Monday, November 21, 2011

Free Teacup template!

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My project today uses a hand drawn teacup template I designed.  Thank you so much Laura for turning it into a PDF file for me!!  With this template you can create a teacup shaped card, or a teacup shape to put on the front of a card.  So many LOC stamps would have been fun to use on this, but I'm working on my Christmas Cards right now. 

This template is free for you to use, but I ask that you not post the file anywhere else.  Please link to my blog.  If you loose this post, then you can always find my templates on the side-bar near the bottom of my blog.  Not only is the link to the template there, but a link to any projects I have created using the template is there as well.  This template will also be available over at LOC.  Thank you!

Download the Teacup Card Template PDF HERE.  Right click, then click print.

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Project Details
Let me start out by saying you do not have to cut the pattern as shown on the file.  It might be difficult to get both side to match if you do.  The easier way is to print the PDF onto sturdy cardstock and then cut out 1/2 the pattern to use as a template.

I decided I wanted the bottom of my teacup and handle to be red and thought I came up with an easy tutorial to accomplish this without you have to cut the pattern from a seperate piece of red cardstock.  I'll let you be the judge!
Start with a white card. 
Adhere a piece of red cardstock on the inside of the card.  I used Aleene's Tachy glue.  I wanted to make sure it was glued down, so that when I started cutting, the pieces didn't seperate.  Just keep in mind that wet glue can warp your card, so a little goes a long way.  I scribbled it all over the back of the red cardstock and then adhered it inside the card.  Let it dry.

Lay the teacup pattern you created over the back of the card and trace around the edges lightly with a pencil.  Cut around the outside.  Do not cut the inside of the handle. 

back of card
Flip it over.  Sketch a guideline / cut line  along the side and bottom of card.  The photo only show my sketch line on the side, I forgot to include the bottom.  Sorry.    Unfold the card.  Cut off the handle and bottom of the cup from the front of the card along your sketch lines. 

front of card

Now you will be able to see the red handle and bottom of cup from the front of the card.  Flip it back over and continue cutting the inside of the handle.  I started with a x-acto knife to cut the center out, but I can't get smooth cut lines with it, so I finished with a pair of scissors.  Cuticle scissors work great for cutting small curved area's.   I was able to see a little white cardstock around the edges, so I used a red marker to color around the edges.

This photo is of the card opened up, back of card on left.  See how the front of the card doesn't have the bottom of the cup or handle.  Slide the front of the card into an embossing folder.  TIP : Pull the handle above the template if possible.  I didn't and I ended up with a slight line across my handle from the edge of the embossing folder.  You might also try adding another piece of paper across the top of the back of the cup, or you will get that same line across the back of the card. 

Now embellish your teacup card!  I used one of Nina's labels from her newly released "Elegant Labels" art stamp set (stamped in red).  The labels in this set are compatible with Spellbinders Nestibilities Labels Five, Labels Ten, and Labels Sixteen.  All available over at the LOC Boutique.  Mine is hand cut because I don't have Labels Five. 

The sentiment is from "Sentamental Banners" art stamp set.  Dove and holly images are from the "Glad Tidings" art stamp set.  I cut them out of the wreath image.  And the holly images at the top are from the "Christmas Blessings" art stamp set.

I think you can see how I added lots of glitter (Stampendous Ultra Fine White ) ....  around the cup edges, all over the doves, around banner, and around the edge of the label image.  I use a 2-Way Glue Pen to added glitter.  TIP :  If you get glue and glitter on your image lines, then quickly use a tooth pick or paper piercer to scratch it off the lines. 

I hope you enjoy creating your own teacup card!  I have another one already done and will be sharing very soon.  I don't have the step by step photo's done yet.  It is much easier to create than this one ...  I promise, teehee!

And as always, if you were inspired by this tutorial, I would love to see your creation.  Just leave me a link in the comment section or email me.
big hugs,

You can view all of my Tea / Teacup related projects HERE
You can view all of my Shaped Cards HERE.
You can view all of my Christmas project HERE.


