Crinkle Distressing Tutorial

Hi everyone! It is my day over on The Greeting Farm Blog so I came up with a fun little tutorial for ya! Be sure to head over to the TGF Blog for lots of great inspiration. The team cranks out new project daily.

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Let’s get right down to it!

I’ll admit it. . . when it comes to NOT coloring an image, I get stumped!! When I see a lined image, the first thing that comes to mind is coloring, but coloring takes some time. I wanted to show you how to make a quicker card by cutting out the coloring with this easy crinkle distressing technique.

For my project, I used the adorable Princess #4 from The Greeting Farm. She is so sweet and I thought she would be the perfect fit for my soft vintage style project.

First, I tested out some different paper/ink combos. for the first image I used brown ink with pink paper. For the second, I used brown paper with brown ink. For the last image, I used vintage white ink on kraft cardstock. I chose the pink image for my tutorial, but any combo would work with this same easy technique.

I cut out the image and then tore the paper around the edges for a worn look.

To continue making the image worn, I crumpled it up! I know AHHH! It looks so sad all crinkled up in the photo below:

Next, I smoothed the image back out a bit. . .

And then added some brown ink using an inking tool.

Then I created the rest of my card using soft colors & distressing techniques to make the whole card look worn and soft. I inked around the edges of the pink card base. Then I used an edge distressing tool to rough up the edges. I got my edge distressing tool for like $1 at my local crafting store. It looks like an Xacto blade inside a plastic handle and all you do is run the blade part across the edge of the paper.

I used some 3d foam dots to raise the image up a little but and I left the edges loose so that the image wouldn’t go completely flat on the front of the card. I wanted the crinkles to have some dimension.

Here is a look at the finished card:

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And that’s it! This project was a pretty quick and easy one to do. I am sure you could take this technique and find many uses for it.  Thanks for stopping by!


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