Monday, March 11, 2019


Did you know that Retro Cafe Art Gallery has ATC Cottage House Kits designed to hold all your Artist Trading Cards? They not only hold ATC cards, but business cards, art supplies and more. Today I am showing you one that I created to hold your favorite tea bags. This would make such a sweet gift. Who wouldn't love to have or receive a Tea Caddy Cottage filled with their favorite tea? And it's very easy to personalize them as well. Retro has the kit and everything you need to create your own cottage, maybe even your own Art Studio with your cards or art supplies inside. 

For this cottage, I simply glued it altogether with white glue following the directions with the kit. Then I gave it a light coat after the glue was dry, of white Gesso.
 Once the Gesso was dry, I painted the entire cottage Umber Brown. It was just like putting on a coat of Hershey's chocolate. Once dry, I added my papers to the cottage using Mod Podge matte medium, great for glue and sealing.

 While the cottage was drying I added papers to the roof, on top and underneath. I love adding collage to all the hiding places for a nice discovery. Inside, I also added a few papers to the walls.

After all my papers were added, I finished up with details, like adding a little washed brown umber and gold acrylic paint to the edges.
 Here I used some Victorian Die Cuts I had in my stash and the paper on the roof is from Retro Cafe. I love that you can get this paper with adhesive backing.

                   The platform base (above) is optional. The Cottage can stand alone and looks amazing with additional cottages all lined in a row.

             What kind of cottage will you create?


Acrylic Paint - Burnt Umber
Gold Paint
White glue
Artist Papers:
Victorian Bunny Stickers
Victorian Bunny Die Cut


  1. Ohhh... so darling!!! You nailed this one!!! :)

    1. Thank you! I just love all the possibilities with these little cottages!

  2. Kim, Love your whimsical imagination! It gives me such inspiration!!!
    I have sent for a tea caddy cottage kit and would like to know what you used for the base of the caddy? Does the kit include a base or?
    Keep up the wonderful ideas!
    Hugs, Cocoa

  3. Thank you so much! Yes, the base comes with the kit and is completely optional. You can use it without the base or use different options for feet. I have used, dice, bingo numbers, wood beads and ornate metal feet that Retro offers.
    Happy Creating!!


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