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!
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.
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.
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!