Porcelain Teacup Joy Fold Card

One of my favorite stamp sets in the new Occasions Mini catalog is Tea Shoppe.  I don't even like tea, but the sweet images in this set are delightful!

We tried out some of the images on one of our Occasions Mini Kick-Off Party cards, which was a modified "joy fold" style card. 

KO - teacup 1  Tea shoppe 125547L

KO - teacup 2  KO - teacup 6

The first flap large enough to accommodate the new Paper Doily die (card stock is 10" x 4-1/4", scored at 5-1/2" mark).  The second flap wide enough to hold the trio of teacup stamps (card stock is 8-1/2" x 3", scored at 4-1/4" mark).  TIP: Stamp the inside teacups before you embellish the front, or you won't get a clear image (as shown above—oops!). 

KO - teacup 3

My favorite part of this card is the smooth, porcelain-like texture and colored details of the teacup!  Using white embossing powder, some sponging, and some markers, it really creates a delicate and dainty finish!  Here are the steps I took to achieve this emboss resist look…

Teacup 1

  • Stamp the image in VersaMark Ink onto Whisper White card stock.
  • Cover the ink with White Embossing Powder, then heat with a Heat Tool until smooth and glossy
  • Sponge Wisteria Wonder Ink over the entire background.

Teacup 2

  • Use Stampin' Write Makers to add color details where desired.  I used Concord Crush, Lucky Limeade, More Mustard, and Melon Mambo for this teacup.

Teacup 3

  • The resisted ink will pool on the embossed areas, so once you're finished coloring, gently dab off the excess ink with a tissue.

KO - teacup 7Before I adhered this image to my card, I punched a hole at the top of the cup with my Paper Piercing Tool and threaded some Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine through. 

Then, I and added a mini Decorative Label punch sentiment to mimic the look of a teabag tag daggling from the cup.

You can see how to do the double-punched mini Decorative Label shape at this post.

KO - teacup 5 I love the intricate design created from the Paper Doily Sizzlits Die.  Isn't it gorgeous?! 

The scalloped image in the center of doily is colored on the stamp with Markers before stamping, then punched out with the Scallop Oval Punch.

Paper Doily Tips: All those little punch-outs are sometimes difficult to get out of the design, but I have two tips to make it much easier for you!

TIP #1: Add one card stock shim to your sandwich when running the die through the Big Shot.  So, it should be Multipurpose Platform open to Tab 1, Standard Cutting Pad, Sizzlit, material to be die-cut, Standard Cutting Pad, on sheet of card stock as a shim.  This will ensure the the cuts are deep and go all the way through over the entire design.

TIP #2: Use a Bone Folder to help pop out the little punch-outs.  Curling and bending your card stock with the Bone Folder will loosen up the pieces and many will fall right out.  Don't be afraid to bend the card stock…it is very pliable with all those cuts.  For smaller, more stubborn punch-outs, use the tip of the Bone Folder for more precise "bending." 

If you are still having trouble with a few areas, you can always try using the Paper Piercer or tweezers to get the remaining ones out.  If you do both of the TIPS above, you really shouldn't need to do this.

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