Monday, May 13, 2013

How to Coordinate Your Blue Fern Studios Chipboard~!

Good morning friends! Another Monday in my part of the world, and I always love it when I can start out the week on my blog with a new post! I'm going to be showing 3 different Blue Fern Studios projects today (layout, card, and tag) and through them share with you how you can make your chipboard coordinate- no matter your style or project {type} preference. 

I remember when I was new to raw chipboard, I didn't know quite how I would make those pieces become a part of my project without standing out- in a bad way. So if you feel like that yourself- don't worry! If you haven't had much experience with working with chipboard, that is a completely normal reservation! But today I would like to encourage those with this fear to try out some of these simple techniques- and get yourself on your way to becoming a chipboard altering fool ;)!

"Walk"
I like that I almost have to guess myself which of the embellishments here are chipboard- because they blend so nicely with the rest of the layout. And all it takes is a little bit of recognition of the papers and other products with which you are working, and applying those features to your chipboard.

Take for example this Ironwork Accents piece. I simply used a rubber Prima stamp from my personal collection that complimented my Pink Paislee "Hope Chest" and Prima "Lyric" papers and used it to stamp my primed (w/gesso) chipboard. I then used it as a meeting place for the seam binding that stretches across the page, topping off its center with a bow. Super easy- ANYONE (with some stamps and ink, that is) can do this!

The exact same idea was repeated here. I cut this piece off of the bottom of the Garden Gate (You will find that I love to piece apart- and stretch the use of- my chipboard!)

Here I've taken a panel from the Lattice Fence and mimicked the look of the Ingvild Bolme {Prima} metal lamp post beside it. I've done this by using a stone-colored distress ink dabbed very lightly over top.

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:

Ironwork Accents

Garden Gate

Lattice Fence

Floral Clock (one of the hands)

Other Products Used:


"This Wonderful Life" {Card}
Here again I've made this gorgeous piece from the Brigitte Butterfly Set become a part of my project. 

I actually used a butterfly stamp with some brown distress ink to create the pattern on this piece. I felt this particular design was complimentary to my Prima "Fairy Belle" papers. After drying, I used my "Shabby Tote" Prima Chalk Fluid Edger Pad by Ingvild Bolme very lightly over top to tone down the white of the gesso (used to prime the piece before stamping). 

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:

Brigitte Butterfly Set

Other Products Used:
Modern Romance Sentiment Stickers


"You Make Life Beautiful" {Tag}
Finally, I have a tag to share. I chose to use one of the Petite Boutique Frames, which I simply primed with gesso before using blue embossing powder and setting it with a heat gun. I love the beautiful, glossy finish- and that this design was the perfect platform for the Webster's Pages Frame Accent resin piece I was to layer next.

Next came one of the Vintage Locks, which I decorated with some blue microbeads. Again, an altering idea that anyone can do!

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:

Petite Boutique Frames

Vintage Locks
Thanks for coming by my blog today :)

Take care!

23 comments:

Belinda Scott said...

Stunning!!! Thanks for all the ideas with chipboard :)

Marianne/skorpionen said...

Gorgeous projects Erin!
Love how you used the chipboards, the stamping and inking!

ANUPAMA CHOUDARY said...

Erin Blegen, you ROCK!

Lizzyc said...

Absolutely amazing, you can use anything on your layout and it looks wonderful!!

Mrs Frizz said...

OMG Erin - fabulous creations ... all of them ...

Rina Hough said...

So very Beautiful!! You inspire me.I am a BIG fan of your work!!

Helen Tilbury said...

Thoroughly enjoyed that! Thank you Erin!! You are wonderfully creative and I love everything you do. Definitely making life more beautiful ;)

caroleanne said...

wow gorjuss - love everything you do.

sandi said...

Wow! These are simply gorgeous!

Kim Price said...

These are all just fabulous Erin, and I soo love that layout. Wow.

Jules Aviles said...

Awesome pieces to play with! Thanks for sharing Erin! I will play with my chippy pieces soon I hope!! Have a great week! :) Jules

misty said...

amazing! That layout is incredibly inspiring. You and your sister do amazing work with flowers. Blows my mind!

Romy said...

Everything looks truly gorgeous! I love the different techniques that you used to alter the chipboard.

juscrap said...

Wow! These are simply gorgeous! I love everything you do Erin!xoxo

pattyo said...

Beautiful projects, Erin. Thanks for the amazing tips.

Ashley Horton said...

Totally love that sweet photo Erin, and the mix of chipboard with the flowers is so pretty!

Davi said...

All three projects are beautiful Erin!! Especially love the LO! Thanks for the tips on using the chipboard ;)

Jacqui said...

A gorgeous layout with lots of pretties to look at and extremely creative. I'm also your newest follower!

Michele said...

Erin, you are utterly fabulous! (and totally, amazingly creative). Awesome ideas.

Laurie LaRiviere said...

thanks for the chipboard tips, I am always at a loss on what to do with it...your layout, tag and card are amazing as always !

Evgenia Petzer said...

wow! this LO is TDF! so beautiful!

Caroline said...

Well I finally managed to get here!! (cardgirl at sb).... Good to see you explain your process with chipboard. I love experimenting with it; seeing what effects I can "accidentally" discover, lol. Thank you as always, take care. Caroline :))

Maja Stokk / eyovine said...

Beautiful =) Thanks for those chipboard ideas =)