How to Cover a Chipboard

Written by nick davis
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You love scrapbooking and creating pages with photos, ribbons, and other embellishments. You have been curious about using chipboard, a hard cardboard-like paper stock. Chipboard can not only be used as a backing for your scrapbooks, but the stock can also be covered with paper and cut into small pieces that can be placed with your scrapbook. Covering chipboard requires a piece of paper of your choice, a cutting tool, and a glue stick.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Clean rag or shop towel
  • Flat surface
  • Chipboard
  • Glue stick or other adhesive
  • Coloured paper
  • Bone folder or old credit card
  • Cutting tool -- craft knife or scissors
  • Emery file (optional)

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  1. 1

    Use a clean rag or shop towel to wipe off a flat surface like a desk, workbench, or other surface.

  2. 2

    Place a piece of chipboard on the flat surface.

  3. 3

    Apply glue from a glue stick or other adhesive lightly onto the chipboard.

  4. 4

    Apply a light coating of glue or other adhesive onto a piece of coloured paper of your choice.

  5. 5

    Lay the coloured paper on the chipboard.

  6. 6

    Use a bone folder or old credit card to smooth out any air bubbles. Work slowly so you don't make any dents in the paper.

  7. 7

    Let the glue bond for five minutes.

  8. 8

    Use a craft knife or a pair of scissors to cut the covered chipboard into a shape or design. Or, leave the covered chipboard as-is and use it as a backing for a project.

  9. 9

    Use a emery file to smooth out any rough edges if you want.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also spray-paint chipboard with a can of glossy or flat spray paint. Make sure you are outside or in a well-ventilated area when applying the paint. Wear latex gloves and a nose mask for protection. Wait until the paint has dried completely before cutting out any shapes or designs.

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