I received a custom order for framed vintage sheet music using ‘Amazing Grace’… after searching through over a dozen hymnals and contacting nearly every sheet music seller on Etsy I decided that I’d have to just do this myself. (The version I was finding in random hymnals was only a half page song, or the song was split between two pages… and I wanted it a bit bigger, full page.)
My friend Holly pointed me towards a few online websites where you can access free printables! I searched and searched to find the right style I was looking for (needed to be a full page piece, including words, etc)… and I found just what I was lookig for. I don’t remember exactly which site I pulled the song off of, but here are a few leads: www.freesheetmusic.net and www.musicnotes.com/free. THANKS HOLLY!!!
I downloaded the song by clicking on the PDF link and then opened it in Microsoft Word. I wanted to reduce the overall size of the piece so that I could fit it into an 8 1/2″ x 11″ frame, with embellishments around it, etc. Once that was done I printed off a few different sizes/copies and then went to town on testing out how to coffee stain paper … for my first time. Can you believe it?
The short and quick of it, I set aside some extra coffee from earlier in the morning and let it cool completely. (Apparently using hot/warm coffee turns the pages more orange? OK. Noted. No pun intended.) Next, I prepped my 3 samples and pulled out two sheet trays, some paper towels and a cooling rack. See the slideshow below for detailed step by step examples and to see the 3 different samples.