Something about the pages of old journals and notebooks hints of history and romance. The worn, delicate pages add a touch of mystery and nostalgia. Making a letter look vintage requires using paper that looks old, presenting a sense of antiquity. The effect is fairly simple to create at home.
Things You'll Need
- 1 cup hot water
- Baking pan
- Paper towels
- Thin, cotton cloth
- Clothes iron
- Brown ink
Crumple paper to give it texture. Flatten the crumpled paper.
Brew tea using 1 cup of hot water and one teabag. Pour the tea into a baking pan. Place the paper in the baking pan for about 30 seconds, and then remove it and blot it dry with paper towels.
Place a thin, cotton cloth over the paper, and use a clothes iron to iron the paper. The cloth protects the paper from the iron's direct heat.
Dip a paintbrush in the tea, and use it to dab tea on the paper. That task adds texture and variety to the paper's coloring.
Wait for the paper to dry completely before using it to write a letter. Write with brown ink to help make the letter look vintage.
Tips & Warnings
- The method also makes paper that will be used to create an ornament or scrapbook look vintage.
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