Yes, Chipboard is your friend!
Chipboard allows you to add dimension to your projects in many ways. Widely available in the form of alphas and die cut shapes it has recently become popular as a medium for creating 3d projects.
Chipboard is easy to work with and has a variety of uses. You can cover it with paper, paint it, bend it, sand it and use it in die cut or embossing machines. It’s an inexpensive product and comes in a variety of thickness, sizes and colors. For scrapbooking and 3d products the most common weights are light weight and medium weight in craft, black or white color. You will also find it in packs from 6 to 25 sheets and in 8.5 x 11 as well as 12 x 12 size sheets.
Chipboard can be used in a variety of embossing and die cutting machines, with care. Most machines have a bit of trouble with the medium weight but most all will cut the light weight. The trick is to not force it thru your machine as doing so can ruin the machine. If a medium weight chipboard won’t go thru the machine, use the light weight and cut several of the same shape and glue them together to get the thickness you want.
Below, I’ve used a Sizzix Big Shot with one of the newer ScorBoards XL dies and light weight chipboard. On the finished canning jar project, the bottom was covered with paper while the lid area has Airondack Acrylic Paint Dauber/Gold used on it. At first you might think the light weight chipboard is to pliable but once paper or paint has been added and your project is constructed, you’ll find it’s pretty sturdy.
Generally you will find that the light weight chipboard is fine for most projects and you can always double up on the pieces if needed. This is especially true if you are covering the chipboard with paper. I prefer to save the medium weight chipboard for projects that might need to hold items of some weight or that will be handled a lot like boxes and albums. And many times, you can mix the two weights together in a single project. An example would be a box with divided areas where you would use the medium weight chipboard for the box and the light weight for the dividers. In the example below, paper wrapped around the edges of the chipboard gives the light weight chipboard more strength.
There are many ways to cover chipboard with paper and in time you will find what works best for you. I do suggest using either a Xyron type adhesive or score tape, staying away from a wet glue if possible. Wet glues can bleed through and warp or bubble your papers. It can also cause your paper to shrink. IT’s fine for small areas or to help a seem lay flat but I don’t suggest it for larger or overall areas.
Following is how I would cover a flat piece of chipboard . . .
- Attach the chipboard to backside of paper. Place your ruler on its side, butted up against the corner of the chipboard, and trim excess at an angle. Trim all four corners.
- Trim all all sides down to 1/2″ from edges of the chipboard and add score tape.
- Remove the score tape backing. Place the chipboard edge against the table and rock it forward towards the paper edge. This is just to give the paper a bend up next to the chipboard. Lay the piece back flat on the table and attach the paper edge to chipboard folding it upward.
4. Use your bone folder at the corners as seen below pressing the little bit of paper down. This will give you prettier corners overall.
5. Fold all papers up onto the chipboard to finish. You can also use the side of the bone folder and run it along all sides of the finished piece to smooth the edges for a more finished look.
On a final note: In most cases, it’s better to apply your score tape to the paper rather than to the chipboard depending on the project.
TIP: If you make a mistake when attaching papers, use a flat spatula type tool to run under the paper. Many times you can do this to pull up the score tape. If using a Xyron type adhesive, try a low heat gun held over the area for a few seconds to loosen the adhesive.
Painting chipboard is a lot of fun because there are so many types of paint to be used these days, as well as a variety of mediums. You can paint the chipboard and then sand it for a worn look, sand the chipboard and then paint it for a textured look or paint, add a crackle medium on top and then stain for a vintage worn look. Use a texture paste on the chipboard and then paint for dimension or heavy texture. Cover with glitter glue or mist inks. You truly are only limited by your own imagination!
Hope you enjoyed this article and that you’ll grab some chipboard and try out some of the ideas. Just cut up a chipboard sheet and PLAY!!!!
Till next time . . . stay crafty!
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