Frosted Filter

by Erika Martin

Create a one-of-a-kind background with just a few supplies.


  • Coffee filter
  • Plate
  • 2 or 3 colors of dye ink refills
  • Embossing heat tool
  • Spritzer bottle with water


  1. Step 1

    Drop ink refills onto a plate in a random pattern. Make sure the reinkers cover the entire area for full coverage

  2. Step 2

    Using a spritzer bottle filled with water, spritz the ink and let the colors blend together.

  3. Step 3

    Be generous with the water so they blend, but not so much that the colors become muddy.

  4. Step 4

    Place the coffee filter over the blended inks and press on it to make sure it is completely covered with ink.

  5. Step 5

    Gently crumple the coffee filter into a ball. Uncrumple it.

  6. Step 6

    Carefully dry the coffee filter using an embossing heat tool. Be sure to move the heat tool as you dry the filter to avoid burning it. You may see a little smoke here and there..

  7. Step 7

    Smooth some of the wrinkles out and then cut the coffee filter to whatever dimension needed for the project.

  8. Step 8

    Finished project.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Frosted Filter. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

WOW - this looks interesting...I might try this!!!
Silke Ledlow  |  Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 4:42 PM
Very cool I will have to give this one a try. Candice
Candice Schwartz  |  Mon Mar 3, 2008 at 11:58 AM
Will be trying this one, had heard about this but had never seen any type of tutorial. Thanks for sharing this one.
Norma Woodward  |  Tue Jul 8, 2008 at 8:28 AM
I use liquid watercolor paints and coffee filters to make tie-dye creations with children. Just fold the coffee filter up until you get a triangle shape and then apply the paint. Let is soak through. Open it up and you have an awesome design. I have never seen this technique before and am looking forward to trying it.
Laura Sommerstorfer  |  Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 6:07 PM
Buenisimo tutorial, me encanta, felicidades
Monika  |  Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 8:48 AM
Do you have an samples for wedding shower cards and 50th wedding anniversary cards. thanks mary lou
mary lou andrews  |  Mon Jul 20, 2009 at 7:10 PM
Love the results. Will have to try it. Thanks for the info. Edna
Edna Burgess  |  Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM
I think this can be tried with used drier sheets and even Viva paper towels (no design and very soft).

Looking forward to playing with this technique!
TeeGeeDee  |  Tue Oct 20, 2015 at 4:02 PM

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