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Old 03-25-2012, 12:35 PM   #1
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I'm sure many people have a woodgrain embossing folder. I do and I love it.
  • So far my favorite technique and color combo is: a tan/light brown cardstock (with white core) sand then use a dark brown distress ink, and distress the edges.
  • I keep trying to do something with barn red. Distressing that with red, just covers the sanded off parts again.
  • Red ink on light brown cs looks bleck.
  • Red cs with gray ink after sanding looks much better in your head trust me.

What have you done with woodgrain that you like?
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I haven't yet (important three letter word there!) got a woodgrain embossin folder or stamp and would love both. I love all things wood including trees

What you do sounds lovely though and thanks for sharing that with us.
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Have you tried inking the folder then embossing?
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Have you tried inking the folder then embossing?
Noooo, you can DO that? Oh oh tell tell!

I have a collection of stamp images: barns, covered bridge, gristmill etc. that I like to color that barn red. Today, I've been experimenting on the colors.

The attached examples show cheap cs with a white core. (so glad I saved them!)

The gray on the left has just been sanded. The gray on the right was sanded then inked with a dauber or sponge - the right side inked with black and the left side inked with gray. Kinda undid the whole sanding thing huh?

The red on the left was just sanded, while the red on the right was sanded then inked slightly with gray. This color of cardstock is not the right red... but it's the only cheap white core red I have.

I plan on distressing the edges, once I decide which color to use.

What do y'all think... do you have suggestions to try?


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Here's a link for a tutorial for inking your embossing folders:

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Her ya go: inking embossing folders - YouTube.

Lots to choose from. LOL
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OMG right on the emb folder, how cool is that? Thank you!!
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I just finished this one. I decided to use the gray for a change. The wire is supposed to look like barbed wire. I know what barbed wire looks like, I had quite a bit of experience with it as a kid. I grew up on a horse farm, and my first pony liked to rub me off on fences. Shetlands can be mean little critters. I think I need to practice my barbed technique. lol
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Your barbed wire card is beautiful. Love your coloring!
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You should try the tutorial for Faux Barn Board in Resources with some of those stamps. It took me a bit of experimenting with a couple of paints to get it right, but it's worth it for the result.
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Love your card SC. Gorgeous.
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Your barbed wire card is beautiful. Love your coloring!
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!

My husband laughed at my barbed wire. He said it had too many coils in the middle. I think he's right. I really hate it when he's right.

I guess my experience with barbed wire fences was more in the feeling them that looking at them. stupid pony
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I love your card just the way it is - gorgeous! You did a fantastic job on the coloring, too!
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Here is another idea to try if you like the wood grain look especially with some of the barn stamps. You could use the frame idea or just the embossing/ink combo.

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This is the technique that I've been playing around with. Here are some cards that I've made using the technique
Blue Barn Floral is my favorite
Woodsy Retirement is in warmer tones and I added embossing with the Distressed Texturz plate
and because you asked about red barns I was inspired to try again today with reds Fabulous Coke Sketch
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What embossing folders are you using? I like the PTI impression plate but do not want something so pricey? Are there plastic folders with woodgrain, likethe cuttlebug folders? Thanks, donna
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This is the technique that I've been playing around with. Here are some cards that I've made using the technique
Blue Barn Floral is my favorite
Woodsy Retirement is in warmer tones and I added embossing with the Distressed Texturz plate
and because you asked about red barns I was inspired to try again today with reds Fabulous Coke Sketch
Your blue barn gave me a good idea... I should try using a grey cs which would be the old wood wear the paint has worn off, and put the red 'paint' on the wood grain with ink. Ohh and the idea of putting ink on the emb folder too.... begin with grey. Two things to try Such good ideas!!

