Saturday, January 16, 2016

Karen's Woodgrain Background Technique


Hi everyone.  Many times I have mentioned my wonderfully talented friend, Karen (Snippets).  She is amazing.  She was the first person I saw doing the embossing folder stamping ... and the only person I've ever seen do random embossing folder stamping (more about that at a later time).  Karen has perfected a tried and true way to make the most beautiful woodgrain backgrounds.  She started doing them a while ago, and many of her followers (especially me!), nagged her to write a tutorial. Well, she shared her tutorial today on her blog ... click HERE to see it.  AWESOME!  I had to give it a try right away.

It was quick and easy to do.  I used some cheap glue that I bought at the $1 store ages ago, my scor-pal and some distress inks to create this fabulous background. Thank you so much Karen!! :)

I hope you'll check out her tutorial and give it a try for yourself.




Stamps:  Sweet Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Early Espresso (SU!)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge, Weathered Wood, Vintage Photo (Tim Holtz); Early Espresso (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  glue, scor-pal, Meadow Leaf die (Poppy Stamps), sponge


37 comments:

  1. Just saw this on FB, liked it, then zipped over to Karen's to read the instructions. Gosh, I am loving both of your cards, but I really like the starkness of the brown fronds against this wood grain. Amazing! TFS & also for the Snippets link. Hugs

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  2. wow, this is an amazing effect. Off to check out the tutorial! xx

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  3. Fantastic card Loll, TFS the tutorial link, Cathy x

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  4. OMG Loll, your faux woodgrain background is Fabulous! I love your CAS design showing off your new technique. I'm off to check out Karen's tutorial. TFS my friend. Hugs, Nancy

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  5. Wow! This makes a great masculine card, Loll! Thanks for the link.

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  6. Gorgeousness! This turned out just fabulous

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  7. Loll saw the tutorial, so have to try this. Your card looks fantastic and would be a perfect masculine card. Love the depth of colour you got.

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  8. Beautiful and thanks for the link to her tutorial! Yours turned out wonderful, Loll and love the dark die cut you used on this. I definitely will try it! It's the perfect masculine card!

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  9. Beautiful! I'm pretty sure you just perfected that technique in one try!!

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  10. Fabulous card Loll and a perfect masculine card such a great technique

    Anne

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  11. Hi Loll,

    Stunning card and what a fabulous technique Karen has used, so easy too! I shall definitely have to have a go at this lol!

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. and your wish is my command. To achieve woodgrain like that, of course. Pairing it with brown fronds was a fabulous idea.

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  13. This looks amazing....... love the wood grain effect. Thanks for sharing the tutorial too. xx

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  14. Very beautiful! I'll check the tutorial. Happy New Year 2016 Loll and greetings from Finland!

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  15. What a great look Loll! Just been over and signed up on Karen's site1 Thanks for the link. This would make a fantastic masculine card! Look after yourself and fight that virus! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

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  16. So realistic...Yep I will pop across and take a look at Karen's tutorial. Isn't so kind in this friendly blog world that crafters don't mind sharing? Gorgeous rich looking card today x

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  17. Thanks mf for you sweet, kind comments! I love, love how this turned out...gorgeous and clever to add the fronds. Love your work and smiling that you gave it a try.
    hugs,
    Karen

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  18. Wow Loll, what an amazing technique and fabulous card. I've just been over to Karen's blog to look at the tutorial and will have a play tomorrow. Thanks for giving us the heads up.

    Hugs.

    Karen xxx

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  19. This is a beautiful showcase of Karen's outstanding technique, Lolly! I am heading over to check it out! Thank you!! Hugs, Dolly

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  20. Fabulous texture and my fav thing about this is that you kept the dies the sameish colour, looks stunning x

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  21. Wow, I'm so impressed by this wood background Loll! It looks just like a real piece of wood on your card. Such a beautiful card and now I'm off to watch that video on how to do this wood. Hugs, Brenda

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  22. What a fabulous technique and you used it beautifully Loll!

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  23. You are a good student, Loll. Your woodgrain is fabulous.

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  24. Love your card Loll and your background looks amazing:) I hope the new year has started well for you and your family - hugs xx

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  25. Wow!! The background looks real! I checked out Karen's tutorial and will be giving it a try! Thanks for the info. Your cards are always wonderful!

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  26. Another beauty, Loll - What a great technique that Karen has created and your use of it is fabulous!

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  27. Wow, Loll, this is gorgeous! I'm of to check out that tutorial! You sure took good notes! Hugs!

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  28. The woodgrain effect is fabulous Loll and will go check out the video from Karen. I love the way you have kept the brown tones for the leaves and sentiment. x

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  29. Great male card, Loll! You've nailed Karen's technique!

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  30. Amazing ! Another great technique and the result is stunning, popped over to see the tutorial must give this a go.

    Marie

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  31. Wow, gorgeous!!! I love woodgrain textures, and this one is mighty awesome Loll. I love the tone on tone with the branch, such a unique and wonderful design! hugs :)

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  32. Oh wow... So effective. I LOVE it, Loll :)

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  33. Great job on Karen's technique, Loll! I love the variation in the shades of brown, and the realistic effect it has on your panel! Fabulous idea for a masculine card!

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  34. What a stunning background effect, Loll ... it's so realistic! Those dark leafy sprigs are gorgeous against it! Thanks for the link! Hugs, Anita :)

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  35. Hi Lol,
    beautiful wooden panel created! And thank you for sharing tutorial Karen. I have to try it sometime, but I'm afraid that my panel will never be as beautiful as yours. Great card, I think perfect for a man.
    hugs,
    BozenA

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  36. Hi Lol,
    beautiful wooden panel created! And thank you for sharing tutorial Karen. I have to try it sometime, but I'm afraid that my panel will never be as beautiful as yours. Great card, I think perfect for a man.
    hugs,
    BozenA

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  37. I love your card and Karen's technique for that wonderful woodgrain background.

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