal point, together with some vintage ephemera spilling out!

To begin with I took a piece of chipboard and cut it to measure 3.5" x 7". I initially added some Tissue Wrap to the background but that became hidden by the layers of paint but if you look hard it enough, it is just visible and it acted as a good base for what would be coming next!

I started by applying Distress Paints directly to the board and blended together Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Weathered Wood, a touch of Spun Sugar and Picket Fence. When I was happy with the background, I dried it off with a heat tool and added some torn pieces of Tissue Tape to act as a base for my tea cups to sit on, so they would appear grounded.

Next, I took the Splatters Layering Stencil and applied paste through the stencil onto random areas of my background before allowing the paste to dry and then loading up a paintbrush with watered down gesso, followed by Black Soot Distress Paint and gently flicking across the panel. Dry the panel thoroughly.

Mix some copper micro beads into some of the Soft Matte Gel and apply to the bottom section of your panel, using a palette knife. I also applied some so they appear to be spilling out of the cup. Whilst the gel is still wet, I sprinkled some crystal glass glitter over the top. I thought this looked like crystals of sugar and gave a great texture.
Finally, I inked around the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

Now, we start die cutting and I cut three cups and the saucer using the Tea Time die from chipboard. I added a base of gesso to the chipboard and then painted the cups using Distress Paints ~ two in Evergreen Bough and one in Spun Sugar.
After inking the edges, I piled all the cups up and added dots of Liquid Pearls to the pink cup. I then added the little tag popping out of the second cup and used a Remnant Rub for the wording.

I attached the cups to the panel using foam pads and popped some ephemera tickets inside. I then added a photo booth image which I had distressed slightly around the edges before using a sanding tool to create scratch marks. I popped this into the cup and added a mini paperclip.
I added a wrap and bow of twine around beneath the base of the tea cups, attached a heart charm and two resin roses which I vintaged up by adding some alcohol ink over the top and popped two decorative pins into the bow.
To complete the panel, I added a die cut word which I die cut from black card and then heat embossed with clear powder for a glossy finish and popped a remnant rub into the corner before mounting the panel onto a piece of Black Soot Distress Card.
Finally, I matted some Wallflower paper from the paper stash onto a piece of kraft card and machine stitched around the edge before distressing all the edges of the card and paper.
As a finishing touch I used my fingertip to apply paint to the edges of the kraft card.
I really hope you've enjoyed this project and the inspiration behind it and even though I made this piece as a small home decor panel, it would work so well on the front of a card too!
As always, if you need any further inspiration for this challenge, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. Good luck....

Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Splatters


  1. Oh I do love this, absolutely delightful xx

  2. A beautiful piece of art Emma n you really have done justice to your inspiration of the Vintage tea parties of yesteryear. Always love your attention to detail - the polka dot cup , the crystals of sugar , your chosen ephemera n colour palette n I adore your bow of twine , heart charm n roses - so perfectly created ! I'm guessing this must have been a tea at the Ritz :)

  3. Clever and beautiful! I love that you brought in the dance with the tea and the little ticket hanging from the tea bag is brilliant!

  4. Overall great design, but LOVE that pink cup with the pearl polka dots! Fabulous.

  5. Overall great design, but LOVE that pink cup with the pearl polka dots! Fabulous.

  6. Overall great design, but LOVE that pink cup with the pearl polka dots! Fabulous.

  7. So pretty! Love your die cut stack of tea cups. Beautiful colors and I love your design.

  8. Simply lovely, Emma! Very inspiring.

  9. STUNNING! absolutely love everything about this card!

  10. so gorgeous. even though i prefer coffee myself. love it, hugs xx

  11. Beautiful card you have created!
    Have a great summer day!

  12. Oo, rich! You really put a lot into this. Love your idea....classic.

  13. Such a girly and elegant take on the theme this week, Emma! I love the cup with pearls! Ooh la la! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  14. Shades of bygone days...from your lovely vintage colors to the theme. Wow, tea dances! That may be something to bring back :)

  15. Colors are so soft and beautiful, patterned paper is my favourite! I love love love this work! BArbarayaya

  16. I love this piece and the inspiration behind it! I often wish I could be transported back in time to the 40's because I love the vibe of that era (artistically speaking). I really like how you channeled that in this piece and I especially adore the soft pink teacup with the dots!

  17. Love your beautiful card, Emma. Such fabulous cups and great details. :)

  18. This is gorgeous, Emma! Love the stunning picture and those stacked cups! Amazing! Hugs, Sandra

  19. Wonderful card, love the addition of the photo.

  20. Thanks for a beautiful moment spent admiring this lovely piece. Wonderful details!

  21. Beautiful panel Emma! And such fun inspiration you had. Love the soft colours and the micro beads. We both stacked the same cups!

  22. Wonderful Emma, love how you used the tea dance as your inspiration, how unique! A beautiful panel, wonderful layers and textures.


Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx

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