Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tutorial: Scissor Distressing by Jenifer!

Scissor Distressing

Hi everyone, Jenifer here today, I have a quick and easy lil technique to share with you all today!
So grab a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy!

I adore grungy distressed paper crafting projects, the more distressed the better!
Theres a few tools right now on the market to help you achieve this look, but I get it for
just .74 cents. Below is a cheap, easy and quick way to give you the same look the
distress tools give without the expense.

Whatever paper crafting project you are working on (card stock or heavy weight paper works best for this technique) I like to use a cheap pair of school scissors.
(I DO NOT use my cutterbees or anything very sharp, you can easily cut your fingers)
You may want to have some acid free tape handy just in case.

If your going to use a rounded corner punch or any ink distressing on your projects edges, you will need to do these first. Once you've done this you can get started!

It's really simple, but you must be very careful, as you can easily cut yourself, and you wouldn't want to do that. You also might want to practice this technique a few times on a scrap paper until you get a feel for how pressure to use and what angle to place your scissors.

I'm going to demonstrate today on a scrap piece of paper, but you can use this technique on any size of paper!

Open your scissors completely and place your paper project in the center of one side of your scissors blade. Angle the scissors slightly and make striking upwards motions on your paper. Work in small sections at a time to avoid riping and tearing your project. You may need to go over one area several times until you achieve the desired amount of distressing your looking for.

Don't panic if you get a rip just align your paper the best you can and apply some tape to the back side, you'll want to make sure the tape is acid free and meant for scrapbooking. You may need to manipulate your paper a bit by slight moving it upward or pushing it inward a bit to hide the tear.

Once you've practiced this a bit and have a feel for it, you can even try it on lightweight paper. It works but it doesn't distress as much and it rips and tears VERY EASY. You will have to be super careful.


I want to thank my daughter for helping with all the photos!


  1. the "oops's" (and the accidental finger cutting) is exactly why I paid $3.99 for my distress tool. I think it was worth the money.

  2. I love this look! I'm going to have to try this. I'm just loving these tutorials! I always have my scissors handy, but most of the time my distress tool is missing in action!

  3. I always leave the Oops there.. it adds to the character :)

  4. Thanks for sharing. I saw this at some other blogs and couldn't figure out how to do it. I'll try and hope without enjuries ;-))

    I'll let you know how it went ;-) K.


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