Reported by Tami Bayer

Have you tried Grungeboard yet? Well, I finally rolled up my sleeves and really played with it. This is a fairly new product from Tim Holtz Idea-ology that was first shown at Summer 2007 CHA. It comes in various embossed designs such as stripes, dots, swirls, and harlequin or you can buy it plain. It is available as basic sheets or diecut into a variety of shapes, numbers, or alphas. I played with two different types -the set you see on the left is the stripes elements and I also played with a couple of swirls basic sheets a friend sent to me. I purchased a set of elements which is 8 sheets of die cut shapes for about $8.00 at a craft show I went to earlier this year. I think it’s a fair price for the 94 pieces I received in this package.

When I opened the package the very first thing I noticed is that it smells like leather. It even feels a little like leather. It’s so bendy and flexible. I emailed Tim to ask him what it’s made from. He answered my question right away saying that it’s “paper based”. Hmmm, I’m sure there are other things in there, but what they are is not public knowlege. He has a video link on his website with a demo he did of this product.

I decided to try it out with some products that don’t have Tim’s name on them. I know all of his products work with the Grungeboard, but I wanted to see what else works with it. I was surprised to find that all 9 of the inks and paints I put on it worked. You can see that each one is labeled above the swirl with the name of the product I used on it. You may have to click on the pic to see it large enough to read them. I love that it works with sparkly products. This really gives a greater range to the Grungeboard, because the distress look doesn’t work on all my projects. It dried quickly on all of these and I found that it took very little time to get color on them. It is easier to color the grungeboard if you use a little glue dot to hold it in place while painting. I found it easy to apply the juicier inkpads direct to grungeboard, but needed a piece of cut and dry foam for some of the ink application. I used a sponge brush with the paints.

The next thing I tried was cutting the basic sheet. I had mixed results with this. It cut beautifully with a regular thick Sizzix die. With a Cuttlebug die I had to run it through twice. It would not cut through on a Sizzlets die no matter how many times I ran it through. I don’t have any other brand of dies to try on it, but I’d love to hear if any of you have had success or failures with other diecuts. I found it cut easily with my Fiskars and Kai scissors. The Crop-a-dile punches through it like a dream. I was unsuccessful in punching any shapes with regular paper punches.

I adore products that are versatile. I don’t want to purchase a zillion things to make something work. This one worked with nearly everything I threw at it, and I hope it works with supplies you have on hand. I’d love to hear about the ways you have used Grungeboard in your projects and any successes or failures you’ve had with it.

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8 Responses to Grungeboard

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    Scrapbookmama March 12, 2008 at 9:46 am #

    OHH I so want to try some of these I want to get the Letters since I love using letters on my L.O. thank you so much for the review 🙂


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    stampin_melissa March 12, 2008 at 11:54 am #

    Thanks for the info! I bought some but have been struck by the “What Now” Syndrome! LOL!

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    Yaritza Rivera-Eby March 12, 2008 at 1:48 pm #

    I just used some this weekend on an acrylic frame I altered. How funny your last two reviews are the products that I used to accomplish the finished results. I used Colobox cat-eye chalks with no problem. Loved how the color stayed true and didn’t look faded.

    Check out the finished product on my blog.

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    Far North March 12, 2008 at 4:48 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing your results! I had great success with products I have tried on grungeboard-my favorite is distress crackle paint but it does have to be laid on thick. I had no trouble die cutting with my cuttlebug but I think it is a matter of finding the right combination of shims-I used the tan mat with the regular plates.

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    Suzi March 12, 2008 at 6:51 pm #

    You gotta try glitter. It’s awesome cool with it! And, it embosses in the cuttlebug. WAY COOL!!! I think I’m in love!

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    mary w March 13, 2008 at 5:50 am #

    one thing I noticed with it is that the Ranger Crackle paint does NOT chip off of grungeboard like it does on chipboard and cardstock. You can bend it and twist it and that paint stays put.

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    Julia Stainton March 13, 2008 at 3:52 pm #

    Great article Tami! I’ve had this on my wishlist for some time and it definitely needs to get into the shopping cart soon!

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    Valonda L. March 16, 2008 at 9:39 am #

    I made a fun little book using grungeboard as the closure. You can check it out here.

    I love that stuff!!!