Thursday, February 11, 2010

Blast From the Past Challenge "Wood Graining"

Card with Flower Soft in the center of the flowers.

Card without Flower Soft

Card when opened

It is time for another StampTV "Blast From the Past Challenge".  This week I thought it would be fun to learn how to create a wood grain background.  To learn this you can view Gina's  "Wood graining" video on StampTV.  This is such a fun technique because there are so many different wood graining looks you can achieve depending on the color of card stock and ink used. 

Before I start explaining my sample card, I want explain why I have three pictures.  If you notice, the first one is a little different than the other two.  On that card I added some black Flower Soft to the center of the flowers.  I think it can really change the look for the card.  I took the pictures of my card then realized I had planned to add the Flower Soft.  I thought you might like to see the difference between the two.  Which way do you like the card?  The third picture is to show you how the card looks when opened.

The cardstock used for my wood graning piece is Gina K's Moonlit Fog pure luxury cs. I started out scoring all the lines using my ScorPal, then rubbed  white pigment ink across it.  I then used Basic Gray ink over that.  My main card is Basic Gray cs.  I wanted to make a tri-panel card.  It is 5.5 inches square.  The front of the card was scored in the middle and folded back.  For the front panel I stamped one of the leaves from Gina's "Tropical Flowers" set on white cs.  I had a piece of mesh in my stamping supplies and layered that over the stamped background. I am receiving questions about the lattic over the mesh -- it is built into this piece of mesh.  It was a 5.5" square sheet.  I have had it for a long time.  This mesh was white and I felt it was to stark so sponged some Basic Gray ink over it to tone it down. The flowers are from Theresa Momber's  "Purrr-fectly Delightful" set.  I stamped the vase of flowers twice and cut out two flowers out of each one.  They are colored with Copic markers. I added three of the flowers on this panel and added some Martha Stewart leaves under them.  The panel was added with dimensional tape.

The inside portion of that panel was cut out with a Nestability Small Deckled Mega Rectangle and sponged with Basic Gray ink prior to taking it out of the die.  This area can be used for your handwritten greeting or you can stamp something there if you want.  On the wood grain panel, I used a stamp from Theresa's  "Autumn Beauty" set.  It was colored with Copic markers then cut out with a smaller Deckled Nestie.  The fourth cut out flower was added to this design.

This is such a fun technique that can go with just about any stamped image.  I know you are going to want to see the darling card my friend Geri created for an example on my challenge post on StampTV.   I hope you will go over to StampTV and watch Gina's video to learn how to make a card using this technique, then upload your creation to the StampTV gallery.  You can get all the info about the Blast From the Past Challenge and see Geri's card here.  One person who submits a card will win a free stamp set from Gina K Designs. 

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog.  I love sharing my ideas with you and appreciate all your comments. 


craftieodamae said...

another breath taker Selma,

Patti said...

Wow what a difference! I need some flower soft! Your card is gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Another spectacular card!


Jennie said...

Stunning Selma! Love the flower soft on this!

Stampin' Pam said...

splendiferous Selma - love the unique opening - and I DO prefer it with the flower soft - more depth - richer. Looks like a trellis!

Anonymous said...

Selma, I absolutely love this card, but I can't figure out and didn't read anywhere what is over the mesh to make that trellis design. Is it paper?

I too prefer the flower soft centers. Really adds the final touch.


CraftieConnie said...

Selma, another gorgeous card. Very impressive work!

Scrubbybubbles(sue) said...

Ooooh....what a fabulous card! I love the inside as well as the out. Plus, that's a great touch with the flower soft. perfect!


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