So recently, we were at CHA and one thing we were asked about a LOT, was what to do with chipboard... a lot of the chipboard available on the market is already printed, covered or otherwise decorated and ready to attach to a layout... so what about this raw, kraft colored chipboard...
Well, I gotta tell you, our chipboard is way cool... for sure, you can always get a nice clean look by using it raw, just use some double sided tape, or a nice clear drying glue, and whack it on your page - Voila!
BUT, if you're looking for something more exciting, or you want to match it to your project... look no further than your humble piece of chipboard. Whether it is a journaling block or an alphabet, there are dozens of ways to give it a little punch! At our booth for CHA, I had made a page which just had a whole alphabet stuck to it. I had given each letter of the alphabet a new treatment, one letter was painted with acrylic paint, another was glitzed up with glitter glue, yet another was decoupaged with tissue paper...
So I challenged the design team to get creative with their chipboard and show you ways to alter it. The assignment is to use chipboard and alter it in three different ways, so get ready, you'll soon have quite an arsenal of chipboard decorating ideas...
Here's a layout I made last week. I know it looks like I went to town with cord products (Oh did I ever!), but I've also incorporated plenty of chipboard.
OK... So I really did go all out with the cord... here's what I did: I layered offcuts of cord, cardstock, German scraps gold border and a napkin thingy from under a glass in a hotel bathroom (I stuck it in my bag because it had such a cute scalloped border!). I played around with the placement a lot until I had it right, then I carefully glued each layer to the one below it. As well as some offcuts, I also layered up, using the brackets from COR Garden Notes - Magenta and COR Grand Flourish - Magenta.
I used one of the inside pieces of COR Hall of Frame - Azure for my date ( I stuck a little strip of paper through a dymo machine and then carefully sanded it back),and used COR Heart Throb - Azure, COR Blame It On The Sunshine - Magenta and a few pieces cut up from COR PatchWork: Fineliner - Magenta to embellish. Down the bottom of the page, I used a little piece from some product prototypes (the three engraved flowers on Azure cord) as well.
But you're here to see me funk up some chipboard right?? Okay, so here are my three ways to glam up your chipboard:
1. Paint it with some Twinkling H2Os
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the texture of this engraved alphabet. CB The Mini Series: Pop Art.
This Is so simple and effective!
2. Ok, paint it with some gold acrylic paint, let it dry, then give it a coat of dimensional magic! A bit trickier with two steps, but still pretty easy (ahem, if you are patient enough to let the stuff dry before you stick your fingers into it!). I used CB ABC Shelby - Small alphabet.
3. I gave CB On Cloud Nine a bit of special treatment. First, I inked it up with gold ink and then, using the chipboard cloud as a stamp. Then I outlined the stamped cloud with a pink marker. Then I gave the chipboard piece a bit of glimmer with some more Twinkling H2Os and some pink rub-ons - the cream pot style rub-ons from the days of old! You can also use oil pastels to create the same effect. Then I glued it down, offset from the stamped image.
That's pretty much it, once I was done playing around with the placement of all the layers, waiting for paint to dry on the chipboard, the whole thing came together really quickly, I added some cute little bits of metal. Some brads one the left side and a cute little ballerina charm on the right. I put some foam adhesive under her, and when the sun hits my desk at just the right time, she dances with her gorgeous shadow... magic! I really loved that last touch on the page!
Oh yeah... and the cutie pie in the picture is my little sister, Sarah!
Have a go at altering some chipboard on your next layout!