Post # 1
Hello Hive – I need to call on your experience – otherwise I will experiment and report back.
I fell in love with Skeleton Key escort cards – here is one of my inspiration pics . . .
But I have a confession. I have the worlds ugliest not pretty or feminine in any way handwriting.
I tried to enlist my 13 year old who had beautiful handwriting and was told no way jose and since she is already being the world’s sweetest maid of honor and went dress shopping etc with me I was like gee ok.
So I found these online . . .
Hmmmm – I am a tech head – I use my computer for about everything possible and I have a collection of exquisite calligraphy fonts. So had the fabulous idea of printing them with caligraphy font possibly in brown or dark gray or black and that would do the job
except they are screamingly very white
and I really would love to give them a slightly aged patina.
So I know how to age with both tea bags and coffee.
Question of the day is do I age the whole sheet – let it dry and then print with the possibility of degrading the paper quality where my printer eats it
Do I print them off and then age each individually – possibly with a paint brush to get a more aged effect and risk smearing the ink
oh and a Bonus question
leave the edges finished or use a handy dandy punch/embosser to make it match the table number edging and look more FAHNCY SCHMANCY lol
Thanks in advance
Post # 3
Shameless bump so ppl will at least vote in the poll since it looks like I am on my own with the paper 😀
Post # 4
I would love to be able to help you out, but actually it depends on the type of ink you use in your printer.
If its ink jet, neither will really work. If its a laser printer, you might be able to get away with tea staining after you print it.
As a general rule, never stick anything coated in flammable powder (the tea) into an electrical appliance (a printer.) Yes, I know that its dry when you stick it in, but the teastain actually can damage your printer.
Instead, test it by running one sheet through the printer with the exact size and font styling you will be using. (You want to make sure that even if it smudges a little bit, that you can read it.) Then tea stain it.
If you don’t like the look, you can always create the aged look on the computer (you can download a free trial of photoshop for a month) and create it via wallpapers and brushes! If you need help, feel free to pm me
Hope this helps!
Post # 5
@Whoopsie Daisy: Thank you – I have both laser jet and ink jet so I will print on laser jet and then tea stain. I want to avoid using the printer giving me the aged paper look because it does not alter the texture and would be challenging doing both sides to look right. I ran a trial run last night just on plain paper and then paper I had used a stamp on with coffee and tea. The tea gave off just the right effect and the way I did it was blotting the cardstock with a used tea bag worked really well.
It just softened and aged the paper to point where it looked vintage and softer but not shabby and I am so trying to avoid the rustic/shabby chic look while embracing the vintage.
My home is very shabby chic blended with french country and a splash of art nouvea so it is not that I do not love the more rustic look it is just that our venue is too formal for it 🙂