A couple of years ago I saw a tutorial for a really fabulous Grunge Board Bracelet on the Splitcoaststampers website
, the design of an artist named Beate Johns. Her concept was just so cool, and I’ve used it several times to create wrist bands for myself and as gifts. When I decided to finally get around to using Tim’s lovely Word Bands as the centerpiece of a bracelet, I referred back to that tutorial for inspiration, then took it in a different direction. My thanks to Splitcoaststampers and to Ms. Johns for the original concept!
I love the contrast between the earthy, tooled-leather-like look of the Grunge Board and the whimsical flash of bright ribbon!
Begin by cutting a piece of Grunge Board about 1″ wide, and long enough to wrap around your wrist with an extra 2″ to overlap:
Round off the corners. I used my trusty Corner Chomper. It cuts through Grunge Board like buttah!
Choose two harmonious colors of Distress Stain and apply several layers to the Grunge until you achieve a depth of color you like. Use your Heat Tool to speed up drying time.
Choose an abstract-pattern embossing folder. You’re going to gently apply Adirondack Paint to the raised surface of one side of the folder. I found it easiest to use an Ink Blending Tool for this. Yes, you sacrifice a piece of foam, but the flat surface makes it a lot easier to keep the paint out of the recessed areas of the folder. Once the paint is applied, lightly mist the folder with water:
Run that baby through your Vagabond or other embossing machine. Most likely, your bracelet is longer than your embossing folder, so simply repeat the process above on the un-embossed portion of the Grungeboard, inserting only that section into the painted folder.
Give the paint a few minutes to dry, then lightly sand the bracelet. This will help soften any overlap of the two embossings, and give a cool, weathered-leather look.
We could quit here and have a pretty rad piece of jewelry. But… we won’t!
I decided to use giant snaps to fasten my bracelet, and pulled out my seldom-used Dritz Heavy-Duty Snap Fastener Pliers. They worked… okay… but left me hoping Tim will eventually design his own version of this tool.
If you don’t want to use snaps, you could punch holes and create a lace-up closure, or use an Idea-ology Hitch Fastener, as shown in the original tutorial at Splitcoaststampers.
Now, choose your favorite Idea-ology Word Band, and give it a paint job. Work the paint into the recessed letters, then wipe it away from the surface, leaving the words highlighted. You’ll want to carefully bend your Word Band to more or less fit the curve of your wrist, but do be careful not to bend the attachment loops, as they might snap right off (says the voice of experience):
Place the curved Word Band in the center of the bracelet, and lightly mark a spot inside and outside of each attachement loop. Punch small holes at these spots.
Here’s what we’ve got so far:
Cut a piece of Idea-ology Trimmings ribbon about eight inches long, swipe it with Distress Ink, spritz it with water, wad it up and dry it with your heat tool.
Cut the ribbon in half. Run one piece through the two holes on one side of the bracelet, from back to front, and tie it through the attachment loop in the Word Band. Repeat on the other side.
Trim the ribbon ends and give them a light coat of Glossy Accents to keep them from fraying.
And there you have it! Funky and grungy and a great way to remember your favorite Tim-ism!