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Chip board Ideas

Chip Board Ideas

  • Color it with craft ink. It absorbs it beautifully. Nice deep rich color.
  • Adhere designer paper to the front and use the sanding blocks to "trim" it to the edges of the chipboard. Very pretty!
  • Use the chipboard pieces as stencils to cut the shapes/letters out of cardstock.
  • Use the reverse (piece you popped it out from) as a stencil.
  • Set the letter/accent down and sponge around the edges leaving an imprint on cardstock.
  • You can find fun little extras in the "left overs" looks for arrows (as in the "w" or "v").
  • Use the letters to dry emboss the letters onto cardstock.
  • Great monograms for name frames, scrapbook pages, On Board Journal, etc.

Tipsfrom Convention 2006

Pop up card - Make a V-fold to be attached to the center of a card. Make the point of the V 1/2" down and create your angles by measuring 1-1/2" on either side and angling down to the point. Attach the item that you want to pop up on the right hand side of the v and attach the whole thing to the card so that it will flip up when the card is opened. Some of the examples Spencer showed us were two cute dolphins from the new Fishy Friends set, a couple of soccer balls, and a darling little dragonfly.

Another kind of pop up card is perfect for symetrical punched out shapes such as hearts, snowflakes, Christmas trees, etc. Just make about 3 identically sized punchout items and fold each in half. Once they are folded, stack them on top of each other and glue them together back-to-back. Then lay them in the fold of your card and glue them securely to the insides of the card. When you open the card they will open out into a 3D image.

Sideways pocket card - most of the pocket cards I've seen have the pocket at the top and you slide the card up. They showed us a darling pirate party invitation that had the pocket on the side. All you do is take a half sheet of cardstock 4-1/4 X 11 and fold it in half. Use sticky strip cut in half to make a thin line of adhesive down the left side and along the bottom. When you stick it shut, this makes a nice little pocket like a piece of Pita bread. Use a medium circle punch to make a little half-circle cut out on the right hand side. That's where your thumb goes to pull out the card. The inner card piece is a single piece of cardstock 4 X 5. Then decorate as you like.

Dyeable ribbon - We now have several varieties of dyeable ribbon. You can use our basic white grosgrain, our twill tape, or some of our new dyeable ribbons found on page 233. The recipe is simple - 2 parts water to 1 part dye. 10 or so drops of reinker in two teaspoons of water is a good start - just remember the proportions in case you need to dye more ribbon to match. You can use one of our Stampin' Stack containers or a small Tupperware container - something small and easily cleaned. Once you have your dye mixture, cut your ribbon and immerse it in the dye mixture. Leave it less time for a softer look or longer for more intense colors. Then lay it on a clean paper towel to dry for a bit. You can also dye ribbon by rubbing it across an ink pad. I saw some really cute black and white gingham that was dyed with a bit of Ballet Blue or Pretty in Pink. Another way to color ribbon is to rub chalk across it. This is fun because you can get a darker shade on one side and a lighter on the other. This looks very pretty when you tie a bow.

Techniques Class - The ladies I was with enjoyed this class the most. It was led by Jaron and he is not only really funny, he has some great ideas. My personal favorite was the faux shaving cream technique. If you've ever tried the shaving cream technique - it creates a beautiful design, but it can be really messy. This is a much easier way to get the same marbled effect. What you do is to take a good sized solid stamp and ink it up in a light color like Gable Green. Then you take a wheel that has been inked up in a contrasting color like Brocade Blue and just squiggle it across the inked up stamp. Don't overdo it, but just squiggle it around randomly a bit and stamp - voila! Just be sure to clean the stamp well between each inking so you don't get blue in your green pad.

Another great faux technique is with a stipple brush - again take a bold stamp inked up in a light color, then take your stipple brush and dab it into a darker shade of the similar color - Almost Amethyst with Lovely Lilac for instance. Then just brush the stipple brush lightly over the inked up stamp. You can do it in all sorts of patterns - a bit on the top or side, or brushed diagonally. Try it with a large bold alphabet like Headline or Newsprint. It really gives some cool shading to your letters.

Rock 'n Roll - we learned this technique last year, but it has been so cool, I thought I'd repeat it. Ink your bold stamp up in your light color and then just roll the edges of the stamp across a darker color, giving you cool shading around the edges. On this one be very careful not to get the darker color mixed in with your lighter pad or you will ruin your pad.

