I started to wonder what would happen if I actually tried to create a real grunge-style card. Could I? Would my tendency for clean, open space get in the way? So I studied up a few examples from the design team and Stamplorations blogs, read around a bit and plunged right on in. Here is the result, which utilises both grunge and the optional twist of embossing.
The panel started out Whisper White but was swiped through an ink mix of distress inks: Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw and Brushed Corduroy. The edge was distressed with Vintage Photo, and TCW chevron stencil was used with Vintage Photo to add the chevrons. Some stencils out of the kid's art box provided the HB2U, which is Spiced Marmalade overlaid with Vintage Photo. Splatters from Gorgeous Grunge using Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed added splatter down the vertical formed by the chevrons and the horizontal provided by the words. The Happy Birthday was stamped using black with Altenew's Label Love set. I used black with SU Dictionary to add in some spots of text and to pick up the colour of the main sentiment.
Finally, I used a Tim Holtz Alteration embossing folder, that I got cheap at The Warehouse, to emboss the top 3/4 of the panel and then I brushed very lightly over the top with a blending tool and Vintage Photo ink to highlight the embossing.
Then, I mounted the whole thing on foam onto an Early Espresso card base. Actually, it's a card I wouldn't mind receiving and I'm pretty happy with it! I've got some other panels inked in different colours and based on this, will carry on to make them into cards.