Friday, May 28, 2010

Distressed chipboard: A Drunken Stampers Challenge

This project has been in the works since the sensational ladies over at Drunken Stampers posted the Distressed chipboard challenge on May 22.

Between completely over-inking the chipboard during round one of distressing, causing an overnight wait before it dried, and changing the design half a dozen times, this project has been on my mind every day this week. And I'm glad it took so long.

First, if the process had been quicker I never would have remembered the acrylic stamp wings for the smaller hearts (or the hearts, for the matter). Next, the best part of this project would still be hiding somewhere in the creative haze waiting to be discovered.

You see, at roughly day four I was still very unhappy with the look of the chipboard "hardware" on this piece. I finally decided I'd try to do some heat embossing and if that didn't work ... start again.

Honestly I figured it wouldn't look good no matter what I did, so I carelessly grabbed the first "sticky stuff" I could see -- a bottle of Mod Podge.

I gooed each of the chipboard pieces with a Q-Tip dipped in the Mod Podge then sprinkled green emobssing powder here and there.

Still not really caring what happened I flipped on the heat tool and ... what's this ...Mod Podge and embossing powder cysts! Yay! My little chipboard hardware pieces actually look like oxidized copper and aged iron!

In case you'd like to try it yourself, just remember that more Mod Podge results in larger, crustier bubbles.

As for the remainder of the project: There are the small hearts from a Martha Stewart punch, the large heart and wings from Cricut Indie Art cartridge on a paper from DCWV Rockstar Mat Stack, and the backer piece which was put through a Cuddlebug with the Zebra print embossing folder.

OK ladies, give me another one! I'm ready!


  1. Wahooo! Love the final results of your week long creative adventure! I am going to have to remember the Mod Podge trick too! Thanks for playing along again this week! Only one more sleep until the next challenge! :D

  2. Girlfriend, you have OUTDONE yourself! What an amazing piece you've created, and--you clever thing--you created an entirely new technique!!! This is absolutely spectacular in every way, CB, and I'm (yet again) blown away by your creativity and talent! Standing ovation!!!

    So, how 'bout a tutorial on that Mod Podge/embossing powder magic??

  3. This is awesome!! Love what you did with the mod podge and embossing powder. I gotta try that sometime! TFS!

  4. This is so pretty! I love the MP tip too!