…how to add a faux wood finish to your cards or scrapbook pages?
It’s pretty easy to do. You will need a Vanilla and Close to Cocoa Craft Pad, and a piece of More Mustard card stock . You want to make sure the craft pads are juicy and not dry.
Drag your Vanilla ink pad on the piece of More Mustard card stock so it leaves streaks, next drag the Close to Cocoa Pad, the same way and in the same direction. (it is important to do the Close to Cocoa pad second, if you do it first then your Vanilla pad will be a mess with Close to Cocoa ink in it – ya think I am talking from experience eh?). You will see the More Mustard card stock showing through in areas in between the Vanilla and Close to Cocoa streaks. Let it dry. You can be working on the rest of your card while it dries.
Now cut your More Mustard paper into strips about 3/4″ wide, you want the grain to be going length ways, just like a wood floor.
Glue the strips to a piece of card stock, it does not matter what color because you won’t see it anyway, it is just the base for your strips.
Tip: When you are gluing your strips down, don’t be skimpy on the adhesive, you want those strips to stay put. Make sure to alternate them so there are seams in different places, and so that you have different pieces next to others. For example put a piece that has a darker streak next to a lighter streak, it will look more natural, and emphasize the seams.
Then you want to trim your card stock with all the strips glued on it, to the size you need for the card, this is why gluing the strips really well is important otherwise you will have little pieces of faux wood all over your table once you start to cut the card stock.
I used a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker and added some nail holes. If you did this as a scrapbook page and used larger strips you could actually use brads for the nail holes, but for a card the marker works best.
Stamp and color your image that you want on the card. Here I used the stamp set “For Father”, I love it! It goes perfect with the faux wood because of the wooden tool box in the set.
I also used a piece of left over “wood”, and made a plank to put the greeting on the card. I just cut the edges with scissors to make it look jagged, I glued it to a piece of Basic Black card stock to emphasize the slices on the end, and glue dotted it to the front of the image.
I think it turned out pretty good. I wonder if Uncle Sam will like it if I include it with my tax return extension….ha! Only kidding!
Try it in different colors. It can be a lot of fun!
Thanks for stopping in! Holler if you have any questions.
Tracy Altemose says
I can't wait to show Steve this technique. He will be so Impressed!!! As we all are!!
I am in total AWE! How do you come up with these ideas (eh)
That is very cool – I have not seen it done like that before!!
This is awesome! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to try this.
Di- This card is so awesome!!! Your creativity amazes me!
The stamp set has been on the wish list but I think it is about to be on my next order!
Linked to you thanks to a card in the SCS gallery. Oh my gosh, not only are you talented but you are FUN! I will introduce myself in Bermuda if I see you. You rock!