Torn Paper Border

Torn Paper Border

Find out how to create a double torn paper frame for a scenic card featuring our Farmyard Animals Peg Stamp Set.

Stamps Used

  • Farmyard Animals

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Supplies Used

  • Lawn Fawn – Lawn Clippings – Grassy Hillside Stencils

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  • Art Glitter Glue Metal Tip Attachment

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  • Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy

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  • Archival Wendy Vecchi Ink Kit #3 – Mini Pad 4 Pack

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  • Archival Wendy Vecchi Ink Kit #2 – Mini Pad 4 Pack

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  • Archival Wendy Vecchi Ink Kit #1 – Mini Pad 4 Pack

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Additional Supplies

  • Cardstock – Cream
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Envelope – White
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Heat Tool
  • Craft Knife
  • Caran D’ Ache Watercolor Crayons
  • Spray Bottle – Water
  • Colored Pencil – Prismacolor Premier – Canary
  • Colored Pencil – Prismacolor Premier – Peach
  • Colored Pencil – Prismacolor Premier – 90% French Grey
  • Colored Pencil – Prismacolor Premier – Goldenrod


The first thing that we will do is prepare our paper. We need an A2 top folding base in cream cardstock. So, to make the base cut an 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of
cardstock in the middle at the 5-1/2″ mark on the long side. Then take
one of those pieces and place on a paper scoring board and score in the
middle on the long edge at 4-1/4″. Now, you have a base!

For the other cuts you’ll need:

  • Cheap Watercolor or Mixed Media Paper – 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″
  • Watercolor Paper – 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″

Grab one piece of the cheap paper and mark 1-/8″ at the top and bottom of the card, all the way around on every side. Then mark 3/8″ on all sides. 

On the other cheap card panel, measure 1/4″ at the top and bottom on all sides all the way around the card. Then mark 5/8″ twice on each side all the way around. 

Now, let’s start tearing! You’re going to do the same thing for each panel even though your measurements differ. Place a ruler on the outside marks, hold tightly against the table and tear the paper, letting the ruler be the guide. Do that for all sides. Now, for the inner measurements lay down the ruler and create a rectangle with your pencil. Erase any marks that overlap. Lay down a cutting mat and place the ruler corner to corner on the rectangle and cut along the ruler. Flip to the other corner and do the same thing. 

Now you have two panels with four triangles attached to the card. Lay the ruler along any of the lines of the rectangle, hold tight to the table and tear along the ruler. Do that for all four sides on both pieces of paper. Pull away and paper fibers that are too long or don’t look right. 

Grab the frame with the smallest opening and your good watercolor paper. Place the frame on top and trim away the watercolor paper so that it fits about in the middle of the frame on each side. Trace the frame so that you’ll know where to stamp.

Set aside the frames for now. Rub some watercolor crayon on a palette – you’ll need 3 shades of green and you can create your own by combining blue and yellow. Lay the hillside stencil at the bottom of the watercolor paper and brush on the darkest green. Clean the stencil and place it down again, this time as a mask while you use another stencil as the next hill. Paint on the next lightest green. Clean the stencils and place one of them again and paint with the lightest green. 

Stamp the Tiny Pigs in pink ink along the top of the farthest hill. Stamp the Mini Hen and Chicks in the foreground in brown and yellow ink. Stamp the Tiny Grass on the closest hill in green ink. Stamp the Mini Sun in the sky. 

Clean the palette and add brown, orange, and yellow crayon, spritz with water  and brush on the hens and chicks. Use a colored pencil to fill them in as well as the pigs if needed. Use the white gel pen to highlight the eyes of the chicks, wings of the hens, spots on the pigs, and the edge of the hill on the two lightest green hills. 

Clean the palette and add orange, yellow, and blue crayon for the sky. Spray on water and with a wide brush, brush on the sky. 

Dry with a heat tool or leave to dry naturally. Glue the two frames together the smaller on on top of the larger one. Rub Micro Glaze onto the scene that you created to lock in the colors and make them waterproof. Rub a paper towel on it to remove any excess. Erase any pencil lines. Glue to the frames and then glue it all to the card base.

For the envelope, stamp the Mini Hens and Chicks in the same colors as before twice each at the bottom. Use a colored pencil and the hill stencil and draw the top of the hill and color in with the pencil. Stamp the Tiny Pigs in pink on the top of the hill three times. 


  1. I have a question about inks. I noticed you used Archival ink for this beautiful card. Do you use Archival ink mainly for cards with watercolor? Could you also use versafine Claire or memento ink making the farm card? I get confused on which ink to use on a particular card.
    I enjoy your videos. They are very helpful and good step by step. Thank you.

    • I get confused too on which inks for what application. Archival is waterproof, VersaFine Clair can also be used in applications with water. Memento inks will react with water, so it would not be a good choice to use if you want the ink to not bleed in a watercolor application. If you want to watercolor with an ink, Distress inks are wonderful for that.

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