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Distressing with a paper distresser

As well as enhancing visual features, another way to distress card or paper is to use a specialist tool such as a paper distresser. This will rough up the edges of the card you are using, to create a simple but effective worn edge effect.

The paper distresser from Tim Holtz is ideal for distressing paper and cardstock, enabling you to create altered edges or aged paper finishes on all your crafting projects. With seven sharp recessed edges and a Kushgrip center for handling comfort, this paper distresser is safe and easy-to-use.

Distressing with stamps

By using vintage style stamps in conjunction with distress inks and foam, it is possible to create fabulous vintage effects and stamped pictures with a faux-dimensional effect.

Using distress inks for your stamping will also give your crafting projects an extra something special and softer images can be created by smudging the wet ink.

Sheena Douglass’ new brand, ‘Sheena’, includes a range of rubber stamps which are perfect for creating distressed-effect cards. The artwork has a vintage feel, meaning that it will co-ordinate perfectly with distressed backgrounds created with inks. These can be used in conjunction with a distresser for an emphasised distressed finish.

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