Saturday, 16 January 2016

Woodgrain Tutorial


Morning.
Today, I am sharing a tutorial that so many of you asked me for about creating a woodgrain background.
It is super easy and fun to create.
(the heart and 'love' die on the above card are from my sweet friend Loll Thompson....thanks Loll!)




Step #1


 Spread Elmer's glue in lines over heavy cardstock.  I like to do it in lines
so that when I go back to score it, the lines mimic the woodgrain.
 I haven't tried other kinds of glues but I am sure they would work too.
I used an old paint brush to spread as my glue wouldn't squirt out of the bottle.

Let the glue dry completely and don't worry if it there are blobs of glue on
your cardstock.


Step #2

Turn the cardstock over so the glue side is down.  I used my ScorPal
and scored my cardstock at every 1/4 inch.  You could change the
score line measurements to give a different look but for a card front I find
this works the best.
I start at the middle and score outwards.


Step #3

Turn the cardstock back over onto the right side, then rub Antique Linen
Distress ink pad over the whole piece spraying with a bit of water to help blend.

I found it best to apply the ink in the same direction as the scoring.



Step #4

Next, rub Weathered Wood and Rusty Hinge randomly over the top, spraying
again with a bit of water to blend the colours.

Finally:  I like to re-score my lines to add more definition.


I hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial and that you will give it a try.  If you have any questions or want any more information, please email me.
If you get a chance to use this tutorial, let me know.  Would love to see what you create!

To see other cards I have made using this technique, check out these links:

Snowflakes on Woodgrain

Peacefilled Christmas

Woodsy Christmas
 
Country Christmas


Thanks for the visit.
Have a great weekend.

97 comments:

  1. Very cool technique ! I'm gone try it for sure Thanks !

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  2. Wow, that look is so cool! Thanks for sharing

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  3. Thank you! Now to find my Elmers glue so I can try this. The other cards you linked were fab!

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    1. I think other glues would work too!

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  4. Fabulous Karen, a great look. Thanks for the tutorial, something more to add to my list of things to try. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. This is really stunning Karen!!

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  6. Karen, this is fabulous :) love all the photos.

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  7. What a cool technique! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  8. Thank you so much for this great tutorial! I really want to try this out! It looks super awesome!

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  9. Oh WOW! Thanks for sharing......I'm off to give it a try!

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  10. That is so cool looking and thanks for sharing how you did it. I have lots of Elmer's glue too!

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  11. Fabulous technique! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. The effect looks so realistic! xxx

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  12. Fantastic tutorial Karen! Thanks so much for sharing how you make your beautiful and rustic wood backgrounds. Looking forward to trying this technique! xx

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  13. Fantastic technique Karen, thanks for the tutorial, Cathy x

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  14. Great tutorial for fantastic technique! Thanks Karen!

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  15. TFS your faux woodgrain background tutorial Karen. I can't wait to try my friend. Hugs, Nancy

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  16. TFS your faux woodgrain background tutorial Karen. I can't wait to try my friend. Hugs, Nancy

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  17. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial Karen. After seeing your woodgrain and snowflakes card I felt I would love to do something similar and now I can. Will just have to work out the glue to use. Again thank you so much.

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    1. try the glue you have...apply heavily if it is a runny kind of glue...

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  18. Excellent tutorial for this effect! I'm pinning this for future reference~ TFS

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  19. Wow...great idea and great looking. Will try it. Thanks for good instructions.

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  20. thanks for sharing - this is such a great technique for a masculine looking card - am going to definitely give it a try

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  21. WOW! Thanks Karen for this fantastic tutorial! I intend to try this!

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  22. Wonderful tutorial! This looks very real...!

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  23. Wow this is so neat. Thanks for sharing the technique.
    Reva

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  24. wow Thank you, will have to try this stunning affect

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  25. My nature-loving-and-appreciating heart beats faster for woodgrain. Your technique is seriously the best I've seen yet. Lovely cards made with it, Karen. TFS.

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    1. awwhh....thanks Maria...I love that it is so simple!

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  26. So clever Karen! I came over here from Loll's blog as I saw her fantastic piece that linked to here! SO clever. Thanks you! Now a follower via e-mail (don't want to miss anything). Have a lovely Sunday! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

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    1. Thanks so much and welcome!! I appreciate your visit. Yes, Loll's card is amazing! just like her.

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  27. Love the addition of the glue to this technique, it look amazing

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  28. Thank you so much for sharing this technique x Love the finished effect and will be giving this a go x

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  29. Thanks so much for the tutorial Karen. Just popped over from Loll's blog and am definitely going to play with this technique tomorrow. Fab effect and gorgeous card.

    Karen x

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  30. Oh, Karen, what a fabulous tutorial and a wonderful technique! Yes, I'm pinning this one...I love the results! And just glue, scoring, and Distress Ink - you are a genius! Hugs, precious friend!

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  31. This is so cool, Karen! I came over from Loll's to check it out and I'm glad I did! Thank you for sharing the how-to with us!! Hugs, Darnell

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  32. Thanks for sharing the steps to this technique, Karen! Love the weathered wood look.

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  33. Thank you so much for sharing your technique!

    Shirl

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  34. Great effect and tutorial, Karen! Off to find my Elmer's. Thanks!

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  35. Well who would have thought it wasn't wood, thank you for the insight.

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  36. Great tutorial, Karen! The colours on the finished piece are fantastic, and it looks so textural!

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  37. Absolutely gorgeous Karen. Thank you for the tutorial. I am pinning this to use in the future.

