Mar 03 2012

Tea Time Quilling Card

tea time quilling cardA cup of tea is an invitation to put your feet up and relax for a moment, or catch up with the latest news as you chat with a friend. Is it any wonder that teacups are such a popular motif in stamping and paper crafting?


When I first started thinking about this project, I envisioned my card having a decidedly Victorian feel. I had some nice off-white lace that I wanted to use and started looking through my papers to see what I might have to go with it. I was quite surprised to find that while I seem to be drawn to that style, it wasn’t reflected in my current paper stash and I didn’t have anything that would work.


tea time quilling card insideThat actually turned out to be a good thing. I am still in a “use what I already have” mood, which made me look at my current papers in a new way. I found a large scrap of striped print paper that reminded me of mid-century modern wallpaper and the look of my card quickly jumped a century from 1850 to 1950 and provided an opportunity to try some new quilling techniques.


I want to give Melisa Waldorf of Paperlicious Designs credit for the teacup template I used as the pattern to cut out my own blue teacup. I resized it a bit since I needed it smaller, but kept the rim wide enough to cover the packaged tea bag.  I cut a slit through the front of the card and slipped in the teabag.  It is held in place with a glue dot.


Most of the quilling designs are made from “solid rings” (the official North American Quilling Guild name for the ring coils) created by wrapping the quilling paper around a bamboo skewer, dowel, or tool handle.


behive quilling flowerI also used these rings to make the outline of the flower petals which I filled in using the Beehive technique Susan of Susan Quilling Cards introduced us to last December.  Pritesh of Quilling Me Softly was kind enough to make a video of this technique.


I enjoy a nice hot cup of tea, especially on a cold evening, and this card with the enclosed teabag will let me share that enjoyment with a friend.


Quilling Tip

If tea isn’t your “bag” (I know, that was bad … LOL!), this card idea can be easily adapted to hold a packet of instant coffee or cocoa.  Or try changing the tea cup to a soup bowl and add a packet of instant chicken soup for a thoughtful Get Well card for a sick friend.


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8 responses so far

8 Responses to “Tea Time Quilling Card”

  1. carol gancorzon 04 Mar 2012 at 4:46 pm

    A beautiful invitation! Thank you for sharing your idea.

  2. Lisa Mon 04 Mar 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Well, it’s my cup of tea. Love it. I’ll have to go check out the video. I have some great dies on the computer to make the cup. Thanks! Just the thing I need to jump start my quilling again. 🙂

  3. Diana Ennson 04 Mar 2012 at 9:02 pm

    What a fun card –

  4. Helenon 04 Mar 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Great ideas, Charlotte! Thanks! Helen

  5. Teddie Seeleyon 05 Mar 2012 at 3:58 pm


    What a lovely idea. Very nice job.


  6. sue custeron 07 Mar 2012 at 4:52 pm


    Love, love , love it!! Tea is one of my passions besides chocolate and quilling!!

    The little teabag tucked inside is just too cute. You pulled off the 50’s era feel perfect!

    Thanks for sharing,

  7. Melisa Waldorfon 10 Mar 2012 at 11:56 pm

    LOVE your teacup. I love all your quilling projects. Great designs.

  8. Amyon 17 Jul 2013 at 2:14 am

    I love this! I think I am going to make one for my son’s teacher at the end of summer school with a bag of chamomile tea. Thanks for a great idea!

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