Today I have a little something other than a card to share with you. As part of my DT work with the Pixie Cottage, I have a quick tutorial to share about distressing techniques and the different looks you can achieve by doing each one. Now I know some of you are afraid to rip beautiful papers, but trust me, it's fun and easy and creates a great accent or bit of texture on your creation. So don't be scared, let's have some fun tearing it up!
Before distressing, I stamped my image and colored with Copics on each of these samples and I've used the new stamp Hannah on Stepping Stones by Sandra Hammer. I've stamped her in Memento Ink on each of my samples and colored her the same so that you can see just how the distressing effects the image.
The first distressing technique I'll show you is plain old edge tearing with your fingers. No tools necessary for this one.
*Tip to remember: always go slowly, never just rip quick or you won't be able to control where the tearing will go.
Next, I have a sample using just some ink and a sponge.
I think this next technique is my favorite to do and use. It creates a great texture with the papers and spices up the project a bit.
*Tip: go slowly and be careful not to cut your paper or your fingers.
Sewing with some Tearing and Sponging
This last distressing technique uses a sewing machine along with a couple of the other techniques. If you don't have a sewing machine, I think you could achieve a similar look with some paper piercing and faux stitching.
First, I glue my image and card stock layers together and then sew them together with the sewing machine. I just use a simple stitch and do the edges. Then I use my thumb nail and gently go under the edging and fold it up to the stitching line. I gently and randomly tear the edge here and there and then smoosh it down with my thumb. The final touch is to add a small amount of ink sponged on the edges of the card stock layer.
Now if you don't have a sewing machine. You could do some paper piercing stitch holes along the edges and then use a white gel pen to add in the stitch lines. And using a ruler, lined up on the faux stitching edge so you don't go too far over, you can run your nail under the edging using the ruler as a guide. And finish with tearing and some sponging.
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial for different ways to distress your projects. And I hope you'll give it a try too. Don't be afraid to tear it up sometimes!
Have a great day!
Happy Stamping and Distressing,