Faux Tearing

by Beate Johns

Create a faux torn edge with scrap paper and sponges.


  • Cardstock

  • Brayer with sponge attachment or sponges

  • Lightweight scrap paper

  • Dye Ink

  • removable adhesive (optional)

  • Stamps (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Carefully tear the scrap paper. Add soft waves if so desired.

  2. Step 2

    Apply removable adhesive to the back of the scrap paper.

  3. Step 3

    Adhere scrap paper to cardstock.

  4. Step 4

    Ink a brayer and then apply ink to cardstock until the cardstock has the color you are looking for.

    Try misting your sponge attachment with water before adding ink. It seems to pick up ink better this way.

  5. Step 5 (Optional)

    Stamp over the brayered section.

  6. Step 6

    Pull off your scrap paper and remove adhesive residue.

  7. Step 7

    Finish your card.



    Double it up
    After sponging your first layer, cover the sponged part up with the other part of your ripped scrap paper. Move your first piece of scrap paper over a bit and sponge a second "layer".

    Thicker Texture
    Exchange the die inks with pigment ink for a different look.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Faux Tearing. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

TFS such a good idea!!!
Karrie30  |  Wed Sep 3, 2008 at 5:32 AM
Very pretty card.

Linda Duensing  |  Wed Sep 3, 2008 at 7:50 AM
What a fabulous look. Love your card, too, Beate.
Regina Davis  |  Wed Sep 3, 2008 at 8:07 AM
Nice way to create co-ordinating CS and to also limit all the thick layers.
Maggi G  |  Wed Sep 3, 2008 at 8:31 AM
Hi Beate!
I LOVE the way you tore a mask . . . brayered over it . . . and then to top it off . . . STAMPED on it!!! That is SO cool!!!!! I LOVE the look!!!! THANK YOU for sharing!!!!
Michi, Orange County, CA  |  Wed Sep 3, 2008 at 8:32 AM
Hi Beate this was gr8 another FAB Beate creation.. Please can you tell me who makes the stamps you used

Many Thanks
tamba1  |  Wed Sep 3, 2008 at 10:43 AM
Where does a person get the larger scalloped oval punch that was used here? I've seen this used in so many card magazines but have yet to see one for sale!
BevKardz  |  Wed Sep 3, 2008 at 11:38 AM
This is a terrific way to get a unique look on your cards. Thanks for the information.
Pam Schwartz  |  Wed Sep 3, 2008 at 12:22 PM
This card is exceptional. I have to give it to you. You are super talented. Don’t stop your wonderful work. Thank you for sharing with us.
Andree-Anne Charpentier  |  Wed Sep 3, 2008 at 4:42 PM
Excellent. I can't wait to try this technique
Donielle  |  Wed Sep 3, 2008 at 5:03 PM
I sure enjoy your tutorials! You are so detailed with your directions, and your cards are always so beautiful. I want to be you when I grow up. hehe
Dee  |  Wed Sep 3, 2008 at 5:24 PM
Back to ATCs, which I am just experimenting with. Any that might be left make a wonderful beginning for a greeting card.
Kathy  |  Wed Sep 3, 2008 at 5:49 PM
Who knew... thanks for another amazing tutorial. The card is so beautiful and I love the way you added the stripes.........thanks Beate.
Langleycards  |  Wed Sep 3, 2008 at 9:03 PM
Beate you do the best tutorials ever! I have printed out quite a few of them.
What a clever technique is this! I love the look that it creates. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea! :0)
Cathy  |  Wed Sep 3, 2008 at 9:03 PM
Great tutorial! U ROCK:)
.......I'll be trying this with that stamp set:)
Thanks again Beate.
Rosiebudstamp  |  Thu Sep 4, 2008 at 3:43 AM
wow another one i can do ty beate u do such wonderfull work now it myturn to get busy and make these card's ty so much smile)
Roberta  |  Thu Sep 4, 2008 at 8:59 AM
Interesting technique!!

I would like to know the stamp set that included the stripes you used on the bottom of the card.

Thank you,

Laura Fekishazy  |  Thu Sep 4, 2008 at 9:37 AM

I always upload my card to the technique gallery listed on the bottom of the tutorial. There I list all supplies I used.
The background stamp is from the background stamp "Happiness" by Stampin' Up!. My husband cut up the wood block that it came with and I mounted it separately. You can see it here
beate  |  Thu Sep 4, 2008 at 9:42 AM
What stamp set are you using to make the stripes?
Janice Rose  |  Thu Sep 4, 2008 at 10:56 AM
I am also interested in the Company's name for the striped stamp as I like the look.
Keep up the great work
Elizabeth Bird  |  Thu Sep 4, 2008 at 2:24 PM

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