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I know SU! carries a distressing tool (which includes a score tool and cutting tool on a keyring).
Does anyone know of another company who sells a distressing tool? Right now, I just use my scissors, but I was curious as to what other companies have tools for it.
The Tim Holtz distresser looks like the tool that can be used to cut yarn. Might try looking in the yarn section of a store. There is also a sewing thread cutter that I have seen. My friend also told me that she used hers as a distressing tool. You can always use a coupon at Joann/Michael's etc. and get it a little cheaper.
I use a 6" metal ruler. I have a a distresser but it doesn't work as well as my ruler. I go around the edges, the go back and decide which side I like best and distress that side a little bit more with the ruler.
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Crafter 4 Life is on the right track -- try searching online for "yarn cutter pendant" or "thread cutter pendant," or check the sewing/knitting sections of craft stores -- I got one on clearance a couple years ago at Jo Ann, and it's awesome -- like the Heidi Swapp tool on steroids, as it has 6 or 8 cutting (or, in our case, distressing) sections instead of just one. Good luck!
a couple of months before S U came out with their tool, I went to a Stamp Convention. The booth there was using a sewing tool. I think it was the yarn or threat cutter. I ran to the nearest JoAnnes and got one. I don't know where it is now. Somewhere in my pile of just have to have but what do I do with it now.
I use the edge of a scissors, ruller, dull cuting bladge, etc.
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I have tried most of the things mentioned. The Heidi swapp tool is great. You can get two kinds of distressing depending on how you use it. Place the paper in the notch with the tool at a 90 degree angle to the paper to get light distressing. But if you tilt the tool until it is almost parallel to the paper, you will get serious distressing, including some tearing. Considering yarn/thread cutters are the same, I expect they would also work for this technique. I use the serious ditressing for vintage, masculine or realistic animal themed cards.