Saturday, March 10, 2012

Faux Weathered Cedar and Wood Techniques

Ready to get a little bit of ink on your fingers?  Inky fingers… it’s like a stamp artists’ badge of valor, right?  Today I’m sharing a faux weathered cedar technique, and faux mahogany wood technique too.  Then I’ll change it up a bit so you will have 4 different faux wood techniques for your cards, paper projects and scrapbook pages as well!

Today’s faux weathered cedar technique was inspired by cedar shingles on coastal homes along the eastern seaboard!  LOL, and the weathered cedar inspired the faux mahogany technique… or was it the other way around?

Later today I’ll have an extra little Easter Treat Tutorial too

Supplies you’ll need for today’s…

THREE faux wood techniques tutorial:

Card Stock:  Early Espresso, Real Red

Ink:  Very Vanilla Craft Ink (or spot), Versamark Ink, Classic Ink Refills:  More Mustard, Pacific Point, Poppy Parade

Tools:  Heat Tool, 1” Foam Brush

Accessories:  Recycled Plastic Lid, Paper Towel, Clear Embossing Powder

Step by Step Faux Wood Techniques Tutorial:

  1. Begin by covering Early Espresso Card Stock DTP (direct to paper) with the Very Vanilla Craft Ink Pad (or spot).  Drag the pad across the card stock, altering the direction, until the card stock has been covered with ink.  It’s ok if you see drag marks and card stock peeking through.dtp vv ink to early espresso card stock.
  2.   Add a  couple drops of More Mustard Classic Ink Refill to the plastic lid.Recycled_plastic_lid_and_Reinker
  3. Dip the tip of the foam brush into the ink, and drag through the still wet vanilla painted card stock… work fast and in broad strokes to create the semblance of grain lines.3.More_mustard_reinker
  4. Clean out the plastic lid with paper towel, add pacific point classic re-inker to the lid.  Clean the foam brush, and dry with paper towel then dip into the new ink color and brush across the card stock in the same manner as in step 3.  You will find your sample looks very much like faux weathered cedar!4.pacific_point_ink
  5. On a new piece of Early Espresso card stock, repeat steps 1  through 3.  Clean lid and brush then add poppy parade brush strokes to the newly inked card stock.5._Repeat_1-3_with_new_card_Stock
  6. Here are the two card stock samples side by side.6.side_by_Side_two+faux_samples
  7. I thought the one on the left looked more like walnut, so I thought I’d change it up a bit…. Starting this time with Real Red card stock which I covered with vanilla craft ink.7._Start_With_Red_Card_Stock
  8. Then adding brush strokes of more mustard and poppy parade re-inkers, turning the brush to stroke with the edge vs. the full head… and sometimes with the full head of the brush as well.8a.vary_brush-strokes8b._full_brush_head
  9. The end result was a rich, dark mahogany color.9.faux_mahogany_sample
  10. To change it up a bit, and just for experimentation purposes, I decided to clear emboss half of each card stock sample as well.  I the photo above, the right side is embossed.  Below, the upper half has been embossed on the sample to the left, and the lower half on the sample to your right.10.side_by_Side_Embossed_sample_View

Today’s Tips for Paper Crafters and Faux Techniques:

  • Always wash and dry brush before adding a new color.
  • If card stock palette becomes too dry, add more craft ink sparingly!!  Too much ink and you’ll be starting the technique all over again!
  • Make sure the ink is completely dry before applying versamark ink or your pad will be ruined Winking smile  Use a heat tool to speed up the drying process and to set the clear embossing powder.

Now, I need to brush off The Open Sea Stamp Set and make a card… or maybe I’ll use Plant Hope.. or Lovely as a Tree… we’ll see.

Be sure to check back later this afternoon for a really fun CAS Easter candy treat tutorial!!  You won’t want to miss it!!

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Carolyn S said...

I love this technique! It is so masculine and will go so well with so many sets. Thanks so much for the tutorial, Sharon. Really cannot thank you enough for your time, your kindness and your inspiration.

Susan Carlson said...

Wow, I am impressed! Can't wait to see what you're going to create with these pieces of art.
carlson_susan at hotmail dot com

Victoria Stevens said...

OH, I can't wait !! What will you come up with? I love this site, you are so creative. Blessings to you for sharing so freely. Victoria @

Kath said...

Thanks for sharing your knowledge, I will be giving this a try after I buy a Very Vanilla pad.

Kelly Wentling said...

Hi Sharon! Oh, this is cool! I like that it's just a few steps to get this handsome outcome. My mind is thinking ahead to Father's day and what I could do with this! Wouldn't this look great as a birdhouse? I think so. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

Lisa808 said...

How neat! I'd like to try my wood grain EF on it after the ink dries. Thanks!

ellouise1969 said...

Ok...WOW WOWO WOW WOW WOOOOOOOOOOOW!!! This look amazing. So many fantastic looks. Hard to choose a fave...they all look so good. Brilliant tute and v v easy to follow. Thanks.

Sylvia said...

This looks like fun. I'm going to try it soon. Thanks!

Kathy Mc said...

Great technique, Sharon, and will have to try it. Perfect for those masculine cards that always take me out of my comfort zone. Will try it and then run through my Big Shot using my Woodgrain impression plate. Thanks for sharing all your tips and techniques!

Venicepat said...

These turn out beautifully and would work especially well for masculine cards. Thanks for the clear tutorial.

Matilde Hanna said...

Great technique - thanks Sharon.

D Sparks said...

These woodgrain techniques are simply wonderful. What a neat look.

Ohmyinkyfingers said...

Awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing! Your blog is an inspiration for me!