How To Grung Paper
Tea/Coffee dye solution for paper
*1cp very hot water
*5Tb instant coffee or tea.
*4Tb vanilla extract (optional, just for scent)
*cinnamon to dust
*manila tags, printed graphics and mod podge
Print your clipart graphics or prim words out on paper. Test your printers ink by dipping a sample graphic in water.
I have one printer that the ink runs off the paper and another that doesn?t even smudge. Cut or tear out your graphics,
Dissolve instant coffee/tea in very hot water. Add vanilla (optional). Pour dye solution into shallow dish
like 9x13 baking dish. Dip your manila tags & graphics into the solution, push to the bottom with a fork. Let set 30
minutes, pull a tag out to check for color. If you want darker, leave them in longer. I have forgotten about them and
left them over night, they turned out very grungy, but fine. When your color is good, take your tags and graphics out
and place on a paper towel on a large plate, in a single layer. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon, put in microwave to dry.
Try something like 1.5-2 minutes. I get nice water rings and color variation as opposed to air drying.
Once your tags
are dry, use modge podge to glue your graphic onto your tag. You can coat the face of whole tag again with modge podge once the first glue is dry to create a protective layer on your tag. And that?s it...you've made
some primitive hang tags! You can use this method for any size/shape paper, don't limit yourself to just tags!
See Tea & Coffee Staining for color suggestions.