Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Woodsy Christmas


Step away from the snowflake!! LOL  I told myself that today when I came up with this card playing along with the CAS Challenge at Splitcoast.  

I made the woodgrain paper....seriously it couldn't be EASIER!!  You need to try it!
Here is what I did.
First, I applied lines of Elmer's School Glue to my cardstock.  Then, when it was dry, I rubbed Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs and Vintage Photo Distress, Black Soot ink pads directly over the glue lines and sprayed with water to blend the colours.  You will need to give that a few minutes to dry as well.
I then scored the lines and stamped the trees with Stazon ink.
HINT:  when stamping over a painted or distressed surface, use Stazon ink for a better impression
I love the look of the woodgrain.  Keeping the natural feel of it all, a twine bow was the finishing touch and the sentiment from Hero Arts.


I am adding my card to these challenges:

Virginia's View- DISTRESSING

Simon Says- ANYTHING GOES

The Mixed Media Challenge- HOME (I live beside a Conservation Area)

Time Out- EMBOSSING

Crafty Cardmakers- DISTRESSING



Hope you Christmas preparations are going well.  I so appreciate you taking the time to come and take a look today.

Supplies:  stamps- Northwoods, Mark's Finest, Hero Arts/ Distress and Memento Ink/ Scoring Tool/ twine/ Elmer School Glue

36 comments:

Marie-Louise said...

This is gorgeous Karen and with a different sentiment would make a great male card.

Shery said...

This is gorgeous, Karen! Love the faux woodgrain technique you shared -- thanks for that! Happy to see your card in The Mixed Media Card Challenge gallery!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Great technique and very different card . . . you are right, it does make a nice change from snowflakes! Love the whole design! Hazel x

Creahannie said...

Beautyful!!!!! card.

Gr Hannie

OH Babs said...

Gorgeous and so unique.

sandie said...

I loved the woodgrain on your card the other day and still amazing, good tip on what ink to use and we are so pleased to see you again at TIME OUT

Cheryl First said...

Wow, this ROCKS!

Angie said...

Karen, this is stunning!!! I am in awe that with all the texture your stamped trees came out so well! Looks like I need to acquire Black Soot and Gathered Twigs! :)

Kushner Elizabeta said...

Love it! Great work! Thank you for joining us at TO Challenge.

Julia Aston said...

What a great background you created for this lovely card Karen! The black trees look wonderful against the browns - what a great technique! Thanks for joining us in the Mixed Media Card Challenge!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

The wood grain is so awesome! I'm impressed that you made it. Great work. LOVE this card.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Karen, this is gorgeous! I love the woodgrain and the effect you've achieved! Amazing! Got a real chuckle out of your comment, "step away from the snowflake!" Hehe!! Totally love the layout and wonderful sentiment! Another beauty, sweet friend! Warm hugs your way!

Ina said...

Omg what a stunning background for this fabulous card. Thanks for the great idea.

Loll Thompson said...

Your woodgrain background is amazing ... so cool!! Love the silhouette stamped row of trees ... and your twine is the perfect accent. Loll xx

Loll Thompson said...

Oops ... thanks for playing along with us at Mixed Media Card Challenge! xx

My Paper Epiphany said...

Amazing effect! I will have to try this technique!! Thanks for sharing at the MMCC.

Far North said...

Wonderful card! Love the woodgrain technique you used. Thanks for sharing at MMCC!

Virginia Lu said...

This is so sophisticated and beautiful, Karen! Love the use of wood-grain paper, Distress Inks and glue! Wow! Thanks so much for playing Virginia’s View “All Things Distressed” Challenge!

Toni said...

Cool!

Davi said...

I love this beauty Karen !! Thanks for the hints on making the awesome woodgrain, so perfect with the trees :)

Beverley said...

Wonderfully festive :) Thank you for taking the TIME OUT and joining in on the challenge. Hugs Bev x

Jingle said...

WOW! Karen, this is amazing! Gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

nancy littrell said...

Absolutely Stunning distressed wood background for your woodsy images. Love how you angled your layer and pulled it all together with your twine. TFS my friend.

Renee said...

Wow, fabulous card - that's amazing how lifelike the "wood" appears!

Heather T said...

I like everything about this, Karen. The background is so textural and I want to try it, the layout is very cool (again, must try it), your row of trees is superb and the single bow of twine ties in perfectly.

Kylie said...

WOW! Another spectacular creation. I love how you created the background!! Thanks so much for playing along in my Christmas Card Challenge xx

Ruby said...

Stunning card.

Lin said...

I absolutely love this!

That quirky angle of the image, and the twine really goes so well with the background of the image.

An unusual and quite gorgeous Christmas card.

Thanks for sharing with us

Lin
Crafty Cardmakers and More

Sanna Lippert said...

cool background technique and effect!!! thanks for playing along with us again at MMCC!!

Neha said...

Smart technique & lovely background. Love the way you have tilted the panel. It gives instant lift to the card. I am glad i came across your blog.

Bobby said...

I don't know how I missed the original post but your card caught my attention over at Time Out, where you got an HM. I love the background and will definitely be trying it. I've used glue to distress furniture but never thought of it for cards.

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Congratulations! It's a great achievement receive an award in Time Out. Card is amazing. Both the image and the sentiment is so accurate that you can not add anything. Thank you for such a wonderful inspiration. Very well deserved award.
hugs,
Bozena

sandie said...

Congrats on getting honours at TIME OUT, we loved your card x

maria f. said...

Fabulous technique, Karen. Different from those I've seen in the past. And the trees are the perfect companion. Thanks for joining us at MMCC this month.

Viv said...

Wow yet another fabulous card again Karen ;) Viv xx

Kathy Krug said...

Love this technique. The glue adds a lot.