Here are some simple distressed papers.
Each sample was a quarter of a sheet of computer paper to demo.
Tim Holtz Distressed Inks which are dye inks, were used.
Edges have been torn.
Crumple and then smooth out (with the exception of sample 2)
DTP/dtp (direct to paper) with an ink pad — swipe the ink pad across the paper.
Swipe a darker ink pad along the edges to “frame” the paper.
Sample 1 — The paper is crumpled then inked.
Tim Holtz Distressed Ink Old Paper on paper, edges inked with Tea Dye.
Sample 2 — The paper is not crumpled but just DTP the paper with the Tim Holtz Distressed Ink Old Paper ink pad swiping across the paper. Ink the edges with Tim Holtz Distressed Ink Vintage Photo ink.
Sample 3 — The paper is DTP with Tim Holtz Distressed Ink Tea Dye and the edges are done with Tea Dye also.
You can do this with pigment inks also but remember to heat set them.
Pressure on the ink pad can give you lighter or darker results.
Use several colors of complimentary inks and overlay them.
This type of paper can be used as a background paper.
They can also be used as an accent on a card or ATC.
You can over stamp images on the paper also.
If you create a master sheet (larger sheet that you cut up and use), you can tear the paper and just ink the edges of the new tear.
Strips of paper can be used in paper pleating.
This technique can be used on #5 shipping tags.
You can also sand your work creating additional distressing but make sure your paper is thick enough to handle it.