Basic Grey Undressed Chipboard

Reported by Julia Stainton

There is something about chipboard. What is it, I’m not quite sure. I’m addicted to it. The dimension, the extra texture, the feel of it, or perhaps even a combo of all three, chipboard always lures me in. I plead guilty to having boxes of it but I have to tell you, the chipboard I am most addicted to, comes from Basic Grey.

Basic Grey Undressed Chipboard is a fabulous chipboard product. Since I first came across Basic Grey chipboard about a year ago, I’ve been well-hooked on it. With each new release, it just keeps getting better and better. More selection, unique shapes, great details…I’m afraid that I just can’t resist! Basic Grey always has a wonderful array of chipboard shapes, alphabet styles, funky punctuation and hardware to choose from, all in a hip, up to the minute style.

Basic Grey chipboard is wonderful for quite a few reasons. There are a great variety of shapes, monograms, sizes, weights to suit every need. I love having that flexibility and quality to choose from when I am designing. If you need large monograms and a heavy chipboard, Basic Grey has it. If you need a slimmer chipboard and smaller letters for a title, Basic Grey has that available too. Just released a few weeks ago, Basic Grey also has a new line of small chipboard albums. I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. Actually, I just had to buy them all!

One of the things I like most about Basic Grey chipboard is that is all comes “undressed”. Nothing fancy on it, just the plain, bare, naked chipboard. I’ve purchased cool “dressed” chipboard in colors and patterns from other companies but I just keep coming back to the plain Basic Grey undressed variety. Why? It is SO flexible! I can stamp on it, ink it, embossed it, glitter it, cover it with patterned paper, leave it bare, paint it, bead it…whatever I wish.

For holidays, I just love the Basic Grey Undressed Holiday Chipboard package. The shapes are so fun but elegant and perfect for getting into the holiday spirit. With a combination of larger and smaller shapes, this product is perfect for scrapbooking your holiday memories, creating special Christmas card designs, and crafting holiday decorations for your home. My favorite quick glitzy look for this product is to cover it with white craft ink and then emboss with a sparkling clear glitter embossing powder.

Basic Grey has just released some great new chipboard shapes that are so unique and totally coordinate with their latest paper lines. I couldn’t wait to try them out but was wondering how difficult they would be to work with. I was so excited to discover that the chipboard shapes perfectly match up with the die cut sheets from their paper lines. For example… the Infuse die cut sheets of gorgeous flowers and branches is the perfect cut to adhere right on your chipboard. I tried it out to make sure that they really did line up well and was so pleased with how well they did and how easy it made it to get really great covered chipboard. No cutting or sanding needed it you decide to go this route. Just adhere together and attach to your design. This brings me to another exciting feature…the finer chipboard packages that come in four sheets such as these…they all come with adhesive on the back of the chipboard shapes and letters. Once again…so easy (and the best part, no mess) to simply remove the backing and adhere to your design project. For the design below, I also inked the edges of my die cut covered chipboard to highlight the dimension of the shapes.
The new chipboard albums that have just been released by Basic Grey are fabulous mini albums. If you need to create a small album as a gift or simply a smaller scrapbooking project, these are perfect for that task. The Basic Grey chipboard albums come in various cool die cut shapes…scallops, luggage tag, brackets, quarter pint and half pint options. Most of these are approximately a 6×6 inch album size. This small size makes them perfect for using a quarter sheet of 12×12 paper or if you want to use their 6×6 paper pads, this works perfectly. I love that the prints are scaled down perfectly. If you are new to scrapbooking or simply short on time, these mini albums are a great alternative. For card designers, the size is only a fraction larger than that of a card making it an easy altered project. A perfect way to get your feet wet so to speak!

Now if you are going to be using a lot of chipboard, Basic Grey has a fabulous Precision File Set that sells along side its chipboard. I would not be without one! I use it daily. For sanding and filing away any excess paper when covering your chipboard, this works perfectly. Those hard to get at spots…the kit comes with small various shaped files to fit every need. I also use my Precision File Set for distressing paper and altering projects other than chipboard as well. When you are adhering and sanding the thinner versions of the Basic Grey chipboard, make sure you take care not to bend it. The benefit to the thinner weight of chipboard is less bulky albums and designs but you do need to take care.

One thing I have yet to mention about Basic Grey Undressed Chipboard is the price. Really, it is unbeatable for the amount of product you are getting. Most of the chipboard packages are priced around $6.50 US for four sheets of adhesive backed chipboard die cut in a myriad of shapes. For the new mini albums, pricing runs are $5.50 US for the 6×6 size making Basic Grey chipboard extremely affordable.

If you haven’t already tried Basic Grey Undressed Chipboard, make sure you check it out. I know you’ll love it but please, make sure you leave some for me! There are a few of the new sets I haven’t managed to accumulate yet and I really think it is time to replenish my holiday stock.

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2 Responses to Basic Grey Undressed Chipboard

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    Bee October 21, 2007 at 10:16 am #

    Thanks for this review! 🙂
    I’m fairly new to scrapbooking and card making and haven’t gotten my hands yet on chipboard shapes. I was wondering how to cut the paper around the shape precisely but now that you mentioned the little files package I get it… ;
    You convinced me that it might be time for me to try it! 🙂

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    Regina Davis October 22, 2007 at 3:54 pm #

    Everything you say about BasicGrey’s chipboard is spot-on true! I, too, use it all the time and have never been disappointed.