A Good Friend and a Cup of Tea

what more could we ask for?


2/1/20243 min read

Would you like to experiment with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencils I used from A Colorful Life Designs.  Follow the link and use discount code ChrisFan10 to save 10% on your entire order! (Master Creator Bundles are excluded as they already have a 20% discount built in.)

I love creating in different styles: this card has a folksy, whimsical vibe that I really enjoy.

Let’s get started:-

Card Base: 5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Card Face: 5.5 x 4.25 

Card Face:

  • I laid the card face on the grip mat and positioned the stencil.  Using Mint Tape, I masked off the second row of mugs to protect it from ink.  I applied a soft blue ink across the first row.

  • I added another piece of Mint tape to the fourth row - now the second and fourth rows were both protected from ink:  I added ink across the third row.

  • Moving both pieces of Mint Tape as required,  I continued inking every second row down the card face.

  • I removed the stencil and cleaned it off.  

  • I reversed it so the handles would go the other way,  and positioned it on the card face so that the mugs were offset: they were in between the ones already inked,  rather than directly below them.

  • Masking off rows as necessary,  I applied ink across the remaining rows starting with the second row and continuing down the card face.

  • I removed this stencil and put the second layering stencil in place to add the decorative touches to the mugs.. I used the same ink as I had for the first layer, creating a tone-on-tone look for the mugs.

  • Using the same masking techniques I added the detail of every second row of mugs..

  • I flipped the stencil and positioned it over the offset mugs to add details to the rest of the rows.

  • I put the card face into my stamp positioner and used dark blue ink to add corner detail to three corners as shown.

  • I  used a stitched rectangle die to cut out a small rectangle from the left-hand side as shown:  this added additional texture and visual interest to the card face.


  • I die-cut the pieces of the tea kettle and the teacup from teal card stock.

  • I used a blending brush to add depth and definition to the edges of all the pieces., but I wasn’t satisfied with the effect I got, so I switched to a  #1 shading brush. this allowed me to create a bit more intensity in certain spots and to get the look I wanted. 

  • I used dark blue ink to add detail to the knob on the lid,  the center of the handle, and the bits that the handle attached to on the kettle.

  • I pressed my Versamark embossing ink onto a scrap of white cardstock and added Holographic embossing powder.  I set this with my heat gun and then used this piece to die-cut the steam rising from the teacup.


  • I glued the bottom of the kettle in place as shown,  angling it as if it was pouring, and allowing part of it to extend beyond the edge of the card  (this bit was trimmed off).

  • I glued on the lid and the handle.

  • I glued the teacup in place and added the steam rising from it.

  • I used a fine liner to draw a line behind the teacup as shown, and an alcohol marker to create shading.

  • Rather than try to fit the sentiment directly onto the card face, I put it back into the stamp positioner and added the sentiments to the kettle and the teacup.

  • I glued the card face to the card base.

  • I added three small white embellishments to the corners with the stamped detail.

Final Thoughts”

Many of the details in this card are subtle, but they all add nicely to the final look.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

   I have listed which products I have used, and where they may be purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances, there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.

Stencil: Layered Cups, a Colorful Life Designs


  Around the Corner, Stampin’ Up!  (retired)

  Balloon  Celebration,  Stampin’ Up!  (retired)


    Stitched Rectangles,  Stampin’ Up!  (retired)

    Tea Kettle,  Hero Arts,  Simon Says Stamp 

Waffle Flower Grip Mat, 8.5 x 6.5, Scrapbook.com

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Versa Mark Embossing Ink: Simon Says Stamp

Embossing Powder:  Holographic, Ranger, Amazon

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up! 

#1 Shading Brush, Waffle Flower, Scrapbook.com

Mint Tape:Scrapbook.com

Stamp Positioner: Misti, Spellbinders

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Card Base & Card Face: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

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