By Judi Kauffman
One of my favorite yard sale finds is a tarnished silver spoon, once loved but now neglected and ready to be rescued. I rarely pay more than a dollar or two because these days nobody likes to polish silver, but I find it relaxing and the end result is well worth the work.
When I spied Karen Burniston’s Cup Pop Stand die set in the new release I was drawn first and foremost to the spoon (though the cup and saucer, steam, embossing pattern and coffee bean were incredibly appealing, too!). I’ve had a chance to play with all of the dies in the set, but it is still the spoon that has captivated me most.
I made three cards with silver spoons. The first, shown above, pays homage to those tarnished spoons I rescue. The different patterns on the handles were created with embossing folders and brought to life with a mix of black and silver alcohol inks. The other two, shown below, incorporate Karen’s new Coffee Stencil and Coffee Bean Embossing Folder, as well as die cut beans. The card bases for the coffee bean cards were cut from rescued manila folders, giving them the nice trio of scored lines down the left edge!
How about tucking a coffee shop gift card or an invitation to stop over for a cup of joe inside one of these cards? I’m going to frame the one with the tarnished spoons. I think it would be fun to display in the kitchen.