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Video Series: Homemade Techniques – Card #4

Homemade Techniques

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Welcome to the final card in my series! Seriously, this was the hardest set of cards I’ve ever created. It took me countless hours and lots of trial and error with various things to come up with ideas that I thought were good enough!

Today I’m working with used tea bags! I have a new appreciation for tea bags. They are beautiful, versatile, and extremely easy to work with. Stamping, heat embossing, watercolor, copic markers… there are so many options! I steeped it in water, clipped the string, opened it, removed the tea leaves, rinsed it thoroughly under water, then let it air dry. Here are the cards:

Tea Bags

For my first tea bag, I used Prismacolor pencils with a flower stamp from the Penny Black Blooming Garden set. I adhered the tea label as an embellishment:

Tea Bags

For my second tea bag, I used Copic markers on stamps from Paper Smooches Hot Concoctions. For the white foam, I used a white Prismacolor pencil:

Tea Bags

Third, I used my Ranger Distress Crayons for the first time. This Stampin’ Up! set is called Serene Silhouettes (and is about to retire!):

Tea Bags

And finally, for the card in the video, I used Peerless watercolor and Chalkola markers:

Tea Bags

In the video, I referenced THIS CARD, where I used the Chalkola markers on black cardstock.

These cards are so cool in person! I hope you’ve enjoyed this series. I sure did!



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Penny Black Delightful
Penny Black Delightful
Chalkola Markers
Chalkola Markers
Peerless Watercolor Basic
Peerless Watercolor Basic
Peerless Watercolor Bonus
Peerless Watercolor Bonus
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Uniball White Gel Pen
White Gel Pen
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape


  1. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 6:52 am


    How funny~tea bags? Now you’ve got me looking all through my kitchen for ideas! I thought all four cards were lovely. Almost had a linen look to them. This has been fun – can’t wait to see what you have planned for next month! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 7:28 am


    These cards are truly superb. Who would’ve thought you could use tea bags in this way?! You are very good at lateral thinking (smile). I noticed that you did not glue down the bottom of the tea bag but only the top area. Was there any reason for that? I would’ve thought that the bottom would come up if it was not glued down. Also, please let us know what you thought of the Distress crayons. I have seen them demonstrated a few times and they seem to remain waxy on the surface in a similar way to crayolas. If so, they would not be the same as the Faber Castell gelatos that I love to use.

    • wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      I just glued the top so it was sort of a tapestry kind of thing. It’s kind of stiff, so there really wasn’t a need. So far, I like the crayons. They go on a lot easier than the gelatos. I’ll have to experiment some more.

  3. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 12:58 pm


    LOVE this !!! Brilliant !! I never would have thought of this…..I think they turned out great !!! TFS

  4. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 1:42 pm


    You are soooo clever! Absolutely love this series. I look forward to seeing your videos everyday. Thanks for sharing and can’t wait for your craft room reveal.

  5. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 1:42 pm


    Oh my gosh!!, this is amazing, Darlene!!! what a beautiful way to totally transform this bags into something truly gorgeous. I love the look of the tea bag material, I wonder what it’s made of. I have a new respect for tea bags and I will save them from now on, I think this technique would look amazing with Japanese themes, like lotus flowers or beautiful Japanese words.
    Thank you for an amazing series, all of the cards you’ve made are fabulous but these made with the tea bags are my absolute favorites.
    Big hugs, my dear. And now, excuse me while I go brew some tea!!

    • wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Yes! Great idea, Maria. It’s perfect for Japanese-style stamps.

  6. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 1:59 pm


    Thank you for this wonderful series of cards using materials around the house.

    I know you put in a lot of hours experimenting.

    I liked all of the cards made. My favorites were the rice and the teabag.

    I going to empty my used tea bags around my plants for composting and use the teabag for stamping.

  7. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 2:28 pm


    these turned out fantastic!! Great tutorial and series – thanks for the inspiration!

