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.