Thursday, February 7

Technique Class - Paper Tearing

I know it seems a little strange to write a tutorial about something as obvious as paper tearing, but I have found a lot of people actually feel nervous when it comes to ripping strips from their patterned papers.
 
When you are ripping papers with a white core you will find that one side of the tear has a white border while the other side does not.  Generally, the piece you tear upward will not have the white showing so you need to keep this in mind when planning how your finished project is going to look.
 
 
You can also use the edges of items to tear your paper... the edge of a desk works well as does a deckle ruler like the one below.  Many people prefer to use a tool as it gives a lot more control to the direction of the tear.

 
So now you've torn up all your paper, what do you do with it?  Well, one idea is to join strips of different paper together to form a kind of patchwork background.  Then you can stamp or embellish over the top for a lovely distressed look.  It's a great way to use up all those little scraps of paper you've been hoarding... and yes, I mean you!


25 comments:

  1. Beccy, this is lovely! I adore the patchwork look and the silhouette stamps look so sharp on this.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Gorgeous...love the patchwork look...thanks for sharing!
    XXX Margreet

    ReplyDelete
  3. Just beautiful ,I love it ,thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great idea. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  5. wow what a great technique! thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  6. oh wow. Never thought to stamp over torn paper before. I have to try this. Very pretty card and so simple to make. Thankyou for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Oh I LOVE this torn background alot!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great effect Beccy, love this idea, have used it on scrapbooking but not on a card...guess what I am going to try next?? x

    ReplyDelete
  9. Nice card...with lovely effect by the teared edges. Love that you have stamped all over the patterned paper and over the edges.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Love the effect of the torn edges...never thought to make it into a patchwork. Thanks for the idea. hugs, Ursula

    ReplyDelete
  11. Simple, yes... but OH SO LOVELY!!! Thanks for the great inspiration :D

    ReplyDelete
  12. How fun! This is a must try for me. Love it!

    ReplyDelete
  13. This is super...love the simple edition of the image.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thank you so much for this tutorial! Your card is lovely!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  15. Wow this looks nice.
    Thank you for the tutorial Beccy.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Clever technique = I am afraid to tear paper - but you make it look so easy! I will have to try this!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Wow you are so clever Beccy, great combo paper tearing and then stamping :) Viv xx

    ReplyDelete
  18. I will start using this technique on my cards, thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  19. That looks amazing! Thank you for the inspiration, Beccy x

    ReplyDelete