Friday, July 1, 2011

Water Distressing Technique

One of my all time favorite techniques is a light water distressing trick that I do.  It's very simple and all you need is a glass of water and a q-tip or two.  Here is a recent layout of my daughter that I did using water distressing.

I mainly use this technique around the border of my paper, but you can do this on every layer that you use.  For this layout I used Pure and Cheeky from the May Ella collection along with Chic from the Just Add Color collection. 

To get this look follow these simple steps:

1) Distress your edges with your favorite distressing tool or the edge of scissors. 
2) Ink your edges in your choice of color and ink.
3) Dip your q-tip in your water and begin running it along the edges of your paper.  Do this enough to saturate the edges and let your ink run a little.
4) When I layer my papers I always try to scrunch up the edges so that the other layers show and crinkle together.
5) Go over your edges again with an ink blending tool.
** Added flair:  I used some glitter paint to enhance my edges even more. 
 Here are some close-ups of the layout. 

I based this layout on a sketch made by Charlotte!  Thanks for stopping by Urban Swank!! Come back soon!!


  1. Absolutely stunjning ♥♥♥!!
    what is a q-tip???

  2. So gorgeous!!!
    Petra a Q-tip is a cotton tipped swab. Mostly used for cleaning ears.

  3. Uhooi,,
    Wow,, This card is very nice, beautiful and creative,,

  4. Stunning project! Love the distressing. TFS

  5. This is just fabulous!!! Love your technique and thank you for sharing!!!