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Chips Ahoy: my adventures with paint chips



Chips Ahoy - Day One

Whenever I step into a home improvement store, I am immediately drawn to the paint section and like a honeybee to a flower. I find myself standing in front of the huge array of paint chips. The rainbow of colors always has me transfixed. Bold brights of the sun and summer, the soft cools of snow and winter and all colors in between leave me somewhat breathless. I love color whether I am buying it in ink, paper, paints etc. Soon my hands are out and surreptitiously paint chips are disappearing into my bag. When I get home and empty my bag an avalanche of color falls out. 

"What do you do with all of them?" you ask. During the next 5 days I will show you a variety of paint chips and the ways you can use them in your card making. 

Today we will work with the single color paint chip. I hope you all read Shelly's blog on June 8. She discussed a classic "thirds card sketch" used frequently to make quick and easy cards. I will be using that sketch with today's paint chip sample.


You will want to use a permanent ink such as StazOn when working with your paint chip. Most others either bead up or take to long to dry on the coated surface of the chip. The best coloring medium for your paint chips is a soft color pencil such as Derwent's Coloursoft pencils.  Regular water based markers will bead up and permanent markers such as Copics seem to streak. The colored pencils go on smoothly and without scratching if you do not apply them with a heavy hand.  The card featured today uses these basics skills of inking and coloring your chip.


Stamp the branch from the Owl Together Now set by Stampin' Up! and the mean cardinal from the Bird Assortment set by Inkadinkado with your StazOn jet black ink directly onto your paint chip. Stamp saying with the black ink also. Using your color pencils, gently color in the images.  Using Shelly's "thirds card" sketch assemble your card. Use your imagination with paint chip colors, papers and stamps etc.

Check back tomorrow for further adventures.


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5 Responses »

  1. Love the card! Guess it's time to pull out my paint chip collection and begin using them!

  2. You are always so creative Sue T.

  3. This is so cool and budget friendly idea. Love it!


  4. Thanks Margarita- stay tune they do get even more fun!!

    Sue T.

  5. Sue T,

    You never cease to amaze me. What a fabulous idea! I am going to ahve to start visitng my Home Depots and Lowes more often. Can't wait to see the next one.