I've used the edges of scissors and allsorts to tear paper edges, which is OK, but this is so handy! I have put a ribbon through the loop and have it around my neck, when distressing, so I always know where it is, and can get my hands free in a jiffy.
I didn't find it hard to learn, I just dragged the edge up and down against the knife, and torn it went. Wehey! *plus I love Tim Holtz stuff*
I love the distressed look and knew I needed to find something to help me. I tried scissors (not sharp enough), razor blades (scary) and my fingernails (made a mess of my nails). I've had my paper distressing for almost 6 months and find myself reaching for it on almost every project I do. I find it is very easy to use and it gives the perfect edge distressing I want.
Used in this layout: You Make Me Smile
I'd never tried distressing anything before, but saw this little tool had really great reviews so I got it. I just tried it last night on a LO and LOOOVE it!! It's really easy to use and makes a great distressed effect.
I agree with the other posts, use this over a trash can or prepare for some serious paper dust!
Awesome tool, thank you!!
Used in this layout: The Journey is the Destination
This would be my style...to distress the edges. Do it on either the papers or the pictures or both on everything. I didn't think I needed another one, but this one is much better than the other that I've had for awhile. I'm able to do little strips of paper because it is so small. It's very comfortable in the hand as well. Worth it!
Used in this layout: We're Bouncing at Gymboree
This is my favorite tool. And its so inexpensive. Makes distressing the edge of pp and cs a snap. I lost mine recently and went crazy looking for it. Had to use my nail or edge of scissors to do the distressing. I ended up buying one from scrapbook.com and am so pleased how quickly I received my package.
This little tool is a must-have! If you like those gorgeous roughed-up, tattered edges on your projects edges, this is the tool you're looking for. Extreme ease-of-use. Just run it up and down the edges of your paper. Gorgeous results! Highly recommend! This is one tool I couldn't live without!
Used in this card: ~Winter Wishes
This little gadget works better than pretty much any other distresser I have used, including the machine which wakes up the whole neighborhood! It is quick and it is eady to control how much distressing you want. It is a little hard to do corners, since they tend to fold. Oh, and no noise!
This little gadget has saved my teeth from clenching as I attempt to get that vintage edge on my cardstock. It is so much better than trying to grip and tear the edge of the paper with my fingertips. Just pull down or scrap, and whalla, instant old! Have Fun! Lisa
I just received the Tim Holtz Paper Distresser and I love it. Even though it is small, it does a wonderful job distressing. For years I have been using the Making Memories paper distresser and this one does a much better job requiring very little effort.
Used in this card: Present Birthday Card
Another great product from Tim Holtz, the size it's perfect and easy for storage. The red rubber great for thumb grip, it's very easy to use. It creates perfect distress on my papers, card-stock and also photo paper too. Love everything by Tim Holtz :D
I just got this handy little tool, and I love it. It makes a lovely distressed edge, and it's so comfortable to hold and use. I don't know why I continued to use scissors for so long! It's much safer too -- I highly recommend this product!
Used in this layout: Graduate 2007
I owned another paper distresser for a long time but was never really satisfied with it... I read positive reviews about this one...and already loved Tonic products so I bought it... and I can't begin to tell you how happy I am that I did!
Wanna know how everyone gets those awesomely distressed edges?? THIS is the product to use. I've tried everything.. tearing, sanding blah blah.. nothing gets as cool of an effect as this super easy to use Paper Distresser. Buy it!
Used in this layout: New York, Baby
I waited to get this thinking I was doing OK with scissors, etc. to get the distressed edges I wanted. Should have purchased along time ago! Really do like that I can get minimal to maximum distressing from this one tool.
Used in this layout: Seniors
This small instrument can help create the most different distressing results! all depends on the way you manage it. If you want a deeper marks, put additional energy to the action in some places to accentuate. luv it!
I love this tool. I have used the electric paper distressers before but didn't like the loud noise. This tool isn't as fast, but I feel like you get more control over how distressed you want your paper and it quite!
This is the perfect distresser for me. It's small, easy to grip, quick, and gives a perfect, textured distressed edge to my papers. I love the loop at the top. I just clip it right on to my crop go-to bag.
Used in this layout: Beth & Jen
I have already used this item many times since recently receiving it and I just love it. Best for small sheets of paper or paper pieces. Just a handy little tool to make paper projects look old and tattered.
