Create a Bright and Decorative Tea Gift

by Renee Zarate

Create a Bright and Decorative Tea Gift
When I was young my Grandmother’s favorite way to fix any problem in life was to have a cup of tea. As I’ve gotten older I still love tea time in the afternoon. This mini Tea Journal is for the tea lover in your life. There are spots to insert special bags of tea and small pages to journal about their must-have teas or maybe keep track of fun adventures with other tea lovers.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 3 hours


Step 1

Create a master board using Tsukineko’s Radiant Neon inks, your favorite stamps and a spray bottle of water, cut into 4” by 4” squares. Stamp a teacup image on the paper. Use a Micron pen to decorate with doodled designs, color in with Memento Markers and ink from Radiant Neon inkers. Apply Shimmer Goosebumps on top of the colors on the teacup and allow to dry. Attach the decorated panel to a 4 inch square canvas. Make another teacup image and affix to a matching canvas. One canvas is for the front cover of the journal and the second one is for the back cover. Make additional teacup squares but do not attach to a canvas, these will be glued down inside of the journal.

Step 2

Cut a piece of Bristol paper to measure 4” x 16”, fold accordion style to create 4 inch sections. Attach the twine to tie the book closed underneath the folded piece of paper to hide the ends of the twine. Adhere to the inside of the canvases on either side using Tear It Tape. Small charms can be attached to one or both ends of the twine. Create additional tea cups squares to include inside of the journal. These can all be made to look different by drawing designs on the stamped image or by using different colors, they can be matted or attached to a little hidden fold out book which becomes a journal within a journal.

Step 3

Adhere the extra teacup squares inside the journal. Teacup images can be on either side of the accordion fold, there is a front and a back that can be enhanced depending on how much ephemera there is to add in. Tea bags can include as a surprise. This can be considered a journal since there are blank pages within, these are waiting to include thoughts about favorite teas or favorite tea time adventures.

Step 4

When not in use fold the book up and tie the cord around it to keep it closed.

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  • B Line Designs – Tea Cup stamp
  • Dyan Reaveley stamp
  • Too Much Fun stamp
  • Artistcellar – stencil
  • Twine
  • Charms
  • Bristol paper
  • Card stock
  • Paintbrushes
  • 4” x 4” canvas
  • Tags
  • Water spray bottle
  • Paper towels
  • Tea bags
  • Ephemera

Geometric DIY

Hi Imagine Crafters!
I’ve recently moved to a new apartment and was in need of a tote bag to put my groceries in. Here in Seattle we are charged 5 cents for every bag. While canvas bags are cost-efficient and durable, they’re not always the cutest. So to spice things up a bit I created a super simple geometric design using masking tape, a paint brush and a few different colors of All-Purpose Ink.
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bag w tapeStep 1 – Mask off your design.

High School geometry and I may not have been the best of friends, but geometric designs are jam! You can select a variety of colors to use or go with just one. All-Purpose Ink works well for this projects because once it’s heat set it is wash safe! 


bag 2Step 2 – Get Crafty

As you can see, I ended up adding two additional diamond like shapes to the tote. The triangle design on its own seemed a tad lonely.



bag 4

Step 3 – Enjoy!

I had a lot of fun with this project. In some of the shapes I was able to shade and create a nice dimensional effect instead of all flat colors. You can do this by using the same brush throughout to project to lift up different pigments. Now to go shopping, show off my work to world and have everyone at Trader Joe’s super jealous of my tote-ally awesome tote bag.

All-Purpose Ink colors: Black Pearl, Frost White, Champagne Mist

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