Time for Tea

Hello my friends and thank you for joining me today. I am absolutely thrilled about Kindred Stamps March 2021 Release! I had the opportunity to work with KS Time For Tea stamp set. This set has a special spot in my heart and I hope you will find it just as endearing as I do. My brother, Gerard, played the roll of the caterpillar in his middle school play. I can remember it clearly to this day, how he embraced his role and made the audience laugh. My brother passed away in a private plane crash13 years ago, which I continue to struggle coping with this loss. Creating and card crafting helps. These cards are an homage to him 💖 I hope you will enjoy!

All images from KS Time For Tea were colored with Ohuhu brush tip alcohol markers onto Xpress It card stock. These markers are very inexpensive, non-refillable, super blendable and vibrant that don't require a lot of upkeep. I'm all over that! I do not have any type of affiliation with Ohuhu, I just adore the markers and their customer service. I color my images first which sets the tone for the rest of my card. I do work with three or four markers in a section at a time, but I'm not a swatcher and I tend to use many colors. When I color my images, I focus on contrast, so for me, the greater the contrast the better. This is my style; however, there are many styles of coloring out there. Just use one that you feel confident with. Also, please feel free to get in touch with me, or leave comments if you have any questions.

For my first card, I wanted to emulate an iconic scene that the caterpillar is set deep on the forest floor surrounded in mystical leafy greens. To begin with, I masked off the panel leaving a semi circle at the bottom. Using Ranger Inks Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks Pumice Stone, I ink blended leaving some areas darker than others. This will ground my image. I then masked off the semi circle and ink blended the rest of my card using Ranger Inks Tim Holtz Distress Oxides: Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord and Black Soot. Using the lighter shades at the top and progressively getting darker towards the bottom. I then spritzed water from 3 feet away because I wanted small color variation when the water drops activate with the ink. I also splattered some white and black gouache paint. I then cut out leaves from white CS using my Cricut. Using Ranger Inks Tim Holtz DO inks: Crackling Campfire, Abandoned Coral, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Ripe Persimmon and Wild Honey I ink blended the leaves. I also die cut several mushrooms using TSOL Mushrooms2stamp Dies onto Xpress It CS and colored them with my alcohol markers. I popped up the caterpillar from KS Time For Tea stamp set and the two groups of mushrooms with some foam tape. Lastly, I wanted the sentiment encased in puffs of smoke from the hookah. This took a bit of masking so bear with my explanation 😊 I only wanted "It's impossible..." showing on the front panel. It does exemplify the pessimistic persona that the caterpillar has. Using blue tape, I masked off all the other words on this sentiment stamp, leaving "It's impossible" I pressed that down onto the longest cloud. Then, using a stamping platform, I masked off all the words except for "only" and stamped that down on the inside of my card base. I then aligned "If You Believe It Is" along side "Only" and masked off the rest of the sentiment stamp and inked it down so that the inside of the card reads "Only If You Believe It Is" all in one line. That completes this card.

For my next card, I decided to do a layered design and I absolutely LOVE (must have) the NEW KS Time For Tea Designer Paper Pack which is filled with gorgeous patterned designs that make creating with this set a breeze! This card is super simple to create using your layering dies from your stash or even manually cutting your panels. Working from the bottom layers to the top: I manually cut the bottom two layers: 4x5.25" and 3.75x5" panels. On my 3.75x5" panel I also adhered some TSOL Pool colored ribbon. I also decided to use off white CS for my layers to match the tone of the cards in KS Time For Tea Designer Paper Pack My top three layers are die cut from Waffleflower Lacy Layers Bundle Collection (I have no affiliation with, just passing along what I used) I also used KS Harlequin Stencil for my top layer. I ink blended using Ranger Ink Tim Holtz DO Broken China all over the diamonds. Then I lightly blended the entire panel filling in the background using the same color ink. I adhered Curious directly onto my top panel, then popped up Curiouser with some foam tape. The thought behind my sentiment comes from the song "How D'ye Do" that these two sing. I used TSOL Newport Alphabet Die Set to create my sentiment "Howdy".

**PRO TIP**A great way to make certain your individual die cut letters are glued on straight is to put them evenly spaced onto low tack purple tape. Make certain to place your letters mirror image and back side up. Then, place some KS Liquid Adhesive Glue onto the back of each letter. Take your low tack tape with your letters and place onto panel. Carefully remove the tape and viola! you have a perfectly straight sentiment without all the fuss of measuring!

**PRO TIP2** I have started using liquid adhesive to glue my panels onto my cardbase. It allows extra time for movement and centering. Also, open your cardbase and lay it flat to secure your panel on. That way you working with a nice flat surface.

Now for my next project...

I created a shape shaker card for my last project. For this card, I wanted to capture the crazy tea party vibe. I know I colored the white rabbit instead of the silly brown rabbit. I just thought white would go so much better with my color theme😁 For the shape card, I used what I had in my stash already which is from TSOL Tea Pot Fold-It. Using the NEW KS Deck of Cards Stencil (so fun!) I ink blended using Ranger Inks Tim Holtz DO inks each card symbol a different color. Hearts: Picked Raspberry, Diamonds: Broken China Clubs: Squeezed Lemonade Spades: Wilted Violet I loved doing the reveal! All the inks on the stencil were a bit petrifying, but pulling up the stencil was completely satisfying! I heat dried that with my heat gun and then super lightly blended Spun Sugar all over. I took that panel and die cut the teapot. Then I die cut a scalloped circle in the middle and on the back attached a piece of clear acetate using strong score tape. I then took the adorable pink designer paper with hearts and cookies from the KS Designer Time For Tea Paper Pack and cut a slightly larger circle than my shaker window. I aligned the designer patterned paper with my window and placed it onto the solid Raspberry teapot offset CS using washi tape tab technique that I have described in my earlier blogs. This method really helps to secure the inside bottom layer of your shaker so that it fits perfectly in the window. I then used foam tape to create a well for the mix of shaker bits. Check out these NEW adorable Drink Me and Eat Me Clay Shaker Bits that Kindred Stamps has just released! They match perfectly with KS Time For Tea. I adhered the top teapot window onto my well along with my other pieces that all have foam tape as well. I glued the rabbit onto my teapot and embellished with some small flowers which I colored with alcohol markers. Finally, using a stamping platform I stamped my sentiment "Call Me" from the KS Booyah Stamp set and on the inside of my card I stamped the sentiment from KS Time For Tea "There's Always Time For Tea"

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~ Happy Crafting my friends~

Sandra Blasius


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