I have this little guy clipped on a chain to my "go bag" for crops! Its a must have for me and works great for quick distressing and give a nice porus edge if I want to use an ink pad on the edge too.
Used in this layout: Maumelle Park ~ Ducks
I have had this distresser for over a year and love it. With 7 blades it won't need replacing anytime soon. I keep it hanging close by for all my distressing needs.
Used in this layout: This is my playground
This is a must have in my collection. I highly recommend it. It is easy to use and gets in those tight/small hard to reach spaces.
Used in this layout: Scraps of Darkness *October kit*~ The Living Dead
I love this tool, but I don't do a lot of distressing. Some people I have talked with that do a lot of distressing say they like scissors better, but I assume it's because this wasn't around when they started distressing the edges.
For me it's nice to have such a handy tool that I can string up to have on my neck when at scraps. And I love that there are 7 different blades to choose from so you're not using the same blade over and over again and dulling it too much.
And the soft finger pads (red dots) are great for keeping your hands cramp free when doing a lot of distressing. I keep forgetting I have it and get excited when I remember and have to start distressing just because it's so easy.
Used in this layout: 1st Broncos Game
I waited to buy this distresser because I wanted to be sure I'd enjoy roughing up my paper before investing (yes, even with it being around 5 bucks!). A couple years of relying on a pair of scissors that would tear my whole sheet of paper instead of distressing the edges, convinced me that I need this tool. So, now I have it and I spent the first day learning how to use it. Evidently there are right and wrong angles to hold it; otherwise you won't get the results you want.
I DO like that the blades are staying sharp, even after three layered layouts with more on the way! As it's my first, I'm hoping to see that it lasts for a while.
Used in this layout: Rainbow Master
I've used this several times since I've received it and it's a great product. With it, you can softly fray the edges on a page, or completely rough 'em up! The only negative I would say (and this can be solved with an old toothbrush), is that paper gets into the crevices of the tool and can end up on your next project.
On the up side, it's VERY compact, about 1"x1" so it can fit in your pocket, purse, etc. -a very handy tool!
I'm fraying everything now
I've just gotten into distressing so I purchased this little tool and it's really cool! Depending on how hard you press and the material, you can lightly distress or tear it to shreds! It's definitely something you have to play around with, but it's fun! Just be prepared for all the paper dust.
Used in this layout: Danelle and Steve
This worked pretty good. I had just a little trouple but it could be beginners lack of use. After I distressed the edges, I took some chalk ink and went around the edges. Looks great!
Cute little trinket for making your paper look well distressed.
It has a nice grip center to get rough and rugged on that paper for great results everytime.
Used in this layout: Winter
I think this works great as a distresser for thinner paper, but for thicker cardstock its takes a lot more effort a and doesn't work as well.
Used in this layout: moments
It does that it is supposed to, I guess. But I really don't see the need for or the difference in all the different blade slots. I don't know what I thought it was going to do, but I am somehow disappointed in it.
It does a good job of doing distressing along paper edges, I have used this tool alot and like the effect however I do wish it was a little bigger because it is small and at times a little awkward to handle.
Used in this layout: 4 WHEELING
I guess I didn't know what this was when I bought it, so I am extremely disappointed in this product. I thought it would shred the ends of paper, but it doesn't really do anything. Maybe I need more instructions on how to use it. The blades are all the same, and it does little to the page when you run it through. You can create the same effect by running your paper across something sharp like a razor blade.
Used in this layout: King of the Swing
I ordered this back in November 2008 its now January 2009. I loved it when I first got it, if a blade got dull, i just went to another part of the circle. But now it seems like all the blades are dull! For this price I'm really disappointed! I would be better off buying a letter opener from Staples at least 2 come in a pack for about 3 bucks!
Used in this layout: Just Like a Star
I used to use scissors to distress the edge of my paper, but it was difficult to achieve a deeper distressed look because whenever I was pressing too hard, the blade would rip my paper.
This little tool is amazing.
No more wasted paper!
I now have control over how old I want my paper to look.
Warning: Prepare yourself for a lot of paper dust when you use it. I usually use it on top of a trash can.
This tool is awesome. I saw Tim Holtz use it on his tags for christmas and just had to have it. It works great to edge your paper and photos and looks great with a little bit of ink afterwards!