Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Paint My World Happy

Paint Chips?!? I'm sure many of you already knew about these but I just discovered this very cool technique/idea so I had to try it out. Nowadays, at the local hardware store, you can pick up some beautiful 4 color or 3 color paint chips - when trimmed down they work perfectly as a matted layer for a card front - AND they can be embossed via your Cuttlebug as well. Here are some different ones I made up in matter of minutes. Versatile - fun - unique and I have been able to work with at least one of the colors in each of the palettes quite nicely with ink or ribbon etc.

For the hostess card I used my new Stampin Up embossing plate which I love because it's not the ENTIRE card front but a good portion of it - I added some sheer ribbon, a homemade flower and button and a sentiment cut with the Labels 4 nestie then sponged lightly with my silver ink for contrast. You can see the detail of the card here.

I typically decorate my envies as well as my cards so I used the same embossing plate to emboss my envelope - gave some cool texture to the envie and I didn't have to stamp it :-)

My one warning is that sometimes when you emboss the chip it will crack and you'll get white coming through the colors. So far I have been lucky - I have found a COPIC that matched perfectly and was able to "touch up" my paint chip (how ironic is that) so you can't see the cracking.

If you try this out please link back for me - I'd love to see what you do with the paint chips too - I went for quick, easy, simple layouts with this batch - I think these would be cute as a gift set of cards.

Thanks for looking :-) Your kind comments and words of encouragement are a real spirit lifter and mojo activator!


Jenny said...

I love all of these cards, but the Peach one is my fav. Thanks for leaving me a comment over at my blog!

Patti said...

These are awesome Pam! I haven't seen paint chips embossed before! What a great idea! LOL!

Brenda said...

Awesome Pam!! I have never seen paint chips embossed like that. I have to say your cards are the best paint chip cards I have ever seen. I will be trying this, thank you for the wonderful idea.

JazzyH said...

So very pretty!

Hanne said...

Oh how cute it is!
I have never heard of it. Do you know where they sell them?

Love, Hanne

CraftieConnie said...

Oh my gosh, these are so beautiful Pam! I just love your work. I named you for an award on my blog, but haven't had time to let you know, so sorry! But am very pleased to have done so!

Terri E. said...

I love that you thought to dry emboss the paint strips.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

IamDerby said...

Really cool! I dont think I have seen this done before.

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