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May 09, 2014

Last-Minute Mother's Day Ideas with Botanical Tea


Mother's Day is Sunday here in the US, so we've filled the blog with tutorials and beautiful last-minute ideas that will provide all the gift ideas you need! Clare Charvill shows how to create a popular card design using Botanical Tea. Then, Nichola Battilana shows us how to make beautiful tags that would be perfect to give to your mother or grandmother. It's going to be a glorious day on the blog!

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We have fallen in love with these types of folding cards, and Clare really creates a gorgeous folding card with Botanical Tea! Now, with her tutorial, you can make one yourself!

"I love all the folding cards that are available in card shops so thought I’d have a go at making one myself. I used images from the 8 x 8 paper sized pad and blue Core’Dinations (lights) for the card base. The fussy cutting took a while to do butwas well worth every minute. It folds flat and can be sent through the post in a custom made envelope." ~Clare

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 16

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 16

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 16

When the card is all folded up, it fits perfectly in a standard envelope!

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 16

Botanical Tea Folding Card Tutorial

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 1

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 1

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 1

Trim your chosen Cor’dinations cardstock to 11 ½” x 8 ½”. With the long edge at the top of your score board score at 2 ¾”, 5 ½” 8 ¼” and 11”. Turn 90 degrees to the left and score at 4”. Fold all score lines.

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 4

Cut along each of the 4” score lines to the centre fold. Trim off the 4” x ½” tab.

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 5

If you want to add texture to the lower section of your card, chose a mask, place it under your card stock and sand lightly over the top with a sanding block. Place double-sided tape on the ½” tab.

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 6

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 6

To cover the lower flaps of your card cut three 3 7/8” x 2 5/8” mats from cream patterns and solids paper. Ink the edges. Punch ribbon slots along the bottom edge of each. Cut three 3” lengths of the fine pink border from 8 x 8 Couture paper and thread through the slots. Fold edges under cream mats and stick. Put double-sided tape around the edges of each mat and stick down to three of thefour lower flaps on your card. cut a piece of 12 x 12 Herbal Infusion paper 8 3/8” x 2 5/8”. Fold the fourth of the lower flaps upwards and stick this larger mat in place. This is the back of your card.

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 8
Now join the two side edges of your card together.

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 9

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 9

From left over cardstock cut three strips ¾” wide x 3 ¼”. Score each one ¼” in from each end. Crease the score lines and stick these strips inside your card about 1/8” from top edge.

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 12

Cut out your chosen flowers, leaves, birds, tea pot and tea cup from the papers. Punch out three cardstock circles.

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 11

Chose a cut part for the back of your card, trim to fit and stick into place on the back section of your card. Cut out a sentiment and mount. I used a 1 ½” round punch and slightly larger scalloped die for mine. To give the sentiment some height cut a ½” x 4” strip of cardstock as a mount. Assemble the sentiment as shown and add flower spray to the stem.

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 13

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 13

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 13

Attach the tea pot to the back section of your card and then working from back to front and using the cardstock circles as mounts, and sticking them to the slats in your card build up your arrangement with the pieces you’ve cut out.

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 16

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 16

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 16

Continue to build up the layers of your card until you’re happy with how it looks. Add some detail to the two side flaps of your card to finish.

Botanical Tea Folding Card Clare Charvill Pic 19
Fold flat to send through the post. 

Supply List

8 x 8 Botanical Tea papers
12 x 12 Herbal Infusion
6 x 6 patterns and Solids
Spellbinders Scalloped Circle Die
Ribbon punch
Core’Dinations cardstock
Scorpal & sanding block
1 1/2” round punch
Double sided tape/Tacky Glue
Brick Wall Mask
Vintage Photo Distress Ink

We love these vintage photographs paired with the bright Botanical Tea created by Nichola. It's a stunning match!

"A simple but pretty little tag made with the Botanical Tea collection. This collection is so very pretty, how could I not pair it with this pair of old photographs of sisters? These will be perfect little ‘thank you’ tags for gifts and packages :)" ~Nichola





Botanical Tea Tags Tutorial


Starting off with a Regular Tag from the G45 Staple Album-Ivory I splatter a little tea on the surface. I run a hot iron over it to facilitate drying and to keep the tag flat. I also add some strips of tea stained cotton and cheesecloth through the grommet hole.


