Thursday, June 04, 2009

Faux Woodgrain

This was one of the techniques we did during my May technique classes. It's called Faux Woodgrain. It's been around for a while, but has seen a resurgence of late!
I've seen this done a few different ways, but this is how I do it:
1. Swipe a piece of More Mustard cardstock with a More Mustard inkpad, using your stamp pad direct to paper. Repeat with Creamy Caramel, then Close to Cocoa, and then Chocolate Chip (if desired)
2. (optional) Use a ruler and Chocolate Chip marker to draw lines for floorboards and nail-holes. Make sure to stagger your joins!
3. Now swipe with Whisper White Craft ink, and set aside to dry.
4. A final swipe of More Mustard just to finish off.
You can also do this technique using sponges instead of inkpads direct to paper, but I prefer the inkpads. It's really such a quick, but effective background technique. Perfect for masculine cards.
I used 'Thoughts and Prayers' for the rest of my card, and I think it's all pretty self-explanatory (lots of sponging!). The finishing touch is the brass Build-a-Brad. I love these things! It's so much fun to make your own brad that co-ordinates perfectly with your project.

Materials (all Stampin' Up!)
stamps: Thoughts and Prayers
ink: More Mustard, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
card: More Mustard, Really Rust, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
other: Brass Build-a-Brad, Large Oval Punch, Designer Label Punch, Curly Label punch, Eyelet border punch, Chocolate Chip Wide Grosgrain ribbon, Chocolate Chip marker, Really Rust marker, Close to Cocoa marker, sponge daubers


  1. This is so beautiful Marelle.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous Marelle!!

    Jane Logan

  3. Hi Marelle, if you are swiping the cardstock directly with the inkpad, does the colour transfer at all on to the next inkpad? In particular the white? I'm assuming the layers are dried in between? It looks very effective!

  4. I love your card Marelle,
    Itsd one of those techniques on my to do list. thanks for sharing

  5. was just getting out my stuff to follow this technique when I could find no More Mustard cardstock, what surprises me more than not having any is that it means I must have used it!! no idea what on - was thinking what a great way to use up my more mustard cardstock - I must like it more than I think I do! shall have to get some now!

  6. What a great technique!

  7. You've made a beautiful card with this technique Marelle.
    I love the idea of your monthly challenges - I made a simple card and a stepped-up card just this week to show at my workshop, so I will try to post them soon and link them here. Your idea's are fabulous - TFS.

  8. Hi Marelle,
    thanks for sharing the technique, I got a card at Conference and really wanted to know how it was done. Great card as usual. Cheers Cheryl



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