This is a tutorial on how to make your paper look and feel really old.
I start with plain copy paper... the sort you put in the printer. (I tend to do a batch of 10 sheets in a session and keep them for when I want to use them).
I do the process in my kitchen on the counter and cover the worktop with waxed paper. (coffee doesn't harm your worktop, the wax paper has a purpose later).
Mix up my witches brew of three or four large teaspoons of coffee into a cup and a paintbrush.
Paint the coffee over the surface of the papers... I do about 4 sheets at a time.
Dry them with my hair dryer... I could use my heat gun but the hair dryer was up one flight of stairs and the heat gun was down two flights... both work equally well.
Turn the papers over and paint the coffee onto the other side. Wash, rinse and repeat until you have the desired depth of colour... I normally do it twice each side.
You can see what happens to the wax sheet below the papers... it gets sort of wrinkled and rippled... and it is soaked in coffee so when you place your dry sheets onto it you get a wonderful aged effect staining your pages.
See how the marks add to the effect?
By now you should also be noticing the other wonderful effect you are getting when you dry the papers... yep, they are stiff and crinkly and feel olde worlde... (I have used tea to dye papers and the colour is less deep and you don't get the crackly effect to the paper).
Now your papers are dry and the colour you want... you can add some spritzes of colour or drop ink onto..
and your cup that the coffee is in? Plonk it down on the saturated wax paper and then make coffee rings on the edges of the papers.
Now I take them all downstairs to the scrap room and rough up the edges, gently screw the page up into a ball, ink the pages and fold and unfold them, sand over spots to wear them thin and generally just have fun with stamps.
NB 1. I have never attempted to put this paper in my printer... because of the crackle I think it would protest. If you want to print on your paper then you are better off using tea to stain it and ironing it dry.. then you can place it in the printer without any problem.
NB 2. The papers will smell of coffee... if this is not something you want, then place the papers into a zip up baggie with 2 tumble dryer sheets and leave them for a couple of nights... this removes the coffee odour.