I prefer to prime chipboard with a light coat of Gesso. I apply it with my finger for a couple of reasons - I hate to clean Gesso from my brushes, and I can control it better with my finger and avoid applying too much. When I am applying Gesso to chipboard, I typically prime several pieces at one time. I then applied some Tim Holtz Tarnished Brass Distress Stain. It was a little heavy, so I used a baby wipe to remove some of it while it was still wet. Lastly, using my finger, I randomly applied some Stampin' Up All Purpose Ink in Frost White. It was just the color I wanted. I used a Viva Pearl Pen to add the pearls.
The background of this layout is the beautiful packaging from the Blue Fern Frame. The packaging for this frame is a full 12x12 sheet with a lovely blue design. Don't ever throw away your packaging because you will want to use it on a future project. The paper is from the new Kaiser Craft line, Marigold.
This is the beautiful piece of chipboard that I used on this layout, the Floral Clock.
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