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Monday, 26 March 2012

Tutorial: How to feather the edges of tissue paper

I cannot remember who taught me how to do this, but it has been one of the most valuable crafting tips I've received, so I thought I would share it.

Rather than cutting handmade tissue paper into neat squares, you can tear it by hand to create a wonderful feathered edge. The slightly surprising, but very effective, tip is to first 'draw' with water the shape you want to tear out. You can use a paintbrush or just your finger. Don't get the paper too soggy, but use enough water to create a clear line.

Then simply pull the paper apart along the lines and it comes away with a feathered edge. And amazingly it doesn't tear anywhere other than the water lines you drew, so you don't have to worry about tearing it in a straight line. So easy, yet so effective.

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  1. I can't remember where I learnt that tip either, but I know I've surprised quite a few ladies in craft classes with it - very useful and it's sooo easy too!

  2. What a clever idea - must try that.

  3. Well I never! Thank-you for sharing this as I didn't know it and it is very effective.
    Jo x

  4. I can remember doing this but cannot remember where I got it form either but so effective and more natural looking

  5. A great idea and looks so smart too. Hope you have a good week.

  6. Wow, that looks amazing. Would never have known how you did it if you hadn't done the tutorial. Thanks for sharing

  7. Great tip and very effective. x

  8. Thanks for all your comments. Have fun trying it out!


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