Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Looks Like Grunge to Me!!

Hi friends

I have been lucky to get some of the fab new product .... Grungeboard from the Tim Holtz range. I have fallen in love with it too!!

I was a bit nonplussed with it to start with..I was not sure exactly how to showcase it, so I clicked on Tim's website for inspiration. Not only has he got a fab video showing how to use it, he also has a few little projects on there showing how it has been used.

I decided to try and do a "lift" with a couple of the tags he has designed...I usually tend to steer clear of directly copying as I really don't like stealing someone elses idea...but for this particular product I thought I would break that rule!! And, I know that his tags are heaps better anyway!! :O))

Here are the two tags I have made..

Tag 1 - Love Is...

Firstly, I cut a piece of card into a tag shape. I then used some paper from the Tim Holtz range and also a bit from my stash. I used Walnut Stain Distress ink to edge the torn piece of paper to give it definition. I then used Fired Brick Distress ink to colour the heart. This heart is from the Harlequin design of Grungeboard. I spritzed it with Tattered Angels mist in Antique Gold and then dried using a heat gun. I then used some sandpaper and bashed the heart about a bit! The Grungeboard is really durable so can withstand quite a lot of bashing :O)) I took a pair of wings from the Plain pack and painted with Pearl Acrylic Dabber. I used two coats of paint to get a nice even coverage. I then painted a heart with Gold Dabber and used a flourish piece and coloured with the Fired Brick. Before I assembled the tag, I used sandpaper on all the other pieces to get that distressed look. I used a Junior Dymo to punch the words "Love IS..." and then sanded the plastic and used Gold Dabber on it to blend in more.
Finally, to bring the whole design together, I used my index finger to smudge Gold Dabber around the edges of the tag. A couple of ribbons in the top finish it nicely.

Tag 2 - Jolly Roger

Usually I hate anything that has a skull on it. However, I have now changed my mind!!! Loving this particular design and for this tag I used two of the skulls from the Harlequin pack and distressed using Weathered Wood ink. Again, I bashed the pieces about and sanded them and finally smudged silver Dabber over the top so they have a little sparkle. Again, I used Tim Holtz papers and the Junior Dymo, this time I used "Jolly Roger" as a title. I stapled the dymo strips to the tag for a little extra dimension. The arrows are Harlequin too, and again I have distressed in the same way.
I used silicone glue to stick the arrows to the tag, this way I could bend them and have them raised off the tag. I used a couple of buttons for the eyes of the larger skull. I didn't have the right size in actual silver, so I used a Silver Krylon and coloured them in before using silicone glue to stick them in.
Again, I smudged the edges using my finger and some Dabber paint...this just tied the whole design together.

I am really really chuffed with the results...so much so, I decided to "go large" and made three designs, very similar but used a large piece of mountboard as a backing. I will post about them a bit later!

Thanks for looking..and if you are toying with the idea of buying Grungeboard...don't delay...it is FAB and you NEED it!!!! NOW!!!!

Hugs Hels x


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Anonymous said...

they are brilliant Hels and if you can not copy the master then who can you copy!!!!! love them both, love Andrea

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