Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sparkling Chipboard Sun Tutorial ~ ScrapThat! March Kit

I enjoy repurposing my supplies for unexpected uses. I had a picture in my mind of what I wanted my "Movin' On" page to look like. That vision included a sparkly sun. I was so blessed that our ScrapThat! March Kit included the Maya Road Chipboard frame pieces. My set included a flower frame. I kept the center circle in place and transformed it into my sun using the following steps. For the tutorial below, I used a flower chippie from my stash, so if your kit includes different shapes than mine, try checking your chippie stash to find something that will work. 

This is a technique that would work with a number of different products, so I have included some ideas that may work if you don't have the exact products I used. I am a firm believer in using what you have on hand when possible. 

Sparkling Chipboard Sun Tutorial


Supply List:
1. Flower or sun shaped chipboard piece.
2. Big Shot or other machine that will emboss. 
3. Darice Swirls embossing folder or any embossing folder with texture you like for your sun.
4. DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Paint or other yellow/gold colorant.
5. Ranger Crackle Accents or other clear crackle or non-crackle medium.
6. Mini Marbles or microbeads. While microbeads are smaller, they would still catch light for the sparking effect. 

Step 1. Run chipboard through a textured embossing folder. I used the Swirl folder by Darice. Any embossing folder with dots or swirled texture should work. The raised portion of the embossing is on the top of the "sun". 

Because the chipboard is thick, you may need to shim with cardstock in place of one of your normal embossing plates. I was OK with the plates for my Big Shot, but it was a tight fit.

Step 2. Paint with gold metallic paint. Because my chipboard is bare, it took two coats for good coverage. I used DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Splendid Gold. 

If you don’t have gold metallic paint, you could try, ink, mist, yellow paint or other colorant.

Step 3. Cover with a clear crackle medium dropping clear mini marbles or microbeads into the wet crackle. I used Ranger Crackle Accents and Beadies Mini Marbles. Allow to air dry.

Ranger Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint should work as well. If you don’t have either, you could also use Glossy Accents or other clear medium. Although a clear medium won't have the crackles, it will adhere the microbeads for the sparking effect. The result would look much like the first photo below.

Wet Crackle with Mini Marbles:

When Dry:

Step 4. To create the rays I penciled in lines of different lengths extending from the sun with a ruler. I used my Tim Holtz Design Ruler and piercing tool to create holes every 1/8 inch. I erased the lines, then hand stitched with yellow embroidery thread, randomly adding yellow seed beads as I stitched. Depending on the beads, you may need a beading needle. Fortunately mine had large enough holes that a "sharps" needle worked fine. 

If you don't have a ruler with piercing holes, you could simply pierce the holes down the lines, not worrying if the spacing is exactly even. 

"Movin' On"
ScrapThat! Main Kit

See how easy this charming sun is to create? I hope you have been inspired to give it a try. Please stop by and leave a link for your project if you do. I'd love to see your sunny project. 

Thanks for stopping by, I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. Thank you so much for sharing how you did that awesome sun.

  2. soooo much detail on the sun!!! that is gorgeous!!! LOVE how it stands out!!

  3. Thanks for the tutorial! The sun on your layout was one of my favorites!

  4. Fantastic tutorial Tracey!! I really want to try to emboss chipboard. I will experiment. Thanks for the tip!!!

  5. I think this is fabulous!! I love it. You made it sound so easy and simple! Thank you!

  6. Came straight from sb.com to see this. Even more amazing when seen in detail. Nearly lost me with 'sewing' lol but sure I could do or adapt. Love that I have bigshot & swirl embossing folder already (only just been using as couldn't afford folders/dies till recently. Only have 4 but it's a start?). Great tutorial. Thank you! Caroline :)

  7. Another amazing tutorial Tracey...thanks for sharing...love the idea, looks great and love your layout.Enjoy your week. x

  8. That sun is simply stunning!! Thank you so much for the tutorial!! It looks amazing!! Have a great evening :)

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  9. A great tutorial Tracey. Thank you so much for sharing with us. God Bless. ox Marg

  10. Thanks for sharing your tutorial, Tracy! Your sun is amazing!

  11. I love this! Your instructions are so clear!

  12. Wonderful tutorial, I almost forgot that we can do a lot with chipboard, thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Wonderful tutorial, I almost forgot that we can do a lot with chipboard, thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Oh my! Love the fun whimsical scene you've created! I love how you created the fabulous sun....amazing textures Tracey!

  15. Fabulous! Looks amazing & it's not that difficult - I think I've even got some chippy that would work for this. LOVE it, Tracey:):):)

  16. Your have done an AMAZING job with that SUN.... Such a FAN TAB U LAS Layout!!!

  17. The details on your sun is amazing! thanks for sharing how beautiful it looks close up!!

  18. Thank you for showing us how to make your sun! Lovely! :)

  19. I saw this on Scrapbook.com and fell in love with it. Love the mini marbles, Tracey.

  20. Tracey thanks for sharing that awesome tutorial :)

  21. Absolutely amazing Tracey! I completely LOVE this!!


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