Most of these papers are yellowed with age, and while I love that patina on certain layouts, on this page I wanted to add a bit more color. I started with several old papers from past kits and JBS stamp pads in Chewing Gum and Lavender Sachet, a Chewing Gum Reinker (not pictured), and a Ranger Mini Mister.
After punching the papers with a circle punch, I sprayed half of them with watered-down Chewing Gum Ink (add about 10 drops of ink to Mini Mister and then fill halfway with water). While still wet, I dabbed some of the circles directly on the pink ink pad to add even more color. For the lavender circles, I first misted them lightly with plain water and then rubbed them onto the Lavender Sachet ink pad. This creates a more mottled, watercolor effect.
Once my colored circles were dry, I layered them (along with circles punched from an old index card) across the bottom of my page. A few lines of stitching helps hold them in the place:
Topped with a few JBS Pearl Flowers, the colored paper circles create a lovely textured effect on the bottom half of my page:
I also used an aged graph paper to create a journaling circle and a tag, where I stamped my title using the JBS Alpha Stamps. I filled in the letters with pink and lavender ink markers to match my color scheme and added chipboard hearts rubbed with the Chewing Gum and Lavender Sachet inks.
I love the colorful results a bit of ink adds to these papers. So don't be afraid to mix up your antique stash with brighter hued supplies. It's a great way to customize your page and add fresh twist to vintage!