Friday, February 8, 2008

Scented Stain for Tags and Material

Is anyone tired of the coffee smell you get when staining your tags or material? This is a great way to change that. Walnut Crystals! You only need a glass jar with a screw top lid and you can keep this for a very long time. Add about 1/2 tsp of walnut crystals to warm water and stir them until they are totally dissolved. If you want a darker stain use more crystals and if you want it lighter use more water. Then add your favorite fragrance oil until you have the degree of scent that you like. A nice outdoorsy scent or peppermint or cinnamon is great. I have found it also doesn't stain your hands as much. When using them on tags I like to apply it with a sponge brush. Make sure to get all the excess out of the brush first and then apply to your paper. With material I do the same thing. It's a great way to stain your muslin before you lay your pattern on and draw around it. That way you can get it as dark as you want. Staining with walnut crystals works especially good if you are going to paint your item and then sand it down. I think if you aren't going to paint your doll you should just use a coffee stain for that really primitive look. Hope some of you try this great recipe for Scented Fabric and Tag Stain.
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