Tuesday’s Tip #8

Hi everyone!

Welcome to today’s Tuesday’s Tip. These posts are tips about different products, crafting and also ways of stretching the supplies that you already may have. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.

Today I want to share with you how to add an aged look to tags. These are very simple to make with minimal supplies and add a great accent to your paper crafting projects! You can even age ribbon/twine as well as cotton batting/muslin fabric for dolls, pillows, and many home décor items.

 

You will need: shipping tags or punched tags, instant coffee or very strong brewed coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, water, measuring cup/spoons, stirring spoon, lidded container, bowl or pie plate {for dipping}, parchment paper lined cookie sheet, oven, zip lock bag.

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Coffee stain recipe:

1 cup hot water + 3 tbsp. instant coffee or 1 cup very strong brewed coffee, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon. Add together in a measuring cup and stir until well blended. *Please note: Keep the mixture stored in an airtight lidded container in the fridge for freshness.

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Pour the mixture into a bowl or pie plate and dip the tags into the mixture or leave them submerged for approximately 20-30 seconds {depending on how dark you want the tags to be}. Gently tap the tags against the edge of container after dipping to remove the excess stain and avoid puddles.

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Lay them in a single layer on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Before baking, sprinkle lightly with cinnamon while they are still wet {optional}.

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Bake in a 250 degree oven for 5 minutes and then flip the tags over and continue to bake for another few minutes or until you are satisfied with the way they look. They are done when dry and starting to curl up. You can brush the excess cinnamon off if you want before storing them in an airtight container, such as a zip lock bag, to save the yummy smell 🙂

 

Ribbon, baker’s twine, jute or fabric strips can be threaded through the holes for hanging. Or add a little color to them with stamping or hole reinforcements. Feel free to check out this blog post from a while back for different stamping options using coffee stained tags. https://thecountrytouch.wordpress.com/2015/06/03/coffee-stained-tags/

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Hints:

*Don’t hesitate to use inexpensive ingredients for the coffee stain {for example, from the dollar store}.

*If you want to avoid using the oven, aged items can always be dried outside in the sun. Just be sure to keep them out of the wind to avoid blowing away!

*Any paper can be aged ~ patterned background paper, photo mats, journaling spots, embellishments, etc.

*To age batting, muslin or cotton fabric ~ soak the fabric in the mixture and squeeze to remove excess. Dry in the oven or in the sun before ironing out the wrinkles.

 

 

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

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