Wednesday, October 24, 2007

15 Creative Ways to Use Chipboard!

How-To by Kory

#1 - Use Beads! To dress up these plain chipboard leaves, first I painted them with acrylic paint. After the paint had dried, Iwent around the edges with a metallic gold leafing pen and then I applied strong adhesive all over the chipboard. Lastly, I covered the adhesive with beads, pressing them down with my fingers to make sure they stayed in place.

#2 - Add Buttons! To make these chipboard flowers,first I applied adhesive all over the top of the chipboard and then I pressed it down onto the back of patterned paper. I used my exacto knife to cut around the edges of the flowers and then I used sandpaper to rough them up a bit. Lastly, I added buttons and some ric-rac for a cute finishing touch.

#3 - Apply Diamond Glaze! To give these plain chipboard photo corners the look of glass, first I painted them with acrylic paint. Once the paint had dried, I simply covered them in a thick layer of Diamond Glaze and set them aside to dry.

#4 - Add Some Doodles! To give this chipboard paisley piece a whimsical feel, first I painted it with acrylic paint. After the paint had dried completely, I used black and white doodling pens to add some fun doodles.

#5 - Use Eyelets! To create the perfect center for this flower, I used a large circle punch and a piece of chipboard packaging.Next, I got out my brown ink and inked up the chipboard and then I added my eyelets. I mounted the finished chipboard center to a circular piece of green patterned paper before applying it to my flower.

#6 - Heat Embossing! I began by painting my seashell chipboard with acrylic paint. Next, I used my embossing stamp pad to cover the chipboard with embossing ink. I shook some clear embossing powder allover the chipboard, making sure to gently shake off the excess, and then I used my heat tool to melt the powder.

#7 - Punch Some Holes!!! To decorate this chipboard arrow, I first applied adhesive all over the top of my chipboard and then I adhered it to the back of a piece of patterned paper. I used my exacto knife to cut around the chipboard and then roughed it up with some sandpaper. Lastly, I used my Crop-O-Dile to punch some holes in the chipboard. I finished it up with a cute piece of ribbon tied through one of the holes.

#8 - Get Metallic!!! I used two different methods here. For the first method, I used simple kitchen foil to cover the chipboard.After I had the chipboard fully covered, I used my heat tool to melt the foil a little. The second method I used was just some simple inking. I got out a gold ink pad and inked up the chipboard really well…Simple!

#9 - Add Some Bling! To dress up these plain chipboard flowers, I first painted them with acrylic paint. After the paint had dried, I added some rhinestones for a super sparkly effect. I also went around the edges of one of the flowers with a silver leafing pen.

#10 - Use Ribbon! This boring chipboard arrow was just begging for me to dress it up. First, I painted the edges with white acrylic paint. After the paint had dried, I applied a wet adhesive (I prefer Zip Dry!)all over the chipboard. Next, I laid down the striped ribbon and gave it a chance to dry. I applied more glue to the triangular tip of the arrow and added the orange ribbon. Once it had dried, I cut off the edges of the ribbon with some sharp detail scissors.

#11 - Apply Rub-Ons! The first thing I did to this oval chipboard tag was paint it with acrylic paint. After the paint had dried,I inked it a little with some opaque white ink and then I went around the edges with a silver leafing pen. Finally, I applied a simple rub-on and some pearl brads…Beautiful!

#12 - Use Masking Tape! I really enjoy this method because it is so different. First, I covered the chipboard heart with masking tape. I used my scissors to cut off the excess. Then I took a little bit of acrylic paint and added water to it to create a wash. I used a paint brush to apply the wash all over the masking tape…Very unique!

#13 - Stamp an Image! To dress up this plain chipboard tag, first I covered it in brown patterned paper. Next, I roughed up the edges quite a bit with sandpaper and some brown distressing ink. I also used brown ink to add a stamped image of a dog paw to the center of my tag. Finally, I added some vintage looking ribbons and fibers and I was done!

#14 - Add Some Stickers! This was a really simple way to dress up a piece of chipboard. First, I painted the scalloped circle with red acrylic paint. After letting it dry, I added a sticker…Fast and easy!

#15 - Get Out Your Needle and Thread! I am a big fan of stitching on layouts, so why not sew on your chipboard?! I used two different methods here - machine stitching and hand sewing. The first method Iused on the large parentheses. Before sewing I covered my chipboard parentheses in red patterned paper and sanded them a little. Then I got out my sewing machine and added some machine stitching. The second method I used was hand stitching. Again, I covered the chipboard button in patterned paper and sanded it. Then I used several pieces of green embroidery floss and a large needle to hand stitch on the button.

Junkitz School Days Collection

Product Review by Valerie

Whether you need a great paper for those going back to school pictures or just bright, fun papers for everyday pictures, the Junkitz School Days papers are perfect!!! The double-sided School Days papers use wonderful, bright colors inblue, red, yellow and green! The papers consist of patterns of fun arrows, different color stars, and all the fun school themes like school buses and ledger paper. There is also a fun sheet called,"School Days Doodles," that is full of lots of fun doodles that you could imagine on the outside of a notebook! There are fun journaling blocks that come with this line too! You can see them on the layout,"First Day."

These papers also make great papers for altered projects for teachers. Here is one project I did that would be perfect for a teacher or for your child to hold their crayons in...

Here are some of the fun layouts featuring my twins on their first day of preschool this year...

As I said, these papers are not only for school pictures. They are great for those everyday pictures too!!! Here are a couple of layouts that show off how to use them with everyday photos...