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Teatime Valentines

By Steph Hung

A valentine is my favourite way to tell someone I’m thinking of them:  a sweet gesture in a little note.  This year my cards were inspired by tea parties – of the Indian variety.

Stamped with a traditional wood block and packaged with the ingredients to make a unique brew, this valentine celebrates the moments shared with a loved one.

Materials you will need:  notecards, envelopes, wood block stamp (I bought mine here), printing ink, brayer, and scissors.

Step 1:  Spread ink with the brayer and roll onto the wood block.

Step 2:  Place an envelope onto scrap paper, with a cloth or dishtowel laid underneath as padding.

Step 3:  Stamp the wood block onto the envelope with firm and even pressure.

Step 4:  Cut notecards into elephant shapes.  Poke holes for the eyes and cut around the ears.

Materials you will need to fill the valentines:  individual black tea bags, cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom pods, peppercorns, and allspice berries.

Step 5:  In each envelope include a notecard, tea bag, cinnamon stick, and a few pieces of each spice.

Step 6:  Seal the valentines and hand out to your sweethearts.

To drink:  steep the tea ingredients in boiling water for 3-5 minutes.  Remove all the bits, add milk (if you like), and enjoy.  Nothing warms the heart and conjures fond memories like a cup of tea with hints of spice.

  1. Kirsteen

    February 13, 2012

    Aaw, love this! So sweet x

  2. Rebecca - A Daily Something

    February 13, 2012

    These are adorable; WOW! Love the elephant the most. He’s precious.

  3. Emily

    February 13, 2012

    Loving all things printed lately and these are really sweet!

  4. Fee

    February 13, 2012

    I love the envelopes! I will check out the stamps instantly!! Thanks!

  5. notyet100

    February 13, 2012

    So creative,I guess I gonna try this :)

  6. Valerie

    February 13, 2012

    hello, I get the mold from which the elephant?

  7. Sophie

    February 13, 2012

    Where did you get that adorable glass mug? Cheers!

  8. rhiannon

    February 13, 2012

    eeek! this is so so adorable!

  9. Lauren

    February 13, 2012

    This is absolutely adorable and such a great idea. I’ve never really thought of Valentine’s this way, to share a note with a loved one. It’s easy to get so jaded by all the retail junk but this is absolutely heartfelt and sweet. Happy Monday!

  10. Misha

    February 13, 2012

    Oh my gosh!!! This is so sweet! I used the idea of your Scrabble Valentine’s Day for my son’s kindergarten class. Thanks for that :)

    I just love all of these nifty, thoughtful ways of expressing your creativity.

  11. Marie

    February 13, 2012

    I love this idea! Super cute and creative. I’m sure anyone would love to get this valentine. :)

  12. patricia

    February 13, 2012

    Hi! This is a very cute idea. I also made similar thing, which is chai tea kit for my bf’s mum.
    You can see it here:

  13. blake

    February 13, 2012

    What a great idea!! love that elephant

  14. Morgan

    February 13, 2012

    Those are great. I’m going to combine your tea kit envelopes with Winkeland’s heart-shaped tea bags!

  15. Sydney

    February 13, 2012

    I love the way you placed the stamp off to the side creating a whole new design, those look absolutely delicious!

  16. Jess Marie

    February 13, 2012

    I beyond love this.

  17. Victoria@VictoryPaper

    February 13, 2012

    What a creative packaging idea! I’m making a treat bag for V-Day for my fiance stuffed with his favorite cookies

  18. Laura

    February 13, 2012

    Custom tea as a gift treat is such a great idea!

  19. Regina

    February 15, 2012

    This is a cute idea!
    Love the cards…

  20. Vanessa

    February 16, 2012

    I love this idea! Very different and creative! Now I want to go make some tea…

  21. Kathy

    February 16, 2012

    Genius! Trying this next Valentines, except I might fill it with candies instead of tea, as many of my friends don’t enjoy tea (on a regular basis, that is)

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