Friday, 2 August 2019

A Cup of Tea for A Vintage Journey

Hello all and welcome, happy August to you all! It's the first Friday of the month and that means the start of a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey. The lovely Jennie is hosting this month and has chosen the theme A Cup of Tea. This is what she has to say about her challenge:
Pour yourself an extra cup of tea and use it in your project. In your cup you could dye lace, ribbon, wood, paper and flowers, or use it to create splashes or cup rings on your project. And don't just limit yourself to "ordinary tea" - there's green tea, yellow tea, black tea, herbal teas and fruit teas - whatever you've got in your cup! Just remember to ensure that you create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.
I had super fun making my project, here it is:
It's is little folder, made out of two tea dyed envelopes. It has pockets inside and will be filled with some home made tags and ephemera to be sent to a pen friend who is also into vintage journaling, like I am.
The two envelopes were simply slotted into each other as you can see below:
You then glue the remaining flap on the other side, - simple...
I then gathered some vintage style papers, mostly digital downloads from various Etsy shops and had fun creating the cover, inside pages and ephemera. I'll let the photos tell the story:
Here for the front cover I created a collage from a piece of tea dyed paper, some stamping, die cuts, washi tape and a wax seal.

I created a closure from a punched tag, attached to the back, folded around and then it closes with a couple of magnets.

                                                  The inside pages were created in a similar way
I printed the pages on lightly tea dyed paper and then deepened the colour still further with a little sponge dipped in a cup of very strong tea. I also did use Distress Inks throughout though to age the edges of my papers.
The lace at the bottom was also dyed in the same cup of tea
Here you can hopefully see some of the tea splatters which I added by dipping a brush into the cup.
Next I created and envelope that will be tucked inside one of the pockets and will be filled with little tags and other ephemera, all using tea dyed paper.
The front of the envelope
And here finally is a closer look at some of the ephemera and tags.
Well, that's it from me for now, I am usually more of a coffee drinker, but had great fun using my tea in this way. Thank you Jennie for this great challenge! And of course, like always, do make sure to check out the fabulous projects my teamies have created, hopefully you will feel inspired to brew a cuppa or two and join us for the challenge!
Thanks for visiting here today. I'll be on holiday in Germany when this post goes live, and I very much hope you will have a good summer as well. And if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, well then you know that Spring will soon be around the corner...



Julia Aston said...

what a wonderful project for your friend Astrid - so wonderfully drenched in the tea dye! Such a clever design with your joined envelopes and beautifully designed tags to go inside! xx

My name is Erika. said...

The colorful flowers look so beautiful with the vintage look, but the purple is especially beautiful with vintage tea dye. And the old looking lace only makes it prettier. This is a wonderful project Astrid. Perfect for summer. Hugs-Erika

Valerie-Jael said...

Absolutely gorgeous Astrid, love everything, well done. Enjoy your weekend, hugs, Valerie

Annie said...

A real treasure for your pen friend with lots of tea dyed papers and techniques. TFS and enjoy your holiday xx
Huge hugs
Annie x

Dorthe said...

Dear Astrid, I`m falling in love here, - so beautiful, vintage and romance all over. I love your envelope folder, with the lavenders, - gorgeous , and all the other ephemera and flowers, too- Makes me think of visiting a secret garden .
Thank you for showing .
Hugs and happy August and weekend, to you . xo

Ronda Liebert said...

Beautiful stuff. I love the mini file from 2 envelopes. I will have to try this.

Maryann Laursen said...

As always you´ve made a wonderful project here with this folder, and I´m very sure, that your friend will be thrilled, when she recieve this beauty here. Your work is always soo gorgeous and well made with loads of awesome details on it.
Have a wonderful week-end ahead here everyone and loads of great fun.

Deb Riddell said...

This is so wonderful Astrid, adore how you used the envelopes to form your little folder (brilliant!) and all of your lovely tea dyed embellishments and layers complement your design perfectly. Your pen pal is going to be over the moon when they receive this beauty, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo

experiments in paper said...

Astrid, this folder and ephemera are so beautiful - I love all the vintage touches, and that closure is brilliant! Your friend is lucky indeed! Safe travels home when you leave Germany - xxx Lynn

Vesna Maric said...

Love it all.

butterfly said...

Just lovely - the delicate flower images work beautifully amidst the sepia script and tea-stained distressing. It's a gorgeous little album with that clever envelope structure, and lovely subtle embellishing and ephemera on each page.
Alison x

Rita said...

Hi Astrid. Unique little journal as most of them are . This is just so pretty, yet feminine too. Love the variations of wild flowers you have added too. I'm sure it will be gratefully received by your friend and will be so treasured too. Hugs Rita xxx

Caty said...

This is Amazing Astrid !! I love the way you have created these beauties, the enveloppes are so great, love the tags, love all. You have now more treasures.
I wish you a very nice weekend,
Big hugs, Caty

sarascloset said...

Astrid, I feel like I've just been on vacation in the countryside on visiting your blog this morning! Photo after photo to delight my eyes! I adore your envelope folio filled with all those beautiful pieces. The images are beautiful and I love all the vintage touches throughout! What an ingenious project; someone is going to be very lucky to receive this! Thanks so much for inspiring me this morning! Hugs!

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Gorgeous Astrid and the Art work is lovely too! Great project. Happy creative week too. Angela xXx

Mac Mable said...

I so enjoyed reading your post and learning more on how you made this amazing and very beautiful project. The envelope idea was so clever and a wonderful base to add the elements, tags etc....I love it x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Beautiful, romantic, tea stained gorgeousness Astrid! I absolutely love the way you have put this wonderful little book together from two envelopes and all the wonderful ephermera, tea stained or otherwise. Just absolutely gorgeous and I am sure your friend will absolutely love it. Thank you so much for joining in my challenge this month with this gorgeous project. Jennie x

froebelsternchen said...

Oh WOW Astrid , what an unique and amazing project , stunning - your art is always a pleasure for me!
Happy August !
Susi xxx

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what makes! I love how you dyed and tea stained the different elements 😁. The envelopes and lace look so amazing and really adds to the vintage look and feel that you created - beautiful 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a wonderful new week! Hope you had a lovely time in Germany too! Hugs,Jo x
p.s. sorry I haven't visited sooner! I managed to bash my nose on a door handle over the weekend, my nose is not broken but I now have 2 black eyes developing. My nose is also swollen and bruised so I can't wear my reading glasses which makes it very hard to blog as I can't see 😉. Hugs, Jo x

A Pink said...

Truly gorgeous creativity , Astrid . So much vintage beauty included in every piece . Such a treasurable gift for your pen friend that I'm sure she will adore .

Hugs x

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Brilliant project, love it to bits. Happy creative week, Angela xXx

Auntie Em said...

What a beautiful project! I love the little closure idea. I will have to try it out.
Thank you for sharing your lovely work! :)

butterfly said...

Lovely to hear from you - I thought you'd probably like that page! And your comment made me laugh... I hope you enjoy playing with the paint sticks. I wonder if they're the same three that I've got! Hope the sun is shining for you this Bank Holiday Monday.
Alison x

Barbara said...

Amazing project Astrid! The way you created every tags and the embellishments for this work are stunning! love the neutral tones and the contrast with colorful flowers! Fantastic! barbara

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