Saturday, 22 September 2018

Tea Rose

I have to start by pointing out that the title of this post "Tea Rose" is extremely accurate as not only am I using the image of a rose but I'm also using tea on my card.

I've seen challenges where they ask you to use coffee but I am definitely not a coffee drinker - in fact, I can't even stand the smell of it.  So I decided to play with tea instead!

I started by putting the rose stamp in my MISTI, colouring it up section by section with my Tombow markers, lightly spritzing each time. When dry, I used some coloured pencils to add a bit of extra definition of the petals and leaves.

I brewed a little bit of very strong orange pekoe tea and used it for the background. I "inked up" a small script stamp by carefully dipping the stamp in the tea, shaking off some of the excess liquid, and then stamping around the rose. If you don't shake off the excess liquid, you just get a blob like along the top or a bunch of blobs like the middle bottom section - I'm fine with it as I like the variety.

I stamped the vertical sentiment on a scrap of the same watercolour paper, die cut it with a banner die, and sponged a bit of tea over it.

The panel is popped up on fun foam for some dimension.
It's heading over to the Color Throwdown challenge that inspired me not just with the colours but also with the roses in their image.

And to the Flower Challenge:

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps - Penny Black rose, Rosie's Road Show sentiment, unknown script stamp
Ink - Distress Oxide Vintage Photo
Paper - watercolour paper, PTI Vintage Cream cs
Size - A2
Accessories - strong steeped tea, Memory Box banner die, Tombow markers, coloured pencils, fun foam


  1. How cool is this and your rose is just gorgeous! The little bit of pencil enhancing really does look great. This is so creative too. I've dyed fabrics with tea but never thought to use it on a card!

  2. What a winning card, Susan! I love the personality the tea gave the background behind your beautifully colored rose cutting! The tea-sponged sediment flag is a perfectly placed! Hugs, Darnell

  3. As amazing as this card is here ... it's even more beautiful in real life. I LOVE that gorgeous rose Susan. And the script background stamped with tea is not only creative and artistic, it's so YOU! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this card, my friend! xx

  4. Wow this is amazing Susan. Love how the stamping came out on the fabulous rose stamp. I struggled hugely with mine when I used it recently but you make it look easy x Love how you water coloured the petals individually and then when it was dry using pencils to hi-light.....I will be trying it that way next time. Thank you for the inspiration Susan. Fun idea to use the tea for the background and what a fabulous vintage and unique effect on your stunning card. Love the layout of the rose horizontally and the sentiment vertically. Loving this one x

  5. Love that watery script done with the tea! The tea stain is so perfect to make this rose look like a vintage painting! Beautiful colors and shading in the flower!

  6. out of this world, your rose is so beautiful Susan. The pencils add the perfect amount of detail and that vintage tea stain for the script stamp is gorgeous. Certainly something I want to try :)

  7. Wow, beautiful tea rose card, Susan! I love it! The colors of the rose are so pretty and the colored pencil details make a difference. The vintage-look tea stamping is interesting and perfect for creating an organic feel. Hideko xx

  8. Oh my, Susan...Absolutely Gorgeous watercolored Tea Rose and wonderfully creative and artsy tea brew watercolored background. Love your vertical sentiment and framing too. TFS my friend. Hugs..

  9. Beautiful card and I love the background with this gorgeous rose. So pretty. I've never used coffee or tea but I love the result! Thanks for joining us at The Flower Challenge!

  10. Stunning, Susan! This whole card is an art masterpiece. I’ve never used coffee or tea on my cards, but your tea script background looks amazing and so appropriate for your beautiful rose. Great job! xx

  11. Spectacular card, Susan. I love the technique you used for the rose and the tea stained script was such a great idea with great results. Thanks for sharing your card with us at The Flower Challenge.

  12. Congratulations on the HM at The Flower Challenge you can tell by my comment I loved it x.


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