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Old 08-09-2009, 07:44 AM   #1
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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.

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Old 08-09-2009, 07:50 AM   #2
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Tim Holtz' line with Tonic has several tools. http://www.timholtz.com/tonic.htm

Heidi Swapp has an edge distresser that is discontinued. It was part of her partnership with Advantus. Here's a link to it. http://www.scrapbook.com/products/re...sku=hs-hs63549
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Close to my Heart has a whole line of distressing tools. Here's a link:

https://cindyleek.myctmh.com/Retail/...CatalogID=1241
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Great! That Tim Holtz is the kind of thing I am looking for. Do you know if Mike's carries this tool...or any other companies that carry his products?
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Old 08-09-2009, 10:30 AM   #5
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You can also use a seam ripper!
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Heidi Swapp also has one called a "edge distresser" that is decent. It looks like a pink pacman
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I have the Heidi Swapp one and the Making Memories one. I'm pretty sure the Tim Holtz one is the same as the SU one, though I've not done a side by side comparison.
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Old 08-09-2009, 12:18 PM   #8
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A notch cut in a credit card makes a handy edge distresser. The finger nail sanding blocks with several degrees of coarseness work well.
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What I use I find it goes with me everywhere, I never forget it or wonder where I set it down... I use my fingernail. Just for distressing the edges... not very useful for other things like piercing!
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i use a nail board (emery board) to scratch and distress, they are a big pack of like 24 for $1.
they're not great, but they work
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Heidi Swapp has an edge distresser that is discontinued. It was part of her partnership with Advantus. Here's a link to it. http://www.scrapbook.com/products/re...sku=hs-hs63549
I saw this one at Hobby Lobby earlier this summer. They might still carry them.
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You can also use a seam ripper!


OOOOhhh...great idea! I bet that's a nice inexpensive alternative! Thanks for that recommendation!
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My fav tool for distressing edges is my hubbies old mustache comb
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:07 AM   #14
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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.
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I use a paper perforator, you have both a distresser and a perforator should you need one. The blade portion folds inside.

Seen them at Joanne's, Archiver's and I think Hobby Lobby but they were red.
Nice reason to use a coupon too!

I love the other ideas...really liking that mustache comb!
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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!
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I have the SU one and like it, but actually like using the edge of a bone folder better; I think it gives a more natural distressed look.
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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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A notch cut in a credit card makes a handy edge distresser. The finger nail sanding blocks with several degrees of coarseness work well.
I love this idea and will give it a try. Right now, I use my scssors.
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Old 08-22-2009, 01:02 PM   #22
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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.
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