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Hi there! Jennifer here - and today I'm going to show you how to make your own custom paint colors to jazz up that plain chipboard we all have laying around in our scraproom ;)

GCD offers a ton of cute chipboard - in just about any shape you can imagine. Alphabets too!

I think my favorite package is the butterflies, but for this layout, I decided to go with a star.

Gather up your chipboard, white acrylic paint, and some sort of liquid ink. Here I've used a re-inker that goes with one of my ink pads.

Put some paint in a little cup or container and add a few drops of ink. Stir it up with a toothpick or popsicle stick. Start out with a little and see how dark the tint is; you can always add more. Alternatively, you could mix different colors of acrylic paint (yellow + blue to make green), or even mix a color with white (black + white to make gray) - you could even get really creative and add a little glitter!

Using a paintbrush or sponge, cover the chipboard with paint. You may have to add a few coats to get even coverage.

When mine was dry, I felt it still wasn't quite dark enough so I sponged it with some additional ink.

Here's a peek at the chipboard on my finished layout.

For this layout, in addition to the chipboard, I've used the Soul Food line of papers and embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope I've convinced you to pull out your chipboard shapes and paint to play a bit!


  1. BEAUTIFUL! I Loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee how you painted the chipboard and loving the overall lo!! Just GORGEOUS! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  2. Gorgeous layout Jen! The design is fab and the idea of making your own paint color genius! Love the stitched ruffle at the bottom too!

  3. Great technique Jen. I love the movement on this layout.