Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Coffee Staining Paper ~ Paper Crafting and a *GIVEAWAY!*

The winners of last week's paper crafting are Grams and Clare. Please email me your addresses and I'll get your prizes in the mail. Also, I'm going to start a weekly giveaway...keep reading for more details!

Coffee staining
Today, I'm sharing how I make coffee stained tags and paper. It's very simple and doesn't take a long time.

White tags
Get your paper and tags ready. If you are using tags, string them first.

Coffee staining
Pour cold coffee in a 9 x 13 pan and soak your paper and tags for 5 minutes. Make sure they are completely submerged.

Coffee stained tags
Let coffee drain from tags (I also run two fingers down the strings) and place on cookie sheet. They will darken as they dry.

Coffee stained tags
Bake in a 225F oven for 3-5 minutes. As soon as the edges start to curl remove from oven. Keep a very close eye on them because this happens quickly. You can also leave the oven door open a little to watch. Remove tags or paper from pan and let cool and dry on a flat surface.

Coffee stained tags
Once dry, put them under a heavy book until completely flat. That's it! I've been coffee staining quite a bit lately. Here are some things I've made...

Coffee stained tags
Paris gift tags.

Coffee stained stationery set
Bird stationery set.

Coffee stained stationery set
Paris stationery set.

Coffee stained bookmark
Garden girl bookmark.

Items can be found in my Etsy Shop.

Weekly Giveaway: Leave a comment between now and next Tuesday (8:00pm EST) and I will use random.org to pick a winner, who can choose *any* item from my Etsy Shop! You don't have to have a blog to join in, just leave an email address. International participants are welcome. Good luck and thank you for stopping by for a visit!

Paper Crafting Fun: Post any kind of paper project on your blog within the upcoming week, then add your link to Mr. Linky. Next Wednesday, I will draw *two* names and they will receive a card making kit: blank card, envelope, paper, stickers (or stamped image), and ribbon. Link back here in your post, so that others will know where to join in the fun, too!



Links are now closed. Please join us next week!

150 comments:

Sharri said...

Kelli, you're so talented! Thanks for sharing your ideas on your blog!
Count me in for your giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Kelli! Thanks for the tutorial. Your Easter decorations are lovely - Easter is my favorite holiday.I look at your Etsy everyday and love everything you make. Happy Spring - Happy Easter!
Sarita in Texas

Mrs. Miles said...

Oooohhh Kelli,

I use my coffee as a... drink?
I've never used it as an ink..
For some reason I did not think,
Sip or stain - just didn't link,
But the idea tickles pink!

How utterly clever... everything NEW is OLD again. Haha.

Oooo-lala, already dreaming about wandering the virtual aisles of your Etsy shop!

♥ Barb

Anonymous said...

HI Kelli! What will you teach us next? HE! HE! I am surprised the paper doesn't fall apart after being in the coffee for so long. The things you showed us are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
Love, Debbi

Bree said...

That's so neat. I always wondered how that was done! Thank you!

breefro@yahoo.com

glorv1 said...

Now I know what to do with my leftover coffee besides give the grounds to plants. I think that is cool, I don't have tags though. Thanks, at least I know now what to do. You can count me in on your giveaway, it would be fun. Take care and have a great Wednesday.

Chance said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I can't wait to try it!

capriciousperspective@gmail.com

Charity said...

hehehe... I loved Barb's little poem above! :)

Thanks for the tutorial! I love the look of the coffee stained paper! You make such cute things.

Emily said...

Oh yeah! I would love for a chance to win! :) I have always wanted to know how to tea or coffee-stain! Thanks for sharing. Your things are so beautiful!

Susan said...

This coffee staining is wonderful!
I'll have to try it.
Suz in the Tules

Lady Farmer said...

Just found some tags~will have to give coffee staining a try! Please include me in your give~away!
Thanks!

Susan said...

