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Issue #688 September 18th 2019
Faux Wood Frame  
Learn to make a faux wood frame with this classic tutorial, updated with a video by Splitcoast Artist in Residence Dina Kowal.
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Cardstock
  • Brown inks
  • Woodgrain/lined embossing folder or stencil
  • Frame die or nesting square dies
  • Mini brads (optional)
    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: Jen asks: "How can I get a splatter effect with heat embossing?"
    A: I tried a couple of different ways that worked... I have a spray bottle filled with a 1:1 mixture of acrylic glaze and water (I used 3D Crystal Lacquer), and that worked well with results that were a little more raised. If you're working on paper that will allow for water to sit on the surface instead of absorbing quickly (like watercolor paper), water is a great medium. I tried it with a mister bottle, which gives a finer spread to the powder. My favorite results were from dipping my fingers into clean water and flicking the water onto watercolor paper. Larger water spots take a little longer to dry with the heat gun, so it's easy to overheat the powder - it takes a little practice, but it does work! It's a fun random effect for a metallic splatter, or with clear powder for an interesting resist (think snow or galaxy backgrounds!).
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    Lori has an idea for the Window Treat Box tutorial: "Thank you! This turned out beautiful. I'm using it for teacher appreciation week. My son's teacher loves brownies so I'm going to buy or make some mini brownies to put inside."

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