Monday, May 19, 2008

Chipboard Inspirations

This month, Stampin' Up! is offering %25 percent off chipboard products with any $40 order! I love chip board but, I find people are generally in 2 camps: either they can't get enough of the stuff or they have no idea how they would/could use it. I thought I would give some tips on how you can use chip board, and show you a few of my recent chipboard projects.

The project just above this text is a frame I made using the Ginormous Pieces chipboard pack. This is a really fun collection because it has oversized pieces that can stand alone as in the project above or be used on scrapbook pages for a major impact plus it also includes some smaller accent pieces that would fit nicely on cards.I covered the frame with DSP and punched the holes with my crop-a-dile (love that tool!) The rest of the recipe is as follows:

Tart & Tangy

Inks: Real red (craft & classic), Old Olive, Whisper White Craft ink, bashful blue marker

Papers: real red textured cardstock, summer picnic dsp (from occasions mini Caty)

Tools & Accessories: Ginormous pieces chipboard, Crop-a-dile, real red 5/8 inch grosgrain ribbon, black gingham ribbon, silk flower from Pretties kit, scallop circle punch, 1-3/8 circle punch, Crystal Effects, Eastern Elegance Rub-ons, Tombow adhesive, glue dots.

20 ways to use Chipboard:
  1. Colour it with markers
  2. Colour it with classic ink by pressing it directly into the ink pad or use your brayer (best for darker colours)
  3. Colour it with craft ink by pressing it directly into ink pad or apply with a sponge (any colour)
  4. Coat with craft ink or Versamark and emboss with clear or coloured EP.
  5. Cover with designer series paper by gluing chipboard to paper, cutting it out roughly then sanding edges smooth with a sanding block.
  6. Distress by sanding, sponging or stipling.
  7. Cover in glitter or microbeads
  8. Stamp on it
  9. Emboss designs on it
  10. Doodle on it
  11. Pierce holes and set eyelets in it
  12. Apply rub-ons
  13. Layer it
  14. Create flowers, creatures and object with various pieces (like punch art)
  15. Cut it using a craft knife
  16. Wrap it with ribbon or twine
  17. Place shape under a piece of cardstock and use a stylus to dry emboss the shape
  18. Use both shapes and their negatives as stencils to create new pieces.
  19. Use larger pieces to create frames, 3-d projects or album covers
  20. Experiment and try your favourite paper craft technique on a new surface!
Here are a couple more projects to inspire you: the first project is a mini album using the Loonies for littles kit available this month as a fund raiser for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada. This lovely album was so easy to complete using the decorative papers, self-Adhesive die cuts and unique stamps that came with the kit. In fact I think the most consuming part of this project was choosing the photos to use inside!! Stampin' Up! carries 2 sizes of these mini spiral albums or journals as well as a number of other items that are just perfect for creating your own books.

The last project I will share with you today is made with one of our ChipBoard Clipboards and pieces from a Simply Scrappin' Kit. The clipboards come in 3 very different
sizes and offer a really unique way to display special photos or notes. I can't believe how quickly and easily this project came together using the elements from the Simply Scrappin'
kit! I think I will definitely have to take a closer look at the other kits! Well, that's it for today take a peak back tomorrow for another fun project featuring Chipboard! Also if you have any neat chipboard projects you would like to share send me a picture!

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