I developed today’s project–a vintage-style decorative clipboard–for a special group of ladies who are part of an organization called Eyes Wide Open. It provides sanctuary, healing, and hope for victims of sex trafficking.
I cannot tell you what a true blessing it was to get together with them and spend a creative afternoon together. At the end of the post, I’ll share some of their beautiful creations.
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Materials for Vintage-Style Decorative Clipboard
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- Vintage paper, e.g., music or dictionary
- Aging spray (coffee, see directions below)
- Mod Podge
- Tacky glue
- Foam makeup sponge
- Sizzix machine w/floral die cuts [OR Flower paper punch]
- Scrapbook paper
- Small circle paper punch
- 1/4″ Hole punch
- Craft paint
- Decorative stencils, e.g., small dots or squares, postal cancellation
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink
- 5″ x 7″ quote (I have a number of FREE printables in my Member Library. You gain access when you SUBSCRIBE HERE.)
Cover the Clipboard with Vintage Paper
Step 1. Generally, you’re going to be tearing up vintage paper and Mod Podging it onto your clipboard randomly. However, to get started, you want to focus on covering the area around the clip at the top.
To do this, I cut a straight edge on a piece of music paper (a couple of inches wide by several inches long) and glued it under the clip, immediately next to the back part of the clip (photo #3).
Then I worked on covering the rest of the area around the clip (photo #4). Finally, I went to town covering the rest of the board. Be sure to cover the edges and glue any excess onto the back.
This is what the clipboard looks like after it’s completely covered.
Aging the Papered Clipboard
Step 2. Age your clipboard by spraying it with a commercial aging product (available in craft stores) or use my “secret aging potion.”
Secret Aging Potion: Place about a teaspoon of instant coffee in a small spray bottle and add a couple of tablespoons of water. Done. Experiment until you get the color you want. (Add a pinch of alum to ensure freshness if you like.)
Spritz the coffee onto you clipboard until it achieves the desired affect.
Here’s a video showing how to age your project:
Add Color & Texture to Your Vintage-Style Decorative Clipboard
Step 4. Next it’s time to add some color and a bit of texture to your project by stenciling on some small, repeating patterns.
I used the dots you see on the left (above) and a postal cancellation stencil (on the right). Not shown is a stencil with repeating tiny squares that I also used.
I like to use a makeup sponge when applying paint to small stencils. Use the larger flat end to paint with (see photo above).
Above you can see I’ve stenciled on some pink dots and a couple of burnt umber postage cancellation marks. I also randomly stenciled some tiny squares, sometimes right on top of the pink circles (not shown).
Step 5: Give your clip board a coat of Mod Podge to protect it and give it a finished look. If you prefer a less glossy appearance, use matte Mod Podge instead.
Make Some 3-D Scrapbook Paper Flowers
Step 6. Make some three dimensional flower accents. I made my flowers using a Sizzix die cut machine and a Tim Holtz Alterations “Tattered Flowers” die. But similar 3-D flowers can easily be made with simple paper punch flower shapes.
Here you can see the materials needed to create the flowers.
Here’s a video showing how to make the flowers:
The basic steps for making 3-D flowers:
- Cut out flower shapes,
- Curl petals forward using scissors,
- Glue shapes together with tacky glue, starting with largest shape and ending with smallest,
- Add a floral center using the 3/4″ circle punch or a 1/4″ paper punch,
- Age the flowers with coffee spray, as you did the clipboard, and
- Repeat, until you have as many flowers as you want. Make them in various sizes to create interest and balance.
Compile Your Project
Step 7. Experiment with placing your flowers in various locations. Glue them in place. Clip your 5″ x 7″ quote or scripture in place (age its edges with the Distress Ink if you like).
And the project is complete!
Here are some of the Eyes Wide Open ladies’ works in progress. I loved watching their creativity flow and the pleasure they derived from their completed projects.
What a tremendous blessing and privilege it was for me to share this mixed media project with them. I’m SO looking forward to being with them again next month.
Their courage and determination in the face of many obstacles already inspires me and I’ve only just met them!
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