Stamp-a-faire 2013: Tea Staining Techniques

By August 24, 2013Stamp-a-faire

Take a look around any boutique and you will see may items that have been antiqued by applying some type of tea staining.  Even the paper crafting industry offers tea stained supplies that can tend to be a bit pricey. Today, a few of our amazing designers are sharing some fun tea staining techniques that you can use to create your own "vintage" items for very little cost. 


Your challenge is to use one of the tea staining techniques below.  Then create a project using your tea stained results.  You can choose to re-create an exact project from one of the team members or design something of your very own.  Some of the tea staining techniques will take a bit of time, so feel free to get something brewing now, and work on your actual project later on tonight or even tomorrow.  Remember, projects don't need to be uploaded until Monday at noon EST to be eligible for the contest, so feel free to take your time!

Here's a look at the fabulous ideas the team has developed for some fantastic tea staining techniques you can do yourself!



CLICK HERE to read more from Betsy Veldman.

CLICK HERE to read more from Erin Lincoln.



CLICK HERE to read more from Heather Nichols.



CLICK HERE to read more from Melissa Phillips.


–Your challenge is to create a project utilizing something you have tea stained.  You can choose to re-create an exact project from one of the team members or design something of your very own. Your project must also incorporate at least one Papertrey product.

–Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).

-Add your project to the InLinkz list below.

–You will have until noon EST, Monday, August 26th, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. And you can enter as many times as you like.

–One randomly selected winner will be chosen from ALL the entries on Monday,  August 26th, after noon EST. The winner will be posted on our Monday night Stamp-a-faire winners page at 10pm EST.  The randomly selected winner will get a $25 PTI gift certificate to spend however they like!

Good luck to everyone and we look forward to seeing your projects!


Nichole Heady

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Join the discussion 18 Comments

  • 1
    Kris says:

    This has always been one of my favorite techniques….Melissa always uses it so cleverly.

  • 2
    Candida says:

    You girls ROCK! Loved all of the cards, and how each designers style showed through the finished item. Thank you for sharing your techniques!

  • 3
    Holly Saveur says:

    Love all the inspiration..such gorgeous items!

  • 4
    S. Molinari says:

    Great techniques and videos! Melissa always makes such beautiful flowers. Thanks for showing us how she layers them. I’m really inspired to try making some myself.

  • 5
    Anna says:

    All the dyeing techniques especially the koolaid is awesome.

  • 6
    Dolly says:

    Very cool and I love how you included the bright and fun Kool-Aid dying as well! TFS ladies!

  • 7
    Darlene says:

    I posted a question, but i don’t see where it posted?

  • 8
    Darlene says:

    hm that one did, i was asking if there were any videos, tutorials on using your rainbow die. I am thinking of buying it, but need some help on how to use it.

    Thank u

  • 9
    Darlene says:

    dern the hexagon die was on my list, appears it is all gone?

    I wanted this one to help me reach the 100.00 for the free stamp.

    Am i posting at the right place?

  • 10
    ndheady says:

    The best place to ask any questions is either our customer forum or by sending a note off to customer service. We do not currently have a video on using the rainbow dies, but I have a few photo step-outs on my blog here…

  • 11
    ndheady says:

    If you wish to inquire about inventory and stock updates you can visit our Customer Service forum and file a help ticket. You should get a pretty timely response.

  • 12
    Bonnie T. says:

    What a great technique! The last time I tried staining something on my own, I was tie-dying at summer camp. Ah, the memories. Thanks so much for showing not only using tea, but using Kool-aid for some color staining!

  • 13
    Lee Anne says:

    I have some coffee drying on some paper right now! Perhaps I can get something accomplished tomorrow!

  • 14
    janet wilson says:

    OH my, such a beautiful gallery 🙂

  • 15
    Nancy says:

    The tea dying technique is one I’ve used in the past, but never with Kool-Aid. The soft colors it produces are lovely. This is one technique I definitely need to try.

  • 16
    Bonnie Krohn says:

    Love love love! I am going to love making lace, muslin and felt look vintage!

  • 17
    Tammy W. says:

    Tea staining adds such a cool antique looking effect to items but never thought to try Kool-aid! Such a great idea! Thanks!

  • 18
    Deb in WI says:

    First i want to apologize for the glitch when posting my pic; first time i used inlinkz. Really loved the idea of tea staining. I think that was my favorite technique. I couldn’t decide which to do, so I did both koolaid and tea–the little hearts were koolaid and the big heart base was tazo passion tea. The tea made the paper a very cool red and then dried to the purple you see. Totally unexpected and a little magical. All the techniques had those little wow moments for me. So glad we did this!

    Deb in WI

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