Thanks for sharing how you do the coffee staining! I had seen some of your stuff in your shop and wondered how you do them (I bet they smell good, too!). I haven't done any paper crafting recently; seems that time is short right now. I'll get back to it though!

Winterwood said...

Oh Kelli - Please remove me from mr Linky - I've made a mistake - I thought mr linky was for the giveaway!!! OOOpsie!!! ive always wondered how coffee staining was done - thanks for sharing.... NOW I know!

Naturegirl said...

Great job Kelli..great inspiration!
You're always coming up with new projects each time I visit!
vactioning in AZ..hugs NG

Lill said...

Hi Kelli :0)
This was just beautiful:0) You make so many amazing things, and it is so much fun looking into your blog. I have been here several times, but I have not put comments every time:0) Sorry for my English, but I am trying. Have a beautiful day.
Smile from Lill in Norway

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

What a great tutorial!

Clare said...

What a great idea, thankyou yet again kelli.
I won whoo hoo.

Spruce Creek Farm said...

Hello;
I appreciate your tutorial on making the coffee stained tags. I would of never imagine that they would need to be baked.

Joyce said...

Oh Kelli! what a great tutorial! can't wait to try this! I just love, love the garden girl bookmark!!

Gracie said...

Thanks for the tutorial Kelli! I tried it once to help my daughter for a project but it didn't come out so well! Is it the same with tea?

Nadja Magdalena said...

I love it! I love antique papers, and that bookmark is just gorgeous.

Elaine said...

Dear Kelli, I appreciate that you have done all the testing and give such precise instructions. Thank you for your investment in your readers!

Deborah said...

Thank you for showing us how to do the coffee staining. I was wondering how you did it without ruining the paper. I'm going to have to try it this week!

Kia said...

Wow! I'm so glad I've found your blog, you are so talented! :) I love coffee staining papers, I should do the more often. Mine are not as cute as yours, I have to admit! ;)
Thanks also for your giveaway. Have a great Wednesday! Greetings from Scotland!

Powers Family said...

What a neat idea! I'd love a chance to win! Thanks!

Catherine said...

Those are beautiful!
Thanks for the tutorial on coffee staining :) .
Blessings,
Catherine

JanMary said...

You have such inspiring posts - I really must try this - the results are stunning.

Sew-Digital said...

This is so neat! I will definitely try this this weekend! Thanks for the great instructions!

Tracy said...

Your paper crafts are always so lovely, Kelli!

boliyou said...

How neat! It makes a great effect. I love the Paris stationery.

Leann said...

I wondered how you were creating the vintage look. I love the idea of coffee to stain the paper.

I'll be back later to add my link, I haven't had the chance to take photos and post this week.

Happy Wednesday!

Kindra said...

I love how your tags and post cards turned out! I just love your work! Have you ever tried tea dying fabric? So fun! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

The Liberty Belle said...

I really like the idea of coffee staining but had no clue of how to go about it until now! Thanks for sharing! Incidentally, the Paris stationary is simply lovely.

Janet, said...

Very pretty . . . and easy. thanks for the tutorial.

Lisa said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Your tags and bookmarks are beautiful.

The American Homemaker said...

I make mine the same way, but I use tea :) Sometimes I microwave them instead of baking them if I'm only doing a couple.

Love Bears All Things said...

I enjoyed my visit here, as always.
Mama Bear

Cher said...

I never realised that there was coffee involved. :-)

BECKY said...

Thanks for sharing this process, Kelli. I have tea stained, but by hand and had issues with curling.

I need to start participating in this again...I miss it!!
Blessings and joy,
Becky

The Parson's Wife said...

Kelli, thanks for the tutorial, I linked it from my blog to yours... if that is okay with you. I think this project is great for EVERYone, even the craft challenged! Bless your Day!

Jenn said...

How fun is this?!! Please enter me in your giveaway, too. Thanks! ;-)

Heather said...

wow the coffee staining looks awesome! you are so crafty! what a fun giveaway! i would love to be entered!

