This week I began a new technique's workshop. They chose to start with tags. I couldn't find tags at Walmart so decided to make my own out of manila folders. Everyone is using coffee to
dye their tags. I confiscated my DH's left over 7/11 coffee, bought a small jar of instant coffee
and experimenting was off.
On one folder I placed granules of coffee and brushed the liquid coffee on. This created a stain with dots of coffee remaining. The granules left on were shiny. I like the effect. The second folder I placed in shaving cream with granules of coffee and drops of liquid coffee, then brushed the entire folder with liquid coffee. When I wiped the cream off the folder it left the folder feeling silky. This one is my favorite. While experimenting I had a dying bouquet of flowers my DH bought me last week so I flower pounded on one folder. Take advantage of a good thing when available. I'm reminded of the saying "Waste not, Want not."
The effects of flower pounding - colors of pink and green from leaves and roses and carnations.
I let them dry, cut them apart 2 1/2 by 4 1/2, shaped the corners, punched holes out of an extra piece and enforced my tag holes. On several tags I will create pockets by sewing up the sides with sturdy thread. This is Step 1 of "Tags". I am glad I could not find pre-made shipping tags at the store. I am excited about working on this project especially since I have truly started from scratch.