Distress paper

I recently saw a blog post where someone made distress paper tags that looked really cool. They were made them using Distress ink pads, but I don’t own any ink pads at all. Instead I just crumbled ordinary paper and tried out my own method of distress paper!

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How to distress paper

It’s not hard, but it is super fun to make.

I crumbled pink copy paper and also some tissue paper – and used pink and red watercolour on top of the crumbled paper to distress it.

The paint gets caught in the creases and it is a really cool effect. I like it and can’t wait to use it somewhere soon.

** Idea from Altered Belly: distressed paper tags, who writes;

You can either do it with or without the crumpling first. I prefer the crumpled look. It takes more ink to do it on the smooth tag. […]

I experimented with smooth and crumpled tags. If you crumple, make a dent in the middle of the tag first. It will crumple better and will less likely to tear. You will need to have a spray bottle with water, ink pad, iron, and ironing board handy. The iron and ironing board is optional but I prefer how the tag turns out.

I did not iron mine (yet) but might do that. Let me know your paper experimenting goes.

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2 Responses to Distress paper

  1. I totally love this paper your giving me so many ideas lately for projects.. my girls are excited about it too. Thanks a bunch

  2. Marcia says:

    Hi Hanna,

    I have been wanting to try this, too. Tim Holz has more tips on distressing. I tried this with drops of food dye & watercolor on tissue paper. I didn’t get good results on plain paper. I don’t know if it’s practical for you to order from U.S. companies – the cheapest place I’ve found for the distress ink pads is Blockheads

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