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Have you ever tried Tim Holtz’s Grungeboard? If so, you are probably addicted (like me). If you haven’t, prepare to have some fun! Grungeboard, according to Tim Holtz, is made of recycled paper. Here is an excellent You Tube tutorial video by him, that tells more about what it is, and how to use it!
Pictured above is how a package of Grungeboard comes. This one happens to be plain texture; there are several other textures it is available (harlequinn, swirls, etc). The outside of the package will always have a small sample of the texture in the corner, so you can feel it!
This is the first thing I made. I got a Grungebook and decided to just dive right in. I painted it with Tim Holz’s Distress Crackle Paint in brushed pewter. Mine never did crack, but of course Tim’s does in the video! It did stay an awesomely cool metallic shade, though. The only thing I adhered to it was that gigantic flourish from the swirls collection. I rubbed it with mahogany ink (Distress Ink, Tim Holtz line) and then used a blender tool to give an all over color. I’ve never seen a flourish so big before, and thought this would be a great way to start off my book!
This is the second page I made. I decided to see how Grungeboard would hold up to spray adhesive and thicker designer paper. So I sprayed the whole thing after I inked the tab, and adhered this piece of designer paper. True to its description, it stayed flexible! I sanded all of the edges – Grungeboard sands like a dream – and then got to work on my main piece. I again rubbed the aged mahogany ink on the heart and blended it. I painted the wings and crown with Angel Wings and Coffee Shimmerz, respectively. I popped the heart up on dimensionals, and left this one alone! I’m planning to go back and add some journaling later
For my third page, I went in a direction that is so not me – but I figured I’d stretch myself a bit! I covered the whole piece with aged mahogany ink, and stamped a map background in the middle, with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I rubbed on frayed burlap ink around the edges until I reached the map, and painted a swirled skull in the bottom right corner with Coffee Shimmerz. I got some plain letters out, and painted them with Royal Red Shimmerz. What do you think about how this one turned out??
The very last thing I did was make a tag. Grunge Paper is 12″x12″ sheets that comes in packages of 3. I cut out my tag, ran some faded jeans ink over it, and then used a blending tool to makes it even. My flowers are from the Grungeboard pack called “Nature” – fun aren’t they? To color the stems I used Memento Bamboo Leaves ink. The flowers themselves are aged mahogany. I sprayed the whole tag with adhesive, and added the flowers. I made my sentiment piece (it says “the earth laughs in flowers” and is from the Lizzie Anne Designs set ‘In the Meadow‘) and adhered it over the flowers. After it all set a bit, I coated it with Krystal Crystal Clear acrylic coating. It did make the sentiment panel hard to read, but I like the overall vintage feel it gave the tag. *All inks used were from Tim Holtz’s Distress line, unless otherwise noted.
Ok, let’s break it down: Pros:
- Comes in amazing shapes, for every need
Cons (and this is a reach for me):
- The 12″x 12″ paper pack only has 3 sheets in it
- I’d like to see more variety of books
- No third con for me – I love Grungeboard!!!
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Have you tried Grungeboard? What do you do with it? Leave us a comment and let us know!
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