Hi Everyone!

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 :

  • A piece of scrapbook paper
  • A few Q-tips 
  • Water 
  • Some kind of ink - (chalk, stain, pad - if desired)

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


((HUGS)) ~ Sherri 

date Monday, May 14, 2012

6 comments to “How to Tip ~ "Water Distressing"”

  1. MommyScraps
    May 14, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Great tutorial and awesome hints Sherri! Thanks for sharing this! Now I wanna go get inky... :)

  1. Courtney V
    May 14, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Thanks for the tips...what a fabulous idea!!

  1. Sherri Caramico
    May 15, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Thanks Ladies!! Have fun creating!

  1. Anonymous
    May 15, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    neat idea! must give it a try!
    Happy Scrapping!

  1. Sherri Caramico
    May 24, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    Thanks Jessica - happy to inspire! Have fun with it!

  1. city
    May 29, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    nice idea.. thanks for posting.

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