June 06, 2015

Tea Zen

The day I discovered the Irish Breakfast variety and learned to add a spot of cream to it, was the day I fell in love with tea. Mind you, I still take in my two or three cups of Joe every morning but there's something about an afternoon tea break that's every bit as satisfying.

So here's my tribute to favorite beverages inspired by this month's 12 Tags of 2015 by Tim Holtz.

The stripes on the bottom-half were created with a hand-made stamp and acrylic paint.

The top half was stamped with an image from Stampers Anonymous called Math Border using Ranger's cobalt archival ink.

The paper bits were cut from Tim's new paper release called Correspondence.

The tiny teacup is another Tim Holtz stamp from a set called Tiny Things that was cut from paper along with a teapot (maker unknown) and tinted with Distress inks.

I used Picket Fence Distress stain to lighten-up several areas and created shadows with a colored pencil.

I added a bit of burlap ribbon for accent along with some Remant Rubs text and used a white Gelly Roll pen to bring out highlights on the flower in the foreground.

I tried to create a sense of depth by using larger images in the foreground along with light and dark colors (value) and diagonal stripes. This bit of "fooling the eye" is a challenge I really enjoy. Along with my favorite hot beverages, of course!


  1. WOW!!! What an amazing take on Tim's tag!!! Love it!!! It is in my favorite color and is so very much sophisticated!

  2. Tea is my favorite drink, especially Irish and English Breakfast, so this tag speaks to me! Love it!

  3. I love the composition here. Especially the cut flowers...they speak to me. I would have never guessed the cup/saucer were from the SA set. Seriously brilliant use of such a small stamp.

  4. Your tag is so pretty and soothing. I love the whole feel of it. Great job!

  5. Tea time it is! Wonderful design and your layers are awesome sauce! I popped over from the TH blog to have a gander at this lovely tag! ~Niki