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    Hi crafters,

    Does anyone have any idea how I can age paper without doing the usual tea thing? I worry the tea/coffee thing will make the paper smell.

    Is there another way to do it with some special dye/treatment type thing that anyone knows of?

    I bought a really old old book and I can't bring myself to cut it up so I was wondering if I could photocopy the pages and then age them myself...

    Or if anyone has any other ideas, those are very welcome too!

    Thanks!
    Yvonne
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  • #2
    Yes, there are special ink sprays and ink pads in a number of tones but I'm boogeyed if I can remember the name of them. 'Ink it up' and 'Inkadinkadoo' come to mind. I've seen it done by someone on Ideal World, so I should think their website createandcraft.tv will have an array of stuff to chose from.
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    • #3
      Yeah, I've seen some antique-ing type ink pads used on C&C channel too, cant bring the names to mind either though but theyll be somewhere on t'website

      Am sure someone will be along soon who knows the very thing you need though

      Good luck
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      • #4
        I used the coffe method.Theres a nice coffe smell to begin with but i have some bits of paper Ive had for ages and theres no smell as far as I can tell.
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        • #5
          Try Ranger Distress Inks. They do several tones for an 'aged' look. I have got one called tea dye but there is a sepia one as well. They are very good, I really like them. Antique Linen is a good one if you don't want the paper to go too dark. They are about £5 each but they are very versitile. Hope this helps. Sue xx
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Focus on Life View Post
            Yeah, I've seen some antique-ing type ink pads used on C&C channel too, cant bring the names to mind either though but theyll be somewhere on t'website

            Am sure someone will be along soon who knows the very thing you need though

            Good luck
            Shaz x
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            • #7
              Originally posted by SusieQ View Post
              Just listen to your Aunty Sue Shaz!!!!! xxxxx
              Ha ha, thanks Aunty Sue!

              Love Grauntie Shaz x
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              • #8
                Thanks everyone!

                This is a great help! Thanks for these - I'll definitely look them up.

                I'll keep you posted (don't fall off the edges of your seats!)
                Yvonne
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                • #9
                  look on Tim Holtz site he has some really good inks and tips for using them

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                  • #10
                    The easiest way to age anything is to marry it.

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                    • #11
                      Walnut leaves infusion is a good alternative to coffee and it provides a very stable color, it is actually an ancient method to dye textile fiber. Depending on how concentrated is the decoction, it can provide any color from very light brown to dark brown. It is also odorless.

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                      • #12
                        This may help you

                        Very good quip Peter.

                        There are as you have seen, many types of water based stains that can be used to alter the tone of the paper.

                        My 5 cents worth is a little more esoteric, but it does work.

                        What you do is apply a coat of shellac to the front and back of the paper.

                        Use blonde de-waxed shellac mixed with IMS (Industrial methylated spirits) or ordinary methylated spirits. In the USA I think it is just known as 90 proof alcohol, it is made to smell and taste bad.

                        Mix 1 part shellac to 4 parts alcohol in a screw top jar, leave for 24 hours and give it the occasional stir.

                        When fully dissolved apply the shellac with a suitable brush and wash up with alcohol.

                        Bookbinders in times past used to dip sheets of paper into a thin varnish to get a similar effect, there aim was to produce a paper that looked and handled like vellum or parchment.

                        I should add that the shellac coat is applied after writing or printing on the paper.

                        Tip's? Only that you should do this with a good quality paper, preferably off white or cream coloured.

                        Take normal precautions when it comes to fumes, do this in a ventilated room.

                        Here is an example from which you can gauge the tone of the paper, but what cannot be conveyed is the feel of the paper, it looks and handles like a thin parchment.



                        All the best.

                        Richard
                        Last edited by edenworkshops; 19-09-2008, 02:13 PM.
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                        • #13
                          tumeric

                          soak overnight in a mild solution of the spice Tumeric mixed with water. Dry with one minute on full power in a microwave. The tumeric should give it an authentic aged colour. (Tea is much better)

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