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Today, I am sharing my method for getting that consistent creamy golden-brown aged effect on pages. I have included written instructions below for your convenience. Please feel free to ask questions in the comments below. :-)
Instructions for the process:
1. select and gather papers, trim, lace and embellishments to dye
2. you will need a large tub or pan for hot tea, Lipton tea bags, hot water or a Keurig machine, oven mitts, one or more cookie sheets and a clothes iron
3. preheat oven to 295°F
4. fill tub with hot tea as you layer paper into to tub
5. remove paper one sheet at a time to place on cookie sheet
6. bake until dry (3-5 minutes after cookie sheets become hot)
7. repeat process for paper embellishments, tags, and doilies etc..
8. for tea dyeing lace, cheese cloth and fabric - do NOT bake, but rather hang to drip dry after soaking in hot tea
9. after pages are baked, iron flat
There are many variations of this process and no right or wrong way to do this other than what you prefer. Often I find that when I make mistakes, the greatest discoveries can present themselves. :-)