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

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Great job on this tutorial, Kim. Well written and very clear. It's a really cool technique and I can't wait to try it.
Linda  |  Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 12:15 PM
Awesome tutorial Kim - thanks so much for taking the time to share this with us - I'm going to give it a whirl. I'm just about to make some *masculine* birthday cards so this will be perfect for them.
Jocelyn  |  Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 2:57 AM
Great tutorial! I love the look! Really adds to the page! I can't wait to try it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Lisa  |  Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 2:53 PM
thank you so much for this tutorial!!
the effect looks so great!!
mimibricole  |  Wed Jul 22, 2009 at 10:29 AM
Thank you so much for sharing this great tutorial and giving us inspiration!
Elena  |  Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 7:06 AM
That is brilliant! What a clever idea. Thank you for sharing the technique.
Candice in SA  |  Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 6:25 AM
This is still such a cool way to get that wood grain look with no extra tools, just ink.
Beverly Lewis  |  Mon Oct 12, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Awesome tutorial, and the shortcuts make a lot of sense. Thank you Kim.
JeanetteRobertson  |  Wed Sep 18, 2019 at 7:59 AM
You are so clever--loved your frames. Going to have to try these techniques out. Also loved the images you made for the frames. You are very talented!
Uptongal  |  Sat Sep 28, 2019 at 1:46 PM

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