Anonymous said...

How fun! Your crafts are beautiful, Kelli! Thanks for sharing. Count me in for your giveaway.
Karen teatotaler@juno.com

Julian said...

kelli,
Love the coffee staining idea for the paper. My son did an old timey report, and had the idea to coffee stain it. The kids at school thought that was pretty cool! I stain fabric. I especially like the birds. And the girl with the birds. That is so tweet! I mean sweet! Happy day!
Christina Gomez

Beth said...

I love all your ideas! Such creativity!

Jessica said...

These items are beautiful! I love stamping, but my space is currently limited (I have to sew standing up!:0). We are building a craft area and homeschool room for the girls and I, so we hope to start more crafting soon. Please enter me in the giveaway.

Miriam said...

Thanks for the Tutorial Kelli - you've made it look so easy. I've fancied doing this for a while, but always put it off because it looked too much trouble - but you've inspired me to have a go now! Thanks, Miriam

kjquilts said...

Thanks for the staining paper instructions. I'm going to try it soon. I'd like to get in on your give away!

Helen said...

So THAT'S how it's done. I always wondered.

Heather said...

Well I'll be. That is brilliant. What a great idea!!! I may have to try that sometime.

Barb said...

Kelli,
Those are all adorable.
Thanks for sharing and thanks for hosting.
Hoping I'll be back soon with my paper crafts!!

Blessings,
Barbara Jean

Kay said...

Thanks for the tutorial on coffee staining paper, I've done that lots with fabric but never paper....I'm gonna try it!

Tumbleweed Trails said...

Thank you so much for sharing your coffee staining technique with us. I will have to give it a whirl. I just love learning how to do thiings. Thanks for holding a giveaway drawing.

JD

visionquest2020 at msn dot com

Raysha said...

I love the look it gives to the paper. You're so talented!

Teresa said...

This looks like fun, I will have to try it! I wonder if my hubby will mind if I use his coffee...:)

Kelly said...

I have been snooping on your blog since about November---my first time visiting, I tried your Gingerbread coffee and found it to be wonderful!

Today's post amazes me because---I kid you not----I was dreaming about coffee staining paper last night to make some old fashioned modge-podged eggs! Your instructions are just what I need to complete/start the project!

I have no blog, but would love to have a chance to win one of your amazing creations!

Kelly in Canada

Ann said...

You are a constant inspiration to me! Thank you for hosting the giveaway, and please enter me!

MamaLuci said...

Love all your decorating. Always beautiful. email- my2andnomore@yahoo.com

Life with the Warrens said...

super cute! i stumbled acrossed your blog awhile ago and have been stalking ever since! love your creations. You warm my heart with your posts about your life with your family too!

Julie said...

Looks so wonderful. I would love to win your giveaway. Julie

Angel said...

I love the Vintage Inspired Bird Gift Tags

Lipstick and Laundry ~Jen said...

WoW... Those are beautiful and would love to win something from the shop!

Vanilla Lavender said...

WONDERFUL!! Absolutely beautiful!

Kim said...

I think I will have to give that a try! Please enter me in your giveaway as well! I LOVE all of the things in your Etsy Shop!

~ Kim

Susie Q said...

Wow. I've tried tea staining on fabric, but never coffee on paper...hmmm...might have to experiment!

Jane said...

Thanks for sharing the coffee staining. I hope I get picked for one of your beautiful etsy cards.

Bethany Hudson said...

Baking! That's the difference. Thanks for sharing, Kelli!
~Bethany

Kayla said...

I love the effect of the coffee staining! You are so creative. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

princessesindisguise(at)yahoo(dot)com

Barbara H. said...

THANK YOU so much for this tip!! I love the effect this gives! I never would have thought of the baking part.

And thanks for a WONDERFUL giveaway!

TJ said...