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  38. Will have to give this a try with some of my glue and see what happens.

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  39. Ooooooh, all 5 of your cards are absolutely beautiful and I can't wait to try this technique! Does the glue dry raised, and if so, is it hard to stamp on it? Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial Karen!! :0)

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    1. yes, the glue does dry raised so I haven't tried stamping on it.

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  40. And to think I bought a woodgrain stamp. This is so much more realistic and just my style, Karen. TFS.

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  41. Great tutorial, Karen. Thanks much for sharing with us. Anne Ryan

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  42. I am definitely going to try this technique! Thanks so much for the tutorial, Karen!!!

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  43. Thanks for the great tutorial, Karen! Love the look!

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  44. Fabulous technique and thank you for sharing! Your card is beautiful; great colors!

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  45. Really great technique. Thanks so much for the tutorial very well done. I don't have any Elmers, but I do have some Aleene's and Scotch. Can't wait to try.

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    1. Yes, I would try those and see what happens.

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  46. I posted my woodgrain card today on SCS :-) What fun and so easy. I used some old lodge podge, so thicker than normal. Worked great. I stamped my images using my MISTI. I had to repeat stamp 3-4 times to get full coverage. I can't wait to try another card. You have started a trend Karen. TFS my friend. Hugs, nancy littrell

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  47. I made another Woodgrain BG card. Very different from my 1st card. LOVING your technique Karen :-) Here is link to my card. Enjoy, nancyhttp://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2695666?cat=500&ppuser=18672

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  48. Oh my gosh! That sounds like something that I could almost do. It really makes for a stunning and very realistic wood background.

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  49. Thanks for the tutorial. I will have to try this.

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  50. Wow ... this is an amazing technique ... love the effect.

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  51. Fabulous - imagine all the different colours you could create!!!

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  52. Thank you so much for the technique!

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  53. Beautiful, I'm going to try this !!!!!

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  54. Beautiful, I'm going to try this !!!!!

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  55. Gorgeous effect Karen, thanks for sharing all the card with this technique! Will sure give it a try!

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  56. Great texture, thanks for sharing the tutorial. Cheers!

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  57. Great tutorial..came here from STAMPlorations! :)
    Suchi xx

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  58. Thanks Karen for sharing your great tutorial....
    Your instructions made it real easy to do :) Love the fact that you never know how it will finally look!!!! All your samples are so, so beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Christine...that is one thing I like about it; each one will be different and unique!

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  59. Here is my try :
    http://stempelhex.blogspot.de/2016/01/holzhintergrund-woodbackground_27.html
    Thank you so much for the tutorial.

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  60. I loved your tutorial and your many examples! Did my first today and I'm hooked! I linked to your tutorial and you can view my results here: http://lvcre8s123.blogspot.ca/2016/01/rustic-wooden-valentine.html

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  61. Karen, thank you very much for these tutorials, I love creating my own backgrounds and appreciate it very much when others share their techniques and experiments with us too. I have two wood stencils and a wood embossing folder add this one and that means I can now create four different looks and types of wood backgrounds Karen xx

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  62. Great tutorial, thank you.

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  63. Priscilla (catluvr2)31 January 2016 at 10:30

    I am having so much fun with your wood grain tutorial. I did 7 pieces with the glue and scored some at 1/2" and some at 3/4". They're just waiting for the addition of color(s) when I want to make a card with them. They're perfect for masculine cards (something I really struggle with) and I love the fact that I can use any color combo I want. I've seen other tutorials for wood grain, but they were too complicated. This is FABULOUS and EASY! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  64. This is completely amazing. So glad I came across this on Pinterest. I can't wait to try it. Best woodgrain I have seen.I looked at all the others too, and they're equally amazing. Thank you SO much for this tutorial. ♥♥♥

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  65. Thanks, Karen, for this awesome tutorial. You're right, it really is easy. I made a card loaded on SCS yesterday using this tute. It helped me in making a masculine card.

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  66. Back to say, I forgot to re-score and probably shouldn't have made my glue lines so straight all the way down. But, I really liked it just the same. Can't wait to make another one.

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  67. Great tutorial ... thank you so much...��

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  68. Great...thank you for your tutorial!

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  69. Really cool! I have seen other ways to make a woodgrain look, but I like the way yours looks! TFS!

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  70. Just love this idea and cannot wait to try it as love the wood grain look on cards. Thanks for sharing, DonnaJeanne

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  71. all of your samples are beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial! I will definitely give this technique a try!

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  72. This truly looks beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial! I'd love to try it sometime.

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  73. This is so super clever. Thank you for sharing your tutorial.

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  74. Just came from Loll's blog today to check out your tutorial. It's fabulous and such a great idea. Congratulations and thanks so much for sharing.

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  75. What a fabulous tutorial. Thank you for sharing it.

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  76. Found your tutorial from Eileen Godwin's fb page. Thank you for sharing, will definitely have to give this a go! Stef x

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  77. Fantastic artwork, found your blog thro Eileen Godwin, this technique is definitely going on my to try list :-)

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  78. Awesome technique! Thank you so much for the tutorial and letting us in on your crafty secret. Your cards are beautiful!

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  79. Awesome technique! Thank you so much for the tutorial and letting us in on your crafty secret. Your cards are beautiful!

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  80. Wow! I can't wait to give this a try!!!

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  81. thank you for sharing this tecnique. so cool!!!

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  82. thank you for showing the ´steps, i love it to make woodgrain backrounds and your technique is fantastic.
    Greets #
    Alexa

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