Saturday, November 29, 2008

What do you do with chipboard?

I have been asked that question so many times - especially since I used a snowflake to mount "Frosty on one of the cards displayed earlier in the week. Chipboard (Stampin' Up's "On Board") is such a popular item and so versatile. However, it is a blank slate and therefore often overlooked as a craft item.
Here are some suggestions to use chipboard creatively:
1. Rubbing: place card stock over a piece of chipboard and rub with a sanding block to get a faded, antique-looking image of the chipboard.
2. Embossing: Use the negative area of the chipboard to dry emboss the chipboard image on a piece of card stock.
3. Faux metal: heat-emboss chipboard with Gold or Silver Stampin' Up Emboss powder for a cool metallic finish.
4. Cover chipboard with the following: comic strips, ticket stubs and other paper memorabilia, wallpaper, maps, old Christmas cards, post cards, cute product packaging, wrapping paper, beads, buttons, Chunky Essentials or fine Cosmo Stampin' Glitter, fabric, foil, ribbon, or yarn. The possibilities are endless.
5. Stamp with images
6. Decorate them with the Hodgepodge Hardware (various metal accents seen on Pg. 185 of the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book and Catalogue.

Stampin' Up's On Board products range from alphabets and accents to clipboards and albums. It is acid-free and designed to coordinate with many of the stamp sets and accessories available from Stampin' Up.

I had a lot of fun decorating the snowfakes which were part of the "On Board Something Seasonal" set. On the six 9" by 9" sheets, there are 2 each of 2 designs and 1 each of 2 designs - more than 200 images - and all for $17.95 (taxes and shipping extra).

Buy an "On Board" product and have a chipboard party - and get covered in glitter.

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