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!

Questions and Comments

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

ohhh this is too cool! Too cool for school even!
Silvia Mabie  |  Thu Sep 4, 2008 at 3:50 PM
I love this card. What stamp did you use for making the stripes?

Linda Duensing  |  Thu Sep 4, 2008 at 3:52 PM
How cool is that??!!??!! I totally LOVE this idea! I cannot wait to try this!! THANK YOU QUEEN BEATE!!!!
Leeci  |  Thu Sep 4, 2008 at 4:44 PM
Love this technique! Am tired of thick and bulky cards, but love the layered look. This is an excellent solution. TY for sharing.
Candy Scaccia  |  Thu Sep 4, 2008 at 5:12 PM
Marvy Uchida sells the oval scallop punches. Check them out at www.uchida.com. That is the only company I've seen that has them. I know Michaels doesn't carry them, nor does Hobby Lobby. The only other company that I know of that sells them is Pretzel City Paper Company in Freeport, Illinois. Their website is: www.pretzelcitypaper.com. They come in 3 sizes, I think. Hope this helps.
Bea Lincoln  |  Sat Sep 6, 2008 at 12:53 PM
O wow !!! Beautiful
MaryNSC  |  Sun Sep 7, 2008 at 12:00 PM
GREAT idea! Can't wait to experiment!
lindsey  |  Mon Sep 8, 2008 at 10:51 AM
I like the technique but really love the color combo. Great layout.
Donna  |  Mon Sep 8, 2008 at 4:03 PM
I worry about the bulky cards and, this is thew perfect answer to this problem. Thanks so much. Beautiful.
VStevens  |  Mon Sep 8, 2008 at 6:48 PM
What a great technique - I'm going to have a go - I wonder if it works with paint?
elizabeth shannon  |  Tue Sep 9, 2008 at 5:27 AM
Awesome look, that technique would look good on a scrapbook page as well. Thanks for sharing!
Sandi  |  Tue Sep 9, 2008 at 5:10 PM
OMGGGGGG!!! that is so cool, I can't wait to do it tomarrow....... yeahhhhhhh thanks so much for sharing. I could not be as good as I am getting without you talented gals..... Have a great weekend
kelly baugher  |  Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 11:39 AM
Beate: You do the BEST tutorials! I have to admit, I thought "what the heck is faux tearing?" What a COOL idea!! Love it, love it, love it. Keep the great ideas coming!
Thanks for sharing/teaching so much.
Kari  |  Sun Sep 28, 2008 at 5:40 AM
I LOVE tutorials and this was a great one. Thank your for your talent and creativity and for sharing it with us. This is a great idea and one I intend to try!
Peggy Dollar  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 1:34 PM
you make it look so easy; thanks for the great visual Beate.
Carole M.  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 6:16 PM
Brilliant tip....thankyou soo much for showing this.x
Janette  |  Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 5:47 AM
I love this idea! Good way to save paper!


Sarah H (13 years old)
Sarah H  |  Tue Jun 1, 2010 at 10:56 AM
I just followed a link here from VeraStamps and I think this idea is just brilliant. I plan on using it for the first card I will be making.
Dawni  |  Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 6:38 PM

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