Red, White and Blue Blossoms

Hydrangeas in Cape Cod

These lovely hydrangeas, growing in nearly every garden on Cape Cod, are my inspiration for today’s project.

Keeping with the red, white and blue theme this month, I chose to use the softer, more feminine, side of these colors.  This project is the perfect little gift to bring a hostess, or slip a gift card inside for a birthday or token of thanks.

There are lots of tutorials out there for making tea bag holders (that title just seems so mundane for such a pretty project) so I’m sharing my rendition of several I’ve seen online.

I used Neenah Classic Crest in Solar White, my all-time favorite for coloring with Copic markers, for the actual folded card and the two white panels with stamped images (interior and exterior; see below).  The folded card is 3.75″ x 7″; scored at 1.5″ and 4.25″.

You’ll need to cut two each of the following:
Bottom Layer = 2.5″ x 3.5″ (red patterned paper)
Middle Layer = 2.25″ x 3.25″ (Basis 80# Cover, Light Blue)
Top Layer = 2″ x 3″ (Neenah Classic Crest, Solar White)

Stamp the image of your choice onto the top layer (white) and color in with Copic markers.  This hydrangea stamp is by Hero Arts.  There’s also a small strip of light blue card stock that I used on the inside and it’s 1.375″ x 3.5″.  The scalloped border in red patterned paper is 3.75″ x 1″ and then punched with a Martha Stewart scalloped border punch.  (Note: I didn’t end up using the Happy Birthday sentiment stamp).  I used Memento ink in Tuxedo Black and Distress Ink in Antique Linen, along with a sponge dauber, to give the edges a stained look.

Here are the colors of Copic markers I used:

And here’s what the backside of one of the Neenah Classic Crest panels looks like after it’s colored with Copics:

It looks “bad” or “wrong” to have pens bleed through, but that’s actually absolutely right in the case of Copic markers and good paper!

After I finished coloring, I mounted the bottom, middle and top layers with a tape runner (ATG) and then adhered the front over an 18″ length of authentic baker’s twine.

I mounted the three layers for the inside the same way, and added the light blue card stock strip and scalloped border to the pocket that’s formed when you staple the small flap down using a Tiny Attacher (really small stapler by Tim Holtz).

This card/holder can easily fit a lovely tea bag or gift card into its pocket.  I added a really tiny punched butterfly with two tiny half pearls as an embellishment to the pocket.  You can also see that I used Antique Linen Distress Ink and a sponge dauber to “antique” the project.  I liked the vintage feel it gave and I thought it went well with the “old fashioned” hydrangea.

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