First of all, here's the card I made with a snippet of my woodgrain background. Entering into the Snippets Playground! :)
Such a wonderful technique, especially if you are wanting to make masculine or rustic cards.
I made a woodgrain background, cut out the section that I liked best, and then distressed the edges using a tool from Making Memories. I knotted two strands of twine and wrapped them around the bottom. I found a heated copper leaf sprig in my stash and simply glued down a couple of the leaves, leaving the rest loose so it created some dimension. Also did that with my distress background, adhering the middle back only to my front. This leaves the sides loose creating dimension without using pop dots. A simple stamped sentiment finishes the card. :)
Here's a pic of my background from yesterday (yes, we each made LOTS). :) The only one I didn't include was my first attempt at alcohol inks on yuppo paper. I added WAY too much ink and it turned out to be a dark mess. Hopefully I'll do better next time. :)
Just a few tips of things we learned yesterday.
We tried all different kinds of inks with the embossing folder stamping technique, and they all worked, but the brushos were by far the best results (see the two brick and two woodgrain designs in the front row.
And instead of inking and spritzing the inside of the embossing folder and then turning it over to "stamp" onto our papers, we found it worked better if we inked and spritzed the inside of the embossing folder and then placed the card stock on top and pressed down. It seemed to transfer more of the design and ink that way. Always good to try it both ways, though, and see which works best for you.
There are more things we tried yesterday, but I will talk about them once I post the finished cards.
Stamps: Bitty Birthday (SU!)
Paper: White (Neenah)
Ink: Distress Inks: Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge, Weathered Wood, Vintage Photo, Tea Stain (Tim Holtz); Soft Suede (SU!)
Accessories & Tools: Scor-pal, twine, copper metal sheet .005 thickness (K&S Precision Metals), butane torch, Little Leaves die (Sizzix)
Snippets Playground Week 213