Paint Chips

Paint Chip Iris Folded Kiss

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I decided to combine 2 of my favorite crafting techniques, Paint Chips and Iris Folding, to create this fun Kisses card just in time for Valentine's Day.

To see more Iris Folded samples, patterns, and a video how to tutorial, please visit my Iris Folding Page HERE

To see more Paint Chip samples, please visit my Paint Chip Page HERE

On a recent trip to our local home improvement store, I stopped in the paint department and picked up a few paint chip samples. 

Here was the paint chip inspiration for my Kisses card!

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To start, I traced around the "kisses" pattern onto my Whisper White card front using a pencil, then cut it out using a pair of scissors. 

I then embossed my Whisper White card front using the Big Shot and Falling Petals Embossing Folder.  This folder embosses sweet falling hearts, perfect for a Valentine's, anniversary, or love card.

I  cut the last three colors of the paint chip into 1/4" to 1/2" wide strips, working around the name of the paint color on the bottom of each section and then began following the "kisses" iris folding pattern after securing the card front over the pattern using masking tape. 

Remember, work from the back!

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The center or "iris" is a piece of silver glimmer paper that I colored with a black Sharpie pen.  It becomes more gray, complete with sparkle.

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After I had completed the Iris Folding, I secured a scrap piece of card stock on the back of the iris folding just to cover and help secure the strips.  Then, I matted it to a piece of Island Indigo card stock.  I stamped my "Friend" greeting from the stamp set Bloomin' Love onto my Smokey Slate card base (love how it matches the color on the paint chip) and then attached the iris folded kiss using Dimensionals to pop it up.

To complete the card, I cut a portion of the banner from a Hershey Kiss and slipped it underneath the iris fold at the top using a small amount of SNAIL Adhesive.

Paint Chip Iris Fold Kiss!  Happy Valentine's Day!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Bloomin' Love

Ink: Island Indigo

Paper: Smokey Slate, Whisper White, Island Indigo, silver glimmer

Accessories: paint chip, Big Shot, Falling Petals Embossing Folder, Sharpie pen, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Crafting With Paint Chips-Sponged Cloudy Background Technique

Paint Chip Lift Me UpOne of my favorite things is to use paint chips in my crafting. For this card, I combined paint chips to make a colorful backing for the hot air balloon found in the Up & Away Thinlits die from Stampin' Up!

And to complete the card I created a sky background using the sponged Cloudy Background Technique.

 The color behind the balloon is regular paint chips that you can find in any home improvement store.  I love the paint chip displays of all the colors and color combinations. 

Easy inspiration for sure!

See my other Paint Chip Creations HERE

On a recent trip to our local home improvement store, I made a stop in the paint department and picked up these paint chips:

Lift Me Up paint chips

I pieced them together to create the backing for the balloon using the various pieces of the Up & Away Thinlits Dies:

  Lift Me Up Paint Chip backing

I attached the pieces to the back of the Whisper White detailed balloon using my Fine Tip Glue.

For the background, I used the Cloudy Background Technique on my Soft Sky card base by sponging on Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant inks around my "cloud" template.

This is a template I made several years ago using the Big Shot, Large Circle Scallop Die (cut out of light-weight cardboard), and Scallop Circle Punch.  I secured several smaller scalloped circles to the larger circle using tape.  I reuse this template often and keep it as part of my permanent crafting stash.

For more details, please view my Cloudy Background video tutorial HERE

Cloudy Sky Background Template

The popped up clouds were also cut out of the paint chips using the Up & Away Thinlits Dies.

Paint Chip Clouds

The greeting from Lift Me Up was stamped on the card front using Elegant Eggplant ink, and candy dots were added to the balloon to complete the card.

Lift Me Up Cloudy Skies Background

Next time you're in a home improvement store, be sure to make a stop in the paint department.  Displays and displays of paint chips are waiting to inspire you.

The possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Lift Me Up (purchase the Lift Me Up Bundle and save 10%)

Ink: Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Soft Sky, Whisper White

Accessories: paint chips, Big Shot, Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Fine Tip Glue, sponge, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Paint Chip You are Made of Wonderful-Can You Case It Challenge #104

There is a fun sketch challenge this week over at the Can You Case It Site?

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Here is my contribution:

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One of my all-time favorite stamping techniques is to use paint chip samples found in the paint department at our local home improvement store.  I recently found a vast treasure trove of paint chips with pretty images and color combinations printed by Behr.  I picked up a handful and have enjoyed crafting with them. 

Here is a photo of some of them I have collected.

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When I saw this week's sketch challenge, I immediately thought of my stash.  Since Valentine's Day is around the corner, I picked the sample above with different shapes and colors of chocolate candy.  I punched a heart out of Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper and stamped one of the greetings from Picture Perfect.  By using this greeting, it could be used for Valentine's Day or as a thank you card.  The heart and greeting are strategically placed over the names of the paint colors. Perfect for the sketch!


