Saturday, November 8, 2008

Saturday's Workout - Antique Paper

It is a great deal of fun to "antique" a bunch of tags for future use and that is exactly what I did with the one on this card. I diluted instant coffee in water and let a bunch of tags of various sizes sit in the solution for a while. Where the coffee granules didn't quite disintegrate, darker brown marks appear adding to the aged look. This is my entry for this week's Saturday's Workout challenge.

21 comments:

Willy said...

Wonderful piece, Heather!

Femmy said...

beautiful card Heather!!

Val Foster said...

Hi art buddy. I love this piece, it's so vintage, and so you. And I'm so impressed with the amount of art you produce. (I've been in an art "dead zone" for too long now.) And the idea of antiqueing tags is a great one. I don't have any instant coffee, but I'm wondering if immersing tags in used coffee grounds might work? I suppose it's worth a try.

I do a lot of my antiqueing with wax shoe polish out of the round tin. Perhaps I'll try a crumpled up tag, rubbed with brown shoe polish. Yes, I'm into crumpling for texture.

I'm looking forward to our upcoming swap -- it makes my heart sing. Hugs.

http://truutske.punt.nl said...

Whow Heather what a great "technique idea". Love it.
Your card is really fantastic. Love it.

Moira said...

Gorgeous, great idea using coffee, very thrifty too!

crafty creations said...

Stunning Tag heather

BTW - time we did another swap!!!

Bettie said...

Great Card!

Sarah said...

This is beautiful from the bg paper to the buttons to the little frame. Does it smell like coffee?? lol

Chriss Rollins said...

gorgeous piece the coffee works every time and smells wonderful...but I can't drink it, it doesn't like me anymore.

hey my friend you and i have both been aging our art with coffee this week... see under the altered CD's.

So you are all hot n bothered after seeing my new man...bless Chris.,, she is good to me.lol
have a lovely weekend.
chriss x

Faye said...

How beautiful, Heather. I love the coffee-dyed tag.

Mam said...

Heather this is brilliant! I love the way you layered everything into a atc!
Nancy

Char said...

Fantastic piece. Love the tag with the girl. And the frame as well.

Brenda said...

Love it, love the vintage/antiqued look. Scrummy.

Audrey said...

Gorgeous heather! Love all the elements!

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow wow wow this is incredible.
So fabulous background. Love them.

Thanks Heather for this inspiring work to SaWo.

Kimmie said...

Very beautiful piece!

Viv's Visuals said...

Beautiful!

vintage wil said...

o wow what a beauty !!!

Gillian said...

Beautifully created Heather, i love the look the instant coffee has given the tag, i still must try this and the darker areas make it look even more aged, fab work as always my friend:)x

KardKrazy said...

I love that PBS stamp. What a great poastcard, love the frame, too!

Virginia said...

Heather this is really beautiful..Wonderful technique.