Chipboard – Thickness, Types, and Crafting Tips
is a pressed paperboard (non-corrugated cardboard). It's made by
gluing fragments and layers of recycled paper together. The
adhesive is applied using pressure and heat and ends up being
smooth and rigid. The thickness of chipboard varies from
very thick to very thin, but it is always heavier than
cardstock. Chipboard is popular for scrapbooking, card
making, rubber stamp projects and more. It can be painted, inked,
distressed, cut and glued. You can also buy chipboard shapes
that are pre-cut, such as witches' hats, birds, and
snowflakes. Adhesive chipboard can look similar to a sticker
with dimension, and comes in a variety of themes and shapes.
Chipboard also comes in a variety of colors. It is sold by
the sheet, but can come in bulk packages from 2 to 25 sheets.
Chipboard thickness is measured by a point system. Each point is
1/1000th of an inch.
- 24 pt or 1/42nd of an inch, about the thickness of a cereal
Heavy - 50 pt or 1/20th of an inch, about the thickness of a
Types and Shapes
Chipboard can come in many different styles. You can get it
plain and decorate it with glitter, fabric, paint, or mod podge. It
comes pre decorated as well in many differenty shapes and sizes.
Some shapes are also embossed, so no matter how you decorate them,
the design shows through.
Come in many different sizes and every letter of the alphabet,
so you can use them for many of your scrapbooking or home decor
projects. They come pre decorated, as stickers, or plain to decorate
Almost any shape and size imaginable can be found in chipboard.
Choose from laser cut 3D shapes, tags, flowers, and more.
Lightweight and durable scrapbooking album covers.
Typically square shaped pieces that can be cut into shapes, used
as scrapbook pages and album covers, cut into frames, made into
boxes, and more.
Shapes with an adhesive backing. Adhesive chipboard can be used
- Album covers
- Die cutting
- Alphabet letters and shapes
- Scrapbooking - letters, numbers, titles, shapes,
- Notebook or note pad backing
- Backing in frames
- Guides for stenciling
- Create/add thickness in scrapbooking embellishments or
- Add rub-on letters or stickers to create embellishments
- Gift tags (can be bought pre-cut)
- Certificate/award embellishments (add dimension)
- Boxes for small gifts or storage (jewelry, etc.)
- Use adhesive chipboard that is pre-cut: like stickers with
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