Tools for less by Stephanie
Guest Design Team Member Stephanie contributed this frugal tip:
I have a weak spot for tools but I have hurt my scrap budget a couple of times by buying a tool I thought I would use only to find that I really don’t like the technique that the tool is meant for. In a lot of cases this means that the tool becomes “wasted money” and takes up space in my limited amount of storage space. Right now, distressing is hot and it’s tempting to buy all of the new tools from Tim Holtz and Tonic! but it is just not necessary. Here are two ways you can save yourself a little cash when trying out distressing.
1) Use standard sandpaper.
Many of us own power sanders or know someone who does. It’s super cheap (if not free!) pull a set of new sandpaper sheets out of the toolbox or borrow them from your neighbor. You can also buy a wide variety of sandpaper at your local hardware store for very cheap.
2) Use a wire brush.
Another hot distressing technique is to use a small, stiff, wire brush to distress paper. It creates a deeper etch and a different look. I found the Tim Holtz tool online before I went to my hardware store and bought the pack of 3 brushes for less than $4! The bonus, these are something I can use in woodworking if I decide that distressing doesn’t work for me.
This card was made using hardware store finds instead of buying pricey distressing tools!
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