Saturday 9 February 2013

DIY Valentine's Card: I Love You More Than Tea

As I mentioned the other day, I've been doing a bit of tea-themed crafting. Here it is... an easy DIY Valentine's Card:

These are pretty simple, but lots of fun to make!

You can make your card with the message "I love you more than tea", or cross out the "more than" and write a cheeky "almost as much as" instead. You could also swap "tea" for "coffee" if that's your drink of choice :)

1. First, print your message on a piece of plain card. I used Word and set up an A5 page divided into two columns, with the page margins set to "narrow." I added my text in the right-hand column and centred it and played around with font sizes until I was happy with the arrangement. I printed out some test prints on paper...

... and then when I'd got everything set up how I wanted, I printed two versions on white card.

I printed two copies so I could show you guys two variations, but actually I think it's not a bad idea to print a couple of copies so you can choose the final version that turns out best as the later steps can be a bit messy.

2. Test making tea rings on a scrap piece of paper. I put the piece of paper on a tray, and filled a saucer with black tea. I then dipped the bottom of a small mug into the tea, and used it to make prints on the paper. I found it was a good idea to check underneath the mug for any bubbles that need bursting, and also to hold the mug over the saucer for a second or two to allow any large drips to drip into the saucer and not onto your piece of paper.

4. Now the fun bit: decorate your card(s) with tea rings. I placed my cards on pieces of paper towel (kitchen roll) on a tray, with the saucer on the tray next to it. Try to avoid the printed text if you can, as the tea will make the ink run. As you can see from the second picture, this can't always be helped - I placed my tea rings to avoid the text and still managed to drip a big drop of tea on it! Oops.

If you wanted you could always decorate the card with tea stains first and then add the text - the tea distorts the card so it probably wouldn't print very well, but you could hand-write the text instead.

5. Leave your card to dry and then fold them. My cards ended up looking like this when they'd dried:

6. Add the "almost as much as" text if you want to. I'd recommend writing this on one of your paper test prints first to test the position & size of your handwriting & get the finished result exactly how you want it.

7. Finally write your message inside, pop it in an envelope (a brown one would be nice, to go with the tea theme but it's not essential) and give it to your loved one this Valentine's Day :)

This would also be a sweet card to make for an anniversary!

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Susannesblogg said...

Vilka härliga mönster det blev med te ringarna från muggen! Att färga med mat fläckar på olika material kan bli konst. Detta tema kommer jag att spinna vidare på. då kommer du förstås vara den sidan jag kommer att länka först till eftersom du gav mig idéen. precis som mina snöflingegardiner som inspirerade mig från dina pappers snöflingor. Din blogg är inspirerande och intressant att följa. H en bra dag!

Despina said...

Amazing idea! Thanks for sharing it!

AnitaS said...

What a very nice idea.

Fay aka Beautifullily said...

Great tutorial, so much nicer than all the pink/red cards in the shops

Silly Little Sheep said...

This is EXACTLY what I need for this years Valentines day!!! :) And will definitely be adding the almost as much as text :D

Sally said...

A great idea, thanks for the tutorial

Unknown said...

such a great idea!

Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks for the lovely comments everyone! This really is a fun project to make... and like Fay says, it makes a nice change from all the usual pink & red :)

Unknown said...

This is a great idea for a card. I think I will have to use the "almost as much as tea" wording!

Nikki x
@ Bead It and Weep

Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks, Nikki! I would totally use that too :)