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Prima Distress Tool

{reported by Liz Hicks}

I have to admit that I am a girl who loves to distress... but I am a simple girl who lets a file do the trick. I wasn't to sure what to expect when Prima Marketing Inc. came out with their new Comfort Craft Distress Tool. So I decided to take it for a spin and see what it is made of.

I decided to test out the different features of the tool on the same piece of white core cardstock to see the difference of each feature of the tool. To do this I used each part of the tool 10 times on the same color of white core cardstock. These are the results :)

The coarse (large) file face offered a rough edge distress to the cardstock that pretty much removed a majority of the color from the paper.

coarse file used 10 times on white core cardstock

The fine file offered a more delicate distress which took off about 25% of the color from the page. The effect is similar to that of the coarse file, but offers a finer striation.

fine file used 10 times on white core cardstock


The wire brush offers a unique linear distress that removed about 25% of the color from the paper. The wire brush can be found at the bottom of the tool handle under its protective covering.

wire brush used 10 times on white core cardstock
edge distress tool
 The edge distress tool that is found on the side of the main part of the tool if used lightly offers a slightly distressed edge, yet if used more forcefully delivers a torn distressed look.
results of edge distress tool

Ease of Use: This tool was fun to explore. It is pretty self explanatory and can easily help crafters achieve a variety of distressed looks for any project.

Construction/Durability: Since this tool is used to distress, it is bound to dull in some areas. The nice thing about the face plates of the coarse and fine files is that there is a lot of surface area to them so they won't wear as quickly as other distress tools. Also, Prima has included a replacement coarse file plate so this tool should last you a while, especially if you use it mostly for paper crafting.

Usefulness: Pretty much this tool is used just for distressing, although you can use it to distress a myriad of surfaces which is a bonus compared to other distress tools. I used it on wood and it worked amazingly!

Cost effectiveness: Overall the price for the distress tool is pretty reasonable (averaging about $14.99 USD). The tool offers a variety more effects than other distressing tools on the market.

What I liked: I like the variety of effects that this tool offers, I also did enjoy the comfort grip handle, it made it nice to have a soft grip, especially when you are distressing sturdier surfaces that take a bit more force.

What I disliked:The one thing that I did find was that as I distressed, my paint would build up in the file, now it didn't effect the integrity of the tool, it still worked like a charm... but if you like to keep your tools clean you might have to clean parts yourself.

What I made:

For my project, I decided to use a wooden door plaque that I found at Hobby Lobby (you can find them at your local craft store). Since this is wood, I knew that this would put the distress tool to a true test.

Art Lives Here

Close up of distress caused by Prima's Comfort Craft Distress Tool

 Supplies used: Wood plaque: Hobby Lobby, Spray Ink: Clearsnap Inc. (Smooch Spritz), Paint: Ranger Industries (Patinas), stickers, distress tool and flowers: Prima Marketing Inc., sequin and gems: Unknown.

Where and How MuchProduct Name: Comfort Craft Distress Tool
Manufacturer: Prima Marketing Inc.
MSRP: $14.99
Available at:  Your Memories Here, Melissa Samuels

Over all I really enjoyed this tool. For a girl who loves to distress, I highly recommend this item. I like items that give you versatility and a variety of uses... and this is one of those tools.

What do YOU think? How do you think you could use this distress tool? Are there any uses that we may have not mentioned here? We would love to hear your feedback.  Leave a comment by midnight EST on Saturday to be entered to win one! 


PamSpradlin said...

This tool looks interesting. I do like the idea that it has a makes it look like you might have some control over it.

Court said...

I think it is interesting and I too like the handle aspect of it. Sure, I'd love to play with one and give it a try! :)

Unknown said...

Really great review. Thanks for showing us each feature. Very helpful in evaluating it against other things on the market.

rlovew said...

I think having a handle on it would be a big motivating factor in my buyiing or using this. I don't distress too often but the price point is not too high for occasional use.

Renee V said...

I like all-in-one tools like this! I can't think of another use that you haven't mentioned. Thanks for the great review and chance to win!

Linh C. said...

I like that it's all-in-one. No more searching for the various tools to achieve the same look.

stick said...

Great review, thank you! I'm just getting into distressing my papers and have been wondering about this tool.

DeeDee Catron said...

So far I'm really thinking that these are the most versatile distress tools.. which will make them the most handy to have. Plus being an ergonomics major they really do look oh so comfortable. and turquoise.. my favorite color ;)

Paula-Scrap Addict said...

I REALLY want one of these tools! I keep breaking other distress tools so maybe this one will hold up to my man-hands (yes, I'm a girl)lol

Kelly Massman said...

How fun! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!

ShoppingTamii said...

I really like that it has so many tools in one.

Houses Built of Cards said...

This definitely looks interesting! I too really like that it has so many different options with one tool - and the price does seem pretty reasonable!

kismet art said...

It would be nice to replace the jumble of tools in my bag with one that does so much- thanks for showing all the different ways it distresses!

April said...

This looks awesome!!

Rebecca Ednie said...

I do a lot of shabby chic and vintage projects so this looks like a great tool! Rebeccacell at

cutiephinphin said...

This tool looks really interesting and seems better than the one I'm currently using. Having a handle makes things easier and I don't have to worry about getting too near the paper and ending up with paper cuts on my fingers. I'm so prone to that :P

What I really like is ability to create different kinds of distressing using the different parts of the tool.

Shawninaz said...

I like the look of tool basically it's sturdiness. I would probably have to give it a try before deciding but the price is very reasonable.

Lalo said...

WHAT!!! This project is the BOMB and the tool looks like a must have!!!

Melinda AKA medialady said...

I like the idea of it being an "all in one" type tool. It makes it easier to keep up with!

Melinda said...

I'm not much of a distresser, though I'm sure this would make it easier! Thanks for the review!

Jean said...

Looks like a great tool. I could replace my steak knife and nail file:) Thanks for the critique.

Anonymous said...

Do you think I could just use my pedicure tool?