Chipboard Tutorial – Make your Chipboard Titles *POP*

As promised, here is my glossy chipboard tutorial.  I have seen many different techniques for achieving a similar look, but this is one that I have found to work consistently well. 

Supplies required:

  • Chipboard letters – thick, quality chipboard works best – I used Basic Grey 
  • Textured, or Non-textured cardstock – good quality works best – I used Stampin’ up non-textured in black
  • Contrasting rub-ons – I used Making Memories in white
  • Quick-drying liquid glue – I used Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive
  • Ranger Glossy Accents Clear dimensional embellishment (some equivalents are Diamond Glaze Dimensional Adhesive by Judikins or 3-D Crystal Lacquer by Sakura)


  • Ranger non-stick craft sheet (or wax paper, or parchment paper would probably work as well)
  • Cutting tools (craft knife and detail scissors)
  • Sandpaper, emery board, or Sanding tools (I like Basic Grey’s sanding tool kit)
  • Glass or other smooth cutting surface (I bought a $ store 8×10 picture frame, and removed the glass – just be careful of the sharp edges)
  • Rub-on tool (I used BG’s roller tool), but a bone folder, or even a popsicle stick works, too
  • Paper towels; and/or Q-tips

Okay…let’s get started!  🙂

1.  Adhere chipboard letter FRONT to cardstock BACK, using quick-dry liquid adhesive.  You need a good amount of glue – (applied to the FRONT of the chipboard letter) -to achieve a satisfactory adhesion.  Wipe off any glue that squishes out the edges with a q-tip, or a piece of paper towel.  Allow to dry completely before continuing on to the next step.

2.  Starting with the INSIDE of the letters (eg – the inside of the “O” used here), and a kraft knife, and/or detail scissors – trim the cardstock as close as you can get to the chipboard.  Don’t worry about being “perfect” – you will be sanding it later.

3.  Sand the edges.  I love BG’s sanding tool kit for this kind of work.  Makes it a breeze to sand those little tiny inside corners and edges.  Alternatively, an emery board works well, too.  Or, little bits of sandpaper can be folded to get at those difficult spots.

4.  Apply rub-ons.  I love Basic Grey’s roller tool for this, but you can use a popsicle stick, or bone folder with good results, too.  You can try to get an entire image if you wish, or just apply random bits of rub-ons – both techniques work, depending on the look you want.  Bits of the rub-on will come off the backing, and hang over the edge of the cardstock – just sand it down, using a gentle sanding motion, being careful not to lift the rubon off the surface of the cardstock letter.


5.  Working on a non-stick surface (wax paper or Ranger craft sheet) – apply a fairly thick coat of Glossy Accents, or equivalent – take your time and ensure you cover the entire letter.  If any bubbles appear, gently “pop” them with a pin.  It will have a cloudy appearance while wet.  Allow to dry completely – takes about 10+ hours.  (Hint – don’t try and speed up the drying with an embossing gun – doesn’t work so well).  It will dry to a hard, clear, shiny & resistant finish.

This is after 10 hours of drying time – you can see it still isn’t quite dry.

So….there you have it!  Shiny letters that *POP*! 

Here’s the same technique, but with various colours and textures of cardstock.  I gave some of the letters even more “pop” with pop dots!  🙂

Of course, this same method works well on any shape of chipboard.  You can also use patterned paper, instead of cardstock, and skip the rubon step to get a slightly different result. 

Here’s a chipboard album that I covered with patterned paper, and then embellished the chipboard monogram letters, using Ranger distress inks and rubons (but no glossy accents).  I love the way it almost perfectly matched the patterned paper.  I gave the letters a bit more dimension by backing them with black cardstock.

The possibilities are endless!  Have fun!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jacqueline
    Jul 04, 2008 @ 08:33:58

    Great tutorial! Love the end result!


  2. SmilynStef
    Jul 06, 2008 @ 13:28:21

    Absolutely amazing effect … thanks for sharing.


  3. moralia
    Jul 09, 2008 @ 23:58:35

    Those totally rock, Kim!!! Wanna make me a set? ROTFL!!! 😉


  4. Terria
    Jul 10, 2008 @ 13:34:53

    This is really cool, great tutorial I will definitely have to try it.


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  6. Seren
    Feb 19, 2011 @ 10:01:41

    I have never seen letters like this before, so this is way cool for me to find. Thank you for explaining it.


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