Monday, May 13, 2019

My Cards and Tags: Tea Bag Bookmarks using Inky Antics' Library Love Stamp Set

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is "Happy Hour."  I'm not a drinker, but happy hour to me means curling up with a good book and sipping on some hot chocolate, herbal tea or apple cider.  With that as my inspiration, I made these tea bag bookmarks.

I started by cutting some tea bags and shaking out the tea.  Then I shook on some Infusions color stain and spritzed them with water.

While those were drying, I stamped and cut out four library due date cards using Inky Antics' Library Love stamp set.  I designed this set and one thing that was important to me (an eternal librarian) was that the stamp was the real-life size of a paper library due date slip.

Next I stamped my cards with Dina Wakley circles, then filled them in with white acrylic paint.

I colored my circles in with different colors of acrylic paint.

While that dried, I stamped, fussy-cut and painted in some twig sprigs stamped with Inky Antics' Branching Out set.

I stenciled in some polka dots and painted them in various colors.  Then I stapled the tea bags onto my due date cards.

I also decorated the tags on my tea bags with polka dot patterned paper, more stamping and some acrylic paint.

The tea bags were a little more vibrant than I had anticipated, so I added a bit of white to them and stuck on some Tim Holtz Washi tape.

I stamped and fussy-cut some "Carpe Librum" sentiments and stamped some scallop borders at the bottom.  I put some patterned paper onto some of the scallop ridges and outlined the bookmarks with black Sharpie.

I glued the tea bag tags onto some of these bookmarks and left them dangling on others for some variety.

And here they all are together:

Here are the supplies I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I look forward to your interpretation of "Happy Hour"!  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!


  1. Oh my goodness Andrea, how fabulous are these!! I love how you used the tea bags! the library cards are awesome and the colours and textures are absolutely gorgeous!! :-)

    hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  2. Andrea, you and I share the same idea of a good time, nothing like a good book and a hot cuppa! I love how you combined the library cards and the tea bags, and your glorious colors!! Awesome stamps, by the way. hugs, Maura

  3. You are genius! tea bag... I'm speechless, your so creative! Stunning project! barbara

  4. What a cool ide to make the library cards as a base to the bookmarks. I love the colors and details but you absolutely rocked the tea bags! What a surprise! Hugs, Marzena