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Monday, March 14, 2011

Coffee and alcohol ink distressing

Have any leftover coffee in the mornings? Even if it's a small amount, why not save it in a tupperware container? When you have accumulated enough to fill a platter, bowl, or pan you can use it to stain paper.

I just purchased a white die cut clock paper and I wanted to "antique" it a bit. I put it onto a plastic platter that was just the right size, and then poured coffee over it. I used copper, espresso, and caramel alcohol inks as well. Just squeeze a few drops onto the paper while swirling the coffee from side to side. Some of the ink drops will make direct contact with the paper and give a cool blotchy stain effect. When I finished this, I just loved the look. I wish I had photographed the die cut before distressing. Trust me, it was bright white! Here are a few pics of the process:








When this was dry, I HAD to use it right away! It was perfect for a photo of old and new friends made at a crop I attended over the weekend! The amazing charm clip on this page was made by one of my newest friends, Nancy. Thank you Nancy! ;)

18 comments:

Jingle said...

That looks great!

hilde janbroers said...

wow amazing!!!

Amarilys said...

this layout is wonderful Rebecca! LOVE that big close and the technique is phenomenal! Thanks for sharing!
~Amy

Becky said...

That is so cool!

Paper Pile Kitten said...

Great distressing tip! Thank you!

Sarah said...

That looks great! I can remember using coffee to age paper when I did treasure maps at school! Bet your layout smells good too...!!

Anita S. said...

Rebecca - that is cool, I love all the little details you added to your clock. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great day.

Tammy said...

That clock looks amazing! Fantastic technique. I'll have to try that. I love how the alcohol ink splotches. Very cool! :)

Eileen said...

rebecca -- it's gorgeous. thanks for sharing your technique. I also like the new bg for your blog -- looks great.

Tracy said...

I love your layout, so special.
The dying technique turned out beautifully.
I saw this during my shopping spree but put it back, darn it anyway.

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Very cool technique, looks great! Love your layout, the black and white photo is perfect!

Annie said...

Yup absolutely love it Rebecca!! Thanks for sharing-I can't wait to give it a try!

Casey Wright said...

I absolutely love alcohol ink distressing and this is just such cool project!

Becky Andersen said...

This turned out so awesome! You always think outside the box! Thanks for sharing!

MYLIFEMYPUGSMYSCRAPBOOK said...

Oh I absolutely LOVE this! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas you always provide us with! Going to try this one night this week when I have some left over coffee :)

annarivera6221 said...

Wow... I really love what you did here nice work love the look!!!
Great blog became a follower!!!

Joy_L said...

great idea!!!

misty said...

This is awesome! I've used coffee a couple of times before I had any distress inks...I love this layout!