Saturday, 22 June 2013

Tea Bag Folding

Years ago when I first got into card making, Tea Bag folding became very popular. Now however, it seems much less so. It's hard to find good tea bag papers, so I've turned to Japanese Origami papers which i've bought over ebay and they are lovely.

I've still got a couple of folders containing step by step instructions for easy folds, and I've got heaps of printable tea bag tiles, but the origami paper is really lovely to work with.

The first card I'm posting here today uses' printed tea bag tiles, these are circular and are a very easy fold, they also only require 4 pieces to make the medallion.
The second card uses the lovely double sided origami paper and this one needs 8 units to make the medallion.

Both card base's are 13.5 x 13.5cm square and are embossed. For card one, I embossed the whole card, for card two I only embossed the front.

Card one:
to finish this card I used small felt flowers with clear rhinestones in the centre, the sentiment banner is die cut with a spellbinders die from Ribbon Banners set.

Card two:
After embossing the front of my card base, I used a pnk cardstock which closely matched the pink in the origami paper and using Grand Nestabilities square dies, I cut a border which is trimmed with a narrow gold border sticker then mounted using Stampin up dimensionals. the Medallion is mounted with dimensionals in the centre. From my stash of old bits and pieces I found this lovely little button like flat bottomed bead, I think it's from Kaszazz and used a glue dot to fix to the centre of my medallion. I finished by using some diamond stickles around the outer edges, and inner joins of the medallion. The sentiment sticker also from my old stuff stash, but I believe I got it from Blue Edge Crafts.

These are two very simple little folds, I've been playing with some much more complicated ones, and to be honest, I'm never going to be one of those wonderful origami specialists, I'm not nimble fingered enough nor do I tolerate the frustration of not getting it right very well, I'm sitting here typing and giggling because it's true, I think I'll stick to the EASY ones. pretty, but easy, I'll leave the hard stuff to the experts.

The following link will take you to a good starting point for tea bag folding. Tea Bag Folding free patterns

Have fun crafting!

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