I love using chipboard because there are so many ways you can decorate it for your projects. I was trying to achieve a shabby chic look for some chipboard album pieces by Maya Road and I came up with this method.
For the supplies you'll need: chipboard pieces (the thicker the better - I used a Maya Road album); gesso; Tim Holtz clear rock candy crackle paint; mist (I used Maya mist in turquoise); paintbrush.
Paint all the pieces with a light coat of gesso and let it dry - this doesn't take long at all - maybe five minutes. It doesn't have to be covered perfectly - just try to get it even.
Next apply the clear crackle paint thickly all over the pieces and let dry completely. This will take a while - maybe 30 minutes - or you can use your heat gun to speed things up.
This is what it should look like after it's dry.
Next spray lightly with your mist.
This is how mine turned out...
And this is what it looks like after I decorated it.
You can find Maya mists in the yourscrapbookstash.com store in many different colors, so go have fun getting shabby!