Chipboard – Thickness, Types, and Crafting Tips
Chipboard 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.
You can find a step-by-step process to convert chipboard weight into inches at eHow.
- Light - 20 pt or 1/42nd of an inch, about the thickness of a cereal box.
- XL - 32 pt. or 1/32nd of an inch, about the thickness of a credit card
- Extra Heavy - 50-52 pt or 1/20th of an inch, about the thickness of a penny.
- 2X - 85 pt. or 3/32nd of an inch, about the thickness of 2 dimes.
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 yourself.
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 like stickers.
- Album covers
- Die cutting
- Alphabet letters and shapes
- Scrapbooking - letters, numbers, titles, shapes, embellishments, etc.
- Notebook or note pad backing
- Backing in frames
- Guides for stenciling
- Create/add thickness in scrapbooking embellishments or monogrammed letters
- 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 dimension!
Projects Using Chipboard
Crafting with Chipboard
Time for Tea: Tea Bag Holder
Bunting and Garlands for Fall Decorating
Upcycled Checkers Game
Celebrate Halloween Banner
Check out the various projects made with chipboard at our Think Crafts Blog.
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