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The Chip Art tool is one of the newest tools in the crafting world. Introduced earlier this year, this tool allows paper crafters to stamp and deboss chipboard with designs of butterflies, flowers, letters and much more.
The tool is a metal stick of sorts. GCD Studios makes a number of interchangeable metal heads with designs on them. The heads fit the end of tool. You then use a mallet to whack the design on the chipboard.
Here’s how you do it:
1. Brush water on a piece of chipboard. You want to just soften the chipboard. You don’t want it to be soaking wet.
2. Place one of the Chip Art tool’s changeable heads on it.
3. Set tool vertically on your chipboard. You want the design on the changeable head to be sitting right on the piece of chipboard. Hold the tool with one hand. Use a mallet with the other hand to tap the tool two to three times.
4. Remove the tool and you’ll see the image debossed onto the chipboard.
The Corner Chomper is a corner punch from We R Memory Keepers. The Corner Chomper cuts chipboard, as well as paper and more. It comes with two edges – a ¼” round edge and a ½” round edge. We R Memory Keepers also recently introduced some decorative Corner Chompers, which also work with chipboard.
The way the corner Corner Chomper works is:
1. Open up the Corner Chomper’s two guides all the way. You want to hear the guides click twice. If you hear only one click, you haven’t gone far enough.
2. Place your chipboard all the way in the Corner Chomper.
If you don’t go all the way, you will not get a nice clean and round corner.
4. Once you have punched, turn the Corner Chomper toward you. Lift up the black waste bin panel and remove the leftover corner pieces.
I’ve used these tools make three projects to share with you today.
I used the Chip Art tool to decorate the house on my Miss You Card. I randomly debossed words and hearts on the chipboard house’s roof:
To give the house a worn look, I brushed several layers of white and pink paint over the words. I then used a baby wipe to remove some of the paint before it dried.
The Chip Art tool again came in handy for my Friend of Mine Card:
This time, I debossed an ornamental image on the chipboard bird. I brushed white ink over the bird before slapping it on the card.
The kraft panel behind the gray panel is chipboard. I used the Corner Chomper to simply round it.
Finally, I used both tools on my BFF Card:
I used the Chip Art tool to deboss an ornamental design on the chipboard letters. I didn’t brush any water onto the letters before so I had to whack the mallet extra hard. Once I did that, I sanded the letters.
And that yellow panel you see was created with chipboard and a piece of fabric. I glued the fabric to a piece a square cut from chipboard and then used the Corner Chomper to round the corners.
Check out my blog today for another project using these fun tools.
Since it’s Freebie Friday, it’s time for today’s giveaway! Leave a comment telling me about a tool you’d like to learn more about and/or get some new ideas for. One random commenter will win this set of Chip Art tools that appeared in the Tips, Tools & Techniques column of the July/August issue of Paper Crafts.
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P.S. It’s time to announce the winners of Brandy’s Fabulously Frocked Feet post! (And each of these ladies got four or more answers correct!)
1. Chloe (July 7, 5:47 a.m.)
2. cards4ever (July 6, 8:22 a.m.)
3. Summer Braxton (July 6, 12:32 p.m.)
Congrats, winners! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. If you’re still confused on whose feet belong to what team member, hop on over to the Paper Crafts Facebook Fan Page today! We’ll learn the identity of all 80 toes!
P.P.S. Make sure you join us next Monday as Jennifer kicks off our highly-anticipated Card Style Week. All week long we’ll be spotlighting cards from our new special issue Card Style!