The coffee staining is matched with just the right color on your stamp! It's a truly beautiful effect. Of course I love all your work, but you really have an eye for color!

Have a wonderful week!
TJ

Raggedy Girl said...

I love how that looks and the bookmark is so sweet.

Roberta Anne

My open roads said...

you make your crafts so easy looking, but you must just have a wonderful hand at creating beautiful things, really! :)

Angie said...

Wow what a honor to win one of your etsy items. How cool is that. I have entered about 100 giveaways it seems with no luck yet but would love to be a winner this time for sure. You do such lovely work. Where do you get your lovely stamps. I love to make homemade cards for b'days and etc. Love the look and feel of yours. Have a beautiful day!
Angie

Sara L said...

I would love to enter - thanks!

charles and sara at hotmail dot com

Heather said...

Kelli,

Thanks for the great tutorial. I will have to try that soon.

Love, Heather

Marilyn in NM said...

Thanks so much for sharing the tag staining. I've also stained with tea. I just love the affect it gives.

Your ideas are just awesome!

Marilyn in NM

Sharon said...

Thank you for sharing your papercraft ideas each week! Lots of good ideas.. I'd love to enter your giveaway! tsjjcoy@yahoo.com

marie said...

Your work is wonderful! I would love to be included in a weekly giveaway!

Thanks for the lesson in coffee staining...that's much easier than what I've been doing!

Handwoven Dreams said...

Kelli,

I find your blog so inspiring and relaxing. It is truly a treasure!

Anonymous said...

Oh boy!
You have soooo many cute things in your etsy shop.
Count me in!

Naomi
Email: gyhk@tcc.on.ca

Susan S. said...

How cool! Thanks for sharing your neat trick. I just popped over from another blog and really enjoyed reading yours.

teachermomof2 said...

I love the coffee stained looked and I bet they smell great too! Thank you for sharing your technique and as always your talents with us!

Blessings,
Lisa

Kelly said...

Oh I am going to keep scrolling through your blog to catch up! Miss you!!!

((hugs))
kelly

Jules said...

Thanks for sharing your ideas. I'm going to have to try that coffee staining idea. I love how your tags & paper turned out! Happy Wed.!

Rosanne said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

PEA said...

I've always wondered how to do that! Now I know, thanks to your superb teaching skills!! hehe I am printing out your directions so that I don't forget...I have white tags that I'm going to try this with and will let you know how they work out:-) xoxo

Kim said...

Hi Kelli,
I love the tea staining. I used to do it with my students when we worked with Autobiography Scrapbook assignment.

Your crafts are beautiful.

Margaret said...

Thanks so much, I have done tea staining but this sounds much easier..thanks for the tips!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelli,

I love paper crafting Wednesdays. I have made quite a few of the cards. For someone who is not crafty, these projects are very easy.

Thanks so much for the tutorials.
Michelle in Northern California

picketfencemom said...

Hi Kelli,
The coffee stained tags are just lovely! I will definitely have to try this myself!
Hope you and yours are enjoying the beautiful spring weather way over yonder in Texas!
Take care!
Hugs,
Amy O.

nancy said...

Kelli, this is a great technique. I haven't done it quite like this before, but I'm definitely going to do a batch.
One that I like is a lemon juice technique. Have you tried it? If not, I'd love to pass it along. It gives a more golden distressing, and you can make the edges look really toasty with it.
Nancy

ohiofarmgirl said...

Thank you so much for sharing this idea. I have been wondering how to go about this and your directions are wonderful. Dianntha

Nancy M. said...

Kelli,
I never knew how to make these little tags. Thank you so much for sharing and teaching what you know.

Chance said...

I came back to participate in your paper crafting fun Wednesday! I linked my blog! Yay! Thanks for the inspiration!

capriciousperspective@gmail.com

Jen said...

I've been really inspired by your style since I found your blog a couple of weeks ago. I love the coffee-dyed technique and might have to give that a try!

