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Old 02-21-2008, 04:25 AM   #1
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Does anyone know a technique for aging paper? I have a card design in my head, but I need antique looking paper with edges that look like they may have burned. Anyone?
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You could darken the edges with a sponge with ink from an inkpad.

Or you can very carefully actually singe the edges by holding it above a candle (um, but I've never tried this).

You could darken some water in a bin using a tea or coffee bag and then dip the paper into the stained water...wait for it to dry, and then sponge the edges.

You could slide the edges of the paper across an inkpad too...
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I agree with the sponging. I've done this and it can be quite effective. I have also burned the edges, but I usually do it at my gas stove. Just be really careful!!
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You get better aged/distressed results if you start with vanilla or kraft colored paper. I do mine in layers:
quite covered with a dark tan-ish ink
sand when dry
light coating of slightly darker ink
while still wet rub with tan or brown chalk, buff with paper towel
sand again if you think it is too dark

You can also do a layering effect with craft inks. Start with a neutral paper (again, not white) and completely coat with a fairly dark shade. When completely dry, sand until naked paper shows through. Repeat with a lighter shade, then for the final layer, lightly sponge on a light color.

If you want to experiment with various colors and techniques, take a full sheet of cardstock and divide it into four sections. Make samples of each technique/ color combo you wan to try and label it on the bottom. Then you can see which effect you like best.

Also, check www.rangerink.com and check out some of Tim Holtz's techniques. He is the master of all things altered/aged.

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Thank you so much for the ideas! I'll give them all a try.
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