Paper Crimping Technique

Create your own embellishments with this paper crimping technique.

The way I see it, there are two ways to crimp: the free style crimp and the perfection crimp!

Perfection Crimping

First I will explain the "perfection crimping" technique. This requires a tool called, you guessed it, a crimper.

First, select the paper you would like to crimp.

There are a few styles of crimpers. Below are pictures of the straight crimper and the wavy crimper. Click on the picture if you would like more information on where to purchase the crimpers.

Crimper 8 1/2'' Aluminum FiskarsĀ® Wave Paper Crimper

Read below to find how to use the crimper.

Put your paper into the backside of the crimper.

Hold down the crimper's button (This will cause the paper to be squeezed between the two rollers)

Finally, spin the crank with your free hand and out comes your crimped paper!

I have used this tool to add embellishments and to mat my pictures. It really creates a great new dimension to a page!

Free Style Crimping

Now for the "free style crimping technique". Even the perfectionist can learn to love this free style way of crimping - once you one sees how it can add character to your page.

There is not much instruction for the free style crimping. Just grap your paper and wad it up in a ball. The more crimps and wrinkles you want, the tighter you should make your ball.

Now open the ball up and you have your free style crimped paper.

The best part of this free style crimping is that you do not have to have any extra tools.

This free style crimp makes a page look rustic or worn. In some instances, that is just what you need!

Now, don't be offended that I just told you how to crimp and wrinkle paper. I know you know how to do it! I just listed it to help you think of ideas to add to your scrapbook pages!

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