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!


26 comments:

Patti P. said...

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

Ульяна и Полина said...

Супер!!!

BRZOZOWY ZAKĄTEK said...

Super:)

Margreet said...

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

Gail said...

Just beautiful ,I love it ,thanks for sharing.

Marianne said...

Great idea. Thanks for sharing!

KC said...

wow what a great technique! thanks!

Phi said...

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.

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

Who'd a thunk? Great card. TFS

Janice M said...

Oh I LOVE this torn background alot!!

aussie aNNie said...

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

cri_kee said...

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

ursula Uphof said...

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

Bazena said...

Спасибо за мк! :-)

Lori Aragon said...

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

Donna said...

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

Teresa said...

LOVE it!!

Olga said...

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

Pam said...

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

carla said...

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

Scrapcat 1 said...

oooh that is pretty

Gail said...

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

Viv said...

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

Rita said...

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

Debbie said...

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

Donna said...

Wow! Love that card. I rarely use this technique so I'm going to try it out this evening. Thanks for the tips.