Apply a strip of Field of Flowers with inked edges to the front of the tag (3.8” x 3.25”)


On top of this affix a piece of distressed cheescloth (3” x 4”)


On the back of the tag adhere three sides of a tag from Hello Friend to form a pocket. Wrap a length of jute twine around the card and tie in place with a small bow.


I cut a square from Fauna (2.6” x 4”) and tear the top and bottom edges. Rip towards you to reveal the white paper beneath.


Ink the edges and affix to the tag using foam spacers to create depth.




I gather a small vintage image and cut a small rectangle of Herbal Infusion, just large enough to frame it and ink all of the edges.




Apply the pieces in layers to the front of the tag. You can add pearl embellishments and little snipets from an old book as sentiments.




Begin layering fussy cut elements from Spring Duet, Sweet Chamomile and Flora.




Continue to add and layer elements until you  are pleased with your composition.




Finally, add a bit of ink to the  exterior edges,  a Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key to the tie, and fill the back pocket with a love note.




Regular Tag from the G45 Staple Album-Ivory

 Botanical Tea:
Field of Flowers

 Hello Friend


 Herbal Infusion

 Spring Duet,

 Sweet Chamomile


 Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key




 Ink pad

 Self adhesive pearls


 Jute Twine

Vintage photo


It's going to be a creative weekend with these great tutorials. Which one do you think you will try? We wish our G45er mothers a wonderful Mother's Day! Hope you are celebrated and spoiled this Sunday!


Happy Mother's Day,


Graphic 45



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Great tutorial for the folding card. I might give it a try!

Both cards are beautiful! Graphic 45 papers are the best!

I love the Love Note pocket on the back of the tag. And sanding the Coordinations paper through a stencil is a clever technique. Graphic 45 Designers are the Best!

So beautiful!!!

Gorgeous! I just love all the ideas shared here every day.

The "card in a box"is really beautiful!

Wow! Love Clare's card! How very nice! so much detail and interest there! very special! Love Those G45 Cuts and paper!
Thanks for sharing!

Congratulations Mary on your win! We all are winners when we get to open the Graphic 45 blog each morning! TGIF!

Wow...just wow. I am speechless!

such beautiful cards/projects. thanks for sharing.

What a talented design team! The two project are just amazing!

So many wonderful ideas in these cards. Love them!!!

Fantastic folded, 3d card from Clare! The tags are just stunning, loving vintage photo images right now! Thanks for another great week :))

oh.... just so happy to have this Mother's Day weekend free to craft these great ideas! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, these ideas fill me with JOY and peacefulness!

Congratulations Mary!
LOVE the pop up card and so thankful that there is a tutorial for it!!!! I am in HEAVEN!
Love the tags also! TFS!

I've enjoyed this week on the blog

Great ideas! Love the folding box-card. Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms put there!

Good evening from "across the pond". I just love todays projects and will certainly have a go at Clare's folding box card. Thanks for sharing these.

wowwowwowwowwow! A M A Z I N G !!

Card in a box seems to be quite popular lately...lovely! So festive/pretty and such a surprise for the recipient. Nice tags. Thanks for this posting!

the giveaway is gorgeous

Love the folding, 3D card. It is so clever and gorgeous.

I love the card and am going to try it out. Thank you for the tutorial. The tags are great also.

I made this card last week and it turned out beautiful. I wish I would have had the "Boutanical Tea" papers to make it...it would have been even more beautiful!

Fab tutorial! Such wonderful work xx

Thanks Clare and Nichola they are all lovely! You have amazing talent XX

Congratulations to Mary, you are so lucky !!
I love, love, love, these tutorials, you have created these stunning, stunning creations, so so beautiful.

Both of these projects are lovely. The box card is absolutely gorgeous!! I would display that in my home forever.

Great idea to splatter the tag with tea and then iron it flat; thanks for a great tip!

Happy Mother's Day to all on your staff & team.

These 2 projects are stunning! Can't believe the card folds down to fit in an envelope.
I love the vintage look to the tag & the pic just sets it off!
Thanks for sharing your talents!

Beautiful projects. Thank you for the inspiration.

Amazing! Happy Mothers Day To all!!!

What an amazing card. Being a tea granny makes it that much more interesting and eye catching for me. Thanks for the beautiful work shared.

2 amazing projects here again, thanks soooo very much ladies and a Very Mothers Day to everyone.

I'm not much into sports, but you did a wonderful job in capturing the lovely old fashioned look of sports in days gone by. The projects are all delightful, too!

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