Construction strips are an essential in creating 3d chipboard projects. Made from sturdy cardstock, construction strips are used to hold sections of chipboard together and are normally placed on the inside of a project. They can also be used as a hinge in some projects.
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For those who have not made or used these before, here’s a little tut . . .
- Construction strips should be created in the same color of cardstock as the chipboard you are using. Normally this is black or craft color cardstock.
- You can use either 8.5 x 11 or 12 x 12 cardstock, even scraps will work.
- First, cut strips that are 3/4″ wide by the length of the cardstock.
- Now score a line down the center length of the strip.
- Place a line of 1/4″ score tape down both sides of the scored line, right next to the line.
- When you use the strip, measure the length of the chipboard piece you want to connect and cut a piece of the strip that length.
- Fold the strip in half and miter cut both ends – cut from the folded side, inward, to the unfolded edges, on both ends. This is to keep some bulk out of the project where two strips might touch each other.
- To connect the chipboard pieces, place the folded edge of the construction strip right up next to the edge of one chipboard piece.
- Butt the second chipboard piece right up next to the first piece and attach the other side of the construction strip to the chipboard.
And that my friends is how to make and use Construction strips! One tip …. before you begin any project, take some time to make at least an entire cardstock sheet worth of these. It’s not much fun to have to stop in the middle of your project to make more constructions strips. Also, keep all those little pieces!!! There are many times when you will use these.
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Till next time . . . stay crafty!