Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Giving Thanks Blog Hop + A Woodgrain Tutorial

We at STAMPlorations are having a very special blog hop in honor of Thanksgiving! 




I've got SO much to be thankful for this year. 2015 has been such a monumental one but here are some things I'm EXTRA thankful for:

>I just found out I'm going to be a new auntie again!
>I have amazing, supportive family
>My boyfriend is pretty much the better than Nutella. Yep. 
He's that awesome.
>I reached over 200 blog followers in my first year of blogging!! And you all constantly make my day!!

This week, I particularly felt like getting messy in the craft room. I've been doing a lot of clean-looking cards lately and all of my bits, bobs, and texture-making things have been glaring at me. 

I decided to try out one of those glarers - my NBUS Weathered Wood STAMPlorations stencil

But how to go about creating a realistic looking wood grain? I didn't know, so I just started trying things and found a really, really perfect combo! Which, of course, I'm gonna share with you!


http://damselofdistressedcards.blogspot.com



Step One




Swipe Vintage Photo Distress Paint downwards, letting the dabber create variegated streaks. Then Spray with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain, filling in any white spaces. Dry completely. 

Step 2


Position your stencil and tape down. Use an embossing pad to dab embossing ink through the stencil. Do not rub in circles as this will ruin the print AND your inkpad. 

Step 3


Add a dark brown embossing powder. I love this one, which is sooooo old and an inheritance from my grandma. It's actually called rust and dries to a wicked cool texture. 

Heat it all up and voila! Pretty easy, realistic looking woodgrain!

And here's what I did with it!


Lotsa layers! I added some aged pattern paper, as well as some roses from the Blossom Overture stamp set and also put together a sentiment from the same set. I backed the focal panel with some gauze to soften up the overall design. 

I took my layout from the current Retro Sketches challenge:  


I'm also linking this up to Mixed Media World - Anything Goes. I'm also sending it over to Simon Says Monday - Thank You Challenge.

Woot! I'm amazingly happy that I got some mixed media goodness going on again. And I'm so pleased to have been part of such an awesome hop that celebrates the things we all have to be thankful for. 

Please hop along with us! AND you could win a prize! There are some awesome Thank You cards to view!

60 comments:

  1. Really amazing design here Becca!! Love the texture you've achieved with the woodgrain!!

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  2. Wow!! Your woodgrain background looks really WONDERFUL!!! Thanks so much for the tutorial!!
    And you have made an amazing card with it, great work, so warm and vibrant!

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  3. Becca, this paper is gorgeous! does the ebossing powder have sparkles in it? I love the rustic feel of the whole card

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  4. Becca, I utterly ADORE this card and all its beautiful distressing! The stenciling looks amazing! Great flower to pair with these colors and awesome use of the sketch! Thanksgiving hugs, Autumn

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  5. A wonderful creation Becca, it looks like you had a lovely inky playtime creating this one and the finish of the stenciling looks great.

    B x

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  6. So awesome, Becca! Love the woodgrain technique and the amazing texture on this beauty!

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  7. As yummy as a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. Your BG with the stain is perfect for wood grain. I love the coloring on your roses too. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  8. Oops...forgot to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving :)

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  9. Ooooh, textures abound. I've got to try this technique...it's awesome. All the layers and bits and bobs on your card make one gorgeous creation. Hope your Thanksgiving is everything you could hope for.

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  10. Thank you for the tutorial on how to make faux wood grain! Nice job on your card! The roses are a nice touch, love it! Thank you for sharing!

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  11. Happy Thanksgiving Becca, wow your layers are gorgeous. It is so cohesive. Thanks too for the tutorial, great idea with the embossing.

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  12. Wonderful woodgrain effect, Becca!

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  13. Love the woodgrain! It is amazing how you did it by spraying the DI and getting the two tones!

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  14. Very awesome use of that stencil with texture added. Turned out amazing

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  15. What a gorgeous mixed media card design Becca! love all the layers and that wonderful woodgrain under it all! Happy Thanksgiving! Julia xx

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  16. Love what you've done here Becca, the woodgrain looks fabulous...love that stencil! Thanks for your lovely comment too...I'm so glad our creative paths crossed, you've brightened up the last twelve months in blogland. Carol x
    PS your pies look fabulous...have a happy thanksgiving!

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  17. Great technique. Must try. Happy Thanksgiving. Hugz

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  18. Very lovely creation, Becca. Love all the layers. Great job on the woodgrain (even if you did cover most of it up!). Love the guaze ... did you stain your own? Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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  19. What a fab creation, especially your embossed wood background.
    Thanks for your lovely comments you are awesome too. Happy Thanksgiving. :)

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  20. This is absolutely gorgeous, Becca!! I love the layers!! The woodgrain looks amazing!! Thank you for sharing your technique!! What a beautiful card!! I hope you and your family have a safe and happy Thanksgiving my friend!! I'm so thankful for your friendship!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  21. You are such an amazing talent, Becca - fantastic card!! A boyfriend better than Nutella? Must be some guy!!!

