Monday, December 12, 2011

Fun with Chipboards

I love chipboards and I like that the market's coming out with more and more intricate designs. Chippies are so versatile and you can work all kinds of mediums on them to create your own unique look, which is fantastic for me because I love working on mixed-media projects. Imaginarium Designs makes some really pretty chipboards and I would love to lay my hands on them. Until then, I'd like to share some of my favourite layouts and altered objects using chipboards.

1. Altered Frame - I altered a plain wooden photo frame, giving it lots of texture to transform it into a one-of-a-kind frame. The wooden cuckoo clock was misted with Tattered Angels Chalk chalkboard mist followed by some Chandelier glimmer glam to give it a subtle sparkle.

2. Layout: Bliss - The ornate window frame chippie was inked over with distress inks and sits amidst a collage of blue flowers. One of my favourite things about this layout is how I extended the brick wall in the photo onto the patterned paper.

3.  Altered Box: Inspired - I enjoy experimenting with mixed mediums and this box was one of my afternoon experiments. The chipboard clock was misted with Tattered Angels glimmer mist and is part of a crazy collage of lace, fabric, buttons, metal, chipboard, gesso, paints, Tattered Angels glimmer glam and glimmer glaze. Would you believe this box was a luminous green originally? ;)

4. Layout: All Aboard - I found this new embossing enamel with gold flecks in my LSS and just fell in love with it. It works beautifully on chipboards and wood details. I liked it so much I taught a class on it in my LSS embossing a whole wooden Christmas tree with it. Photos of the class project are here.

5. Altered Canvas: Creative - There's lots of chipboard on this grungy canvas, altered using Tattered Angels mists, glimmer glam, glimmer glaze plus Tim Holtz distress inks and distress stickles.

6. Layout: Nature - I went for a clean look on this layout, where chipboard leaves are inked, stickled and layered with Zva Creative crystal flourishes.

7.  Altered: Bird Cage Frame - This was something I created during my DT term with My Tattered Angels. The bird cage and bird were cut out of grunge board, curved to form a 3D cage, then glimmer misted, painted and crackle painted.

8. Layout: Cherish These Moments - I love the look of this chipboard butterfly. I misted it with shades of green and blue, then I stamped on a black flourish and followed that with a coat of crackle paint. I did a tutorial on it for My Scrapbook Nook.

9. Stickles Signage - This is a signage I created for my LSS for the stickles section of the store. Sometimes simplicity is best and here, the intricate chipboard was simply coated over with distress stickles allowing the raw element to show through. It was then adhered onto a square of patterned paper whose edges have been treated with the water distress technique to give it lots of dimension. To complete the layout, lots of layering of hand-cut details and the title on a Hambly clear print.

10. Layout: A Perfect Memory - To end off, I'd like to share one of my current favourites. I just completed the layout this morning and my favourite part of it is how I used the chipboard leaves as a stencil for creating a textured background for the layout. This is what I mean by I love the versatility of chipboards. You can use them as is - painted, misted, stickled, or you can use them as a stencil to mist a background on or create a uniquely textured background using gesso and paste. After doing their duty as stencils, the chipboards were then inked with several shades of distress inks and stickles and layered over the textured background along with some crystal flourishes and hand cut patterned paper, lace, trims and burlap.

So there you have it, some of my favourite ways of using, and abusing, chipboards. ;) Paint them, mist them, glaze them, emboss them, bend them, stamp on them, stencil them... You're only limited by your imagination. ;)




Luz Maria Bruna said...

I wish you the best of luck Sue,your work is great!!

BabyBokChoy said...

Wow, these are absolutely wonderful Sue!! Thanks for the inspo!

Wiliam said...

Excellent Work..Home interior design is very important to your well-being - nice surroundings make you feel good. Have you ever considered the benefits of a decorative Chinese birdcage? Not only does it bring an oriental look with its pleasing curves and elegance, but these birdcages also balance the feng shui of modern design.

oram said...

wow its cute and suitable written about cage parrot.I read and really impressed from your topic .That's fantastic and intrusting.Thanks for submission....

sharon Ong said...

Love all the textures - especially the texture on the frame! Way to go!

Nathalie Kalbach said...

Amazing work Sue!!! You rock!

Zarah said...

Oh, sweetie.... where does one BEGIN to comment on a post like this one? It's just SOOOOO swoonworthy!

You rock!

JaniceA said...

Sue, these projects are amazing. Thank you for sharing you talent with all of us.