Vintage Ephemera Checks: Free Digital Downloads

It’s day two with my new Epson Stylus NX625 and a nice little stack of cancelled checks dated 1900 from Wickersham Banking Co. of our own little P-Town!So many craft possibilities with such gorgeous papers. I scanned a few of the checks, front and back…to create FREE digital downloads. (Click on images for larger files)I printed the front images onto Epson Bright White paper.I like the perforated edges of the original checks. You can simulate this using the metal sawtooth blade edge of your aluminum foil or plastic wrap box. Fold the paper over the blade and run your fingernail along the top of the paper before perforating.

To stain the stark white cut & perforated edges of your color copy, press the edges into the moist coffee grounds leftover from the morning’s brew.

I usually don’t need to go far at all for project materials. Our recycling bins are just outside my studio door. Clearly I have a Calistoga Lime drinking situation. Time to put those bottles to more use! I peeled off the labels, which left a sticky residue, perfect for adhering my printed checks. Spray adhesive or other adhesives should work just fine, too. I didn’t mind having a bit of overlap of the check-turned-label, I made that section curl out just a bit for a more worn effect.

The little labeled bottles, now vases, look so cute on my shelf. Lest you think I’m a minimalist, those tiny stems are the only three things in my yard worth clipping at this time. One thing I am sadly not, and that’s a gardener. Oh, and remember what I wrote yesterday about the DURABrite® Ultra pigment inks being water resistant? When I filled the bottles, some water ran down the side over the labels. No harm done!!

Don’t miss entering to win an Epson Stylus NX625 with your creative 25-word comment on the giveaway post. Entry closes at noon, Sunday, July 10, 2011!!

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