Without a doubt, Phyllis Macaluso is the queen of creative cards. Her cards always feature some sort of interactive element and a clever, captivating design! Today, she’s going to show us how to make a beautiful tea-themed Mother’s Day card.
1. Gather Your Supplies
To get started, you’ll need a few key supplies, listed below this photo.
- Cardstock (in the colors of your choice)
- Printed version of the Teapot Card Printable Packet
- Ribbon or thread
- Pen + nib of your choice (a Pretty in Pink oblique pen + Brause EF66 nib is pictured here)
- White ink
- X-Acto knife
2. Print the Project Template
Print out a copy of the project template (page 1 of the Teapot Card Printable Packet) on whatever printer paper you’ve got. Then, get out a piece of cardstock in a color that appeals to you.
3. Trace and Cut
Cut out your tea-themed templates, then trace around them over your chosen piece of cardstock.
Phyllis has generously provided us with a hand-painted floral motif if you’d prefer to trace over that. You can find it in the Teapot Card Printable Packet!
4. Decorate Your Teapot
Fold the bottom half of your teapot up. Then, focus on adding a design to the front of the teapot. You can use watercolor paint, white ink, or just decoupage a motif! If you use Phyllis’s printable floral motif, no further decoration is necessary.
6. Add a Message
Use your dip pen and ink to add a message to the outside of the card. Phyllis has included a list of tea-themed sweet sentiments in the Teapot Card Printable Packet that are perfect for this purpose! As you wait for the ink to dry, you can also decorate the envelope that you plan to put the card in.
7. Put It All Together
Now, glue down the edges of the back of the teapot card to make a pocket. Then, fold your teabag, and glue or staple your string or ribbon to it. Finish up by folding the tea tag and gluing the other side of your ribbon inside.
That’s it. 🙂 At this point, you can place your completed card set into an A7 envelope and send! Don’t forget to tuck the teabag and tea tag into the pocket you made on the back of the teapot card.
Phyllis Macaluso is an incredible artist and calligrapher with a singular style. She uses minimal, delicate, Eastern-inspired brushstrokes to produce expressive floral subjects to accompany her lettering. Phyllis has a background as a schoolteacher and has a passion for teaching students! You can take a seasonal class from her online at Acorn Arts.
Phyllis studied extensively with skilled mentors, including Master Penmen like Bill Lilly and Harvest Crittenden. Her work has been featured in publications like Vogue Brides, Dasherie, Calligraphy Crush, and Bound and Lettered. She’s also completed commissions for companies like PBS and Sakura of America. If you love her work, you’ll be thrilled to know that she accepts freelance projects! I strongly encourage you to follow her on Instagram to be wowed and inspired on a regular basis. (And if you pop by her Instagram, be sure to give her some love for this project!)
Thanks very, very much to Phyllis for creating this tutorial especially for TPK readers! If you like this card, I suspect you’ll also enjoy her folded heart card concept and matchbook Valentine’s Day card. Happy Mother’s Day!