Get the look
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!