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Isn’t this the neatest recipe box! I made it for my daughter and Son-in-law. They both love to cook….aren’t you jealous, LOL. I am, the closest thing my husband will come to cooking is making toast! Needless to say, I did not make one for my husband, LOL

I stamped the image randomly using Staz-on Royal Purple onto the Paper Temptress Kraft paper. I love this paper, it is so versatile.

To color the images in, I wanted a soft vintage look. I chose the Stampin’ Up colors Mellow Moss, Pale Plum and Close to Cocoa, pulled out the stamp pads, reinkers, paint brush and a tiny cup of water.

Here is a close up of the paper. See the little speckles on the paper. They are one of the many reasons why I love this paper. It does not have that “flat” look.
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To get the vintage look on the Kraft paper: 1) add a drop of reinker onto the inside of the stamp pad cover. 2) dipping your brush in water and pulling a bit of the ink to the side, mix the water and ink until the color is well saturated. At first it may look like there is not enough color when applied to the image, but that is what you want. 3) color the image with the saturated ink, changing colors as needed. 4) As you paint, continue to mix the ink with water until your image(s) are complete.

The paper will just look wet at first. As it dries, you will see the color emerge. You can also use your heat gun to speed the process and see the color appear. It is really neat, LOL. If it dries a bit light for you, just add another layer of saturated ink. It won’t harm the paper at all! You can even apply a second coat in select areas to create a different look. One thing you can do is play and have fun finding the look you desire.

The weight of the Kraft paper worked perfectly. No matter how wet the painted areas got, it did not buckle. When it dried it remained flat, so no fighting with it as I adhered it to the box.

Here is a photo of the cover top: recipe-boc-cover
As you can see, it adheres perfectly, with no wrinkles. So easy.

Now, I love bling! Shimmy, shinny smooth paper or paper with lots of texture, I like my paper to look “alive” not flat. Though the Kraft paper does not shine or have a lot of texture, it is definatly not flat. It has become one of my favorite picks from Paper Temptress and I make sure that there is plenty on hand!

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