Tuesday, February 02, 2010


Hello Bloggers!
It's Tuesday and time for another ASK KAREN post.

I received an email yesterday from JO asking what you can do with GrungePAPER.
Yes, PAPER - Not GrungeBOARD. There is a difference.

GrungePAPER is thin - at least half the thickness of GrungeBOARD (...not that I measured or anything) and as a result is VERY VERSATILE. You can ink it, and sand it and die cut it, and paint it, and spray it and emboss on it... cover it with anything (with the right glue -- do you know about 3N1? LOL) BUT because of it's thin... you can also emboss it with your embossing folders. YAY... textured goodness!! and manipulate it well cause it does hold it's shape. You can also use it in your die cutting machines and punch it with your punches!!

Jo also wanted samples (picky picky - hehe)... well, samples I can do cause I use the stuff all the time... and so do many many other people in the blogosphere! I am happy to provide links to their work for you too. The possibilities are endless.... and I mean that.

Many of you know that I participated in Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas.

This is Tag Number 12.. I created the roses using the GrungePAPER. We did something similar to this at the London Retreat -- but there we used GrungeBOARD. TRUST ME.... Paper is easier to work with and looks far more delicate!

LOVE this TAG!!

This year's Nottawasga Retreat (you know, the one inspired by ArtyJen's work) also has a class in which I used GrungePAPER.
The wings on this Canvas are created with GrungePAPER. Here I inked them with Distress Inks, stamped on them with Archival Inks and then added some Rock Candy Distress Stickles to sugar coat them. See how they are molded to add dimension? The GrungePAPER will hold that shape. Very cool.

Can't you just see how you can use it on your layouts too?

Eileen, one of my bloggy friends made a wallet with it -- LOVE LOVE LOVE how this turned out.... http://artsaveslives-paperqueen.blogspot.com/2010/01/grungepaper-rose-swap.html

Wendy Vecchi (stamp designer and artist) uses GrungePaper in everything she creates with her stamps. Here is the link to her Blog where she displays samples using her stamps (yes, that are coming in the store as soon as the post people deliver it) and how she uses them with GrungePAPER. http://studio490art.blogspot.com/ Keep scrolling... oodles and oodles of GrungePAPER projects here.

Here is someone who created bookmarks with them:

Here's a little tutorial on how to use Wendy's flower stamp with the GrungePAPER and flowersoft. It's pretty!!! http://lindaduke.typepad.com/lindas_works_of_heart/2009/10/wendy-vecchi-flower-stamp-and-grungepaper.html

And here is a FLICKR post that I found using the GrungePAPER and Alcohol Inks and Sticky Back Canvas. Gotta love that!! I am going to have to play with this technique too! http://www.flickr.com/photos/25187511@N05/4089063076/

I hope this helps you out JO!
For all of you out there that are interested - I do carry this in the Studio.
I have 12x12 Sheets (3/pkg) for $7.25 and there is a new size coming in from CHA- he (Tim Holtz) is now selling it as 6x12 sheets (6/pkg)... Smart move... especially as most of us cut it up and run it through our die cutting machines. This size is perfect and takes up less space. I'll let you know a price when I get it in ... but it will probably be about the same.

Go ahead, make ART!!


Jo said...

Thanks for the tips Karen and can't wait to do the canvass at the Nott!!

Linda D said...

Karen, I love your little flowers on your tag, and I've loved visiting you blog.