Friday, April 23, 2010

Faux Wood Frame - A Tutorial for Tickled Pink Stamps

To make the wooden frame I've used on THIS card and THIS card is actually fairly simple - and yet it's sooo effective! Kellie asked me to put together a quick tutorial for the Tickled Pink Stamps Blog and I thought I'd share it here too - just in case you want to try it out for yourself.
All the supplies I've used are from Stampin' Up - so if you don't have these colours you may have to experiment a little!
More Mustard Card Stock
Inks - Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa (retiring soon!), More Mustard and Whisper White
Paper Cutter
Black Pen

Start off by dragging your inks across the cardstock from one side to the other side - don't worry too much about being neat - it will just add to the wood grain look.

You'll need to use More Mustard first, then Close to Cocoa, then Chocolate Chip and then Whisper White.

Make sure you leave a little drying time between each colour otherwise the "woodgrain" lines can blend together!

You should end up with something that looks like this! Now make sure you leave a GOOD half an hour for this to dry before moving on - or use your heat gun to speed up the process - the white ink takes FOREVER to dry!!! The original tutorial I used for Faux Wood stopped here - but I felt the white needed toning down a little and popped some more streaks across it.

I used another layer of More Mustard and Close to Cocoa - in that order. If you like you can also use a dash of Chocolate Chip - it depends how dark you want your finished "wood" to be - and how heavy handed you were with the lighter colours!

So this is your finished A4 sheet of Faux Wood - you'll be able to make several frames out of this one sheet - let me show you HOW!

Start off by deciding what you want the finished size of your frame to be. For demonstration purposes this one is 1" wide and will be 5" square. So I cut 1" strips and then cut them to 5" lengths - you'll need 4 of these.

On the back of each strip number them from 1 to 4 and lay them out in order.

Overlap the corners and cut diagonally across. By overlapping and keeping them in sequence the corners should fit together well - even if they aren't cut quite straight.

The first frame I made I used my hubby's set square and tried to cut nice accurate 45o angles - unfortunately they didn't fit together properly as they were all cut slightly different. I also find my method ensures I get the size of frame I want - and EASILY - we ALL like EASY don't we - LOL!

So here is your frame - just ready to be stuck together and used on your project. Just use some tape on the back to stick it together. You can also "pop" your frame up on your project with dimensionals like any other image you use - it's now a design element! Just one last thing to give it a "real" frame look...
Add some dots to the corners with a black pen to give the impression your frame had been "nailed" together.
Now that doesn't look too hard does it???? I'd LOVE to see YOUR finished project if you give this a go!



Emily said...

Wow! That's awesome! Thanks for the tutorial.

Tracey Feeger said...

what a wonderful Tutorial Debbie.

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

FAB FAB FAB!!! I added it to my bookmarks for "technique ideas" for my stamp club! Thanks for the tip, Debbie! Hugs, Andrea xxx

Christine H said...

You make it look so easy Debbie! I'll give it a go but can't imagine mine would ever look as 'picture perfect' as yours! xo

sandra said...

Thank you Debbie!!!!
A few times I needed wood effect paper and no idea how to make it.
Once I took picture of my wooden floor and then printed it but it was not good.
Now I know how to make it.
Thank you,thank you,thank you!!!

Jane said...

WOW Debbie!!!! this looks absolutely amazing, so realistic!! I will definitely be giving this a go, thank you so much for the clear tutorial!! hugs, Jane xxx

Debra James said...

What a fabulous tutorial Debbie, Easy to follow and great pics and details. I always wondered how you got your corner mitre so perfect. Im off to this ago.....Hugs xxxx

Liam said...

Thanks for the tut. I have been looking around for a good tut on this technique. Thanks for clearing that up for me. I might try it sometime.


Sue said...

Awesome Tutorial Debbie, will have to try this for sure. Thanks for sharing hon.
Sue x

PS Yes I did leave positive feedback for Tracey lol! x

Cheryl said...

This is brilliant Debbie TFS!!! One day I will get a chance to have a go!!

Partridge in a Pear Tree said...

that looks awesome Debbie!

Sandra said...

What a great tutorial,
Thanks for sharing.
Sandra x

Leigh said...

An absolutely fabulous tutorial Debbie. One that I will have a go at some day.

Alison said...

Fantastic tutorial. I ordered the White stamp pad but forgot to get the More Mustard one, will put that on the next order so I can give it a try.

Marcia said...

Love it ...... TFS!

Annette Bowes said...

Hi Debbie, just trying to catch up you have been a busy girl! Wonderful tutorial, you make it look so easy lol! Take CareX:)

Jodie from Oz said...

Great tutorial Debbie, I can't wait to give it a go, but I'm sure mine won't look anything as amazing as yours. hugs Jodie from Oz

Kristine said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS Debbie! I've tried this faux wood before and it TRULY DOES look just like wood! But I've never seen how to overlap and cut the diagonal--YOU ARE A GENIOUS!! Oh, you'd laugh at how long it took me to try to measure and figure out those darn corners, LOL!! What a simple way to do it. THANK YOU for this awesome tutorial. *Ü*

Dr Sonia S V said...

What an amazing tutorial it!!
Dr Sonia
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