Project Zakka: DIY Paint Chip Cards

Taking a break from photo Zakka this week, I decided to create some basic paint chip call cards for my blog.

The idea stemmed from the past weekend whilst on shoot for the food competition I’d won – I was asked by the photographer what did I do. It wasn’t until that moment that I realised I had no further information to provide so I thought this week, I would create some basic call cards to avoid that type of awkward situation again!

As with all my Zakka, I wanted to create something that was simple, easy to make but still be presentable and practical. I’ve always wanted use paint chips in my crafting – they have a great texture and best yet, are free from your local hardware store!

Though I won’t be giving out my little cards all the time, knowing that I’ve created something colourful, fun and true to who I am is always exciting – at least now I’ll be prepared for anything!

What you need:

  • 20 x paint chip cards from your local hardware store – Tip: Solid colour chips will give you more space to work with
  • A4 sheet of paper, printed with your details and information – I used a gold flaked washi paper for some texture and sparkle then just printed my details using a basic Word document!
  • General craft tools – ruler, glue, scissors/knife, cutting mat, pencils, staples

Instructions:

  1. Measure your paint chips to the size that you desire for your card – I’ve used a more Japanese size of 8cm x 4.75cm (3 ¼” x 2 ¾”) for a cuter touch!
  2. Cut out your paint chips and glue two chips together back to back – this will give the cards a denser, quality feel. Tip: Use a corner cutter to create a curved corner for a more interesting card shape.
  3. Trim your details to desired size and glue to your card. Because the card will buckle under the glue, make sure you rest your cards under a heavy weight for at least an hour and leave to dry. Once dry, your cards will be ready to hand out!

4 thoughts on “Project Zakka: DIY Paint Chip Cards

    • Thanks – they were super easy to make and I really liked the option of choosing from all different colours and finishes at the hardware store; glad I could help you out!

    • @sundaemoon – thanks for the comment. Check out your local japanese $2 store (if you have one nearby!) but otherwise, scrapbooking paper will be fine. I only used washi because I like the texture but you can use anything that you like – hope my tutorial helps!

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