Monday, January 18, 2016

A little bit of spring

Hi!  Today is my day to post a Project of The Week on The House That Stamps Built.  I'm going to show you how to add a plank look to your card.  I wanted a weathered wood look, so I started with a gray piece of card stock that measures 4 in X 5 1/4 in.  You can use whatever color card stock you want and whatever size as long as it is slightly smaller than your card base.  I'm making an A2 sized card and that's why I used the measurements I did.  I used my scor-pal and laid my card stock on it with the long side at the top: 
 I scored at each 1/2 inch mark all along the length of my paper.
 Then I turned my paper a quarter turn so one of the short ends was at the top:  For the next step, you can score at whatever intervals you want, just make sure they are far enough apart so they look like planks.  On my top row, I scored at 1 in and 3 in.  Make sure you only score between the top of your card stock and your first horizontal line.
 In each of the following "planks" you want to stagger the vertical score lines.  My second row was at the 2 in mark.  After the first row, it gets a little tricky to find the grooves, so just go gently until you are sure you are in the groove.  My third row is scored at 1/2 in and 3 1/2 inches.  Continue staggering your score lines until you have scored all the rows.
 Using the direct to paper technique and a tan ink pad (I used Creamy Caramel from SU!), drag your ink pad across the paper in the direction of your planks.  Repeat until you are happy with the look.
 Using the same technique and a white ink pad (I sued white craft ink from SU!), repeat the previous step.
 This step isn't necessary, but I think it adds a bit more interest.  I used a fine point black Sharpie to add two "nails" to each side of the vertical score lines.  And if you think it needs more weathering, keep dragging the ink pads across the paper until you are happy with it.
It's been cold here and we even had snow this week (not much), so I felt like a spring card was in order.  Here's my finished card:
 I used the Out of the Box technique to die cut my branch image and masked my sentiment so I could fit it in the planks.  I was even able to use up an item from my bits and pieces stash: the hot pink zig zag piece.  Yeay!  Here's a close up this gorgeous Repeat Impressions stamp.  I colored the eggs to look like robin eggs complete with little gray speckles.  : )
Thanks for hanging in there!  I hope you'll give this a try.  I created another card with this technique a couple weeks ago.  If you want to see it, you can find it here.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "1703W Bird's Nest Branch" and "9717W Happy Hello"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic circles, large", "Classic Ovals, large" and "Scalloped Ovals, large"

Tuesday Throwdown #276--Add Dimension
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #217--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
YNS #30--sketch
Cards Galore--anything goes
Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow
Wags N Whiskers #169--anything goes
The Paper Girls #96--forest friends (these little eggs aren't friends yet, but they will be!)


Carole Robb Bisson said...

So much talent you have, this weathered brick or board is very nicely done. The branch with the nest and eggs is very spring like. The layout is really lovely. Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday in our 217th- FF AG challenge! Our first challenge in 2016. Praying you will have a Blessed, Prosperous, Peaceful and Creative 2016, Carole

Rachelle Olaridge said...

What a beautiful card. Love the pretty details, digi, and awesome techniques shown. Thanks for entry in our challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!

Danielle Vincent said...

I LOVE how you created that background. It turned out amazing! Thanks for the tutorial on how you did it. I'm definitely going to try that. Thanks for sharing your beautiful creation with us at Kraftin' Kimmie. Good luck!

Kathy S said...

Fab tutorial! Never tried this - such a great idea.

karrie sweet said...

Wow that homemade barnboard is gorgeous, thanks for joining us at Paper Girls! your little nest fits in perfectly!

Donna Ellis said...

fabulous tutorial! Thank you for the idea, because I certainly would never have thought to do it! Wow! And such a darling card with the robins eggs! Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge #25.
crafty hugs,
{Creative Smiles}

Tracy Penney said...

What a great idea for creating texture on the background. I love how you played with the YNS sketch. Thanks for sharing and playing along with our current challenge at Your Next Stamp.

Barbara Bruder said...

Oh I love your tutorial. Thanks for sharing that. I love that robin's nest image. And it goes great with the background you used. Thanks for joining us at the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge this month. Good luck and join us again soon. Hugs, Barbara