How to Make Paper Look Old That You Can Print on

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Antiqued paper adds personality to craft projects.
Antiqued paper adds personality to craft projects. (Image: Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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.

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References

  • The Complete Book of Scrapbooking & Papercraft"; Frank Saraco, Louise Riddell; 2005
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