We really wanted to take our DIY Halloween cards to the next level this year. But what’s the best way to crank up the spook factor? Make the paper itself spooky!
So we set out to age paper with coffee, and add an air of mystery to each card. Is it a page from a witch’s potion recipe? A ancient piece of vampire’s stationery? Your recipient will never know. 😉
This stamped antique paper technique not only makes for one-of-a-kind Halloween greeting cards, but also party invites, scrapbook pages, and little messages for trick-or-treat candy bags.
Here’s how to make your own spooky parchment.
- If You’ve Got It, Haunt It rubber stamp
- Trick or Treat Yo Self rubber stamp
- Creep It Real rubber stamp
- ColorBox Espresso Pigment Ink
- Strongly brewed coffee
- Paint brush
- White card stock paper
- Baking sheet
- Wax paper (optional)
- Blow dryer or heat gun (optional)
- Card stock paper is a little thicker than computer paper and tends to be more durable throughout the staining process. It also takes on the coffee’s color a bit easier.
- Find that your paper is still too soppy? Use a hair dryer or heat gun to dry each side between staining layers. You can also try brewing a stronger batch of coffee; you won’t need to brush on as much liquid if the coffee is darker.
- Using wax paper underneath the paper helps protect your work space and leaves cool aging patterns!
- Set down your coffee cup on the paper while staining to make rings. The more distressed and damaged the paper looks, the more interesting it is!
RubberStamps.com offers a wide variety of stock and custom Halloween and holiday stamps to choose from, so you’re sure to find a design that fits your specific project!