Hand-Torn Accents

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Nannette-200This technique is inspired by Syndee Nuckles’ tutorial, Hand-Cut Accents, found in this month’s Premier. Her creative idea is a wonderful way to help stretch a kit and make it work for you.

Today I want to take Syndee’s tutorial to the next level. Instead of hand-cut accents, let’s make hand-torn accents.

This technique will work great not only for the cute little flowers in Syndee’s tutorial, but also for things like the edge of a paper, alphas, or any shape to which you want to give a handmade feel. The sky’s the limit! Let’s go!

Step One: Duplicate the Element

  • Open the layered scrapbook page (File > Open) with which you wish to work.
  • In the Layers panel, activate the element that you want to tear. (From now on I will call the element a flower since that is what I am using.)
  • Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to duplicate the flower.


Step Two: Add a Style

  • Download the DS-Tear style here.


  • Install the Layer Style. You can find instructions for how to install the style for your version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements here.
  • In the Layers panel, click on the Visibility icon of the top flower layer to hide it.
  • Activate the bottom flower layer.


  • In the Effects panel, click on Styles.
  • Double click on the DS-Tear style to apply it to the bottom flower layer.


  • In the Menu bar, choose Window > Styles.
  • In the Styles panel, click on the DS-Tear style to apply it to the bottom flower layer.

Step Three: Erase the Edge

  • Get the Eraser tool.
  • In the Tool Options, open the Brush Picker and choose the Rough Round Bristle brush. If you don’t see the Rough Round Bristle brush, open the drop-down menu and choose Default Brushes. (Photoshop: Open the fly-out menu, choose Reset Brushes, and click OK.)
  • In the Tool Options, set the Size to your liking for the size of the element you are using. Mine is set to 100 px. Set the Mode to Brush (Photoshop: set the Flow to 100%.)
  • On the document, using small back and forth movements, click and drag to erase the edge of the grayed flower just enough to roughen it up a bit.


Note: Using a back and forth movement like scrubbing will get rid of any stray pixels.

  • In the Layers panel, activate the top flower layer and click on the Visibility icon to make it visible again.
  • On the document, click and drag to erase the edge of the top flower revealing the gray layer below.


Here is my finished layout. I love how the tears look on my hand-cut and hand-torn elements.


Digi Scrap Tutorial: Hand Torn Accents by Nannette Dalton
Layout: Hooge Wock by Nannette Dalton
Kit: We Are Family by Dianne Rigdon; June 2013 Premier kit
Other elements: Heartbeat at My Feet by Zoe Pearn
3-D letters: Made using Linda Sattgast’s Custom Shadow Mastery 2 Module 2 video tutorial
Cardboard texture on flowers: The Art of Blending1 Class by Linda Sattgast
Video Tutorial: Hand-Cut Accents by Syndee Nuckles
Fonts: Chunk Five, DJB I feel Pretty
Software: Photoshop CC, Elements 12

Download this Digi Scrap Tutorial

20 Responses

  1. syndee n
    | Reply

    This is FABULOUS Nann!!!

    • Nann
      | Reply

      Thanks Syndee. You inspired me with your fun tutorial.

  2. frogdancer
    | Reply

    Cute scrap page. Thanks for the tutorial.

    • Nann
      | Reply

      Thanks for the compliment, and you are so welcome.

  3. Angie
    | Reply

    Thanks for the style and the tutorial! I’ve often wanted to create this look.

  4. Glorie
    | Reply

    WOW WOW WOW! Who would have ever thought this could be so easy!! THANK YOU for the GREAT tut!!! Love it!!

    • Nann
      | Reply

      Glorie you make laugh. Thanks!

  5. Luisa
    | Reply

    Woo Hoo! I’ve been waiting for this tutorial. Awesome Nann.

    • Nann
      | Reply

      Thanks Luisa!

  6. Jenifer
    | Reply

    Luisa, so have I! Can’t wait to try it out – thanks for the cool style!! 🙂

    • Nann
      | Reply

      You’re welcome Jen.

  7. Terri
    | Reply

    You make things so EASY!! As you know I was trying to figure out how to do this, with no luck. Now I can continue on the layout I was working on. Your style is PERFECT!! Love it, and thanks so much for sharing your expertise!! You page is what inspired me to try to emulate the torn look. Now I can do it!!!!

    • Nann
      | Reply

      This makes me so happy, I would love to see your page.

  8. woodie712
    | Reply

    I loved the tutorial…ty so much…was hysterical when I Finally figured out what a HOOGE WOCK was…lol

    • Nann
      | Reply

      Ha ha….kids!

  9. Tora Geirs
    | Reply

    This looks so cool thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Nann
      | Reply

      You’re welcome Tora, so glad that you like it.

  10. suruha
    | Reply

    Thank you! You make it look easy enough! I shall try it out!


  11. Tammy Graf
    | Reply

    I’ve always wanted to make these but thought it would be too complicated. Thanks for making it possible.

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