Die cut papers are great to use if you want a change from straight edges. You can use them as is, cut them into section and change the positions or simply ink, mist or spray them. I love the distressed look so today I'm sharing ways of altering a diecut paper for an aged tattered look.
- Collage Press die cut paper,
- brown Mesh,
- kaiser wood flourishes,
- Ruby Rock-it chipboard alphabet,
- Ruby Rock-it ATC cards,
- die cut chipboard leaves,
- metal flowers.
- Kraft Cardstock
- Distressed ink which are 39% OFF AT THE MOMENT!!!
- On this layout, My Regret, I cut out an inside shape - a circle in my case. Distressed all the inside and outside edges. Because my paper was a dark colour I left the white edges but you could also ink them.
- The reverse of most die cut papers is white so to add interest on the bits I was curling over I stamped a small script stamp that gave it a pattern - you could also ink in a matching colour. Then I tore and curled over the edges revealing the script.
- My biggest tear gave a spot to embellish in matching net - lace, flowers etc would also work well.
- I only removed a few of the punched out dots and curled up the scalloped edges. You could add your own random holes if the paper didn't have any.
- Before attaching the inside and outside pieces I made sure they were distressed enough for the background cardstock to show through.
- I could also have scrunched up and inked the paper. Another way of distressing the paper would be to sand it like I did the painted chipboard leaves and photographs.
- Try to vary the distressing techniques you use over all in your layout. Using the same on everything isn't as interesting. I have used sanding, inking, tearing, curling and edge distressing.