Jun 22, 2011

Misting and Inking Chipboard

Usually when you are prepping a piece of chipboard for embossing with the GCD Studios Chip Art tools, you spray and slightly moisten the chipboard. This softens the chipboard enough to allow an impression to be made. For this technique, you are going to use an ink mist to moisten the chipboard. It provides a hint of color, shine and shimmer (depending on the mist you use) and adequately softens the chipboard for embossing. These are the supplies you will need (a piece of chipboard, the GCD Studios Chip Art tools including the mallet, block, and plate, spray mist and chalk ink.
You will start by misting your chipboard piece:
You want full coverage without making it sopping wet (because you dont want the chipboard to fall apart when you start banging on it).
Next, use the Chip Art tools to make impressions in a pattern on your chipboard.
I applied mine randomly and made sure to have several hanging off the edge for a fun look:
Finally, you can ink the edges with a darker chalk ink for definition:
And you are left with a pretty handmade chipboard piece to be attached to layouts or cards.
I added mine to this layout:
Of course, I couldn't resist adding one of those gorgeous Cabochons from the Funhouse collection as the finishing touch! 


  1. what a COOL looking butterfly--thanks for the inspiration might just have to try something like this today!

  2. Great tutorial, love that nifty tool! Adorable layout!

  3. I love your pictures. I purchased the chip art set and love to play with it. Now, if I can only find the accessories at my Michael's so I don't have to order online :) Thank you for sharing ;)

  4. fancy tools!! love how your butterfly turned out and made a lovely embellie on your LO :)

  5. What a great little tool!! I love to alter my chipboard so I'm putting this on my wish list!! Love what you did with the butterfly and your layout is GORGEOUS!! Love the 3 strips of paper in the background!!

  6. Oooh thanks for the tutorial! Love the finished look of it on your layout!