Rip, shred, tear… that’s right, it’s a technique!
Although there are actual tools to create “straight” tears, it’s not difficult to rip your paper in the shape you want by using a simple little trick. Take a paintbrush loaded with clean water and “paint” where you want the paper to tear. Allow the water to soak into the paper for a few seconds and then gently tear along the wet line. You will have all the texture of a tear but with the control you’re after!
Paper tearing is one of the methods of paper distressing used to give your cards and paper craft projects a vintage or rustic look. Add some ink to the torn edge and you will have a whole other dimension of interest to your project. Similarly, if you choose coloured paper or card stock with a white core, you’ll end up with a torn white line that contrasts with the rest of the paper.