Written by Trina Carbert
Paper tearing is the first “technique” I learned and nine years later it’s still my favorite. It’s actually very versatile and adds great dimension! It’s a VERY easy and cost effective way to texturize and add distressing to your projects! AND it’s GREAT for stress relief!
Paper tearing requires NO tools – just paper and your own two hands!
Start by either laying your paper on a flat surface or holding it in both hands.
If you lay it on a flat surface use one hand to hold the paper down, the other to tear.
If holding in both hands make sure you don’t wrinkle the edge you will want to keep.
You can easily vary the sizes of the “waves” you make while tearing too, just by using your fingers as a guide. Don’t worry if you tear a little too much or not quite enough. You can go back and tear it more or more to your liking after. Also, it doesn’t have to be perfect – the glory of paper tearing! :0)
It’s easy to add some depth to the torn edge just by inking it a little.
Another way to tear your paper for a really neat effect is to use some tape (or other adhesive you can remove) on the face of your paper. This is how I got the white areas on the layout shown below:
Adhere the tape LIGHTLY and tear away GENTLY. If you don’t get the effect you want, try again. (You may want to try this on a scrap piece of paper before doing it on your good papers.) Again, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Tearing is supposed to look rough.
If you want a “rough” edge, but fairly straight, lay a ruler on your paper, hold down tight and tear along the ruler’s edge. There are also a few paper tearing tools out there if you are afraid to try this technique sans tools!
I hope I’ve answered some questions here and given you inspiration to try this technique on your own. Happy tearing!
Today marks the beginning of our Spring into Summer sales! This week until Sunday May 31st, purchase our past kits at 45% off. Incredible Savings to stretch your dollar further! See our sale items HERE.
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Scrapbooker’s Club House is looking for a sketch artist to provide 2 sketches per month (one for our forum and one for our blog) along with sample interpretations. You will receive credit for your work along with an envie of goodies each month from the Scrapbooker’s Club House store.
Sketches must be original and made exclusively for Scrapbooker’s Club House.
Please send 3 sketches (one must be a card) and sample interpretations to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday May 29th.
The winner will be chosen by May 31st with their term beginning June 1st and ending September 31st, 2009.
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I have seen these great “cabbage flowers” on so many layouts and always wondered, “How do they do that?” Well, now I know and I ‘m going to share the steps with you! It’s actually pretty simple. :0)
1. Trace out 3 circles of different sizes on different papers.
2. Tear the circles out instead of using scissors and cutting.
3. Add some depth by inking or stamping some details on the circles.
4. Pinch the edges of each circle to help it curve up. This also gives more dimension.
5. Layer the circles on each other and glue together.
6. Top it off with an embellishment of your choice in the middle.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will share your creations with us!
Card supplies from Scrapbooker’s Club House Simply Enchanting kit.
Happy National Scrapbooking Day!
We’re so glad you made it over as we have a contest for you! Intrigued? Then read on!
This weekend we would love for you to take the time and scrapbook about you as an ARTIST. Tell us about your hobby, why you love it, what you bring to it, what it gives back to you.
Enter your layout into our Blog Contest folder. You will need to register with our site and all entries will need to be approved by the Moderator before they show up in the folder.
Be sure to have your NAME and the words “NSD CONTEST” in the subject line.
We will accept entries until Midnight, Sunday May 3rd, 2009 (mountain standard time). The winner will be announced on Thursday, May 7th on our blog and will win this summer themed prize pack: