Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Wood Grain Wonderfulness!

I'm a big fan of wood grain and I've loved using the technique in this tutorial from Kim Teasdale in the past so when I saw our Round 2 challenge for the CAS Summer Design Team Search was to create a woodgrain on our card, I knew I wanted to use it.  I added some paint with paint daubers at the end as I wanted my wood to have that bleached out driftwood feel to it.
Here's the final card with the torn wood grain piece, stamped and sponged sand dollar, burlap, and torn and sponged bg.
Stamps: Nature's Wonders, Our Daily Bread Scripture Collection 1
Paper: Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Ink: Sahara Sand, Going Grey, Basic Grey, Close to Cocoa, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Paint Daubers: Adirondak SnowCap and Espresso Ranger Weather Vane, Sponge, Markers: Basic Grey and Early Espresso, Burlap
Techniques: Faux Wood Grain, Sponging

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First layer of ink applied to the Sahara Sand piece was Sahara Sand smeared using the direct to paper technique.

Going Grey for the 2nd layer of ink.
Basic Grey was next.
Close to Cocoa was the last ink layer.
Ranger Weather Vane paint going on.
After the Weather Vane has been applied.
Adirondak Espresso was next. You can see where I've made some circular areas over some areas that were splotchy after the ink....these will be areas for swirls or knot holes to add to the wood grain.
I went back over the circular areas and added more softness with Adirondak Sno Cap.
Last step was to go back with a marker to add more distinct lines and whirls. If it gets too distinct for your taste, take a wet brush to soften it or just daub or smear ink right over it. The best part of making faux wood grain is how forgiving it is!

Here's another I made with the leftover piece!
Stamps: Music Notes Wheel, Stampabilities-Feel Better Soon
Paper: Kraft, Dictionary Page, Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze, Real Red
Ink: Soft Suede, Versamark, Sahara Sand, Going Grey,Basic Grey, Close To Cocoa
Accessories: Paint Daubers: Adirondak SnowCap and Espresso, Sponge, Markers: Basic Grey and Early Espresso, Tim Holtz Bricked ef, Square Lattice ef, 2 1/2" circle punch, corner rounder punch, Gingham ribbon, rhinestone brad, sponge, Early Espresso Embossing powde
Techniques: Dry Embossing, Embossing, Faux Wood Grain, Sponging, Brad Bow

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