What better way to kick of Stampin’ Up!’s chipboard promotion this month AND my first Tutorial Tuesday, than with a mini-tutorial featuring chipboard! It has nothing at all to do with the fact that I have hoards of chipboard which I’ve barely touched (…not at all!) I absolutely LOVE chipboard. So much so that I barely use it. Sounds kind of silly, but it’s part of that "hoarding" mentality that I blogged about a few months ago (remember the "Hoarder’s Anonymous" group that I joked about starting?) The problem for me was that I kept waiting for a project that was special enough to break into my stash of chipboard for. I finally, reluctantly, came to the conclusion that in order to break the hoarding compulsion, I was just going to have to force myself to use it on an every-day project. So here it is!
Chipboard is actually ridiculously easy to use.
Step 1: Place your chipboard piece onto a piece of scrap paper and ink up using Craft Ink. In the picture below I used my Real Red Craft Stampin’ Spot and pressed it all over the piece of chipboard until it was completely covered in ink. Whatever you do, DON’T RUB it on your chipboard – you will actually tear little pieces of the foam surface of your spot if you do (trust me on this, as I did it and that is exactly what happened). With regards to using a full sized ink pad vs a Stampin’ Spot, I actually find it easier and less messy to use my Stampin’ Spots as you press the spot all over rather than pressing your chipboard piece (and your fingers) onto your ink pad.
Step 2: Cover your chipboard piece with clear embossing powder. You only do this step depending on the "finish" you want on your chipboard piece. You can leave it as is in the picture above and simply dry it with your heat embossing tool, and you’ll end up with a matte finish. If you cover it with clear embossing powder you’ll end up with a glossy finish. Quick Tip: I like to keep my embossing powders each in their own square containers. I find there is less likelihood of spillage or waste.
Step 3: Heat your chipboard piece with the heat embossing tool until the clear EP melts. Quick tip: If you find that there are spots where the EP didn’t seem to stick and you have "holes" in your glossy finish – take a VersaMark pad or VersaMarker, fill them in, sprinkle on EP and re-heat. Whatever you do only heat it until it melts. If you overheat, it will scorch.
You are finished. Tip on adhering chipboard to your project: I have found that THE best product for adhering chipboard to your card is the Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive that Stampin’ Up! started carrying in their Spring-Summer Collection.
You can see a side view of the chipboard piece below:
STAMPS: Tart and Tangy, Absolutely Fabulous
PAPER: Bashful blue, Old Olive, Whisper White CS., Summer Picnic DSP.
INK: Real Red Craft ink, Real Red and Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers, Basic Black Classic ink
ACCESSORIES: Clear EP, Heat Tool, Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals.