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Teacup Bouquet of Vellum Flowers

Hi guys! Welcome to your next stop on the Friendship Card Hop!

I wanted to make a pretty tea cup card for one of my sisters (I’ve got three and they are my best friends). The three of us could never convince her of coffee’s superiority so she’s managed to build up a small collection of lovely tea cups and they helped inspire this design.

Here’s a pic of me and two of my sisters… with a fun filter that makes us all look like aliens. I have no eyes, and the youngest is full-on yellow.

This one is pretty straight forward technique-wise. I picked up a cup and saucer die set from Spellbinders, Cup and Beans, at a good sale price. And used it on a pink sheet of patterned paper which looked water colored and maybe a little translucent? I used a couple of pencils to shade the edges just a little to help give it a rounded look. And since I’ve always loved the look of gold lining the rim of fancy cups, I pulled out my sparkly gold embossing powder, a q-tip and some Versamark (sticky ink). I swiped the sticky q-tip on the cup where I wanted it to be embossed and thought it turned out really pretty.

Next I die cut a ton of flowers out of regular vellum paper and some out of a gold vellum, using my Sizzix/Tim Holtz Small Tattered Florals die set. Then I pulled out a couple of alcohol markers to color them in on the backside of the flowers thinking that would help keep the color diffused. I also used my white gel pen on the top of the petals for some highlighting on the petal tips and… pretty much just anywhere I wanted to. No hard rules there. I used the smooth barrel end of a paint brush to press down on the center of the flowers (on top of two pieces of fun foam) gently pressing in a circular motion to get them to have more dimension. You can also use the paint brush handle to curl the petals down.

I popped the tea cup up on two layers of foam tape and glued the flowers down. I really went back and forth on whether or not I should do the framing piece. I think it would have been okay either way, and I’m pretty sure I just ended up going with it because it provided me with another opportunity to use some gold glitter embossing powder. Yes I like pretty, glittery, shiny, glossy things.

I just missed my sisters’ birthday and will hand deliver this to her when I see her this weekend.

I hope that this inspires you to make something new. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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This Post Has 51 Comments

  1. Amanda B

    Gorgeous card, Anne! I’m sure your sister will love the card!

    1. Anne

      I’ll make sure it’s on display every time I go to visit her. Thanks Amanda!

  2. Amanda Wilcox

    This is such a beautiful card!!! I love those vellum flowers and the gold flecks on the cup.

    1. Anne

      Thank you Amanda!

  3. Sharon

    Oh my goodness that is a gorgeous card?

    1. Anne

      Thank you Ladies!!

  4. Amanda Stevens

    Wow! This is a gorgeous card! All of the layers and gold accents really make it pop!

    1. Anne

      Oh thank you! That’s wonderful to hear!

  5. Renee Moran

    This is beautiful Anne. I love all the dimension and the details and yes on the frame. It finishes it all off so nicely.

  6. Boryana

    Anne, this is such a stunning card! I love these flowers and how they pop up. The tea cup is so elegant with that touch of gold. I just love it all and I’m sure your sister will too ❤️

    1. Anne

      Thank you Bory!

  7. Allison kulka

    Fantastic card!!!

  8. Wendi J


  9. Michele Margaret

    Such a beautiful, elegant card! I love the pastel colors with the pop of gold.


    Love all the beautiful little flowers flowing out and around the teacup! This card is oh so very lovely!!! I’m the youngest of 3 sisters by alot of years and we get together every so often, they both have grandchildren, so, they’re pretty busy gals! We all enjoy our coffee time and one of them(who is 74 yrs. old) works at a bakery so we get dessert too! So grateful you shared this fabulous card, LOVE IT!!!

    1. Anne

      My sisters and I make sure to get together 2 or 3 times a year at my single sisters place, we stay overnight and have fancy alcoholic drinks and watch English murder mysteries. We laugh a lot. Thank you so much for your kind comments!

  11. Karen Page

    Oh, yes!!! Love all the sparkly gold!!! Maybe we were leprechauns in a previous life??? ? I especially love the touch of gold you added to the cup rim!

    1. Anne

      Thanks Karen! I love a fancy cup!

  12. Marisela Delgado

    GORGEOUS card! Stunning.

    1. Anne

      Wonderful! Thank you.

  13. Courtney Kreeber

    This is sooooo beautiful. Love the vellum and gold. So elegant. -Courtney

    1. Anne

      Awesome! Thanks Courtney!

  14. Heidi C. Lilley

    such a very pretty card! I collect teacups and teapots, so of course i would love this and all the pretty flowers spilling out of it! Love it!

    1. Anne

      Oh what fun! Thanks Heidi!

  15. Marie Bingaman

    Oh wow Anne, this is beautiful! Your sister is gonna love it, because I sure do! 🙂

    1. Anne

      Thanks so much, Marie!!

  16. Natalie Walsh

    Your sister will love it!!

    1. Anne

      Super cool! Thanks Tracy!

  17. Debbie Alderson

    Very pretty!


    So many Vellum flowers, so beautifully created. Stunning card. Love it

    1. Anne

      Thank you so much!

  19. LeeAnn McKinney

    WOW, I never know what to do with flowers, and here you have done an amazing job with them. Love it.

    1. Anne

      Thank you LeeAnn!

  20. Anna Mahtani

    Love your card! So dainty and sweet ? and what a fun photo of you and your sisters ? thank you for sharing your creativity!

    1. Anne

      I love that photo of us! Thank you for commenting.

  21. Lin Brandyberry

    What a lovely design, Anne – the vellum flowers make this card really special! Thank you for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

    1. Anne

      Oh fun! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  22. Gloria Loungeway

    This card is so gorgeous! Thanks for the tip about using the cotton swab to apply the embossing ink along the edges of the cup. Looks great!

    1. Anne

      Great! Thanks for stopping by Gloria!

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