Sue said...

Thank you for another wonderful idea! I really like what you make. Please enter me in the giveaway. Sue.momof3@gmail.com

katrina~ said...

I love your site! I appreciate you showing how you did the staining of paper. I have always wanted to know how to make it.

linda said...

Thank you for the great tutorial and giveaway...both are greatly appreciated.

I'm going to give your coffee staining trick a try, thank you!

Kim Cali said...

I love your site.
It is so fun to visit!
Thank you for all of the great ideas!

Michelle said...

What cute tags! I would love to enter. Thanks for the tutorial, I have been wondering what the process is for staining paper.
Blessings!
Michelle

Cathy said...

You are so artistic, Kelly! I love all the pretty things in your shop.

Zebu said...

Love the coffee staining! It looks vintage. :) We don't drink coffee, so I'll have to try Postum. ;)

Would love to enter your give-away.

Thanks, Kelli.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wow.. that was easy.. I can do it.. if I got the time.. that I lack off..

thanks for sharing and would love to enter your giveaway..

have a good week!

Handeddowntreasures said...

How neat! I can't wait to try it. Many Thanks, Linda

Life'sJourney said...

So glad I found your blog!! I am loving your tags.. I will be checking out your ETSY store!! I love the coffee staining technique.. I prefer it to using walnut ink.. it smells SOO much better!!
~Rachel

Bell said...

I've been away from your blog for a long time, but I am happy to have rediscovered you. I find myself looking at your house and your kids to see how things have changed since I've been gone.

Lilly's Home said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! You are a busy lady and do so many wondeful things!!
I always love to visit your blog and come away with inspiration!

Blessed Day!

Anonymous said...

I love your shop!
~Meghan
nutmeg16@sbcglobal.net

Tara said...

Kelli, thank you for all the inspiration to get out my ink and stamps and start crafting again. I have enjoyed it so! You are very generous with your ideas. May God coninue to bless you and yours.

Linda C said...

Thanks for this tutorial, Kelli! I have tea stained before, but not coffee-not sure I can part with the coffee- can you drink it afterwards:) jk!

I'm working on home projects now getting ready for family coming next week- but hope to join in the papercraft fun soon:)

Hugs,
Linda C

Barb said...

I was trying to go see the card wed. posts but some were not there. Do they take them down after Wed?

I'm going to try to post for it next week, just trying to catch
up on everything right now after (ugh!) taxes!

Keep up the great work.

blessings,
barbara jean

Elaine said...

I love the way your tags turned out! I enjoy seeing your creations.

Storybook Woods said...

Oh that is how you did it, fun xoxoxoxo Clarice

Bellamere Cottage said...

Oh Kelli! I love this tip. Thanks so much for sharing!

Blessings,
Spencer

Anonymous said...

I love your site! I check in daily!!

Brenda
brockerosa@embarqmail.com

YayaOrchid said...

Oh, my heavens! For a chance to win something from your shop I would comment endlessly!, LOL!
Your creations are absolute beauty Kelli! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

zoogarden36 said...

My kids and I used to do this when they were little to make treasure maps ... now I'm going to use it for scrapbooking! I'd love to win your giveaway. Your blog is beautiful and inspiring!

A Little Grace and Charm said...

What a wonderful idea for adding a little old fashioned charm to stationary and other sweet fancies!
Thank you so much for your delightful creations! They are so inspiring!

Kristie said...

Kelli, you are such a cleaver little lady. Who would have thoughgt that this would work. I had to see it to believe t. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Kristie

LDH said...

I love the look of your tags. Thank you for showing how to achieve this by coffee staining.

Karen said...

Hi, Kelli,
Thank you for showing us how to coffee stain paper! I wondered how it was done...now I know.

I would love to be included in your giveaway.

Karen

MyJourneyBack said...

I love all cool ideas. Thanks for coming over and visiting today.
I hope you have a great Show and Tell.
Hugs,
Sherry

Dianne said...

