For a while now I have been mulling over some ideas to make stuff with greyboard – aka construction board/chipboard.
So, after twenty-five 12″ sheets got thumped onto my doormat the other week, I thought I’d best put some of those ideas to use…
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The first of these ideas was Artist Trading Coins.
Artist trading coins are a recent creative trend and were born from the same concept as artist trading cards however they are 2.5″ circles.
To create my coins I cut two circles of 1mm thick greyboard and glued them together with some tacky glue in order to make a nice firm base.
From there it was all about the preparation and decoration, which I will share in a mo.
Before then, if you are interested in getting your hands on some of this thick cardstock for your own projects then I can highly recommend the team at PaperCutz
They have a range of sizes and thicknesses available and the product comes well packaged.
Other stockists of this type of cardstock in the UK include Create and Craft TV although the range of sizes and thicknesses at the time of writing this post were a little limited.
Ok, let’s take a closer look at the first of the ATCs that I made.
Hello. Defo a suck it and see experiment here with a whole bunch of stuff chucked on.
Here is a little more detail on the what and the how…
- 1mm Thick Greyboard,
- White Gesso,
- Tacky Glue,
- Ranger Crackle Accents,
- Simon Says Stamp Ornate Background Cling Stamp,
- Pigment Powder,
- Olive Arhival Inkpad,
- White Nuvo Drops,
- ‘Hello’ Sentiment Die,
How much stuff can you put on a 2.5 inch circle?!
Anyway, I used the Brother Scan N Cut to cut the circles however you could, of course, cut these with an appropriate steel rule die.
- After cutting the two circles of greyboard I glued them together and let them dry.
- Although you can’t see it too well, I first stamped out the ornate background and then used some watercolour powders to create the background.
- After this dried, I applied a layer of crackle accent and let that dry too.
- I made the white drops by applying some Nuvo Drops to my silicone craft sheet and letting them dry before using tweezers and PVA glue to apply them to the ATC.
- Finally, I die cut the sentiment from black and white cardstock and glued this with a drop shadow effect.
Et voila! My first artist trading coin!
What do you think? Are artist trading coins something you could see yourself getting into? I would love to hear your thoughts.
Anyway, that’s it for this one. I will see you again soon for more.
Bye for now.