Sunday, June 7, 2009

Faux Rip and Stitch Technique
By Mel (aka Scrap-alicious)

The rip and stitch technique involves paper or cardstock, being Machine stitched to a backing and then torn.
But, if you are machine-less, like me, you are going to like what I am going to share with you -
a Faux Rip and Stitch Technique, which involves no sewing at all, and looks just as fantastic!

Single sided pattern paper and or scraps, fast drying adhesive/glue (I used Pioneer Embellishment glue stick), Paper piercer, self healing mat, and white gel pen (I used white Uniball Signo pen ).

Disclaimer: ***You may want to practice steps #1 & #2 on some scraps before actually applying this technique to your LO.


1. Cut or tear piece of paper about an inch thick and as long as you would like your “rip” to be.
Working with one strip of paper at a time, run a thin line of adhesive in the direction you want your stitching to run.
Place the strip over the line of glue and press down firmly, to make sure it is attached well.
Allow a few minutes for glue to dry.

2. When you are sure the paper is glued down, you are ready to rip.
Holding one end of the paper with your fingers, tear along the length of the strip, in the direction of the glue.
Try not to be too neat, and allow the white parts of the tear show.
Repeat this step with the other side of the strip of paper, making sure you leave enough pattern showing- to be able to “stitch” along.

3. Using a paper piercer, pierce holes in a straight line, along the full length of the torn paper strip, spacing the holes 1/8” inches apart.

4. Using a gel pen, draw a dashed line between the pierced holes.
The color of your pen forms the color of “thread” that the strip is “stitched” in.
Repeat these 4 steps with other strips of paper, building up layers for depth and dimension.

Check out My Faux Rip and STitch Technique in it's entirety with step by step photos here at Serendipity Scrapbooks :

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