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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Instant Vintage! - Grunge Tutorial 101

 I decided to dye some paper tags.  
I had a big pot of super strong instant coffee
 on the stove.
I like to boil it.  
It's not necessary, but I think it stains better if it's hot.
And here
Get three different colors
(shades of brown)
of alcohol ink.
Put about 3-4 drops of each color
into a small plastic bag
with a zipper top.
Drop the paper tag
into the coffee mixture.
Approximately 2/3 cup of instant coffee
to 6-8 cups of water. Heat on stove.
My husband came in to the smell of what he referred to as burnt coffee.
I like to call it Cowboy Coffee.
He said, "I am not a cowboy."
Some people just don't understand 
the importance of crafts.
Remove the tag from the coffee.
Drop it into the plastic bag with dye.
I use tongs for this.
Don't leave the tag in the coffee 
too long.  The paper will dissolve.
I thought about contacting
 the tag manufacturer
and asking 
WHY the tags don't hold up
to a good cowboy coffee boil?
I figured I'd get the same look
that I did from my husband.
So I didn't.
Smoosh the tag around in the dye.
Lay them out to dry.
Preferably, all over the kitchen counter.
Thus, further confounding your husband.
I actually poured a little vanilla on top 
of the tags while they were still wet.
I thought it would make them
smell nice.  It did!
Don't even ask me
what my husband thought.

See!  They look old and decrepit now.
My husband said I should 
put them in the garage and
just back the car over them.
Hey!  That's an IDEA!
I'll be right back...
Decorate 'em up.
There you are.  
 they only took 
a little over 12 hours to make.


Cameron said...

Thanks for the tutorial....yay I did a similar thing using food dyes....accidently found that using things like strawberry baskets and cookie racks gave them great patterns as they dry :)

...So, is that "Kissing Alot" pendant not avail for sale or trade? :oP Would love it if it was...heehee! My email address is:


Cher' Shots said...

Very cool! Love how they turned out!

Into Vintage said...

It's always nice to have the love and support of a spouse while working on projects. At least that's what I've heard ... ahem.

Question: I don't know anything about alcohol dye - can it be used on fabric? Doilies perhaps?

Createology said...

Too funny...actually I would rather craft in the kitchen than cook or eat food. LOL
Your tags look fabulous. Happy creating...

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Kathy, this is a scream! But oh, how cute those tags are. Hey, cowboy coffee works for me, and the car idea... well, it might, too! LOL!


Sheila :-)

Terri Kahrs said...

Love, love, LOVE your tutorial - especially the way you've documented your husband's comments!!! Stunning tags, by the way!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Carousel Dreams said...

I love this post! And those tags are fantastic! Definitely going to give this a try...thankyou for sharing x

Susan said...

12 HOURS!!!! haha how much they selling for...$65.00 each??? Actually it is a very cool idea. Did you get your laundry done?? Susan said...

Oooh, good tips! I never tried it with the three dots of dye. I've done the vanilla, that is always a plus for nice tags. I've spritzed them with glimmer mist while still wet too, but I like the idea of doing the dyes, I'll try it next time.