How To Get Faux Burnt Edging For Your Scrapbook Layouts and Embellishments

Learning new techniques is one of my favorite things to do. When that new technique is something that is as versatile as creating a burnt edge look, I go a bit crazy. I have used the technique on dozens of layouts lately. I’d like to show you how to create your own faux burnt edge look.

To get started you will need the piece that you plan to add the burnt edge to. I used a tag in my example, but you could use a mat or a other type of embellishment. The look will even work on photographs.

You also need a brown ink pad, a black ink pad and walnut ink.

To begin, protect your work surface and then begin stamping your brown ink pad along the edges of the tag (or other item) blending into the center of the tag.

Next, take your walnut ink and add to the edges of the piece only. Try to avoid getting anywhere but the edges.

Last step, grab that black ink pad and ink the entire piece only on the edges. You can apply the ink to the edge directly from the ink pad. Now, use a sponge and blend the inked edges into the center of the piece. This is what you get.

It is now complete and time for you to embellish it however you would like. I have had a sepia toned photograph of my daughter for awhile that I was unsure of what to do with. I decided to unevenly cut the photograph and attach it to the tag. I then placed a transparent overlay over the top and trimmed the edges.

To finish off the look, I added a Making Memories Washer that says “Treasure” and then I gave the ribbon a inked/stained look as well. This is my finished product.

Now it’s time for you to get creative and have some fun with the different things you can create with this look! Have fun!

Nicole Humphrey writes articles for the Scrapbooking Blog and for the Frugal Blog. She also guest blogs on a variety of topics. You can read more of her articles by clicking here.

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