We asked our design team to look at new ways of using products that we all have in our stash. This week we look at chipboard – just take a look at the incredible results from Louise and Caz.
Louise adores chipboard and the dimension it brings to projects, and when she saw the new Twiddleybitz fairy designs she knew exactly what she wanted to do with it. Using the chipboard toadstools as a base, she moulded paper clay directly onto the top and stems and allowed it to dry. She then painted with acrylic paint and gave it a light wash with a wood stain to add realism and tone down the white. They were finished with dots of dimensional paint for a fun and whimsical look.
The chipboard fairy was given a similar treatment, using paper clay and acrylic paints to give it personality and dimension. The hair and wings were finished with touches of crystalline stickles for a touch of magic. The title word was painted with a bronze crackle paint and finished with some chunky glitter glass for added detail and sparkle.
Small chipboard butterflies were painted with the same brass crackle paint, and once dry, the wings were bent and moulded into shape before they were attached. All the chipboard elements combine perfectly with clusters of Prima flowers to complete the fairy in the garden theme of the layout.
Caz thinks chipboard letters would have to be the most versatile items in her scrapbooking stash. She is always on the look out for bargains when shopping. Pick up alphabets in ugly colours that are going cheap because no-one can see beyond the colour. Rip off the top coloured layer and you have a raw set of letters ready to alter to match your layouts.
Caz has shown a few examples of how to alter chipboard letters in this layout that showcases random photos found on her phone and the kids ipods. It's such a fun way to create a snapshot of everyday life at the time.
r - add a tiny piece of ribbon and a decorated pin
a - ink the letter all over using a stamp pad and add an embelishment
n - use leftover bits of rub-ons. You can keep moving the rub-on until you have the coverage you are happy with.
d - a simple spray of pearls (once again an offcut) and a small bling flower.
o - spray liberally with Glimmermist for a beautiful sparkly finish.
m - add off-cuts of felt shapes (always keep any small off-cuts you never know when you can use them)
s - add bling, Caz only had 3 pink jewels left so mixed up the colours till the letter was covered.