A complete guide to...
What is distressing?
In cardmaking and scrapbooking terms, ‘distressing’ describes the process of giving card or paper a vintage or worn look. In this complete guide we’ll provide you with some handy hints and tips on mastering this crafting technique, which will allow you to create stunning visual effects. Please feel free to pass this guide onto friends and family you think may benefit from it!
The distressed look can be achieved in a multitude of ways, using a number of methods, all of which can be employed to create a distressed effect. Three common ways to distress card and paper are with inks, with specialist tools and with stamps.
Distressing with inks
A very simple distressing technique that can be applied to almost any project is using inks around the edge of your creation. By using the right colours, you will effectively and easily age your project and enhance other features of your card.
Inks can come in two main forms - ink pads and small jars with droppers. You can use inks to colour the edges of cards in partnership with foam to create beautiful backgrounds and better define certain visual elements of your card projects.