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Giving Paper an Aged or Distressed Look

December 6, 2018

Distressing Paper with an Ink Pad - image and ink padI 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 ;)

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Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 distressed image

Supplies:

  • 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
Distressing Paper with an Ink Pad - supplies
 
Distressing Paper with an Ink Pad - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Open ink pad and slide all four sides of image across inkpad.
  2. Distressing Paper with an Ink Pad - slide 4 corners across the pad
     
    Distressing Paper with an Ink Pad - sliding paper over ink pad
     
  3. 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.
  4. Distressing Paper with an Ink Pad - crumple paper
     
    Distressing Paper with an Ink Pad - lay face down on the ink pad and lightly brush and then remove
     
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  5. Use a glue stick on back of image and place on background paper if you want, or in a journal.
  6. Distressing Paper with an Ink Pad - glue to background paper if desired or into journal
     
  7. 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.
  8. Distressing Paper with an Ink Pad - cover with a magazine page and press down
     
  9. Enjoy your beautiful vintage image!
  10. Distressing Paper with an Ink Pad - image in a journal
     
    Distressing Paper with an Ink Pad - journal edge
     
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February 2, 2017

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

examples of the three aging methods

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