Friday, May 7, 2010

Distressing Tip from our Designer Karen Wilson

Methods of Distressing
Distressing is a big thing in the scrapbooking industry right now. There are several ways to achieve this look. First off there is the simple, fast distressing you can get by running your exacto knife along the edges of your papers, the more force you put into it,the more intense your distressing will be, you can also go deeper into the paper in some areas, to give more depth. Another way is tearing(a great therapy!). You can dry tear your paper but a way that I prefer is to run a wet q-tip along wherever you want to tear and start tearing, the wet line will help guide where you will tear. Which ever way you decide to distress you can also roll some of the edges towards you. A fav thing of mine to do is, whenever I distress, I ink my edges. It gives it a beautiful worn look. Hope you found this info helpful!

Here are two examples of my work where I used distressing.  You can visit my blog to see close ups.

** NOTE - you can also use a distressing tool.  Making Memories makes one that does a great job! may just find one in the upcoming July kit! :)


  1. Thanks for the tips. I've seen these layouts recently and loved them both. Like the Q tip idea.

  2. Awesome Tips!!! Thank you Karen!!!