Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Grungeboard Pins

Hi Dreamers!
This month the Blockheads Design Team will be showcasing projects using Grungeboard.  So, for today, I have two pins made with grungeboard to share with you.  I used letters, a butterfly, and pre-cut striped shapes, and dots embossed grungeboard to build the pins.

 Materials List:
Grungeboard letters and shapes
Distress Inks- Vintage Photo, Barn Door, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw, Dusty Concord, Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans
Embossing Ink ( I used Emboss It -Ranger.  Versa Mark would work too)
UTTE embossing enamel
Metallic Pen

 The first pin is called "B is for Butterfly"

"Art" Pin


  • Coat all the pieces with gesso or white paint - something to to act a s a base coat.  Molly at the Blockheads store used Picket Fence Stain from Ranger.
  • Let Dry
  • Apply Distress ink to all the pieces.  I rubbed the pads across the pieces to get maximum coverage
  1. "B" is Butterfly- Faded Jeans on base circle, Dusty Concord on B, Tumbled Glass on butterfly
  2. "Art" Pin -Scattered Straw on square base, Spiced Marmalade on A, Fired Brick on R, Barn Door on T.
  • Heat set the Distress ink
  • Cover the pieces with Embossing Ink
  • Heat emboss with UTTE embossing enamel

Nice glossy look with the UTTE

  • Let the UTTE cool
  • Distress each piece with Vintage Photo Distress ink--I found that this really bought the colors to life.  So, don't skip this step.

  • Draw around the outside of the pieces for the "B is for Butterfly" pin with a metallic marker
  • Glue the pieces to the base using a strong glue.  I used Fabri-Tac.  Hot glue would work too.
  • Glue a pin to the back of each pin--I picked up the pins from the jewelry section of the craft store

Challenges for my Grungeboard Pins:
Simon Says Stamp and show: anything goes
Country View: butterflies
Desert Island: use three
1 - Make it colourful (lots of colours
6 - Shiny
7 - 2 dies or more
Emma's Cards: butterflies
Unstampa Belles: anything but a card-no stamping
Craft Embellies: anything goes-3-D projects

Okay, hope everyone had a great Holiday weekend.  We had a nice family dinner on Sunday.  Temps have gone way back down into the 30's!  Burr!  Going for a walk anyway!  I hope your day is super nice!  Love ya.


  1. Oh how clever Karen! Great pins. Thanks for sharing.

  2. These are so cool, Karen - definitely going to give this a go!
    Alison x

  3. Hi Karen, so wonderful to see an entry from you over at Unstampabelles for our Anything but a Card challenge. I love these pins and I bet they look even better in real life with all the glitter.

  4. A fabulous butterfly pin and what a super idea. Thanks for explaining so clearly how to make these and thank you for joining in at Emma's Crafty Challenge this month. Good luck x

  5. Beautiful items - both. Love them. Cold at 30 degrees! It's about 10 here and I am shivering but determined not to wear winter clothing yet! Thanks for sharing your project with us at Unstampabelles Anything but a Card challenge.

  6. Beautiful creation. Thanks so much for sharing with us over at Crafty-Emblies this month.
    Elaine aka Ellapu CEDT

  7. Your pins are beautiful and very creative. Love the use of the UTEE. :) Thanks for joining us at DICC.

  8. They're both stunning karen! Great texture!
    Alison xx

  9. Karen...your two pins made out of Grungeboard are really cute. I love them both...especially the "ART" one. Love the enameled looking finish on them with the UTEE. Love the colors, too. Thanks for sharing your pins with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  10. Wow fab project, so clever. Thanks for joining us over at Emma's Crafty Challenge xxxx

  11. These are fantastic, will just have to try giving this a go. Lovely creations.

    Thank you so much for coming over and joining in with out 9th Challenge over at Crafty-Emblies.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx (Crafty-Emblies DT Member)

  12. These are beautiful Sweetie x
    Thank you for joining us in Emmas Crafty Challenge, good luck x

  13. wonderful creations! great use to uttee !

  14. Love these pins LOTS! Thank you for joining in with the Country View Crafts Butterfly challenge! Gx


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