...or, the best-smelling craft project ever! (except for anything that involves real lavender)
Way back at the almost-very-beginning of my blog, I learned how to dye cardstock with instant coffee. I love the aged, spotted look it gives to the papers, and I've used it in countless projects since then.
I just made some more to use with the centrepieces, so I thought I'd share it here!
- Cheap instant coffee
- white (ish) cardstock
Step 1: Boil water (a kettle or pot full should do...amount doesn't really matter)
Step 2: scoop some instant coffee powder and place in a glass dish big enough to hold your cardstock. I used 1/2 a cup of coffee powder, and my 9x13 glass pan. I'm sure you can use less coffee.
Step 3: Pour in boiling water and carefully stir (I only filled my pan to half-full).
Step 4: Place cardstock into the hot coffee one at a time, pushing it down so it can kind of soak. Don't do more than 4 or so at at a time or the paper gets too fragile by the time you take it out.
Step 5: Lay out the wet, coffee-soaked papers on a towel.
Step 6: Sprinkle some granules of coffee powder over the paper. This is what creates the spots. I was really skeptical of this step the first time I did it. But without this step, you just get tan paper, not the aged vintage look.
Let me know if you try it! This paper can go through the printer, but I reccomend flattening it for a few days first. I had a really hard time printing on it this time because it was so freshly made and warped.