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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Mini paper aging tutorial ~

I've been working on my nature/bird tags for the trees that I have in the store. The tags were aged with instant coffee and already had a beautiful patina but the papers with images that I wanted to add to them were really white and newish looking.

Well, I love this Distress Ink and have discovered a wonderful shade of brown, "brushed corduroy." I love the "vintage photo" shade of ink too but this brown has less rust tones.

I cut a small circle of warm and natural or cotton batting, you know the bumpy kind, and dabbed it into the center of the ink pad.

Next, I placed my small art onto a scrap piece of paper and very carefully started dabbing the edges all around to give the a brownish feel. You may have to go back and dampen the batting a couple of times. Just do it with a soft touch that way you can control the darkness. I actually did this all over the art as I ran out of ink to give the paper a more aged appearance. Then I used my glue stick to add snippets of old sheet music and then lastly the aged image.

You may like your tags to look new but if you old, aged, speckled and vintage . . . this technique is for you!


NAME: CIELO said...

...clever, and how beautiful!

Have a lovely day!


FrostingsNSparkles said...

Very cool! I've never seen distress ink before :) Thanks for sharing!

Lady Em said...

I love this look, it gave me some ideas for candle labels!! Thanks!!

Alison Gibbs said...

Looks great.
thanks for the tutorial.

Sandra Evertson said...

Oh, these are simply Gorgeous! And the ones below too! Stunning!
Sandra Evertson
Every time I see that sweet little tilted face of Ellie I smile!

~Tonya said...

Such a wonderful technique, Dawn. Thank you for sharing.

I will have to try that sometime. Your tags are beautiful.

Smiles, ~Tonya

Sherry said...

Dawn this is a wonderful, and easy technique. Thank you for always being so generous with your tutorials and recommendations.

I also love this piece of music that you having playing (Fairytale). Soothing and enchanting!!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Beautiful Tags! and congrats on the sale of the window!!

Heidi ( said...

I love the Distress Inks! I have about 6 or 7 colors and use them all the time! Your nature/bird/nest/eggs tags are very nice!
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Heidi said...

Wow! This is so neat but I am sure I cannot get most of the items here in Holland. I found the brown paper tags once when I needed an idea for name tags for my quilt show I organized and was thrilled to have found them. I think these tags are a gift in themselves!

~~ Heidi ~~

Oiyi said...

That's really cool. Thanks!

boynecitygrl said...

I love your feathered nest. It really is Splendiferous. I really want to win for my bday. On feb 10.

Keep up the fantastic creating.

You know I would love to have a room in my house with little creations and decorating style just like yours. But alas I have men in my life who just wouldnt understand.


Beth F

Utah Grammie said...

Brown, aged & speckled...Hmmm..sound a lot like me! Anyway,love the tutorial- thanks! You're so kind to share!
Colleen said...

Dawn as usual the creations always speak to me . I love Tim Holtz products, want to find his one step crackle paint -- guess will have to buy it online , will save time -- love to ink the edges of things also . He has two dvd tutorials -- very good -- As for your giveaway , well i love the tray and birds are a constant theme i love -- as for keys -- have been slowly collecting old keys -- hard to find - and little silver trays are too sweet - Kathy

Elaine L. said...

Great tip! I have just tried the coffee or tea stain method. I'll have to show your post to my husband. He wants to age a poster.


Blue Mermaid Cafe..... said...

I love this! I am going to try making some of these this week-end. xoxo Nita

vikki said...

i love distressing tags and papers, i love the products you use, i use them also. i have also tried the small inks in oval type shapes, cat eyes they call them, and just pick up the pad and it is small enuf to git into corners and deep edges. i sometimes bake or microwave the tags for a deeper look, more aged/prim. if it is warm, sunnie dayz i put on the deck to bake, too. if i use the oven my husband thinks he is getting a baked goodie, and is disappointed when "it is just tags baking" poor guy. so abused. on my Christmas cards i made this year i tried a product from inkssentials, ranger product, called sepia accents. kinda glue type, but gives off a brownish tone on top of the area applied to. it dries raised (3-d sorta)transparent and a neat accent. it gives dimension to flourishes and any inked or art. blessings, vikki =)

Mary said...

Thanks for another tip. I have several Ranger Distress Ink pads and enjoy using them - good buy when one has the "Archivers" discount coupons!!

Dawn do you buy new sheet music or copy old? I have old which of course I hesitate to use because it will be gone - so am now copying it!

Donna said...

I just followed a link to this - Thanks, Dawn - this is so much easier than what I've been doing!


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