Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Splitcoast tutorial: Tea Bag Stamping

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is called Tea Bag Stamping - our author shares some tips for using the delicate filter paper of a tea bag as a substrate for stamped images! This was a lot of fun, and I thought the vintaged background would be perfect for these new stamps from Red Lead Paperworks!

The tea bag paper is delicate, but I love the staining in it, and it took a variety of coloring media very well. I started with watercolor, which mostly went through the paper, but stained a few areas nicely. Colored pencil also did well, with a careful touch (use Prismacolors, if you have a choice!). Zig Real Brush markers seemed to work the best. I didn't try alcohol markers but those should work fine as long as they're compatible with the ink you use.

The stamp set I used is HERE - I'm almost embarrassed that it took me so long to find and support this sweet little company because looking through their stamp collection felt like coming home. I'm an incurable old soul, and I love all things vintage, bookish, artsy, fairies, birds, botanical, along with thoughtful words... there are gorgeous stencils and collage packs - and it's a Missouri business, too! 

A little more about my order - first of all, you guys, the envelope was hand-addressed...

...and then covered with stamped images - which is fun in itself, but also a great way to introduce your product and show sizes in person. Like that little winged girl with the jar and the bird... those will probably be mine in a future order.

These are the stamps I ordered, and they're tied together with some beautiful dyed seam binding - lovely touch!

This collage pack was free with my order - lots of fun things to add to projects, as well as some project idea cards...

And this is just adorable...

Here are a couple of other things from my order - this stamp is pretty much a snapshot of my soul...!

...and these little labels will be so much fun to add to cards for crafty friends.

I know I'll be back to Red Lead - I hope you will pay them a visit to see if anything inspires you! 
Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. LOVE what you found over at Red Lead, Dina! CAN'T WAIT to see what else you make with your order! I think I'll have to go back & place a LONG OVER-DUE order! LOL They DO have WONDERFUL IMAGES that speak to one's soul! I LOVE this company too!!! OFF TO SEE your tutorial!!! ;)<3

  2. I've been ordering from Red Lead for years and can tell you this is a wonderful company. Their stamps are beautiful and so well made, and the folks there are some of the nicest people you'll ever talk to.

    I love the project you made with the tea bag paper. So sweet!