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Giving Paper an Aged or Distressed Look

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For certain crafts and projects you may wish to give a piece of paper, perhaps a printout of a photo, an aged look. There are a few ways to accomplish this. This is a guide about giving paper an aged or distressed look.


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December 6, 2018

I am distressing a paper image in order to make it look vintage. I love making paper crafts and journals of all kinds. I went a bit far with the ink and foam brush, but the image looks awesome anyway ;)

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 distressed image


  • printed image on paper
  • ink pad of brown or black. There are special distressing inks at craft stores. I just picked a brown color I liked.
  • foam brush
  • magazine page for brushing image onto ink pad and pressing, later when glued.
  • glue stick


  1. Open ink pad and slide all four sides of image across inkpad.
  2. Crumple up paper and lay face-down on ink pad. Lightly brush over image with foam brush. Puck image up off the ink pad quickly.
  3. Use a glue stick on back of image and place on background paper if you want, or in a journal.
  4. Place magazine page over top of image, after glueing in journal. Press image gently onto paper. Leave magazine page in place until glue is set.
  5. Enjoy your beautiful vintage image!
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February 2, 20170 found this helpful

Use these techniques to make your scrapbook pages look antique. This is a guide about creating aged or distressed scrapbook pages.

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