Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Distress and Grunge

In one of my recent posts several comments were wondering about the Zutter Distressing tool and also grunge board. So I thought I would answer those inquires . I purchased the Zutter Distressing tool ( Distrezzer ) a few months ago, make distressing things go a lot faster when you are making a lot of things . They cost around $35 to $40. Has a little button on the side , hold it in and away it goes as you slide your papers through. Mine has little black scuffs on the top , it was like that when it arrived, made me sad , but I didn't want to send it back and wait ! I guess I am impatient !
I have to apologize for the really really bad example for distressed tags, just could not get a good photo, but has a tag before and after , it does a great job in distressing edges on any kind of paper. Makes it look thicker ! Grunge board has been around for quite awhile , by Tim Holtz. You can buy pre- cut shapes or cut your own , I cut a lot of mine in my cuttlebug. A package is usually around $8.00 if I remember right !!!
It is very flexible and you can do just about anything to it, sand it ,paint it & whatever your little heart desires, it can take it ! A great embellishment on so many projects.So it is a lot of fun to work with ! I cut out some flower shapes from the Tim Holtz Alterations die , I then stamped each flower with a french text stamp,
To add color I just used a stamp pad ( I used Tim Holtz stamp pad) , your fingers will get messy , but that's half of the fun !
When done with that I also used a little glimmer mist for some sparkle ! When done you just curl the edges with a pencil or dowel to give them some shape. Just have fun creating !!


Tammy at Tattered and Timeless said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog twice now- I ordered this machine after seeing your wonderful paper creations. It is being shipped right now and I can't wait to use it.
Thanks for explaining the grunge board too.

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, this is amazing...I think I need one of those machines, but my husband just bought me a new sewing machine last night, so I guess it's too early to ask for this...oh no! lol

Your work is amazing!

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm what should I use this for??????? You got me thinking now!!! Thanks!!!!!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

wow that is such a great post. I think those little flowers are so cool...I am just amazed by what you made. Thanks for showing how to do this. Do you get all your products online or can you get these things at Michaels or Joannes type of stores? How do you cut out the grunge board, can you just use little scissors or do you need an exacto knife? This is all a mystery to me, as sewing is my mediumm or painting! I love the glitter mist too! Just spray it on? How delightful!

Cottage In The Sun said...

How fun! Your flowers are so cool!