Having gotten over my fear of Grungeboard I experimented with Grungepaper and love it! You can put it through the Cuttlebug and create shapes from all your favorite dies :) I know it’s a bit early to think about festivities but, the closer they gets the less time we have, so I thought I’d post a tutorial for a garland nice and early :)
You Will Need
- 12 x 12″ Grunge Paper. MUST be Grunge Paper if you want to die-cut it!!
- Provocraft; Cuttlebug Sliders 37-1215 Circle (die)
- Die Cutting machine
- Ranger Archival Ink: Black
- Creative Expressions Rubber stamps; Holly (or your favorite festive images)
- Heat tool
- Flat Paint Brush and Detail Paint Brush
- Mixing pallet; I use a white plate
- Piece of Car Sponge
- Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint in the following colours;
- Interference Gold Fine, Pyrrole Red, Phthalo Green ( Blue shade), Carbon Black, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold (I’ll call this QNAG for short)
- Ribbon for Garland. Match the width to the gap in the slider
- Ring for hanging.
1. Cut a strip of Grunge paper to the width of the die-cut. A 12″ x 1.5″ strip of Grunge paper will create seven of the circle slider shapes.
2. Cut the die shapes until you have as many as you like, depending on the size of garland you wish to make.
**Follow your instructions from your cutting machine, for cutting the die.**
3. Using a flat paintbrush, paint each circle slider die-cut, using the Interference Gold Fine paint. Set aside to dry or heat set using a heat tool. Notice how your die-cut domes slightly as you heat it :) This gives the project a great 3D effect.
4. Stamp your holly or poinsettia image in Ranger Archival ink, one on each die-cut shape. Set aside to dry or heat set.
5. For the red areas of your image. Mix a little Interference Gold Fine into Pyrrole Red acrylic paint and apply to your die-cut shapes. Set aside to dry or heat set.
6. For the green areas of your image. Mix a little Interference Gold Fine into Phthalo Green (blue shade) and apply to the die-cut shapes. Set aside to dry or heat set.
You could assemble your garland at this point, and it would look like the one in the picture below. Skip to step 9 for this look, or continue for a more grungie vintage look. You could use a small one like this for Christmas tree decorations. Paint both sides of the grunge paper if you use it for that though, as the back would also be visable.
If you would like a vintage/grungie look to your garland, here’s how.
7. Put some QNAG on your pallet and using a scrap of car sponge dab into the paint to pick up some colour, dab off a little onto the pallet, then apply to the edges of your circle. As the paint dries a little on the sponge go over some main areas of the die-cut too. Set aside to dry, or heat set with a heat tool.
8. Put some QNAG on your pallet and in a separate spot a little Carbon Black. Mix a touch of Carbon Black into the QNAG, try the colour on a scrap to test the colour. Add more black until you have a dark tone that you like. Using a clean side of your car sponge scrap pick up some paint and dab off excess on the pallet. Apply around the edges of your die-cut, as the paint dries on your sponge, apply to the main areas of the die-cut shape as well. This breaks up the bright colour a little. Don’t over do it though! Set aside to dry or heat set with your heat tool.
9. Take your chosen ribbon, thread it through the sliders and adjust them to the spacing you like.
For a vertical hanging rather than a garland
10. Cut enough ribbon to loop through the ring and then use double sided tape to glue the end to the back of the first die-cut shape.
To help you source the products used in this tutorial, here are links to the manufacturers.
Here is a link to the Ranger website; Ink, Grungepaper.
It took me two months searching to find Golden’s Fluid Acrylic paint in the UK, so in a break from tradition, I am linking to a specific store that stocks it in the UK.
Jackson’s Art Supplies. Click on the G on the index and Golden Fluid Acrylics are listed. I use the 1 oz bottles.
There are more Grungeboard tutorials coming soon and they will also feature Golden Fluid Acrylic paints. I have a video tutorial on another project, but need a new hard drive to edit it. Watch this space…
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon