Sunday, January 28, 2018

Make a wish - Creating a wood effect background.

Hi everyone,

It's Donna here today with a tag which looks like a piece of wood....well hopefully it does....a bit!!

This is a really quick and simple effect to achieve. Apply a couple of blobs of Fresco paints (green and white) onto a size 8 manila tag and scrap down the paint using an old store/credit card....make sure it is an old one though lol.

Once that is dry, then grab a ruler and a black fine liner pen and start to randomly draw in the 'planks' to give the wood effect and also add little dots to represent the nails. Add a little bit of brown Gelatos randomly as shown on the photo to darken it down a bit.
Not bad huh?! I can't take credit for this method as I saw it somewhere on my travels, probably Pinterest, but I really liked the way it looked so was dying to try it out for myself.

The next step was to stamp the Da Vinci woman 1 and a flower from the Antique Botanicals set onto a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media paper and then colour them in with a selection of Jane Davenport pencils.  The images were then fussy cut out and put to one side while I had a little think about what else to add to the background.

I thought the image needed little something else so I took a set of wings from Butterfly Trio and embossed them using a white embossing powder and fussy cut them out also to add to the woman.
I then pulled together the whole tag with the images I cut out plus some dry wall tape (yes really) and a small piece of cheesecloth, self adhesive pearls, a fabric flower and I also added a  Tim Holtz quote chip as a finishing touch.

I hope you all like my 'wooden' tag ;)
Donna xx

Stamps Used:

Antique Botanicals

Da Vinci Woman 1

Butterfly Trio


  1. WOW, that is so cool! It really looks like weathered wood!! I have to try this! I love the stamped images, too - she looks so lovely with that little flower in her hair and the wings are adorable. Thank you so much for sharing, Donna! ♥ ♥ ♥

  2. This really is an inspiring card and technique. Thank you so much for explaning how to do!
    Lia xx

  3. So feminine and elegant Donna! Just brilliant!

  4. Great technique, Donna. Now I want to go make some wood planks, too!

  5. It looks fabulous, dear friend- both the wooden background, the beauty of woman,and flower together, and love her butterfly wings.
    Thank you for explaining Donna, :-) Hugs Dorthe xx

  6. So beautiful. Great background and lovely colours❣️

  7. Fantastic background and lovely elements making this great tag
    Amanda x

  8. Brilliant wood effect background - I love it! - and gorgeous stamping. This is a really beautiful tag.
    Alison x

  9. This is fabulous Donna, I love how you've created the wooden effect xx

  10. Beautiful way to display those lovely images, she is a real classic stamp the Da Vinci woman xx

  11. Oooh thank you so much everyone, I really appreciate your lovely comments
    Donna xx

  12. Oh I looove the faux wood effect!!! It makes a beautiful backdrop for some really gorgeous stamps.

  13. What a great tutorial! Love that background!


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