How to Make Paper Look Old That You Can Print on

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There are no practical uses for antiqued paper, but it lends beauty and a touch of mystery to any project in which it is used. Making your own antique paper is a creative and fun way to add character to any craft project. Some antiquing techniques make it difficult to print on the paper after the process is finished; however, there is at least one simple way to make antiqued paper that can be used afterwards to print.

Things You'll Need

  • Emery board
  • Paper
  • Decorating chalks (brown, yellow, grey)
  • Makeup sponge
  • Newspaper
  • Craft finishing spray (optional)
  • Spread out the newspaper on a flat surface and put your paper on top.

  • Use the emery board to gently exfoliate the paper, creating a thin, fragile look.

  • Take your brown decorating chalk and apply chalk onto a makeup sponge. Use the sponge to apply a layer of brown color to the paper. Repeat with the yellow chalk.

  • Apply several alternating layers of brown and yellow chalk until the desired level of antiqued appearance is achieved. Apply gray chalk to the makeup sponge and add a thin layer of gray to give more dimension to the paper.

  • Leave the chalk to set into the paper for 24 hours. If time is an issue, the chalk may be set with a craft finishing spray. However, the spray may wrinkle the paper slightly, making it more difficult to print on.

  • Repeat on the other side of the paper.

  • Load the paper into the printer to print your desired text or image.

References

  • The Complete Book of Scrapbooking & Papercraft"; Frank Saraco, Louise Riddell; 2005
  • Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images
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