Distressing the edges of card stock is an essential technique for vintage and shabby chic style projects, and you'll want to find the right tools to make that job easy.
I decided to experiment with some other options so I could show you some tools you may already have that will do the job just as well.
Scissors seemed like an obvious choice, and I started with my Paper Snips since they're always close at hand. The blades are so thin and sharp that they tended to make cuts in the card stock instead of distressing the edges.
Next I tried Craft and Rubber Scissors. They have a thicker blade and aren't quite as sharp. The edges of the card stock came out looking the same as if I'd used the distressing tool. However, I had to be really careful to keep the blade from cutting into the card stock.
I borrowed some little kids' scissors with thick blades that arent' very sharp, and they worked well, too.
My next experiment was with Stampin' Up!'s Sanding Block. Unfortunately, even using the coarsest side of the block, it tends to smooth the edge more than distress it. It will give a little texture to the edge when I sanded perpendicular to the edge that would be a nice effect on some projects. But it won't work for the shabby chic look I love so much.
Then I went out to the garage and found some files and rasps. They didn't give me the distressed edge I like, either.
One more tool I tried is a metal ruler. It is thin without being very sharp, so is similar to the little "blades" in my favorite distressing tool. It gives a nicely distressed edge, and doesn't cut into the card stock.
The alternate options that I think work best are the dull scissors and the metal ruler. I like the dull scissors a little better because they're more comfortable to hold. But either one would be an acceptable substitute if I ever have to give up my old favorite.
Leave a comment and let me know if you've found other tools that you like for distressing the edges of card stock.