Hi everyone, this post is a long one today, but I'm sharing some great info, so please keep reading :)
It's been a long while since I shared a "Ways to Use it" project idea. If you look on the left hand column on my blog, under the Categories section, and click on Ways To Use It you'll find previous blog posts where I've shared ways to use a product or a technique. I shared a photo of this card that I created the other day on Instagram that I'm super excited about.
Did you know that you can use chipboard pieces to stamp with?! This idea was inspired by some hand carved block prints that I saw a recently. You can check out "block printing India" on Pinterest, and use the hashtag #blockprinting on Instagram for some great ideas!
I'm so obsessed with the intricate designs that so many of them have. I have never seen rubber or acrylic stamps that are similar to this style. When I was in Michael's the other day I saw some chipboard pieces by Recollections that would make such a pretty design similar to some of the block printed fabrics I've been admiring. It made me wonder if chipboard could be used as a stamp, so I grabbed a couple of packs along with some Dylusions paints and sat down to play.
So here's what I learned...
- Dylusions Paints work perfectly for this technique! It's fluid consistency makes it easy to apply and it dries quickly, which is especially nice for smaller projects like cardmaking.
- Makeup sponges or ink blending tools are two easy ways to apply the paint.
- Use a heavy weight smooth cardstock for best results. I used 110 lb., white cardstock.
- Stack and adhere two of the Recollections chipboard pieces together to make it easier to grip.
- Use a stamp block or baron to help you apply even pressure for crisp images.
- When your project is complete, stamp off on scratch paper to remove any left over paint. Once your chipboard stamp is dry, the paint will not transfer. Store it for use for future stamping, or use it as an embellishment on your project.
I stamped my chipboard stamp using the shade Fresh Lime and set it aside while I looked through my rubber stamp stash for an image to pair with it. I decided to stamp the fern leaf image from a Red Rubber Designs set called Pressed Flowers. I used the shade Calypso Teal, I LOVE how it turned out! BTW Pressed Flowers is on sale right now for only $0.99! but there was only one in stock when I checked while writing this post.
I watered down some of the Calypso Teal paint and flicked it on my stamped panel, dried it with my heat gun, and then added a few black splatters using India ink. I heat embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder, painted the chipboard heart using the Fresh Lime paint, and applied some clear Wink of Stella on top once it dried. The colors in this last photo are a little dark, but I wanted to share it anyway so that you could see the embossing & shimmer.
After stamping my pattern I realized that I didn't have any cardstock that went well with the paint colors, so I painted a sheet of white cardstock using the Calypso Teal paint. The texture is SO smooth, you can't even feel the paint!
When Dylusions Paints were first released I didn't buy any because I already owned 3 or four different brands of acrylic paint. I decided to buy a couple because the colors are beautiful... and I had a coupon! LOL $2.50 is a pretty good price. It turns out that these paints are a awesome addition to my stash. They behave so differently compared to my other paints.
When I sat down to test out my chipboard stamp I also tried dye ink, pigment ink, chalk ink, distress paint, Liquitex acrylic paints, Jacquard Lumiere paints, and Atelier's Interactive Artist paints and none of them gave crisp vibrant results like the Dylusions paints!
I also discovered how much I really like fluid acrylic paint. Besides my Distress paints, the only other fluid acrylics I own are some cheapies that Joann's puts on sale two for $1 from time to time. I also have a bottle of Golden fluid acrylic in black which is great, but they are pricy! I think I'll be buying more Dylusions in the near future.
I hope that you will try out this fun technique! Stay tuned for Chipboard Stamps Part 2, where I'll share some other projects featuring my chipboard stamps, and Chipboard Stamps Part 3, where I'll share some ideas on how to create your own chipboard stamps using supplies that you might already own.
Thanks for stopping by today!