Faux Wood Frame

by Kim Teasdale

Create a faux wood look by swiping and sponging ink over your cardstock.


  • Cardstock (More Mustard used here)
  • Two or three ink pads in different shades of brown (Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip used here)
  • White pigment ink (Whisper White Craft Ink used here)
  • Dimensionals
  • Die cutting machine
  • Stripe or wood grain embossing folder (Cuttlebug™ Embossing Folder – Distressed Stripes used here)
  • Foam mat and piercing tool
  • Mini brads
  • Spellbinder’s Nestabilities™ Standard Square - 2 sizes, or paper cutter
  • Craft Knife and Mat
  • Adhesive
  • Ruler
  • Sponges


  1. Step 1

    Starting at the top of the cardstock , apply ink with the lightest brown pad.

    Let the edge of the pad touch the paper and drag it down in one direction covering all of the cardstock to start creating the grain.

  2. Step 2

    Repeat step one, this time with a medium brown ink.

  3. Step 3

    Repeat step one with the darkest brown pad.

  4. Step 4

    Go over again with Whisper White Craft Ink using the same method.

    If you are just creating the wood grain paper then skip to steps 7 & 8.

  5. Step 5

    Take 2 different sizes of Nestabilities™ Square Dies and place them ridge side down in your die cutting maching(Cuttlebug™ used here) to create a frame.

    If you don't have Nestabilities dies, just cut a square frame with your paper cutter or with punches.

  6. Step 6

    Take your craft knife and ruler and cut diagonally across the frame as shown to create four mitered pieces.

  7. Step 7

    Sponge all the edges of the edges with the darkest brown ink.

  8. Step 8

    Place all four pieces in the Cuttlebug folder and emboss.

  9. Step 9

    Using the direct to paper technique, gently glide your inkpad across the embossed lines to darken them.

  10. Step 10

    Using a piercing tool to pierce one hole on either side of the mitered edges for the mini brads.

  11. Step 11

    To finish up, just tape the back side of the frame together, and use dimensionals to adhere it to your image.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Faux Wood Frame. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

If you don't have the cuttlebug folder you can use the embossing tool to free-hand lines for the wood grain.
Maus  |  Wed Jul 8, 2009 at 12:10 PM
How cute is that? What a great idea and tutorial. TFS.
Lisa  |  Wed Jul 8, 2009 at 6:05 PM
VERY cool Kim, thanks for sharing! Hope your having a fun summer! Hugs, Jennifer smile
Jennifer Meyer  |  Wed Jul 8, 2009 at 8:13 PM
wow,love the tutorial it is in my favorites
Akkina van Steen  |  Wed Jul 8, 2009 at 9:13 PM
This looks so good. Thank you for a lovely tutorial.
Eveline van Heijst  |  Wed Jul 8, 2009 at 10:12 PM
Wonderful Kim!
Bonnie Sharp  |  Thu Jul 9, 2009 at 2:59 AM
Very cool! Where did you get "mini-brads"? They are verysmall and very cute!
MrsNemo  |  Thu Jul 9, 2009 at 9:06 AM
Wow! whoda thunk it. Thanks much. I will certainly be trying this.
paper canuck  |  Thu Jul 9, 2009 at 2:45 PM
duh! I didn't realized "distressed stripes" was a name for a CB folder. sorry
eyestitch  |  Thu Jul 9, 2009 at 3:41 PM
Thanks for this cool tutorial, Kim!
Who knew!!???
TexasGrammy  |  Fri Jul 10, 2009 at 12:29 AM
Hi Kim!

Great tutorial but I guess I have to wonder why you would want to go to all this work making fake wood when I sell the real thing CHEAP and PRECUT on my website? Just seems easier to me. Great idea though! Good luck to you!
Sue @ McMahon Five Design  |  Fri Jul 10, 2009 at 2:21 PM
- MrsNemo: I purchased the brads at www.cleardollarstamps.com

- Sue: This is just a fun technique and a new way to be creative with your cuttlebug wink
Kim Teasdale  |  Fri Jul 10, 2009 at 3:57 PM
Kim! Excellent tutorial! I've been seeing these frames on some of your cards on your blog over the last few months and they are awesome. Thanks for the tutorial!
cindy  |  Fri Jul 10, 2009 at 7:03 PM
Cindy, can you post the URL's on the posts Kim's been posting? I'd really love to see them!
[email protected] McMahon Five Design  |  Fri Jul 10, 2009 at 7:20 PM
Hi Kim!
It is about stinkin' time you shared your faux wood technique! LOL!
Seriously, I have been admiring your "wood" frames for quite some time!
What will the next top secret tip be that you share with us???
I am on the edge of my seat! LOL!
Sweet card BTW...Whooooo wouldn't love it? wink
Trudy  |  Fri Jul 10, 2009 at 8:01 PM
Cindy & Trudy, I'd still love for both of you to show me URLs of Kim's Faux Wood Frames. I really would love to see them. I hear a lot of chatter but no evidience. Proof is in the puddin' girls! smile
Sue @ McMahon Five Design  |  Fri Jul 10, 2009 at 8:15 PM
The ones I am referring to are on Blondie's blog..
http://paperintheworks.blogspot.com/ type the word faux in the search blog box upper left corner. I can only assume Trudy is familiar with Blondie's blog, too, or perhaps they are right here on SCS in her gallery.

I'm not sure what you sell in your store, but it certainly can't be a technique and doubting Kim's ethics isn't exactly good business
cindy  |  Fri Jul 10, 2009 at 8:20 PM
Eeeekkk...you are doubting Kim's ethics are good business?


Kim, if I were you I would question this Cindy that's talking for you! She's obviously not promoting you but hurting you.

I apologize for this dialog thats happening. I'm not sure what this Cindy person is saying.
Sue @ McMahon Five Designs  |  Fri Jul 10, 2009 at 8:29 PM
I have most of Kim's cards in my favs. I am a stalker of hers! LOL!
I also hit her blog every now and then. She great posts!
I checked real quick in my favs and these are some of my favs she has done with wood:
Coon Wishes 9-28-08
Sunflower 3-30-09
Horse Poetry 3-28-09
Everyone should check them out...they are darling.
I am not really sure what you meant by prooving Sue but I hope this helps.
True smile
Trudy  |  Fri Jul 10, 2009 at 8:39 PM

cindy  |  Fri Jul 10, 2009 at 8:50 PM

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