Sunday, January 17, 2016

Woodgrain Tutorial

hi name is Karen Dunbrook and I am a guest here today at the blog and wanted to show you how to create an easy woodgrain/ barnboard paper.

To see more examples of this technique please visit my blog:

   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 inks 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. 

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

Snowflakes on Woodgrain

Peacefilled Christmas

Woodsy Christmas
Country Christmas

Saturday, January 16, 2016

January Mini Crop started.. hope you'll join us


Welcome to January Mini Crop with the Turtle DT. You have 10 days to play along, link up in forum for a chance to win ballots to the mini crop draw.
 Here is the link to the Mini Crop:

Karen challenges you to make a birthday card with stripes and her sample is above.


Joan challenges you to use a date on your project of any kind.


Lisa B challenges you to share Winter Wonderland OR use the colours as inspiration.


Louise B challenges you to create using old and new products.


Toni challenges you to journal something about this past year/ or the new year including a photo of yourself.


Phillis challenges us to share what ever motivates us into the new year... a resolution or a word to express it.


Debbie's challenge is to create and share a year in review.

Now aren't these wonderful challenges.. be sure to join us. There has to be something here for everyone to play along with.

The DT rocked this months Mini Crop.We host a mini crop every month starting the 3rd Friday of the month with 10 days to play along. Hope to see you join us. Thanks