Debbles Dabbles said...

Really sweet Christmas colours. Love the dry embossed cup and the image is lovely.

Keri Lee Sereika said...

So fresh and sweet Melisa. I love the texture you have on here and the layering of the images is GREAT!!!

Unknown said...

OH how lovely, Melisa! Thank you for coming up with such a fun template for everyone!! Happy thanksgiving, friend!

Elizabeth said...

Melissa, I wish I could include this lovely cup on my holiday table! The two color combo and the glitter are fantastic.

lisa808 said...

Thanks for the pretty template.

Alina said...

Wonderful card! Love those turtledoves!

JaniceAileen said...

Fantastic Christmas tea card, Melisa! Love, love, love the template you made!

Gloria Westerman said...

This is gorgeous...such inspiration....thank you for sharing how to use two different colors like that....tfs

Cindy Lou said...

What an elegant tea card! Love that you made it Christmassy, it put a smile on my face immediately. You always do such nice work (Like your tea cup card from Saturday). Love the embossed white background. Great job, thanks so very much for sharing your pattern as well. Blessings!

MariLynn said...

This is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. I like how you embossed the teacup. You are so creative! Hugs and blessings.

Wordbird said...

Melisa... you are fabulous to share this gorgeous template! Thank you. I love your card and the step by step tutorial... thank you for taking the time to do that! You rock. ;D

Laura Kirste Campbell said...

wow! Marvelous Christmas tea cup card, Melisa!! Great tutorial, thank you! A beautiful template, well done!

What a joy to be with you at this tea party! Thank you for the gift of your fabulous template and wonderful card!

Anonymous said...

A truly beautiful tea cup for Christmas.

NinaB said...

This is so pretty, Melisa. Thank you for the template. Great idea about embossing one side.

kiwimeskreations said...

Beautiful. Melisa, and thank you so much on your teaching of technique - so appreciated.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

What a fabulous card! I LOVE the little tutorial--makes it easier for me to cut mine out! THANKS! And I LOVE the red handle! FUN!! Great job!!

Patti J said...

Beautiful card, Melisa! Thank you for the template - you are amazing! Thanks for sharing...Hugs!!!

Becky Dunham said...

Sweet card Melisa! So you are the creator of this fabulous template that I am dying to play with :) This is beautiful and it is so sweet of you to share. It might be a while before I get to play with it, but will definitely link to you when I do! Thanks so much!

Lagene said...

I love the embossing!

Jan Marie said...

So very clever. . .and strikingly beautiful! Love the red and white and the glittery doves!! Nice work! Blessings!

Payne Holler Cards said...

love it! just adorable
wish I had time to play but have family here for holiday

Jennie said...

Beautiful tea cup and love the embossing. Just perfect for Christmas Melisa! Love your template, thank you :)

Unknown said...

WOW! This card is just gorgeous! and thanks so much for the template! I love what you did with it!

Erika said...

so beautiful tea card!
i´ll try

Ellis said...

Beautiful christmas tea card! =) It looks so great! =)
Hugs, Elenor

FerrellGraph-x said...

Ooooh Melisa this is stunning! Thank you so much for sharing your designs!
Kindest regards,

Walking on Water said...

I love this Christmas tea cup wonderful! :) TFS and I am a new follower.

Lynn Stevens said...

Awe, A cup of Christmas cheer! Darling!
hugs Lynn

Scrappy Sugar Girl said...

Thank you so much for sharing your lovely template!! It was very helpful. I used your template to make a b-day card. I hope you drop by for a visit to see it.

I am also a new follower.

Scrappy Sugar Girl said...

Hi! I'm excited about the possibility that you may use my Alice teacup card. Thank you for the prayers too!
Merry Christmas!

AmethystCat said...

super duper cute! and, great tutorial!

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