Tutorial: Distressing Grunge Board Letters

I have a couple of tutorials that I want to attempt.  I have never done one of these before, so please bear with me; we may need to work out the kinks together.

I have been asked many times about how I ink edges; and rather than tackle that with my first tutorial I thought I would show how I use distress inks/stains to alter Tim Holtz Grunge Board like I did in my Fly Guy layout.

Step One

First, I start with “naked” Grunge Board Letters.   Notice that these are embossed.


Step Two

I pick out a couple of like-tone distress inks and put a base level of color down on the grunge board, using the Foam Applicator from Ranger, then I apply the heat tool to dry the ink.


Step Three

I apply a generous coat of Picket Fences Distress Stain and smear it in with my finger before applying the hear tool to it again.


Step Four

I then apply more distress ink directly to the letter from the stamp pad.


Finished Product

Perfectly shaded and distressed letters with a hint of white poking though.  Such a simple technique with great results.


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