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Sara Vukson - Monday, January 27, 2014

Faux Wood Embellishments by Michelle Zerull

Faux Wood Embellishments - A la Michelle Zerull

Everyone loves embellishments.  But buying them? That’s a different story.  I used the 100 Proof Press WOOD GRAIN RECTANGLE (#1550) to create some fun and trendy embellishments that were both easy and affordable.

The stamp is deeply etched so you’ll get a lot of detail with your stamping.  My goal is to create an embellishment that looks like a thin shaving of wood veneer.  To create this, I used tissue paper and Distress Inks in Wild Honey and Vintage Photo.

1. Start by stamping in Vintage Photo on a plain sheet of tissue. Stamp consecutively seven or eight times.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you will want to get the images very close to each other.  Try turning the stamp upside on occasion to create wood variations.

 2. Using a cosmetic sponge or an ink blending tool, apply generous amounts of wild honey over the stamped image.

3.Using deckle scissors, cut the top and bottom of the strip.  (Or use regular scissors and cut jagged edges.) do you recall the look of pencil shavings?  That is what you’ll be imitating.  After cutting, you’ll have a nice strip.  Turn it over and repeat steps 1 &2.

4. Gently pleat the strip back and forth to create ridges.  It’s looking good!  You can stop now and use it as it is, or continue on and create wood grain shapes.

5. Want to make some fun veneer shapes?  Easy! Cut some shapes out of cardboard or use “pop-dots” or other found objects. Adhere with a strong glue stick.  Note, if you use wet glue, the distress inks will react and you’ll get a smeared mess.  If you use glue dots or other dry adhesives you will not get as good of results.  

6. Before glue dries, flip the embellishments over and gently form the tissue around the shape.  Be gentle!  Tissue rips easily.  But it molds easily too, so your edges will be smooth. You know have “wooden” shapes.  How cool is that? 

Thanks Michelle for a wonderful tutorial.

Sharp Owl and Wood Grain  Buttons!  Looking so Sharp.


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