Sunday, 22 February 2009

Grungeboard Class

Yesterday I did a class at Kraft Crazy at Tidworth using grungeboard. We made the notebook and bookmark shown above (crap photos once again - sorry). The class was hectic as mine always seem to be and overambitious as the various stages of the notebook really needed to dry out more thoroughly than we had time for in a two hour class (even when it ended up being 3 hours!) In the end people took the bits home to dry more thoroughly before either using their own Bind it all to put it together or bringing it back to the shop for Tracey to do for them.
The covers on the notebook are made from a plain sheet of grungeboard cut in half and covered with crumpled up tissue paper, then painted with paint dabbers. The creases in the tissue paper give a faux leather look. The flowers are stamped onto grungeboard and coloured with Twinkling H2Os (all of us very sad to hear they're going out of business), and cut out. The hinge and flourish are Sizzix dies.

The bookmark was more straightforward as it is coloured using Brilliance inks and a quick swipe with the heat gun was enough to dry it. The house and background bubble and swirls stamps are Paper Artsy and the hearts are Sizzix dies again. I wanted to make items that showed the extra advantages of grungeboard as opposed to ordinary chipboard. Both a bookmark and a notebook will get lots of handling but shouldn't get nearly as dog-eared as normal chipboard or card. And of course only with grungeboard could you bend a hinge round and use as a fastening in that way.I'm looking forward to the newly-launched grungepaper arriving in the UK as that will give even more opportunities for play!
Thanks to my ladies on the class - hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
And for Julia who was stuck at home decorating - see what you missed!

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