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Monday, 17 June 2013

June Day 17....

June Day 17: Tell us how to do something, can be a craft technique
that's as old as the hill but your take on it
Craft something that has the colour red in it

The only thing I can think of for this prompt is to share how I age paper.
I usually stamp or print my image first on whatever paper I'm using, then 
dip a tea bag in some very warm water, squeeze gently so's it doesn't drip
 too much then just dab it over my image....the more you dab the darker
 the paper. Then when you've got the colour you want, screw the paper up,
 then open up and let it dry! Here's a card I blogged a few months back,  
using a printed, tea bagged script from Romeo & Juliet!

For the colour red, here's a pic of a cross stitch project I started
last Winter.....I finally finished it last night!
All the little red blobs round the top, in the pudding and the
holly berries are tiny seed beads.....I think I dropped more
than I used! Not sure what to do with this, was thinking
maybe the front of a recipe book but then I'd probably 
drop  Christmas pud mixture all over it! Any suggestions?
Rightio, off for some stew & round to visit
 you all later!


  1. Great technique Jo would give it a go but Im not very good at getting messy lol

    What you have done looks great. Lovely cross stitch to.Lets us know what you decided to do with it.


  2. I have used a tea bag and a rag soaked in coffee too! It really is effective!
    Your crosstitch is many pretty details! I think you should pop it in a frame to
    put out at Christmas.

  3. Love the tea bag technique and your cross stitch looks fab too hun :o) Hugs, Lisa x

  4. Beautiful card, and awesome cross -stitching. I once used to love to cross stitch it just takes up so much time until it got stressful for the eyes. Love the end results though, LOL!

  5. fabulous Jo! Well done on completing the cross stitch! Gorgeous xx

  6. That's a fab card Jo and a lovely bit of cross-stitch as well.

    I don't think I'd put mine on the front of a recipe book either - I know it would end up stained beyond belief!!

    How big is it - could you turn it into a Christmas decoration maybe?


  7. Wonderful tip for aging paper, Jo. I wouldn't have thought of that without you sharing it. I'm definitely going to try it!

  8. Thanks for sharing your tea bag technique Jo, it should be a very useful one to know! Your card is fabulous, love the image and all the layers and details!

  9. Gorgeous card Jo, love your cross stitch well done for finishing it, I would frame it.

    Hugs Julie xxx

  10. Good morning sweetie this is just fabulous...

    Hugs Pops x

  11. Ive always chickened out at the screw the paper up bit. I must be braver


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