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I love the look of aged papers – do you have any tips on how to per­fect the distressed look? Tabitha Browne, Don­caster

Anne: There are a few ways of adding a distressed look with­out spend­ing a for­tune. Cof­fee or tea are the eas­i­est to use and prob­a­bly avail­able to most. Brush cof­fee or tea over the sur­face of the pa­per; the stronger the brew the darker the pa­per will be. While it is wet, you can sprin­kle on cof­fee gran­ules to make dark spots or scrunch the pa­per to cre­ate in­ter­est­ing lines and tex­ture. Tear­ing and dis­tress­ing the edges looks good, as does burn­ing (do this care­fully over the sink with a lighter and gen­tly touch the flame along the edges). If you don’t have the time to cre­ate your own distressed pa­per, Hob­by­craft have a wide ar­ray of pa­per fin­ishes ( www. hob­by­craft.co.uk).

Dis­tress­ing your own papers is eas­ier than you might think!

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