Sherri Caramico here again, bringing you some Scrappy Tips from my FAVORITE Scrappy Place ~ Scrap-a-Doodle Doo!
I want to share a cool ( and wet!) technique with you this week ~ EDGE DISTRESSING with WATER
This is a fun way to "cut out" sections, or just to "cut" edges of your paper, giving a textured/tattered look that you can keep white, or add ink to ( either chalk, ink pad, or my newest favorite "must have" Ranger Distress Stains!)
This look works great on grungy projects, as well as for a shabby chic look, and it is even a great way to add or soften lines on a layout that is full of straight edges, and will add a little texture/interest.
Here is what you will need :
First - decide where you want to "tear" you paper. My best suggestion here would be to follow the pattern or design of the paper. You can even draw a line with a pencil to help you "stay on track."
After you determine the "Where?" - next is the "How?"
Wet a Q-Tip with water and begin to follow the "line" while pressing and rubbing - no need to be too gentle here - you want that water to soak in and saturate the paper. Start out small - only about a 3" - 4" section at a time - keep wetting and rubbing.
You will begin to see the paper turn white - as the color/design is rubbed away. (You do not need to rub right through the paper.) When you see white - try to poke your finger through and tear gently along the line you've created. If it does not tear easily - add more water and continue rubbing. As soon as you have that section torn, move on to the next 3"- 4" and continue until tearing has been complete.
|Here you can see how I am following along the design of the paper to make the line where I will tear.|
|I wanted to make a "frame" for this layout, so I created my own line above the design. Here you can see how the top layer has been rubbed away, just before I am ready to tear it.|
|For added interest, after the paper has been torn, you can fold back the wet edge to give it a "framed" look too.|
|Here you can see the frame that was created with the textured, water distress opening. The edges were inked with Ranger Distress Stain and really make it "POP" I think - don't you?|
|Here is the finished layout.|
You can also just "open" up the paper and not fold it back too. Here is an example of that -
|First I rubbed the Q-Tip around the outline of the Leopard on the COOL BoBunny Zoology Paper,|
|Then I continued on, to "cut" out the center of the paper, to make a frame.|
(TIP - you can then use that center piece to make mats or embellishments
ie: the 2 flowers in the layout below!)
|As you can see, I inked the edges of the inside and outside of my Leopard Frame to make it POP off the page -( LOVE that Ranger Distress Stain !!) - this happens to be Spiced Marmalade. Oh - and I painted the Leopard with Ranger Distress Stain and sprayed him with Studio Calico's Mister Huey's GOLD Color Mist -one of my new FAVORITE FINDS! I think it makes him look really WILD - don't you!! ROAR!!|
For more more layouts and ideas on this WATER DISTRESSING Technique check out my Blog, For the Love of Paper
Now go on - GET SCRAPPY - and CREATE SOMETHING!!
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri