Making Tie Dyed Paper

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Tie dying is not just a fabric craft; paper can also be colored in a unique way. This page is about making tie dyed paper.


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Using shaving cream and any kind of liquid inks you can make your own card stock to use in card making or scrapbooking.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes



This is a fun project almost anyone can do.
  1. Shake can of shaving cream, squirt into your container.

  2. Gently squirt or pour a few drops of different color inks on top of shaving cream.


  3. With an old pencil swirl ink by dragging pencil from side to side. Do not mix or stir colors, see the picture.

  4. Take your cut sheet of card stock, (hope you have the gloves on by now) and push it into the shaving cream. Remove and use the ruler to gently scrape off the shaving cream.

  5. Use a paper towel to wipe off excess. The shaving cream that you scraped off your card can be scraped onto the edge of the pan and re-used.

  6. Continue pushing cards into the cream, you will get a different effect if you twist the card after you have pushed it into the cream. Also the pattern will vary with the direction in which you scrape with your ruler. If you don't like the look of one you can always re dip and do it again.


  7. When you get down to the bottom you can push the scraped leftovers into your pile and continue.

  8. Towards the end the colors will be mixed together too much and they won't be as vibrant. That's when I let the cream set on the card a little longer before I scrape it off.

  9. You may need to use an index card in place of a spatula to lift the card up without destroying the edges.

  10. Place finished cards on newspaper making sure they do not overlap.

  11. It is natural for the cards to curl while working on them and while drying. The following day you can place your dry finished pieces underneath a heavy book for another day or two.

  12. You will get different effects also by the color of card stock you use. I like to see what they look like when they are done. Some look like the stems of flowers, others like the ocean. I then decide what card to use them on.

I hope I explained this clearly.

By 1CardCreator from Rochester Hills, MI

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July 24, 2007

For paper-crafters who are interested in making their own tie dye paper. This fun and messy tie dye paper "recipe" leads to lots of fun with the kids and several sheets of pretty paper for scrapbooking and card making!

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  1. Spread shaving cream in the bottom of the cookie sheet, making sure to cover the whole pan.
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  3. Choose the colors from the food coloring or dyes. Sprinkle drops of the colored dyes onto the shaving cream. (if using a normal sized cookie sheet, use maybe 15-20 drops of dye)
  4. Using the spatula, swirl the shaving cream and dyes around to make some colorful swirls.
  5. Take your white card stock and lay it face down in the colored shaving cream.
  6. Carefully remove the card stock and, using the spatula, scrape the excess shaving cream off. Dispose of this excess shaving cream.
  7. Set the tie dyed card stock aside to dry.
  8. Repeat.


By Kirsten from Kingsville, TX

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