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.