we know that grungeboard comes in a variety of fabulous designs and alphabets, and can be used fabulously and effectively on cards and scrapbook layouts. but we wanted to explore the very limits of this versatile product, and so we challenged our design team to come up with new and amazing ways of using the grunge. they have explored ideas for using the full sheets of grungeboard as well as the die cut alphas and shapes.
we hope you enjoy what they came up with - i know i did!
This mini-purse is the perfect little spot to hold children's little treasures. Donna made this one for her youngest daughter who loves to pack small toys and jewelry whenever they head out of the house. The fact that it is made from Tim Holtz new Grungeboard, means that it is extremely sturdy and flexible. The material itself is not unlike leather and Donna says that had she more patience, she could quite easily have stitched the sections together with plastic or leather cord.
The unique 'leather-like' quality of this new product could actually lend itself perfectly to a whole plethora of similar projects. With bucket loads of free downloadable templates all over the web, the possibilities are literally...endless!
Many scrappers have asked why grungeboard is better than chipboard - for Jaimie the answer is easy - grungeboard's unique ability to take the toughest treatment and still look good. For this reason Jaimie decided to create a keyring embellishment for her car and house keys using the large grungeboard alphas. After mixing some paint and crackle medium and allowing the project to dry she then sanded over the swirl design and edges to give a shabby feel.
Then Jaimie covered the letter with a thin layer of Dimensional Magic to seal the paint effect and then once dry she added some Basic Grey sugared metal brads. Since adding the letter to her keyring Jaimie has had several people asking where she got her leather "J" - cant do that with chipboard - nice
Mel also wanted to create something to show the true flexibility of the Grungeboard for this challenge, so she had a go at sewing this little Cosmonaut Devil. She adapted the pattern slightly (out of her 'Softies, 22 friends for you to sew, knit and crochet' book) to fit the sheets of Grungeboard, adding a Basic Grey Archaic chipboard sticker on the Cosmonaut's suit and some Basic Grey buttons for eyes. The Grungeboard sews beautifully (much nicer than stitching through chipboard she reports) and was very easily stuffed (with a mix of stuffing and newspaper). A splash of paint and our new alien friend was finished and ready for his photo shoot.
Carole made this Princess Skull Jar for her daughter's hair bands.
Carole loves the Element Stripe Grungeboard and she used it in several ways. She painted and glittered and inked grungeboard shapes and also applied rubons onto the grunge as well as on the jar itself. Carole also used dimensional magic and still curved the grungeboard around the jar without cracking the dimensional magic.
Carole used Carolee's Creations Love Pattern Paper as a base for the grungeboard, being black and white it worked really well. She also used Heidi Swap bling circles for added glitter.
With this example, Nic covered the Stripe Grungeboard with Pink Paislee paper and pressed firmly to ensure good contact between the paper and the liquid glue. By lightly sanding over the patterned paper, Nicole was able to give the projects a wonderfully worn feel as the sandpaper picked up the ridges of the grungeboard.
Nicole made this cute little photo folder by machine stitching pieces of covered Grungeboard together and hinging with layers of paper. She finished the front with Cherry Arte Morocco rub on letters and a Heidi Grace ribbon tie.
This idea would be a wonderful gift idea or a nice way to present photos to a friend or relative, and was quick and easy given how easy it is to machine sew through Grungeboard. The flexibility of the board also allows you to bend pockets inside without the risk of tearing like you would find with normal chipboard.
Nicole was so impressed with the leather-like qualities of Grungeboard that she thought it might be fun to use it just like leather.
With addition of a few fabric eyelets, a D-ring and some leather thonging, Nic was able to create this funky necklace that would be perfect for your favourite teenage (or older) recipient! She covered the Grungeboard skull with CherryArte paper and then sprayed with red Glimmermist before punching with a Crop-A-Dile and hanging on the D-ring.
Grungeboard would have to be one of the most versatile products on the market. Folding, distressing, painting, inking and misting are only a few ideas to alter this remarkable product. The best thing would have to be that no matter how 'brutal' you are with grungeboard it always bounces back. A little crackle medium and paint create a lovely vintage look to the grungeboard elements on Jaimie's page, once dry she rubbed an ink pad over the embellishments to give that extra 'pop' to the crackle.
Suz can't get past Glimmer Misting her grungeboard. She loves how the glimmer settles into the crevices of the embossed grunge. In this layout she sprayed the Alpha Stripes with three different Glimmer Mist colours - Watermelon, Pearl and Kiwi and both inked and outlined the edge of each letter. She then intertwined flourishes from the Elements Grungeboard pack into and around the letters which is so easy to do given the Grunge's unique flexible properties.
Your local scrapbooking shop is bound to have some Tim Holtz Grungeboard in stock, so go check it out. If they don't - ask them to order some in for you!!