Sunday, March 15, 2009


Masculine cards can be a challenge. There just are a limited number of stamp sets and techniques that speak "man card!". On StampTV last week GinaK had a video tutorial on creating wood grain backgrounds. I can try and explain the process, but you probably would be much better served by heading over to StampTV and watching the two videos.

Just a quick rundown on the technique:
  1. Take a piece of background card stock (Gina suggested More Mustard from SU) and run a Vanilla pigment ink pad across the front of the piece. (I suggest wearing rubber gloves unless you want inky fingers!).
  2. I let dry and then did the same over the top of the vanilla with chocolate chip dye ink. (I forgot the dye ink part and used my Chocolate Chip Craft ink.
  3. When inks are dried draw lines for the panels. I also added dots for the nails or pegs.
  4. Voila a background that looks like wood paneling or flooring.
I immediately thought of a trophy fish mounted on a plaque and hung on the wall and so that is what my card is of. The fish I embossed in black and then colored with my Twinkling H2O's to get the shimmery look of fish scales.

So now I have a guy birthday card when needed. There are lots of other cards over at StampTV in their photo gallery. To see them search with STVTC4. People got very creative using colors other than brown. They are worth checking out.


Christi said...

What a cool technique! I love this Suzanne!!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

I totally love this as a wall-hanging!!

Susan said...

Wow! That's an amzing technique and card, Suzanne - I must try that!