A Cup of Tea at A Vintage Journey

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and I had lots of fun art journaling for Jennie’s fabulous A Cup of Tea for your Art challenge.

Here’s what we would like you to do this month:
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 is 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.

Inspired by Jennie’s fabulous challenge and some wording on a sign at a local tea shop, I had fun using a cup of Hot Cinnamon Spice tea for my art journaling this month.

I applied the tea using both the teabag …

… and the teacup to create a tea-stained background; drying each layer of tea using my heat gun.

When dry, I stamped a frame and flowers using Urban Tapestry stamps from Tim Holtz and Vintage Photo Distress Archival Ink.

Next I die cut some teacups and the “Everything stops for tea” wording from some Tim Holtz design paper choosing colours that reminded me of the Hot Cinnamon Spice tea. They are all outlined with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck in place using a Zig glue pen.

I arranged the string and label from the teabag so it came out of the single cup. Then to finish, I added some flower and pearl gems around the edge of the page adding some Pumpkin Liquid Pearls to the centre of each flower to add a pop of colour.

You can see how this beautiful tin inspired my page. I always enjoy a cup of Hot Cinnamon Spice tea for breakfast, it’s a wonderful pick me up!

Here’s the sign that inspired the wording on my journal page too (double grin!).

For more inspiration, please pop over to see what my fellow Creative Guides over at A Vintage Journey created with their cups of tea, it would be lovely to see you there!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.


I’m pleased to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my tea stained art journal page.

I’m happy to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge too.

I’m also joining the Tim Holtz challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday as I used lots of Tim Holtz products to create this page.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • A cup of Hot Cinnamon Spice tea and teabag
  • Ranger Distress Archival Ink (Vintage Photo)
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous (Urban Tapestry CMS061)
  • Crafter’s Companion Vintage Tea Party (Toppling Teacups S-VTP-MD-TOPT)
  • Docrafts X-Cut A5 Die Set (Folk Alphabet XCU503286)
  • Tim Holtz Paper Stash (Halloween #TH93712)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Poundland (Design Gems)
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls (Pumpkin)
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Pritt Stick

29 thoughts on “A Cup of Tea at A Vintage Journey

  1. I love the effect you created on your background by pressing the teabag directly to the paper – what a wonderful design! Your teacups are so pretty in the patterns and colors of the papers you used! A beautiful tea themed (and colored!) journal page! xx

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  2. Beautiful way to add a delicate touch to the background Jo, there’s no excuses needed to stop and take a moment in this house for a cuppa. In the knick of time…. Thank you for sharing, supporting and joining in with our Anything Goes Paperbabe Challenge.
    Creative Hugs Tracey xx

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  3. Jo, the background you created is so pretty and the stamped border sets it off beautifully. I love your teacups too, this is such a lovely take on Jennie’s theme. Hugs, Anne xx

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  4. This is a Gorgeous Art page Jo !! I loooove it. What a so good idea to use directly the teabags over the page. I like very much the result. Now the stamps are wonderful, and the cups so pretty. Love the embellishments too. Congrats !!
    I wish you a very nice weekend, and send big big hugs,

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  5. I am sorry I missed this earlier. What impressed me was how incredible your journal pages must be. The tea didn’t buckle the page as much as I thought it would. The entire entry is wonderful and the rings add even more tea goodness. I love your beautiful die cuts. Those cups are incredible. Even the frame adds to the feeling of the tea color. Great journal page, Jo.

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  6. Gorgeous page Jo -.love your background. Great imagery and colour combo too 🙂
    and I had to smile because I had just seen Avril make a background with beetroot juice and I was then wondering about raiding ‘Daves cupboard’ for saffron strands too..
    I often over teabags for arty uses but think I may be going on a raiding expedition soon now to see what else is useable 🙂
    Happy Sunday…Gill xx

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  7. A fabulous tea themed journal page Jo and your background with the tea is a stunning base for the wonderful elements on top. Thank you for joining me in this challenge this month and I am so glad you enjoyed it! Jennie x

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  8. Happened to be on the computer as your comment came through… oh, no, poor you – that sounds horrible. I’m glad it’s not a broken nose, and I hope the bruising works through swiftly and smoothly so that you can wear your glasses again. Take good care of yourself!
    Alison x

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  9. Hi Jo.. I noticed you’d mentioned on Alisons blog about bashing your nose at the weekend….sorry to read that…just wanted to say… hope you’re ok and thinking of you…hope its better soon,,take care…. Gill xxxxx

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  10. HUGE Congrats on winning our Paperbabe Challenge Jo, well deserved creation.
    Thank you as always for your support and sharing your creativity with us, I hope you enjoy looking around the Paperbabe store and choosing your prize xx
    Creative Hugs Tracey xx
    P.S Hope you are now on the mend & are taking care of yourself (((Hugs))) x


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