Sep 27, 2013

Double Take - DIY Chipboard Embellishments

Hey sweet readers! It’s Michelle Y. here today, and I am SO excited to present the next installment of Double Take, where I make both a scrapbooking layout and a card using a similar theme. Today I will be showing you how to make your very own chipboard embellishments and how I made my two projects below!!!

Making my own embellishments is something that I love doing very often, because it’s a fun way to do something creative when I don’t feel like starting a whole big project. And also, let’s face it, pre-made embellishments can be quite pricey, and sometimes I just want to use some basic supplies and some Sweet stamps and get a similar effect for much cheaper!!

Okay, so when I said I was making my own chipboard embellishments, I didn’t mean the super thick, layered kind of chipboard. I’m thinking more along the lines of some thin cardboard (NOT corrugated), like an old cereal box. One, it is easier to cut and work with, and two, I can layer tons of these embellishments later and my project won’t be too bulky. I’m SURE you have some old packaging or cereal boxes, so hop on over to my blog where I will have the full tutorial of how to make these beautiful little pieces (I’ll also be sharing the cut file I made and used, if you wanted to use that, too!):

You can make these with just some basic supplies and a few Sweet stamp sets (I used Triangle Style and Wheely Like you), and it is SO much more rewarding to use on a project because it makes everything so much more handmade!! In addition to these chipboard embellishments, I made some super simple paper leaves, just cutting them out freehand and then adding either machine stitching or some watercolor accents.

I layered all my goodies up on my layout, and here is what I was finished with:

I didn’t need to use many other embellishments, since I used so many of my own – this is a super economical approach if you LOVE having tons of layers like me, but it’s just not in the budget to buy multiple packs of various coordinating embellishments.

Of course, since I made so many embellishment pieces at a time, I had some extra bits that I put to good use on a card.

I added a sentiment from Wheely Like You and the card was complete!

Here are the stamp sets I used for my projects:

I hope you enjoyed this episode of “Double Take” and I hope you’re inspired to make some of your own embellishments! Make sure to send me a link in the comments if you do, because I’d love to check out what you come up with!!! It would also be a great opportunity to enter into this week's Use What You Have challenge, which just started a few days ago!

And remember, we're having an AWESOME sale in preparation for Halloween... grab those stamps before it's over!!

Until next time, keep crafting SWEET things!!

-Michelle Y.
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  1. It's beautiful - seriously!! Off to feature it on the facebook wall! <3

  2. These are both so pretty, I really love all the layering of chipboards and leaves! x

  3. Michelle, what a beautiful layout and gorgeous coordinating card! Love your homemade embellishments...I agree, so much better than the bulky store-bought ones!

  4. Wow!! I am in Awe over the layout!!! Just amazing!!

  5. Amazing!!! Loooove your homemade embellishments!! Wow!! And such an awesome way to create custom elements for your layouts and cards!!! And speaking of, your layout and card are aweeeesome!!! Wow! Love the colors and the flecks of gold!!