Hi everyone, it’ Jenny
here, and I’m super excited to be guesting with Hedgehog Hollow today! I have had so much fun playing with the February Kit, but in particular, the chipboard accents that we all love so much ! These are sooo versatile, and I have created cards with the kit that show you five different ways to use them. You can also check out the video here which shows you in more detail how I created each of the cards (along with a little peep at an extra card I created).
My first cards use the chipboard for dry embossing. I used the larger hive accent, inked it on one side, and then ran it through my die-cutting machine ink up (then paper) with an embossing mat and tan mat to create an embossed (or debossed and inked) image on the cardstock.
One of the best things about this technique (other than it looks great in real life) is that it doesn’t use up your chipboard – you can re-use it as many times as you can re-ink it! I also adhered some chip board accents direct to the hive (does that count as six ways?!)
Stenciling and Ombre Glitter
You can use larger chipboard pieces as stencils. I used the large honeycomb chipboard to act as a stencil, and ink blended yellow inks over the top to create a honeycomb background on my card.
I also used the larger chipboard pieces to create glitter embellishments with WOW! Bonding Powder. You apply this just as you would any embossing powder, and when it heats up it becomes sticky. That’s perfect for adhering microfine glitter to chipboard! I added both the black and yellow glitter that comes in the kit to get an ombre effect on my pieces, which I then adhered to my stencilled backgrounds.
Heat Embossing and Stained Glass
In my final card, I used Nuvo Drops to create a stained glass effect on the bee chipboard. To make it sturdy and sufficiently non-porous, I heat embossed the bee with WOW! Primary Ebony embossing powder. As this bee is going to be seen from the front and the back, I did two layers on both sides – although normally if the back won’t be seen, you only need to emboss one side.
I then used Nuvo Jewel Drops in Limoncello and dropped them into the bee while it was on a piece of acetate. I added Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard to the wings and left him to dry for 2-3 hours.
For my card base, I die cut a circle using the Elizabeth Craft Designs die included in the kit (it’s actually a bee’s head!) and die cut it both front and back, ensuring they lined up. I then blended yellow ink around the window on the front and added some glitter spatters (mix liquid glue with water and spatter with an old paintbrush before adding glitter). I adhered the bee inside the card, over the back window. You can see when the light shines through him, he looks like a little stained glass window!
That completes my cards for today – I hope you picked some ideas on how you can use your chipboard accents – there are lots more ways that I’m sure you can think of – make sure you take time to play, and beeeee happy 😉