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What’s not to love about a well-designed chipboard embellishment? Chipboard has come a long way from the grey dirty looking stuff that had to be painted with several layers of paint in order to get any kind of good coverage. These days’ chipboard elements are no longer restricted to grey chip, but are readily available in cream mount (matt) board and a smooth white board that offers loads of possibilities design wise. So what will it be – naked chipboard or dressed up?

In order to get the most out of your chipboard you need to know which products are best to use on the specific type of board. For example a pigment ink pad used to stamp wording onto a smooth white board type element will never dry – this is because pigment ink does not dry on ‘glossy smooth surfaces. But there is an alternative – you can stamp onto the glossy board with a pigment ink and then cover the stamped image in embossing powder and heat set it using a heat gun. So this shows you that when you know the surface type you can achieve a variety of different looks by combining beautiful chipboard designs with products and techniques.

Chipboard Paint, Ink and Crackle Detail

Chipboard Embossing and Ink Detail

Chipboard Embossing Detail

The great thing about chipboard is whether you decide to dress it or leave it naked. And believe me I simply love the natural bare look of a naked chipboard piece. By adding a layer of Anita’s 3D Glaze to plain chipboard is simply spectacular. Less can be more sometimes.

To show you a couple of different ways on how to dress your chipboard pieces I made four samples showing you different effects and looks.

 

Embossing

Chipboard Embossing

I love how embossing can literally turn anything into a work of art. The smooth and rich coverage on the chipboard keyhole was done using 3 layers of Zing! Chestnut embossing powder. I first liberally cover the chipboard piece with VersaMark Ink, then cover with a layer of embossing powder, shake off the excess and then heat with my heat gun. I repeat the process 3 times for a beautiful smooth look.

  • TIP: the keyhole piece is cut out of Matt (mount) board. This type of board is generally used as a border around paintings when they are framed.

 

Embossing and Ink

Chipboard Embossing and Ink

The beautiful chipboard butterfly is cut from the smooth board. To add colour and texture to this piece I first stamped the butterfly with a script stamp using a black pigment ink, then added clear embossing powder over the wet ink and heat set it. I then used a combination of 3 different colours of alcohol based inks to achieve the beautiful effect. Because the alcohol based inks are made for glossy surfaces this is the perfect base to use them on. I simply love this effect.

 

Paint, Ink and Crackle

Chipboard Paint, Ink and Crackle

For my door hinges I wanted a really old looking effect and colour. I combined different products onto the matt board hinges and just kind of waited until I loved the effect. I first painted the hinges with a pearly white acrylic paint and let them dry. Once the paint was dry I added some grey inks that I dripped directly onto the hinges and let that dry. And as a final coat I added a quick crackle medium painted onto the hinges using a small paint brush. The crackle medium gives a beautiful old world finish and just completed the look for these beauties.

 

Pigment Powders

Chipboard Pigment Powders

Pigment powders are soft and give a beautiful translucent effect to chipboard. I first covered the flowers in a layer of VersaMark clear ink, and then brushed on a gold coloured pigment powder over the entire piece. To set the powder and prevent it from smearing right off when touched I lightly misted the chipboard with water. The flowers are also cut from matt board and the pigment powder took to it like butter to bread. I love this magical look on the chipboard. To add more stunning effects to this look, you can cover the pigmented chipboard piece in a layer of Anita’s 3D Glaze. The powder almost looks like it floats inside the glaze and makes for a stunning effect.

 

Other ways to dress up chipboard elements are:

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With the huge range and variety of Celebr8 chipboard designs available from The Wholesaler your next project will be a dream – simply dress up the pieces choosing a technique and product that will suit the theme, feel and message you want to convey with the chipboard. Picking the right product for your project is an important part of a successful design.

 


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Jowilna Nolte

Post by The Wholesaler’s Designer Jowilna Nolte.
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