Perfect Polka Dots - You can easily get perfect polka dots using a #2 pencil eraser. You can just dip it into chalk and use on colored cardstock or press it on an ink pad for white cardstock.

Chalk highlighting - stamp an image and then use your chalks to highlight a specific word or part of an image. This works great with the Word by Word background stamp or the text stamp from Natural Beauty.

Poppin' Pastels - This is a fun technique that is frequently used in workshops because it always gets a big "Wow". Take a piece of white cardstock and stamp your image in Versamark. You almost can't see it because of the white on white effect. Then take your sponge daubers and a bit of colored chalk and just dab it on your image - voila! The image will start to appear like magic. You can also do this in reverse on dark cardstock. Rub some chalk on dark cardstock and then stamp your image in Versamark directly onto the chalked area. Gives a great tone on tone effect. Be sure to clean the chalk off before you use the stamp again.

2 Step Poppin' Pastels - Use Versamark to stamp a background image like a square or a circle or something. Chalk it up in one color of chalk and then use Versamark to stamp an image in the center of it. Use a sponge dauber or a brush to chalk up the 2nd image in a contrasting color.

Embossing resist with chalk - If you have a heat embossed image you can dab your chalk over it and the chalk won't stick to the embossed part. I did a beautiful Christmas card with this effect. I stamped the trees from Lovely as a Tree and embossed them in Winter White. Then I rubbed Ballet Blue chalk over them and it gave the impression of snow-covered trees at twilight.

Two-toned Chalk letters - Here's a cool effect. Take a fairly large bold alphabet like Headline or one of the Monogram letters. Ink it up and stamp it in Versamark and take two contrasting colors of chalk - in the example she used Brilliant Blue and Tempting Turquoise. Set an imaginary dividing line and chalk the top with one color and the bottom with the other. Makes a fabulous page title.

Nesting Boxes - These were done in some of our two sided designer papers and were very, very cool. Make the top of the first box out of a square of 12 X 12 paper. Score it at 3" on each side and make a small slit on the left hand score of each corner. You are aiming to create a 4 flaps that can be tucked in and glued to each edge to create the lid shape. Do the same thing for the bottom piece, only make it 11-15/16 X 11-15/16 and still score it at 3". For the other boxes, cut them all down in size by 1/4", but keep scoring them at 3". That way the height still stays the same, but the diameter of the box gets smaller and smaller.

Flip Book - One of the most fun things that Brent Steele showed us was his Flip Book. The one he did had three penguins from the Wild About You set. It was so cute. It showed the penguins walking in and then jumping up and down and the words Happy Day coming down from the sky. It's a lot easier than it looks. He said first you take some copy paper and cut it into eighths. Stack the pages up, making sure the right edges are even - then staple them securely. You need about 80 pages. Start the first penguin part way off the page at the right side of the page and move it gradually page by page over to the middle of the page. Then add in the second penguin as soon as there's room and the third one after that. Once you've got them all onto the page, then start moving the first penguin up the page, about a 1/4" inch each time. Follow with the second and third penguins about a 1/2" further down than the first one. Do them up and down a couple of times and then bring the greeting in from the top of the page. He did the penguins in black and white (which made it quick and easy) and then the greeting in a color. Then he created a simple cover for it out of colored cardstock and stuck it on with sticky strip. Voila!

Belly Bands - For some reason, the first day's demonstrations were all about belly bands. Half the projects they showed had a belly band. If you don't know what that is, it's a band of colored cardstock that goes clear around the card or the box. You can either secure it on the back with tape, or make partial notches on each end and hook them together. It is a cute effect. One trick they showed was to take a long narrow card that was set up like this:


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They cut a 1/4" slit right on the spine of the card and then slipped a 1/4" belly band through the slit and around the front of the card. That way you can open the card without taking off the band. Then they used that new Be Happy set to make a pretty layered medallion to put on the band.

Another take on that same type of card was to take the top flap of the card, fold it back about 1/2" and tear the edge of it. Then take a contrasting belly band and put around the folded up section and use the paper piecer to put a row of holes along the bottom edge of the fold just below the belly band. On the bottom half of the card, glue a piece of patterned paper or contrasting cardstock or use a long horizonal greeting like Wonderful Words.

