Hands up, who loves a bit of grunge? I do! Worn papers, distressed alphas, splashes of paint . . . they all add character to a page. I have always adored inked edges in paper scrapbooking, so it’s exciting to be able to simulate the look digitally!
There are various ways of applying inks to edges of papers, mats, frames, tags, etc. The most common way is to use texturizing brushes. But, the method I’m going to show you today uses filters to put an artistic slant on a stroke outline. It’s a simple, non-destructive way to add the look of inked edges to your scrapbook pages . . . and doing it digitally means you get to keep your hands, and your home, nice and clean!
This technique works on various shapes and sizes of papers, and even some elements. For the purpose of this tutorial, though, I am keeping it simple and working on a small, square piece of paper. And, here is the page I will be finishing. I feel that it needs some grunge added due to the age of the photo—early 1970s!
Okay, so now we’re all set. Follow along with me and see how easy it is to add some grunge appeal to your layouts.
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I hope you have fun with this tutorial. Please share your layouts in the Digi Scrap Tutorial of the Week Gallery . . . I’d love to see how you all customize your pages with a smudge of inky grunge!