Thank you and I love your cards!!
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Mamaxsix, your cards are lovely and the Woodsy Retirement card is my fave! (left you a comment in your gallery)

Thank you, Kim, for posting the link to the tutorial on this technique, I've got to give it a try!
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SC Magnolia, is the embossing folder you're using by Sizzix (Tim Holtz)?
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Yes, it is and it came with a brick emb folder too

I haven't figured out what to use the brick with though.... maybe behind some flowers or the Stampin' Up pick up truck I have. I'll have to think on that one.
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Thans, SC, for confirming which embossing folder you're using. I've got to pick up this folder and that it comes with the brick is a bonus! I think using the brick with both - flowers and the SU truck - would be great.
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I have done the faux barn board technique by Sharon Field that Sabrina suggested. Once you get to know just when to apply the top coat it works like a dream. Here is a post card (that actually went through the mail) that I did for a swap.
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I recently did a card where I heat embossed on the embossed wood grain: I said I'd never have a blog but I changed my mind: WOW! Wednesday embossed cards

I added some distress ink around the edges too but the heat embossing adds a very cool bark effect. There is a link in that post to a tutorial video I made showing how to do the double embossing with embossing powders
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I just finished this one. I decided to use the gray for a change. The wire is supposed to look like barbed wire. I know what barbed wire looks like, I had quite a bit of experience with it as a kid. I grew up on a horse farm, and my first pony liked to rub me off on fences. Shetlands can be mean little critters. I think I need to practice my barbed technique. lol
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Yes, it is and it came with a brick emb folder too

I haven't figured out what to use the brick with though.... maybe behind some flowers or the Stampin' Up pick up truck I have. I'll have to think on that one.
I have the same embossing plates and I have used the brick for a fireplace, hung stockings from it and cut a square out of the bottom middle and put a fire there. Hope this helps!
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I have those Tim Holtz embossing folders and love them both. They work wonderfully for masculine cards especially and I am always buying barn or farming images as I am a farmer's wife and this makes for a great background on those images. I love that blue magnolia one though and all the wonderful ideas for the uses of these wood and brick folders is most welcome. You are all so amazing with sharing your talents. One can also do a faux wood grain look by using a embossing board like Scor-Pal and making lines, then take a distressed ink pad and just going over it lightly to create a wood look. You would not need a folder to make that look. Just thought I would throw that idea out to you too.
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Does anyone have any card ideas using the wood embossing folder or maybe even the brick embossing folders. I desperatly need masculine card ideas. Any suggestions out there. Thanks!
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I have the same embossing plates and I have used the brick for a fireplace, hung stockings from it and cut a square out of the bottom middle and put a fire there. Hope this helps!
What a great idea!!
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Does anyone have any card ideas using the wood embossing folder or maybe even the brick embossing folders. I desperatly need masculine card ideas. Any suggestions out there. Thanks!
How about a windmill?
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Yes, it is and it came with a brick emb folder too

I haven't figured out what to use the brick with though.... maybe behind some flowers or the Stampin' Up pick up truck I have. I'll have to think on that one.
THIS card is one of my favorites - love how she used the brick EF.
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I don't have any embossing folders, however...
I have the "Homes around the World" (or something like that) kit from Hearthsong (kids' stuff catalog). It has pictures of various homes you can trace, and plastic rubbing plates that you can use for crayong rubbing. That and the "Home Design kit" (interiors) have woodgrain rubbing plates. I love to use it for trees. If you have a large tree, color it a light shade of brown, then use the plate with a darker brown. I use colored pencils. The kits are around $20, I think (probably less than the embossing machine?). You could probably use the same strategy with the folders. With the rubbing plates, you have to make sure they're right-side-up (upside down has a different effect).
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Oh, I should probably add that I line up the woodgrain for the trunk, then for each major branch. If it runs parallel to the sides of the branch it looks better (don't run all vertical if the branches are at an angle).
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I don't have any embossing folders, however...
I have the "Homes around the World" (or something like that) kit from Hearthsong (kids' stuff catalog). It has pictures of various homes you can trace, and plastic rubbing plates that you can use for crayong rubbing. That and the "Home Design kit" (interiors) have woodgrain rubbing plates. I love to use it for trees. If you have a large tree, color it a light shade of brown, then use the plate with a darker brown. I use colored pencils. The kits are around $20, I think (probably less than the embossing machine?). You could probably use the same strategy with the folders. With the rubbing plates, you have to make sure they're right-side-up (upside down has a different effect).
great idea to use it for a tree trunk!!
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