Thursday, May 28, 2020

{Throwback Thursday} Inspired by Coffee

Hey, STAMPlorations friends! Welcome to another Throwback Thursday post. On the last Thursday of the month, the STAMPgirls will be sharing new projects inspired by a previous STAMPlorations project...either one they made themselves or made by another STAMPgirl. And every month, we'll draw one lucky crafter to win a $15 gift code -- randomly drawn from all comments left on the Throwback Thursday post for the month, as well as from the featured designer's blog.

Today STAMPgirl Tanja shares her creative takes inspired by a past project and using various STAMPlorations products.


Have a look at Tanja's projects:

Hi there, it's Tanja here and this is my second Throwback Thursday special feature for the STAMPlorations blog. The inspiration for my projects was a tag that I created in April for a Stencil Sunday:

The Throwback Tag

I liked the stenciled background for this coffee-themed tag and I decided to explore more ways of using this stencil and also create coffee-related projects.

  • apply Nuvo Expanding Mousse Worn Linen through the Dots 'n Beans stencil and heat it with a heat tool
  • add color with watered-down Distress Ink Ground Espresso
  • cut out three stitched circles from smooth white cardstock with the die includes in the Coffee Petites set
  • stamp three items from the same set with Memento Espresso Truffle and color them with Delta, Touch Twin Brush and Copic Markers
  • add Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the coffee bean and Nuvo Glitter Accents Snowfall to the donut
  • the sentiment is from the Just Caffeinate sticker set
  • add a strip of patterned paper from the My Favorite Things Dots & Stripes 6x6 paper pad to the left and the right of the panel before adhering it to a cardbase


  • use a strip of leftover background from the previous project - distress one edge and cut the other with one of the Lacy Edges and Borders dies
  • use the Dots 'n Beans stencil to emboss a piece of torn vellum
  • distress a piece of kraft cardstock and layer it behind the vellum before adhering it to a cardbase
  • stamp the coffee cup from the What's Brewing set and color it with Derwent Inktense pencils and a damp watercolor brush
  • stamp the sentiment from the same set with Versafine Clair Fallen leaves onto a sentiment strip and adhere it to the card
  • add some splatters to the layered background with Distress Stain Tarnished Brass


  • create a rainbow background on two Manila Tags by applying Distress Oxide Inks (Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean) through the Dots 'n Beans stencil with some Blending Brushes
  • use some stickers from the Coffee Time set
  • dye two pieces of torn seam binding with Distress Ink (Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean) and thread them through the holes of the tags

I hope you got inspired.



Those are awesome projects! For a chance to win a $15 gift code to the STAMPlorations store, leave a comment here by June 8. We'll announce the winner in the May winners post on June 10.

Did you enjoy today's featured post? Check back next month for a new set of Throwback Thursday projects from Tanja!


  1. Great cards and tags! Love the coffee beans stencil design!

  2. The expanding mouse is interesting. Very much like the stencil and the tag colors. Nice idea to have the tag string match the bottom ink colors, balances it very well, will use that. Thanks

    1. Might be me, but cannot get into Ms. Tanja "cottage..." blog.. gives me a privacy warning. So didnt go there, sorry.

    2. I got a HSTS security notice, but just went around it. No other issue connecting and no problems after.

  3. Love all the different ways you used the coffee bean stencil. Lovely cards. I was never quite sure if I liked that stencil ... you have made my decision for me ... it's now on my wish list. ;-)

  4. I adore the coffee bags tag. SO CUTE. Unlike any stamp I've seen.

  5. Love the coffee theme and the ways you used this stencil.

  6. What great inspiration you drew from the original tag, and I love the various different ways you used the stencil
    Stay safe

  7. Fabulous techniques
    and love the backgrounds.
    Carla from Utah

  8. I love today's feature post, as I am a coffee lover! Great inspiration! Thank you!

  9. I like the shine to the backgrounds. Nice tags.

  10. What creative variations of techniques!
    I love that stencil and all of your projects!

  11. Great ways to use that stencil....very different looks. Really love the one with the mousse.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  12. Everyone loves coffee! I can't drink it anymore, yet I still love it! Beautiful cards!


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