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  22. Incredible texture Becca and those roses are so pretty!! Have a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING sweet friend!!

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  23. Great tutorial, Becca! And such a gorgeous card.

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  24. Congrats on the 200 followers! How sweet that you will be an Auntie again and that nutella is at the #2 spot. Love this card and the wood grain effect. The brown embossing powder does look cool. It must have made you feel so happy and close to your grandmom

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  25. Fabulous card Becca. Loved the wood grain background and the layout as well.

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  26. Happy Thanks giving Becca...Hope you have such many more years of success and happiness! ABout the card -> STUNNING background! I loved the woodgrain stenciling...It looks pretty with the red roses! :)
    Suchi xx

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  27. a great tutorial Becca. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Fabulous card Becca...love the textures and the layers on this card...
    I had been waiting for this tutorial after I saw the sneak-peek...the woodgrain looks awesome...Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  29. Thank you for sharing this technique , looks fabulous and your card is really gorgeous, I love the rich colours, texture and layers. We don't have Thanksgiving in Australia, but wishing you a happy one and another wonderful year to be thankful for
    Mary

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  30. Oh Becca this is stunning - love the colours you have used, and that technique rocks!!!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  31. SO Many things to love on this crd..starting form the Fabulous woodgrain bg right to the layering and vintage feel ! Awesome card !

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  32. Congratulations on your 200 followers and Wish you many more, you are so popular! Love this woodgrain technique, great rustic feeling in this stunning creation with red roses, love all the textures and elements!

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  33. Striking and gorgeous creation, lovely colours too.xx
     { aNNie}

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  34. Stunning card, Becca! Not surprised you've gained so many followers in such a short space of time as you make great cards and are such a sweetheart! Jo x

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  35. beautifully done...great look- nice vintage feel.

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  36. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Just fabulous woodgrain textures...So vintagey on earth tones!

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  37. Gorgeous Thanksgiving card, love the wood grain and the texture.

    Happy Thanksgiving my lovely xx

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  38. What a gorgeous background!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  39. Girl, that is so awesome! That vintage photo dabber looks like something I need. Oh, and I spy a spool of my absolute favorite burlap string from May Arts Ribbon! Haha. You've truly had a wonderful year and wishing you a fabulous 2016!

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  40. Love your beautiful little roses and all the yummy layering, Becca!!!! Such a lovely card!!!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!!!

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  41. The embossed wood grain background is spectacular...so neat. Love it. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving♥

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  42. The embossed wood grain background is spectacular...so neat. Love it. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving♥

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  43. Becca, your wood grain background is super cool!!! Thanks for the tutorial and tips :)
    And your card is gorgeous! Love the layering :)

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  44. What an awesome card and wood grain background and tutorial. I am thankful I got to know you this past year and all I have learned from you. Thanks!

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  45. That is gorgeous Becca! Love the texture, everything about it is just yummy. I know peeps think I'm weird when I say that about card and paper but to me it's the best compliment because when it's yummy to me I want to do the same. Thanks for sharing how you created this beauty with us. I have a purple woodgrain piece waiting to be used in my folder - I just had to go purple for some reason when I created it Karen x

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    1. Forgot to say have an awesome Thanksgiving huni xx

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  46. Your woodgrain looks awesome and is perfect for the card you created with it.

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  47. Fabulos card! Thanks for the tutorial using the wood stencil!

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  48. This is simply stunning :) love how you did the wood grain texture !

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  49. Awesome. Love the colors and layers and texture. Beautiful

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  50. Wow! This is the epitome of layering awesomeness! Love all of the gorgeous dimension you added from the woodgrain background and everything on top of it. The color palette is striking and inviting and I adore the rustic look it has. It's like rustic with a kick and I love the elegance, too! Great job on this and I'm so glad you shared your talents and this wonderful technique with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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  51. Brilliant tutorial and your card is beautiful Becca!
    Thank You so much ;)

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  52. gotta add my thanks for the tut and wow, cool! to the pile here, Becca. I have this stencil and haven't used it yet either...now I have to!

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  53. Wow! This is gorgeous..love the fab tutorial too!

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  54. Another beautiful card...love the vintage feel, the earthy colours and then the beautiful roses! Stunning! ;-)

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  55. This is a beautiful card. Thank you for sharing the technique

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  56. Love the woodgrain! Thanks for sharing the how-to! Your card is gorgeous!

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