Adding Color, Texture and Decor to the Recycled Paper Note Cards
5. To color the paper, add a few drops of food coloring and blend until the color is distributed throughout the pulp. To make white paper, add 1/8 teaspoon of bleach. If the recycled paper is not bleached or colored, it will be a light beige, or light gray, depending on the paper that was used to make the cards.
6. Natural elements can be mixed into the pulp to add texture and interest to the note cards. Some elements to consider are small twigs, grass, flowers. These items don't need to be blended into the pulp, just mix them in or add them during the drying process.
7. Fill a sink, or plastic tub similar in size to a sink, with 4 inches of water. Add 2 tablespoons of white school glue to the water. Add the pureed paper to the water. Mix it all together well with your hands.
8. With the paper puree mixed into the water well, place the screen at the bottom of the sink. Allow it to rest there for one minute. Slowly begin to raise the screen out of the water. It should take at least 30 seconds to lift the screen out.
9. Set the drying screen in a well ventilated area, so that the paper may dry. It may take a full 24 hours. Carefully and slowly, pull the paper off the screen.