Saturday, 17 July 2010

Carefree Layout & Mottled Chipboard Tutorial

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Well I am still working away in my studio, having created 10 layouts in the last week! Kids are back @ school so I have my mornings back & I have put everything else on hold for a while to play catch up...

I was meant to feature 2 layouts today but will show you more next week. I had forgotten that I had taken some photos of my process along the way for this one.


There is not much locally-produced scrapbooking product here in South Africa but something we have an okay selection of @ times is chipboard. It can take some finding but I stop @ any/every scrapbooking/craft store when we travel anywhere {Johannesburg & Port Elizabeth for example} & add to my stash each time.

The simplest way to jazz up a chipboard title is to ink/paint/spray-mist it, but this time I wanted a mottled effect, so I decided to use my distress inks.

These inks appeal to my neat-freak alter-ego because of their stackability - how neat is that?!

As I wanted to mix various colours together I used a disposable cloth to dab the ink onto the chipboard. This gives more control & stops your inkpads getting contaminated with other colours. { I wash my cloth & keep on using it - gotta think green y'know...}

You can work on any old scrap of paper, although a piece of plastic is more ideal as the chipboard won't get stuck to it. Once you have dabbed on 3 or 4 different colours {using a different section of cloth each time} it's time to paint over the top of it all so go grab a paint brush...

If you're anything like me you'll have plenty to choose from! {okay, I used to teach kids' art & craft lessons, which is why I own so many brushes!}

Now choose a paint in one of the main colours of your layout. {I have all shapes & sizes of paint too!}

Note the spray bottle in the photo above {saved from a hair-spray & re-filled with water} - keep one handy with your paints to save you filling a tub with water {that could potentially spill all over your precious work too} & use it to spritz your dollop of paint to thin it out if need be. Paint over your inks with a diluted paint mix {about 80/20 paint/water in my case but dependant on the paint thickness} then IMMEDIATELY start dabbing off with a damp cloth.

Voila! Your finished piece ready for adhering. With fine wording like this I find it easiest to adhere using Tombo glue squeezed through the fine applicator or GLOO using a paint-brush. {Wash soon after...}

Definitely more depth than one solid colour don't you think? You can achieve all these steps quite quickly if you are organised & lucky enough to have all your supplies to hand. Let me know if you try it!

So here it is in place on the layout I'm about to show you...

I was inspired by Miss. Misting here, to get out my box of Glimmer Mists & start spritzing!

I used 2 different colours {black & pink} & a Heidi Swapp polka-dot mask {& a circular lid on the bottom left-hand side.}

Supplies:- Bazzill cardstock, Glimmer Mists, Prima patterned paper & packaging, K & Co. patterned paper & fabric brad, gingham ribbon, chipboard title, paint, Prima flowers, Webster's Journalling Cards, bling.

So there you have it...

I bought a chipboard scallop piece that I keep as a ruler template for whenever I want to cut even scallops.

I am {{{in love}}} with these Webster's Pages deluxe Journaling Cards & ploughing through the set...the designs are just gorgeous & they look like little ATC's only they are quick & instant!

Happy Weekend all ;-D


tania said...

Beautiful, artistic layout. like that you used so many techniques on this single layout:)

topkatnz said...

Very nice work - love those laser cut titles!

Andrea said...

what a great idea Helen, like it a lot - sadly don't scrap any more so won't get to try it out :0(

Fab layout

Lynette Jacobs said...

I just love this get a similar effect with alcohol inks. I am in awe of your ink pad stash!

Pearl said...

wow ! now that's another new technique with chipboard that I haven't heard of yet , Helen ! & I'm so glad you've brought out your mists here too ! love all the techniques you've used here too !;)

Trust you're having a great weekend !

p/s : love the new blog look !

Ella Swan said...

Thanks girls! Lynette I have been adding to that stash an ink pad every 6 months for the last 3.5 years! I Looooooooove inks & yesterday just bought the spongey/spreader thingie...Pearl you are a constant spraymist inspiration to me :-D I tried them last night on a lovely sheet of Making Memories Love Struck Text paper though & had to chuck the whole sheet out it buckled so much...think I need to stick to heavyweight cardstock with them!

Jessy Christopher said...

That is a fun tutorial!! Loving the colors you mixed on the chipboard! Really beautiful effect & it fits the layout nicely!!

Cindy Lee said...

Thanks for the fun tutorial Helen! Love the effect on your layout! Just beautiful!