Quiz Katie Challenge
This months question came from a woman at one of the beginner’s scrapbooking classes I taught recently. I have been asked this question a lot so here is the answer.
How do you tear paper for scrapbooks and cards?
I find that this question can be best answered by showing you an example of how it looks. Check out this card and these two scrapbook pages...
Use your fingers or a straight edge ruler to guide the paper as you tear. Using your fingers will provide a wider tear with more edge on it. Using a ruler will give you a very lightly torn edge.
Six Tips to Remember:
- When paper tearing, pull the torn edge towards you in small controlled motions to keep the line where you want it to be.
- Don’t tear too fast, you will simple rip the paper without any consistency to the tear.
- Try placing the edge of the paper along the edge of the counter or table so you can easily grasp the paper and guide the tear line.
- Not all paper tears the same. Practice on a little scrap piece so you can see how that particular sheet will act before going all out on your page pieces.
- For best results, use color core paper. It will tear more easily and provide you with the perfect color on your torn edge.
- Ink and paper tearing are a great combination for rough and distressed effects. Simply tear the paper in the way you want and then use an applicator pad or sponge to rub the distress ink into the torn edge.