Saturday, May 16, 2009

Playing with Chipboard

I was asked to create a tip or technique for the 2SF Friendzy Friday post, and this is what I came up with....

Chipboard comes in so many shapes and sizes, as well as colours. But sometimes it's fun to play with it just a little bit more! Here are a few techniques you can use to tweak the chipboard piece you add to your next layout.

1. Crackle paint it - Using Tim Holtz's Distress Crackle Paint. On this piece I used a couple of thick coats of crackle paint and tied a little tool to it, as I thought it went well with my tool and builder themed page.

2. Wrap it - wrapping fibres around your chipboard piece can help create a specific theme. I used this black fuzzy fibre on a Halloween layout, Glue Dots work great to hold the fibres in place..

3. Paper covered - adhere patterned paper or cardstock to your chipboard accent with a liquid style adhesive (such as Tombo's Multi Liquid Glue). Allow the glue to dry, then to achieve nice clean lines lightly sand the edges. You can then ink the edges to add more visual depth, if you choose. This helps coordinate your chipboard to your specific layout colours.

4. Stamp it - random stamp single or multiple images onto your chipboard piece for a custom look.

5. Ink - ink only the edges of the chipboard accent to create a look that is simple and effective.

6. Paint and more - paint your chipboard piece with a paint such as, Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber, allow to dry and further embellish it with Stickles and Alphabet stickers, to create a title or focal point.

7. Emboss it - simply turn your chipboard accent upside down and press it into your Versamark Ink Pad, then flip it back over and sprinkle it with embossing powder (Gelatins make yummy smelling embossing powders) and heat set it.

8. Glitz it up - cover your piece in liquid style adhesive, then sprinkle with glitter (such as Pixie Stix) and allow to dry completely. To keep the glitter contained to your chipboard piece and off the rest of your layout, cover the entire piece with Glossy Accents and allow that to dry.

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