Tea Lover’s Birthday Card Tutorial

Keep Calm and Put the Kettle On:

Tea Lover’s Birthday Card Made with Canvas Corp Brands Beans and Bags

Hello, Friends!

My name is Kathy, and I am addicted to TEA!  The best part of each new day for me is the moment that I lift that steaming cup to my lips and take the first savory sip.  English Breakfast is a perennial favorite for me, but I also love Earl Grey, Constant Comment, Rooibus , and I’ll never say no to a creamy cup of spicy chai tea!  I am definitely a kinder, gentler Kathy after I’ve had my tea! Naturally I was tickled pink when Canvas Corp Brands released their Beans and Bags collection! I had some time to play with it this week, and it is awesome! The many fun papers and great vintage prints truly inspired me, and before I knew it, I was smack dab in the middle of creating a special tea lover’s birthday card.

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Pink and brown has to be one of my all time favorite color combos, and when you see the inside of this card, you’ll know why I decided to go in that direction.  Pairing feminine items with burlap creates texture and contrast that makes me totally happy. Here’s a simple tutorial to guide you through the creation of this Tea Lover’s Birthday Card.

How to make a Tea Lover’s Birthday Card:

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To build your card layers, do the following:

  • Cut the swirl panel from the Little Chocolate Pages on Ivory Cardstock and glue it down in the center of the Pink Toile panel.
  • Run a strip of Garden Rose Satin Ribbon up the left hand side of the Pink Toile on Ivory layer, securing the cut ends on the back side to keep them nice and neat.
  • Layer a 4″ white doily over that layer
  • Die cut Spellbinders Labels 34 Decorative accents from the Pink and Ivory Ribbon Stripe Cardstock and layer over the doily.
  • Die cut the teacups using Tim Holtz’ Tea Time Die. Cut one cup from Chocolate and Ivory Mini Dot Reverse cardstock, and the other from Ivory Cardstock. Emboss with the embossing folder of your choice. Use a stylus to round out the cup portion of the die cut. Ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • Glue down the Chocolate Mini Dot Saucer that you die cut earlier. Then glue down the Chocolate Mini Dot Teacup.  Use foam dots to create an opening where the die is slit and fill the open space with a stamped sentiment. This one was in my stash, and it seemed appropriate for the card. Be sure to leave space between the saucer and the polka dot teacup for the ivory teacup.
  • Use foam dots to secure the Ivory Teacup to the card. Fill the center of the ivory cup with a folded up Gerbera Daisy. Add the tea tags as as I have here.
  • Tip: Save the strings that you pull from the burlap when you fringe it. They make awesome tea tags, string bows and are great for threading buttons!

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  • Fussy cut the clover honey, tea shop banner, tiny tea cup and fine china label from the Tea and Coffee Label page. Spritz the honey label and the fine china label with Vintage Pink Glimmer mist. Use a corner chomper punch to shape the edge of the honey label, and mat it on the Pink and Ivory Ribbon Stripe Cardstock die cut, tucking it behind the handle on the teacup. Use a glue gun to attach the burlap medallion.
  • Cut two small fishtail banners from Pink and Ivory Mini Dot Reverse Cardstock.  Glue just below the burlap strip, as seen in the photo.

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This tiny silver spoon is a treasure I picked up at an estate sale. Topped with a satin bow and gerbera daisy sticker, it’s the perfect finishing touch for this tea lover’s birthday card! But wait…the real party is on the inside of this card.

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Here, I’ve turned a Naked Mini Manila folder into a gift pocket for a foil wrapped English Breakfast tea bag.  And now you know why I chose the pink and brown color palette!

I’m finding that Beans and Bags is “precisely my cup of tea” and I can’t wait to play with it again. Canvas Corp has put together a fantastic “Mix and Match Pad” if you’re like me and just have to have it all! The fact that I can customize the papers to match whatever color palette I’m working with makes me a very happy gal!

Now, I think I’ll go pour myself a cuppa!

Thanks for stopping by!



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14 thoughts on “Tea Lover’s Birthday Card Tutorial

  1. Margie Malone

    If you want to make another one, I’d love to have the Coffee Lovers and Tea Lovers both! No rush. I know you’re busy. If you get inspired to make another one of each, please let me know!

  2. karenladd

    Wow, I am just floored by this beautiful card design! I love the way you curved the tea cup so that it looks 3-dimensional and then you tucked the sentiment and embellishments into it to add to the fun Even the inside of the card is a gift…just perfection!

  3. LuvtoKraft

    I have to have my English Breakfast w/milk when I get up or I am a grumpy curmudgeon! Love those colors and the burlap, but I too, would have a terrible time saying so long to that little spoon. Thanks for the tutorial and all the inspiration, Kathy!

  4. Anne H.

    This is absolutely brilliant Kathy! The teacup looks like real china, the collage items are mesmerizing, and I just keep staring at this and love every detail!! I love the little spoon (I’m an estate sale junkie too!) and it just goes perfectly with the theme. You outdid yourself with this!! “Wow”!! 🙂 Hugs, Anne

  5. Susan Smit

    So much yum going on here..love the embossed cup…love to have a culpa with you one day….LOL

  6. Juliette Hendry

    Kathy, this is both a WOW and a LOVE IT card! You probably don’t realize how much you are teaching me, about what I would call ‘layering with a purpose’. Thanks to you I am getting brave about adding layers to my former style, which was clean and simple to the extreme of being stark! Thank you so much for sharing your gift. {{{HUGS}}}

  7. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, this is gorgeous, I have a collection of tea pots, and love that napkin ring on the side line. this is so inspiring, with all the lovely textures and bright colors. tea pots and a cup of tea is so warming, and friendly, or course you gotta have a sweet treat along with it, and special friends to share…love your card.

  8. jenscull

    wow, wow, wow! I just love everything about it! from the amazing 3D cup to the gorgeous vintage spoon you truly nailed the perfect gift for a tea lover! simply stunning! 🙂

  9. Candy Colwell

    Kathy, your card is absolutely darling! Love the pink and brown combination. Love the tea cup and added spoon on the ribbon. Love the layers of papers and patterns. The interior of the card is darling as well. I just found Rooibus tea and love it. Very smooth going down.

  10. Elaine

    I just love pink and brown card i never tire of seeing it together.
    Beautiful card Kathy ,i so love the way you have used the Burlap , thanks for the tips,
    I am a coffee girl myself { tea makes me poorly } but no matter i have made many teacup cards .
    Take Care
    Elaine H X

  11. Diane H

    Beautiful..wow..this card is a tea lovers delight…I love tea, too and look at all those glorious stamps and details you have used…another stunner my dear!! (I would however have a hard time giving up that little spoon..unless of course I was sending the card to myself…lol)!!

  12. smithgfb

    What a lovely design. Love all the glorious layers, the stitching and that amazing spoon! I adore the pinks and browns and thanks so much for the tutorial!

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