With so many of you finding great deals on Grungeboard at Tuesday Morning (example blog post from a PCC reader) recently, how timely that we have a review of the Tim Holtz Grungepaper ready for you to read about — and possibly win 🙂
PCC Product Review Team member Brenda Jones has pushed this paper to the max to see what it will do. Enjoy her review and then join us afterward for details on a giveaway….
I ask you, what's NOT to love about anything Tim Holtz, right? Artistic talent just oozes out of his pores to everyone's enjoyment and benefit. He is VERY easy on the eyes, he wears the coolest boots, and, from my own limited personal experience, I can say Tim is very warm, giving, humble, and caring. So, when I was asked to work with one of his products and write a Review, I thought "oh WOW, this is going to be so much fun". Then I found out it was Grungepaper and I thought "Hmmm, what in the world am I going to do with this?" LOL Read on to learn about my incredible journey into getting down and "grungy".
"Grungepaper" – two words wrapped into one. For me the word conjures up old, tattered, rusty, little (or not so little) boys who have been outside playing hard all day, stinky!! And, STINKY is the word for grungepaper. Considerably too stinky for me (sorry, Tim!) when I first got it. Not even out of the package yet and I had to remove it from my studio and let the pages "air out" elsewhere for several weeks before I could work with it. And THAT is my only complaint about this really fun product!
You can do just about anything with Grungepaper, AND do more with it than regular paper. Think of a thin, soft piece of pliable leather and you're on the right track to imagining 'grungepaper'. It rolls, it tears, it slices, and dices. (Oh wait a minute, the slice and dice thing was the vegimatic of years gone by. Remember those late night commercials?) I wanted to see what all I could do with this stuff so I put it through a LOT of different paces.
There are two different sides/textures of the Grungepaper to work with. One side is smooth, the other has a little roughness to it. So, if you run an ink pad over it (Direct To Paper Technique) you get two different coloring looks. The GrungePaper takes inks and paints really well.
A Few Grungepaper Projects
My first little project here (can you show our audience, Vanna) is a tag I designed to go on a scrapbook layout about my House Finch family.
Yes, that's Petey ya'll see here 🙂 (Petey was the subject of a previous review.)
After cutting the tag I embossed it with a Sizzix folder on the smooth side. Then I used several colors of Tim Holtz Distress Inks and JudiKins Color Duster brushes to lay colors in. Next, I ran this through my Kenmore Sewing Machine for some stitching elements. The tag is finished off with some fabric strips I had already hand dyed, and a shadow of little Petey.
OK, back to work!
For those of us who like that torn paper look, good news. You can tear this stuff! Even I, with my severe rheumatoid arthritis hands was able, on my 2nd try, to 'get er done' . Then I sat looking at the torn piece, wondering what to do with it. Hmmm, the brain wheels started turning. Admittingly, at the moment I was more in the mood to paint than play with grungepaper, but an idea showed up. I pulled out some watercolor paper 5"x7" size and laid the torn grungepaper over it. YES! By coloring the grungepaper, using two shades of brown Distress Ink, it would become the foreground of my Beach painting.
Exhibit A here shows the grungepaper "sand hill" overlooking the beach I drew with ink and then watercolored.
Exhibit B shows (thought you'd like to see) where this painting ended up. One of my dear friends who I grew up with in South Miami has a birthday in a few weeks. And then there were these Tim Holtz acrylic stamps sitting on the table over there waiting to go back into their storage place. So I threw everything together in one pot, so to speak, and Ken is going to love this piece done just for him as his birthday gift.
And a special layout for my DD using Grungepaper…
- The scalloped Corner Accents were created with theGrungepaper, colored with a mix of Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Inks, and the edges "dusted" with Picket Fence Distress Stickles.
- I also made the Pink pom-pom flowers with the Grungepaper. (And no, that's not what they're really called. I just can't remember the name.)
- I included some fabric strips that I had hand dyed and then ran a gathering stitch down the middle. Once gathered up and on the layout, I covered the stitching with little torn paper strips left over from tearing the edges off the pink paper in the layout.
- Then the paper line and letter stickers used (are you ready for this) are from the approximately 5 1/2 yr old Basic Grey 'Aged and Confused' line, sooo very On Trend with much of Tim's line of products he's bringing to us. Even my rub-on transfer message is from a several years-old pack by DaisyD. (So, while enjoying the new products always coming out, challenge yourself to also use what's been sitting in your stash for a while.)
My bottom line here, there is so much fun to be had with Grungepaper (once you get the stinky out!) Three sheets of 12"x12" come packaged together of this very versatile medium that can be used in so many ways. I'm playing around with other ideas I've come up with, so I've gotta get some more. Try some yourself. I think you'll have fun with it too!
A Few More Tips for Working with Grungepaper
- The BEST scissors to use are the Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors. I did manage to cut with several decorative edge scissors but it was very slow and time consuming. Regular paper scissors just don't cut it (pardon the pun). The Tonic Scissors cut through Grungepaper like a table knife through soft butter.
- Most of my paper punches did not cut through this "paper", although I was able to punch circles.
- Grungepaper handles cutting DieCut shapes on the modern popular machines. You won't get a full clean cut however using the little Sizzix Sidekick or the Revolution machine.
- Grungepaper loves the sewing machine. For best results use a size 14 ball point needle.
- Use your acrylic and rubber stamps on Grungepaper. Afterall it is called 'paper'.
- Did I say that you can roll Grungepaper? I'm really having fun with its pliability!
Thank you, Brenda, for that awesome product review!! I and your fellow PCC readers appreciate you sharing with us all that you learned. And thank you to Advantus, who provided us samples for Brenda to review AND samples to giveaway!
Would you like to win a 3-pack of the 12 x 12 Grungepaper — just like what Brenda used for her projects — AND a 6×6 Grungeboard bracket book to play with? (Photo from scrapbook.com)
If so, just leave us a comment below telling us if you've ever had a chance to "play" with Grungeboard or Grungepaper before — and I wish I could come up with a cute "90's Grunge Themed request for this one, but alas, my creative juices aren't flowing. If you think of something appropriate or funny, though, feel free to share! Either way, be sure to act quickly! This contest closes on Monday night, April 19th at midnight eastern.
A Resource: The Tim Holtz Winter CHA 2010 Catalog may be found on the Advantus website here.
Update: After reading some of your comments, Brenda took the time to send us a quick clarification of the difference between Grungeboard and Grungepaper…
The Tim Holtz GrungeBOARD is a 1/16 inch thick, 8" x 5" rubbery sheet, 8 sheets packaged together. These packs come plain, embossed with various patterns, alphabets, numbers, or various diecut shapes already in the sheet that you can punch out. You can paint, ink, stamp, cut, do whatever you want with them in scrapbooking, cardmaking, paper arts, etc.
The Tim Holtz GrungePAPER – which I used in my projects and review – has the name "GrungePAPER" on the packaging, and is considerably thinner than GrungeBOARD, at least by 1/2 the thickness, or just a little thicker than heavier cardstock. It is packaged either three 12" x 12" sheets to a pack or five 6" x 12" to a pack. Other than what I described as "smooth on one side and (lightly) textured on the other", the GrungePAPER is plain, ready for whatever creative idea you come up with.