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*
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!
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!!
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.
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.