Everything Stops For Tea

Unwrapping August’s DT package from The Altered Element I was delighted to see Character Construction’s Mannequin Cafe No 5, a bundle of May Arts ribbons and buttons with the utterly irresistible name of “Blushing Mushrooms”.
Lynne does the most amazing job at tailor making the packages for the DT members. I’m sure you agree that the above goodies are very “me”!
With the Character Construction stamp sets it really is a time to let the imagination go a bit wild, if you choose to do so.

I prefer to stamp onto watercolour paper and when using Character Construction, I get the best results when using Verasfine inks. Instructions – paint a 4 section tray with acrylic paint. To stamp the tea cups directly onto the tray I ink up the stamps on an acrylic block then carefully peel from the block making sure not to smudge the ink, place the stamp onto finger (so my finger becomes a substitute stamping block) and stamp directly onto the tray. Cut wooden trim to required size and paint.  Cut lace style trim to form curtains. Gather at the top and glue to top edge of tray. Add painted trim. Ink the upside down teacup (part of mannequin) and also the torso (this will become a tab). Fussy cut, paint, fold torso to form a tab. Gently bend the cup to add some shape. Glue to top of tray. Cut thin strips of lace to create tie-backs. Stamp one arm, paint and cut a piece of crochet trim (from a crochet coaster) as a cuff. Stamp teapot and attach to her hand. It will slip onto the fingers. Use silicone glue to attach arm to tray.

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sue Allan
    Aug 18, 2010 @ 16:10:44

    This is gorgeous, Lynne and so inventive.
    I really love it.
    Very detailed instructions, but I don’t get how you say to do the cups. Did you mean that you stamp onto your finger??

    Having a ‘thick’ day today obviously, I am!

    Very clever!!

    Sue xx


  2. Cynthia Schelzig....Cynnie
    Aug 18, 2010 @ 16:27:25

    What a project!!! It looks fabulous….you HAVE to do a wedding dress:)


  3. craftytrog
    Aug 18, 2010 @ 17:17:25

    Lovely DT stash, definitely very you Lynne! Love your creative piece to bits! x


  4. Lynn Stevens
    Aug 18, 2010 @ 17:28:27

    What a fab stash of goodies to play with and your little curtained window is adorable!
    reread the part about the finger and stamping! I get it you remove the rubber and use your finger instead of the block! great idea!


    • lynne
      Aug 18, 2010 @ 17:32:47

      Edited this post so hopefully the instructions re stamping are a bit clearer. The sections are too small for any acrylic block I own so I use a finger as a substitute acrylic block. Lynne x


  5. Cath
    Aug 18, 2010 @ 19:36:16

    Gosh, you’re a patient bunny. This is SO you! Did you spend ages with tea sets when younger, lol? I can just imagine it. Your imagination is incredible 😀


  6. thefrugalcrafter
    Aug 19, 2010 @ 11:49:37

    I just love this! Your art has such deightful whimsy to it~!


  7. Jack
    Aug 19, 2010 @ 14:37:47

    This is very ‘Mad Hatterish’, lol. Brilliant.


  8. JeanFB
    Aug 19, 2010 @ 17:45:12

    What a fun and whimsical project – wonderful!


  9. Chris
    Aug 20, 2010 @ 16:13:41

    I wish I had just a fraction of your imagination, Lynne. This is a stunning piece of art.

    Chris x


  10. Nancy Maxwell James
    Aug 21, 2010 @ 11:53:54

    this is just darling! Lovely stamps and you made such a beautiful card!


  11. Penny
    Aug 21, 2010 @ 20:47:33

    Such an imaginative project, Lynne! I love how the left side curtain looks like the torso for the arm.


  12. barnie
    Aug 25, 2010 @ 13:57:44

    How cool is this ?! Fantastic idea, love the hand holding the tea pot.


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