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:

MaryH said...

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

Kylie said...

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

Cathy said...

Fantastic card Loll, TFS the tutorial link, Cathy x

nancy littrell said...

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

Bonnie said...

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

Vicki Dutcher said...

Gorgeousness! This turned out just fabulous

Aileen (mum) said...

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.

Nancy Stislow said...

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!

TK said...

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

Stamps and Paper said...

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

Anne

Jacquie Jacobs said...

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/

maria f. said...

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

Linda said...

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

Nonni said...

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

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

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

Mac Mable said...

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

Karen D. said...

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

Karen B said...

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

Darnell J Knauss said...

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

sandie said...

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

Brenda said...

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

Inkyfingers said...

What a fabulous technique and you used it beautifully Loll!

Bobby said...

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

Karen Mead said...

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

Janet L. said...

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!

Maura R said...

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

Sara Barker said...

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

Pat said...

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

shirley-bee said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Marie

Pamellia Johnson said...

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 :)

Donna said...

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

Barb Ghig said...

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!

Anita in France said...

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

Bożena Adamusińska said...

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

Bożena Adamusińska said...

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

Daria said...

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