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A Tattoo Design Tea Bag Folding Labour Of Love

For a while now I have had a list of design ideas that I’ve been wanting to try. With a rare day off the other day I thought that I would give one of them a try.

It was a simple concept – make a teabag folding design using rubber stamps.

Little did I realise that it would become a labour of love and take up most of that day off.

It was definitely fun to do though and I was so proud of it that I thought that I would like to share it with you all.

For anyone that doesn’t know what Teabag folding is, it is a simple form of paper folding made using (mostly) squares of paper that are folded up into shapes that can be combined together to create medallion or mandala style embellishments for a range of creative projects.

There is already lots of information out there on the internet, including YouTube, and Pinterest, so I won’t be focusing too much on that side of things but will instead give you an idea of how I put my little take on this pretty paper craft.

Well, the first thing that I did, as you can probably guess, was to cut myself eight equal sized squares. They were 9cm (approx 3.5 inches) in size.

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The next step was to fold and then unfold these squares. I did this because I wanted to be able to work out where to put the stamp before I began colouring them in and if I had folded them up and then done this, it probably would have been a whopping great disaster.

A Tattoo Design Tea Bag Folding Labour Of Love - 2Easy so far? Yup. Onwards!

Next I took out my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (from Inkadinkado) and positioned the clear positioning sheet next to the handle and stamped a single impression of the stamp that I was going to use.

A Tattoo Design Tea Bag Folding Labour Of Love - 3Then I took one of the squares of paper and positioned the clear positioning sheet over one of the corners (where there wasn’t a fold line). I then brought the little green positioning thing into place.

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Keeping the green handle in place, and moving the clear positioning sheet out of the way I stamped the design onto the corner.

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and it ended up looking like this.

A Tattoo Design Tea Bag Folding Labour Of Love - 6I then repeated this process on the other eight squares.

Getting the impression that this was going to be a long job yet? I think that it had just started to dawn on me, but I carried on in a stupor of creative bliss.

A Tattoo Design Tea Bag Folding Labour Of Love - 7So, next up was the bit that I had really been looking forward to – the colouring in!

I’ve had the Spectrum Noir Colouring pencils hanging around for a while now and haven’t really used them on a full project so far – so this was my opportunity.

Now, in all honesty I didn’t do a full set of photos for this as there were quite a few steps in terms of building up colour and shading so here are just a couple of photos of the colouring process.

This first one shows the unblended beginnings of the “skin” areas of the tattoo. I used three colours on these areas and went on to blend this out with Zest-It Pencil Blending Solution.

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This next photo shows the first square almost complete – and some more of the squares eagerly waiting to be coloured – impatient little monkeys.A Tattoo Design Tea Bag Folding Labour Of Love - 10

After working out the colour scheme and blending requirements on this first square I then started blending batches of colour across the remaining squares – it just made this feel a little quicker, but I don’t think it was …A Tattoo Design Tea Bag Folding Labour Of Love - 11

When I had done them all, they decided to play up to the camera and reenact the iconic music video, Bohemian Rhapsody, by Queen.

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After sorting them out and giving them a talking to, I then folded all of the squares up and assembled into the final mandala design that was going to go on the front of my card.

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The finishing touches were simple – a little matting/layering, a few gems and I also stamped and die cut another of the tattoo designs in order to add a decorative touch to the middle of the mendala design.

And what do you know – it’s finished! Obviously that was the heavily edited version though ;)

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Oh, before I sign off, I guess that I had better give you a list of the pencils that I used in case you like the colour scheme and want to use it for yourself.

Banner –

  • Light 112
  • Medium 117
  • Dark 119

Heart –

  • Light 024
  • Medium 027
  • Dark 033

Wings –

  • Light 065
  • Medium 066

Leaves –

  • Light 065
  • Medium 047

Skin –

  • Light 009
  • Medium 089
  • Dark 095

Ok, well, that’s it for this post. I hope that you have enjoyed it.

As ever, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to pop them in the relevant box below.

Thank you for reading – see you next time.

J :)

37 thoughts on “A Tattoo Design Tea Bag Folding Labour Of Love

  1. Brilliant card – what a lot of hard work you put in but it was well worth it for the finished effect!
    May I just ask what ink you used to stamp the images as I have recently purchased the spectrum noir pencils and am not sure what ink to use yet.
    Thanks,
    Joy

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  2. You did a fab job here John. Well done. I have a question to ask referring to an demonstration you did late last year where you were using a post it pad completely covered in the re-positional sticky tack. Where can I
    get these pads?

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  3. Have to echo so many other comments and say ‘WOW’ John – this is the most beautiful card!!! Absolutely love it – the teabag folding look is amazing – can’t wait to have a go :) Thanks for another really clear tutorial …. I wish I had your talent but I’m working at it x

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