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Crafting with Paint Chips

Whenever we make a trip into town and stop at our local home improvement store, I always take a quick trip through the paint section.  I love to craft with paint chips, and I'm always on the lookout for new ideas.  Well, our recent trip provided a plethora of inspiration!  Look at these new paint chips by Behr paints!  Love the paint colors along with different images.

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And these two, so appropriate for the area we live in.  Lots of our friends are ranchers so these western-themed chips are perfect!

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I grabbed a whole stack and got to crafting as soon as we got home.  I made this fall-themed card as a thank you to send to one of my customers.  Love the colors: Blackberry Bliss, Basic Gray and Creamy Carmel (retired color). 

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I popped up the greeting banner, placing it over the printing on the chip. 

Isn't that cool?!  Quick, head over to the paint section at your local home improvement store.  Inspiration is waiting for you!

Other Supplies: paint chip  Greeting is from the Paper Pumpkin kit, Wish Big.

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Paint Chip Wild About Flowers-Nacho Average Challenge #153

We have a simple sketch this week over at the Nacho Average challenge site.

Here's my contribution:

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I like to stroll the paint aisles at our local home improvement store for interesting paint chips that I can craft with.  Recently, I picked up several that had different shades of purples and lilacs. The names of the 3 colors on this chip are Plash of Lilac (yes, that is spelled correctly), Twirling Girl and Ash Violet.  What fun it would be to be charge of naming the paint chips! 

Anyway,I thought this one would work perfectly with my new stamp set Wild About Flowers.  This particular image found in the set  reminds me of the thistle we have growing and blooming on our property. 

This was my inspiration for the card.

CanadaThistle with bees

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I have found that the slick surface of the paint chips does not hold dye ink very well.  I found it is best to heat emboss the image to get a clearer image.  So, for this card, I Two-Step stamped the leaves and the flowers using Garden Green and Blackberry Bliss ink, then heat embossed using clear embossing powder.   The greeting is from Sheltering Tree.

Here is the original sketch:



Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 


Stamp Sets: Wild About Flowers, Sheltering Tree

Ink: Garden Green, Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss

Accessories: paint chip, heat tool, clear embossing powder


Happy Stampin'!

Paint Chip Thank You-Nacho Average Sketch Challenge #127

We have an interesting sketch this week over at the Nacho Average site.

Here's my contribution:

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Inspiration for this card came when I recently did some cleanup in my craft room and came across some paint chips I had picked up at the local hardware store a few months back.  One of my favorite things to craft with are paint chips.  There are so many color choices so the possibilities are endless!  For this card, I simply cut the paint chip into 1/2" wide strips, then staggered them onto a piece of white card stock covered with a Stampin' Glue Stick.  I stamped the greeting from Another Thank You using Black Stazon ink.  The banners and the small pink heart were cut out of paint chip scraps using my Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelit, and the heart from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack.  Love the combination of the bright pinks.

Here's the original sketch:


Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 


Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Another Thank You

Ink: Black Stazon

Paper: Blushing Bride, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Bitty Banners and Heart Framelits, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, rhinestone, Stampin' Glue Sticks


Happy Stampin'!

Thinking of You Paint Chip Card-CASology "Paint" Challenge

Our CASology cue word this week is "Paint."

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I love crafting with paint chips and thought this project would work perfectly with this week's cue word.

I started with a paint chip that I picked up at our local home improvement store.  The colors are mauves and peaches.  Not sure I'd want them on my wall, but they are pretty for crafting.  In fact, one of the colors on the chip is called "Panic."  Another one is "Mischief."  Who comes up with these names?

Anyway, I simply cut the chip into 1/4" wide strips and mounted them on a square piece of card stock that I had covered with adhesive.  I cut off the ends to use for the next row so the colors pretty much are in the order found on the paint chip.  Once done, I mounted it on a piece of black matting.

To keep the card a one layer card, I cut out a square from the front of the card base using my Big Shot and a square framelit.  The black matting is actually mounted on the inside of the front of the card.

Paint chips, so many possibilities....

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories: paint chips, Big Shot, Squares Framelits, Bitty Butterfly punch, Mini Glue Dot, rhinestone

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Silver and Blues-Paint Chip Christmas Greetings

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This card started out as this: a paint chip from our local home improvement store.

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I cut it down, stamped snowflakes and the greeting using Versamark, then heat embossed using silver embossing powder.  Love the silver and blues!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Warmth and Wonder, Snowflake Soiree

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Smokey Slate, Silver Glimmer

Accessories: paint chip, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, silver embossing powder, Midnight Muse 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon, Mini Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!