Hand-Torn Accents

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Hand-Torn Accents
by Nannette Dalton

This technique is inspired by Syndee Nuckles’ tutorial, Hand-Cut Accents. 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

If you enjoyed this tutorial, you might also like:

Hand-Cut Accents by Syndee Nuckles
Hand-Cut Accents by Syndee Nuckles


Nannette-DaltonAuthor: Nannette Dalton | nann@digitalscrapper.com
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