Technique Tuesday: Got Grunge?

Grunge looks like it is here to stay…at least for awhile considering the popularity of Basic Grey and other patterned papers that have taken on this style. I think it’s pretty cool looking, especially when it’s used on a decorative or floral pattern…kind of like the “good-girl/bad-girl” concept I used on the scrapbook page above.

So think about this…how cool would it be if you could “grunge” any patterned paper? That’s right…any patterned paper! Well you can…with three quick and easy techniques that are sure to give you the look you love. Use the techniques together or separate…a little grunge or a lot of grunge…you decide!

Got Grunge?
ink pad (black, Color Box)
scrap piece of folded cardstock (approx. 1-1/4″x4″)
medicine bottle cap
spouncer (sponge paint applicator, Plaid)

1. Grunge Lines: Trim cardstock scrap; fold in half lengthwise. Rub folded edge on ink pad and then rub on patterned paper as shown to create lines. Repeat until desired look is achieved; vary the angles of the lines for more interest.
2. Grunge Circles: Use medicine cap as a stamp…press one side of cap onto inkpad and then press on patterned paper. The medicine cap gives an unfinished and imperfect circle…use both sides of the cap for a second sized circle!
3. Grunge Haze: Pounce the “spouncer” on inkpad and then lightly pounce onto patterned paper for a soft, hazy effect. Add a little more ink to some areas, creating light and dark haze as shown. Take a look at all three techniques used together:

Patterned Paper (Anna Griffin) all “grunged” up!

TIP: Use a white or metallic ink on dark patterned papers and a dark colored ink on light patterned papers for best results. Try these techniques with different colored inks…all of a sudden, going grunge looks pretty artistic!

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11 Responses to Technique Tuesday: Got Grunge?

  1. tania says:

    kelly….you are a GENIOUS!!! i’m going to give it a whirl before the end of the week.

  2. liannallama says:

    Love your LO! And how clever to use the CS to make the lines! Great tutorial!

  3. carlene federer says:

    Just found your site a couple of weeks ago…LOVE it! So sweet of you to share your awesome ideas!

  4. Lisa G says:

    you are amazing. I am actually working on a grunge lo tonight but using bg pp…Lisa

  5. Jennifer says:

    VERY cool!!! TFS

  6. Court says:

    Awesome… I love grunge! I love to grunge up my not so grungy paper too! FUN Love your blog

  7. Renee says:

    This is fantastic. I must try your techniques.

  8. Liz says:

    omg, incredible tutorial!!!

  9. Maryfrances Fabbri says:

    Kelly, this is just super. I just love the way you took the BG, and grunged it up. When I alter I make jokes about “defacing” things. LOL. Well, lady you sure did it here.

    What a great idea. I am going to have to follow and try this out.

  10. Mackey says:

    This is TOO wonderful!! I have so much paper that is just “too sweet” for me to use for my boys’ pages but I could definitely grunge it up and it would be perfect!!!

    Thank you again for yet MORE great inspiration!


  11. Kelly says:

    I just found your blog and I have to say that I LOVE this layout and the grunge techniques you used! Thanks for sharing! Your blog is going on my favorites list! :)