  8. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 3:00 pm


    I have the teabags… guess I should start drinking it! Love this technique… and I have had the chalk markers on my Amazon Wish List since I saw you use them on black cardstock…. maybe now is the time!

  9. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 3:27 pm


    So cool! At first I thought you had used tea to die the cardstock; didn’t realize it was the actual bag material. Who knew?? Will have to start saving my tea bags now. Was it hard to color with the prisma pencils? I’d be afraid of snagging. Thanks for your feedback.

    • wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Not hard at all, Irene. Tea bags are actually quite durable.

      • wrote on April 28th, 2016 at 4:14 pm

        Teresa S

        Have you ever used tea to die the cardstock or in any other way? These are beautiful and truly inspiring!

  10. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Brenda L.

    Wow, that is so cool that you used the tea bag Darlene! They are all so unique and pretty but my favorite is the one you did in the video. Hugs, Brenda

  11. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Diana Trout

    So pretty! I’ve stitched teabags to build collages. All of the different colors from the various teas are beautiful. Stitching them is easy too. (Pain to collect tho. 😉

    • wrote on April 30th, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Wow – that does sound beautiful, Diana!

  12. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 4:44 pm


    Beautiful. Now I will buy tea in bags so I can copy this technique. thanks for sharing with us.

  13. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 4:52 pm


    I really liked the trees bag cards. Very inventive. It would be neat to have a pocket for s noon used twas bag to go with the card. ?

  14. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Jan Castle

    All kinds of tea in my ‘tea drawer’….best get at it! Thanks for the video Darlene!!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  15. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 5:42 pm


    Well Darlene, what can I say but this has been an amazing series. I have enjoyed it and as I am having a sleep over with my sisters and we each have to teach a technique, Guess what, I am going to be able to teach a few…lol

    Thanks heaps


  16. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 5:45 pm


    What an awesome series. You are sooo creative and talented! I love all of the techniques that you showed and am anxious to try all of them.

  17. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 6:09 pm


    I have loved all of this series. The teabags!!! Well, they are amazing. I like all four cards. Will certainly be making these. You’ve done it again!! Thanks Darlene

  18. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 7:01 pm


    You are amazing. I never would have thought to use tea bags.

    Great tutorial!

  19. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 7:26 pm


    I think these cards were my favorite. It gives me an idea for my card entry at my local county fair. Thanks!

  20. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 8:07 pm


    Thanks Darlene. This is a neat technique. We have teabags comming out the nose around here right now. Guess I will grab some of them. Great way to recycle. Now, take the tea grounds and put them in your flower beds.

  21. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 10:28 pm


    This was a great series! I had so much fun with them. Thank You!

  22. wrote on April 28th, 2016 at 2:07 am


    Amazing! Loved the look of all the cards!

  23. wrote on April 28th, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Deborah King Johnson

    Fantabulous series!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!! I think the tea bags were my favorite:)

  24. wrote on April 28th, 2016 at 12:05 pm


    Love all these cards – especially the one made with Penny Black’s Delightful stamp (which I just ordered on Amazon). For sure, I’ll be putting out a jug of sun tea and will have 8 used bags later today! Wonderful idea.

  25. wrote on April 30th, 2016 at 1:30 am


    I loved these cards so much I just made two. I’m really happy with the results however the copics ran outside of the image. I wonder if the tea bags are all the same material or these ones in Aussie are more like a fabric type and the threads make the ink run outside of the outline? Anyway, I glued a tiny black bird die on each mishap and they look great. Thanks again Darlene!

  26. wrote on April 30th, 2016 at 1:32 am


    I forgot to mention that I stopped coloring with copics and used inktense pencils to finish my coloring. Perfect!

  27. wrote on April 30th, 2016 at 4:19 pm


    What lovely results! They look as though they were done on fancy Japanese paper. What a great idea.

  28. wrote on May 3rd, 2016 at 6:00 am


    I’d love to see a video of the distress crayon card. It looks beautiful.

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