Books & Tea

Ever since I created a ‘what should I read next?‘ art journal page I’ve been wanting to do a similar design on a card featuring the Darkroom Door ‘mini book’ and ‘book spines’ stamps. This time a teacup joined the party.

What is more delightful than a cup of tea and a good book? Maybe a cup of tea with another book lover?

I stamped the book spines stamp three times in hickory smoke archival ink on a piece of hot pressed watercolour paper (which had been splattered with masking fluid). I set out both my Sennelier watercolour paint palette and a Finetec pearlescent set to paint the books. I mainly used the Sennelier paints but added drops and swipes of pearlescent paints here and there for interest.

Once the paints dried I used a handful of gel pens to add decoration to the book spines. I decided not to add titles (there is other pressing work to be done after all) just patterns. I removed the masking fluid, blended tea dye and vintage photo ink around the edges then splattered some vintage photo ink over the panel.

The mini book is stamped in versafine vintage sepia and then stamped with a script stamp from the DD ‘correspondence’ set and a sentiment stamp from DD ‘classic motorcycles’. The teacup from DD ‘cup of tea’ set is embossed in gold powder then painted a pale rose. I fussy cut both the book and the cup (I know – I’m surprised too). The book panel is matted in cream then attached to a grey luxe card base. I attached the mini book and teacup to hang over the edges of the panel ever so slightly.

Right now I would love to curl up on the couch with a good book and a cup of tea but I am editing my next online class! I am very excited to get it finished for you as it has a seasonal theme which might interest you right about now.


7 Comments on “Books & Tea”

  1. nancystiz says:

    What an outstanding job you did on this Heather. I love the vintage feel of the entire image. Adding the book and tea cup was brilliant. This one just grabbed my attention! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Pat says:

    These piles of books in three or four different colours look fabulous Heather and the added open book and teacup finish it beautifully and love the way they go over the panel edge very slightly and the grey card complements it perfectly. A gorgeous card! x

  3. rosebudinnh says:

    Wonderful work. As usual. Thanks for sharing Rose.

  4. patricia rowe says:

    I am in love with these stamps. Your coloring of this one and the other books a while back is absolutely stunning. I say outloud–wow, and incredible–my husband asks what are you talking about? I then exclaim at how breathtaking these books are. I sure resist buying stamps but seeing what can be done with them, with the talent you have, makes buying them a possibility.

    I rarely can put a book down to do anything. I say to myself..just one more chapter..that rarely works. Reading is so comforting, even if reading a murder/mystery–since I know that evil will lose in the end.

    Thank you for sharing. This is another one of your beauties.

    • Heather says:

      Thank you Tish, that is very kind of you to call them breathtaking! I really enjoyed both this card and the similar journal page. I came up with another idea with these stamps today which hopefully I’ll try soon.
      I really enjoy reading and have completed loads of audio books this year while creating as well as reading physical books before I go to sleep. My favourite murder mystery writer is definitely Louise Penny. Her books are set in Quebec and they draw me in every time.

      • Teri S. says:

        Hi Heather! Louise Penny is one of my favourite authors as well as I love the way she brings her characters to life & the humanity she gives Inspector Gamache. Another author I’ve always enjoyed in the mystery/police genre is Elizabeth George. Have you ever read her novels? I have to agree with the description of Tish regarding this card. I’ve always been drawn to darkroom door stamps, but unfortunately, find their prices so high that I’ve had torefrain from purchasing them. I so admire your talent Heather.

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