Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Paint Chip Cards

**Thanks to all of you who are stopping by from Fireflies and Jellybeans!**

Okay, confession time again. I occasionally swipe paint chips cards. But only the ones with cute names.

The whole "paint chip" craze kinda came and went in the paper craft world a couple of years ago, but occasionally, I'll still use them on cards. I was asked to do invitations to our ward's enrichment evening and the whole theme was "What do you do when life hands you lemons?" so I snagged a bunch of paint swatches with names that had lemon in them (some of the paint chip even had 2 colors on the same strip that I could use). They turned out very cute.

Here are a few other cards I have done with paint chips:

The one at the bottom is one my mom made with wonderful baking names that turned out so cute.

Just a couple of things I have learned when crafting with paint chips. One, it is impossible to print on them without smearing the ink, no matter how long you allow them to dry. So when I want to print on them (like I did with the enrichment invites), I paint them with a thin layer of Mod Podge, allow it to dry, and then print on them. Then I brush on another light layer of Mod Podge to finish it off. That being said, pigment ink and rub-ons work great.

And just because this photo is too cute not to share, this is Josh with my new "niece." My sister Megan and her new dog Molly came to visit this past weekend and we had a blast just hanging out, going to Silverwood, watching movies and just because it is what we ALWAYS do when Megs visits, we tried this new recipe. Divine.


Green Eyed Girl Crafts said...

Do you "tape" the paint chip into paper before you print them out? I've never seen anything like this before! Awesome! Vicki

Jeni said...

Well I have already told the kids we are heading out to Home Depot in a bit and showed them your blog so they know why. Great timing Amber...I only have 5 days left. Those cards are the cutest! I like the "You're hot".

Megalicious said...

Um...we have really cute kids. That's all. While I was there, Anna figured out that Molly is her cousin. Genius I tell you! Thanks for the shoutout too :)

Marisa said...

Hey, that's my baby girl!!! I loved that announcement!

Jenni said...

Hi Amber~

I haven't seen this before! What a fantastic idea~ one I'm bookmarking for a later craft time! I love how yours turned out! :)

I hope you are having a wonderful summer! Have a beautiful day!


Army Wife Quilter said...

hey McIllece family the pait chip ideas awesome. so are the kids bothering you about a dog now that they are gone. He a while back you wrote about doing the local honey thing. how has that been working out for you. my family is not big on honey but we came across a local shop and my family ate a whole jar in 2 weeks.

Jeni said...

My kids and I went to the store today looking for paint chips...we found tons of neat ones. Ben and Madi were so cute...they were on a mission to help me out. Plus they now their mom so well...they found chocolate truffle, pumpkin bread, red delicious, caramel, winter wind... Who would have thought looking at 'stupid' paint chips could be so wonderful.

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

These are beautiful!

I am having a crafty competition with Paint samples that I would love to have you enter this project in!

Check it out here:

Jen @ said...

What a great idea. The cards turned out so cute!


Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

I justed wanted to let you know that you made the Top Ten on the Iron Crafter!

Check it out here:

Good Luck!!

fawndear said...

Love how creative you are. Picking out chips with the cute names - genius.
Thank you so much for sharing.

Unknown said...

Amber, these are so cute! I totally voted for yours because its the best one anyway :) Hope you win it! Hope your family is doing fantastic!

Katie said...

I never realized there were so many great ways to incorporate paint chips into cards. Thanks for opening my eyes!

Unknown said...

That is such a fun idea for paint chips! I've never thought of that before! Great job!