How to use the new chipboard - Color it with the craft pads or paint it with acrylic paints. Glue on patterned cardstock and use the sanding block to scrape off the edges for a distressed look. Use a background stamp to put the pattern right on the shipboard. Use it for a template to trace letters or shapes on your cardstock. Stamp on it and emboss it. Staple ribbons to it or tie them around.

Trading Cards - In the Holiday Mini, we have a new album especially designed for trading cards. So we need to get our customers to create some trading cards to go in them. Trading cards are very versatile - you can layer them onto a 6 X 6 page or put several of them onto a 12 X 12 page. Create a series of them for a mini photo book or keep them in your purse in a decorated Altoids tin. Use the envelope template to create a bunch of mini envelopes. Stick the flaps together in a chain and put trading cards with your kids pictures on them.

Using Punches

Reasons to use punches - they are a great cutting tool to make it easier to do your projects. They add visual interest to your projects, they can create a great Wow effect with very little work, they increase your value because you as a demo know how to use them, they're pretty much idiot proof, they're like adding jewelry to your projects.

Use a small hole punch to punch just the edges of a rectangle for a postage stamp effect. Get a notebook effect by punching a series of holes down the side of a page and then tear each hole and crumple it a bit so it looks like a page torn out of a spiral binder.

Use the double rectange punch (also called the Rattlesnake punch) to punch a different type of notebook holes down the side of a page. Punch one full punch at the top edge and then as you go down, line it up by putting one "fang" in the hole you've just punched and using the other to punch the new hole.

Create a punch template - I thought this was a brilliant idea. Take a plastic sheet protector and use all the punches you have to punch out shapes from the sheet protector. She mentioned something about having a plain sheet of paper in it, but I wasn't sure if you had to do that before you did the punches to keep the plastic from tearing, or just afterwards to give it more stiffness? Anyway, once you've got your punches done, now you can go through the catalog and look at all the stamp sets (remember they are all shown full sized) and hold the template over them to see which sets will go nicely with your punches.

Use your punches to make windows in your cardstock and then add images underneath.

To get a perfect photo corner, punch out a square and then repunch just the left edge of it to get a perfect photo corner.

To make a sparkle that matches some of the stamped sparkles we have in our stamp sets - for instance Sweet Shapes, just take the daisy punch and punch out a daisy then snip off the end of each petal and voila! You get a perfect sparkle.

The large square metal tag works perfectly with the Wrought Iron punch. Just punch each corner and either use it like that or take a craft knife and cut the little bit of cardstock at the right and left and top and bottom and it leaves just the lacy corners. Makes a fabulous embellishment.

Wheel guide - Use the wheel guide with the standard sized wheels to create consistent spaces in your work. You can either leave it that way or create alternating stripes of your wheeled image. Since it is exactly the same width as the wheel, wheel to the left and right of it and then move it over for another set of two. Then flip your project over and wheel back the other way in the spaces you've made.

Double time your background stamps - If you have two background stamps that will compliment each other, you can layer them over each other using complimentary colors of ink or even in the same color. For instance you can do Canvas in Creamy Caramel and then do

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over it in Real Rust. Or Aida and Print Pattern.

Dry Embossing was one of my favorite demonstrations. I was really delighted with our new Classy Brass templates with the paper piecing holes in them. You can use the piercing tool at different depths to get different looks and you can also emboss more or less to get different dimensional effects. You do not always need a light table for embossing. You can do a form of blind embossing using the foam pad from the Crafters Tool Kit, or if you are trying to emboss on dark colored cardstock, you can get two templates and sandwich the cardstock between them. One use for this that I've seen was the 3 flower punch that was in the Spring Mini. Just punch the flowers out of two pieces of cardstock and layer a piece of cardstock between them and emboss away.

Don't forget your waxed paper. You want to rub this across your cardstock when you start to help the stylus slide over the paper. You can use chalk or watercoloring to either add color to your image or use the sponge daubers to sponge a little color on the background to set off your images. If you're embossing, say a square, you can use a craft knife to cut a slit in the top of the embossed image to tuck a little tag or something in.

Download chip_board_ideas.doc   

Here is a form you can print or save at home with ideas for uses on chipboard

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Terry Molineux

Great notes from convention....I'll have to check your blog out again after Convention 2007 I am the worse note taker on earth!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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