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!
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:
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!