Today I’m kicking the tires of the Perfect Tears tool set by Perfect Paper Crafting. (That’s TEAR as is rip, not as in cry!) Despite the mildly misleading moniker, this is a set of tools that will replace at least 6 of your pairs of fancy-edge scissors. They are actually easier to use and take up less space….but I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s see how they are described on the website:
PERFECT TEARS 3-Tool SetÂ
Â Use Perfect Tears to create a textured, soft, torn-paper-edge effect quickly and easily! Â Ideal for scrapbook pages, cards, or any paper crafting project.Â
Each Perfect Tear tool is made of semi-flexible, clear acrylic; it is double sided, so you get two great edges from one tool, for a total ofÂ six (6)Â different edges in the set.
The key to the tool’s simplicity is the Refillable Water Pen.Â Â The Water Pen gives a controlled, light flow of water to moisten the paper, prior to tearing. Â Perfect for hard-to-tear papers like vellum, thicker paper and card stock.Â
If you take a closer look, you can see the bevel on the rulers.
Of course I would do a swatch test, trying out different weights of paper. I chose the ruler that, coincidentally, has the easiest edge to rip- the small deckle- and the hardest, the uneven large deckle.
From left: heavy text-weight, 90 lb. watercolor paper, scrapbook paper, tissue paper, Core’Dinations cardstock, vellum, and wallpaper.
I even tried “Foamies”- but that stuff just doesn’t rip! I did find that all worked pretty well- the tissue and light weight papers the easiest, of course, with a little more power and “finessing” needed to tear the watercolor paper. By the end, my left hand- the one used to brace the ruler down upon the table- was sore. So if you have a LOT of tearing to do, this might not be a long-term solution.
Note: the edge under the ruler is the one where you are going to see the inside of the torn edge- something to keep in mind as you are planning.
Here’s another detail that I really love- the measurements on the ruler are in 1/8 inch increments- and are labeled as such. It’s so much easier than having to count that out!
The set, which is three rulers (six edges) and the refillable water brush retail for $17.99. That’s on par with buying nice-quality fancy-edge scissors for $3.00 each. And these have the benefit of being long enough that you can tear the edge of a 12″ piece of scrapbooking paper without having to lift up the ruler and reposition it in the pattern- the thing that makes scissors annoying when cutting longer pieces of paper.
I decided to try a simple project using the Perfect Tears, to see if it really would be fun and/or time saving.
I used the Perfect Tears zig-zag to rip up some vellum to create a wintery holiday card:
It was ridiculously easy to rip up the vellum and make this card quickly- and kinda fun, too? I mean, who doesn’t like the freedom of ripping and tearing, while still getting “controlled” results?? I’m going to keep these on a hook near my worktable and see how often I reach for them.
Feel free to weigh in or leave a comment below!
Disclosure: Sample provided for review.