Begin by gathering a few supplies you may use for your project. For the base, you will need an old book cover (mine came from an old encyclopedia). Also, I have collected some bits and bobs that I may or may not use in the creation of my piece. This just gives me a nice jumpstart and allows me to have several coordinating pieces at my fingertips as I create.
Once you have your supplies collected you can layer some desired papers to create the background. Be sure to use an adhesive that is strong and will allow you to build layers. I chose Perfect Paper Adhesive. I LOVE that stuff!
Next, stamp your images onto tea bag paper. I used Skipping Stones Design's Heartsong set for this piece. If you have never stamped on tea bag paper before you are in for a treat! It is so fun to use! Simply empty a used tea bag and lay the unfolded paper out to dry and then stamp away!
Apply a coat of adhesive where you want to place your tea bag and spread the glue evenly with your fingers. It may not go to the edges of the tea paper and that is totally okay.
Once that is adhered you can have some fun! Add lace, trim, and embellishments as desired until you are happy with the layout of the piece.
Using Distress Inks, now you can add ink to highlight various areas of your mixed media piece.
Using a strong tool like a Crop-a-Dile or a Dremel, punch holes in the top of the piece and add ribbon to hang.
Complete your piece with a pretty ribbon to hang and you are done! See...I told you it wouldn't actually FEEL like work by the time we finished! Just say'n.
Thanks for following along! And Happy Creating!!!!