Wow-that is really sweet of you Kelli!
Thanks so much.

Patricia said...

Kelli, your coffee stained papers are gorgeous and I will definitely try this technique again. Please include me in your giveaway!

Sarahlcc♥ said...

That's a great coffee staining tutorial, Kelli. I'll be happy to join the giveaway!

Tina ♥ said...

I love this idea, it's beautiful! You are so generous to allow internationals to enter your draw! Yipee! :)

Gwen said...

All your things are just fantastic!! I would love to be entered in your give-away. Thanks.

Christine said...

I really needed this tutorial! I was just asking someone if I could coffee-dye paper and no one knew! I'm working on a mini scrapbook album about my coffee obsession and making these tags will be perfect! I never would have known to put them in the oven. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

Different Dog said...

What a wonderful craft! Where do you find those beautiful stamps? I have a giveaway this week, please check me out!

Sharon D. said...

Kelli,

Thank you so much for entering me in your generous giveaway. I love your designs and papercrafting. I either use leftover coffee for ice cubes or "coffee" staining fabric or paper myself.

zokiemichael(at)sisna(dot)com

Kelli said...

From one Kelli to another, what beautiful talents you have. I love the look of coffee staining. Thanks!

~~Anne said...

Wow, so many comments, but I'll take a chance too. I love to visit you and see how you use your decorating and crafting talents.

~~Anne

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Your tags are so cute.
I looked at a few pages of your
Esty shop. Nice work.
It would be very hard to decide what
to select as everything on your blog
is so cute.
Chris

treehouse.queen18(at)yahoo(dot)com

Mrs. U said...

Hi Kelli!!
I LOVE this!! I think I am going to try my hand at coffee staining!! What FUN! I think it gives such a beautiful antique look!

His,
Mrs. U

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

I LOVE how those tags turned out. I am going to try that sometime soon! Thanks for how-to.

Shannon

Sibyl said...

Kelli

love your ideas. I am not paper talented. sure wish I was. would love to have some of your items.

ruth said...

I love your card and tags, old fashioned and sweet:)

thehomespunheart said...

Hi Kelli!

I had fun staining with coffee this weekend! Thanks so much for the fun tutorial.

One question - what kind of paper do you suggest for staining? Do you use heavier weight or just regular weight paper?

Thanks,
Monica

Laughing Lioness said...

Absolutely gorgeous! You have inspired me to get out our spring stamps and make some fun items for spring.
btw-I goofed on the Mr. Linky and added a link that wasn't a papercraft, but don't know how to delete! So sorry! Have a GREAT week. Love your blog, Kelli = )

Amber said...

Hello from the UK,

Just stumbled across your blog and will be having a go at making your coffee stained tags. What a great idea!
Amber

Margo said...

Absolutely love those tags and notepaper!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

Laura said...

Wow, that is so neat. Never even thought about doing that before!!

~ Tisha ~ said...

Love all your crafty projects!! Thanks for showing us how to age paper.. Can you do fabric the same way only use an iron instead of an oven to seal it afterwards??
Thanks
Tisha

Girl Scout Mama said...

Love the tea bag tags. that was a neat idea. I never would have thought about using coffe, I have always used tea.

Terri said...

Thanks for the easy tutorial! I have never tried coffee (or tea)staining before, but I love the look. I also love the post with all your beautiful Easter decor! It is always fun to stop by your site!! Blessings!

Sandy Hall said...

Oh, these are pretty. I plan to try it.

Ann said...

I'velinked to the coffee stained tags post, they work well, thanks for the tip.

Anna Sophia said...

I hope I'm not too late. I love EVERY SINGLE item in your shop!!! :-)

Thanks so much!!

Bethanie said...

thats a really neat idea.
my comment makes you an even 150 comments- your welcome LOL.

Honey said...

Very sweet cards! I love the stamps you used. Thanks for the giveaway!