'Ah ha' thought I, this is perfect for my tea stained pages from my previous post.
First I cut myself some tags with my Sizzix die
Then I selected some brown card
And made two envelopes, which I embossed using my Cuttlebug Swirl embossing folder.
I then had a little looky through our ephemera box, there are lots of previously cut or stamped treasures in here. I chose some stamped and cut butterflies, we don't actually own these stamps, we borrowed them from our crafty friend, Florence.
We keep all our ephemera in see through bags, so it's easy to see what you have when you're looking for inspiration for your latest project.
Next I raided our own stamp box, and found these lovely Papermania stamps.
Once the tags had been cut and the embellishments chosen, I ventured over to the ink and misting drawer. I had a feeling this was going to be a rather messy project.
So, now I was ready to actually start my creativity.
I inked up one of the Papermania stamps in Whispers brown ink. It's a good job my paws are dark, as the brown ink can really stain!
I stamped the image directly onto one of my cut tags.
I stamped the second tag in a complimentary theme, and added these to the envelopes.
Now I needed some smaller tags, Again I chose some stamps from the Papermania pack and decorated the tags, again in brown inks.
From the ephemera bag I selected some die cut flowers, these are from a Tim Holtz die, but I'm not sure of the name of it, as we cut them at a Papermaze crop last month.
The flowers were inked and distressed, then layered up
I then chose a coordinating piece of patterned paper, this is also from the Papermania range. I inked and distressed the edges of this, oh, and tore one of the edges for a more shabby look to my cards.
Then it was time to assemble my various bits and pieces.
This is where my previously tea stained papers came in handy. I selected two, tore the edges, and inked and misted over the text, to produce an even more aged effect.
The aged papers were adhered to blank cards, which had been decorated with the Papermania patterned paper as the base.
Then the tags in envelopes were added, and on top of that, all the ephemera I had chosen.
Here are the finished cards
And a close up. A good luck card
And a happy birthday card.
And plenty of aged papers left over to make more cards later.
With love from the bears 🐻