Faux Wood Frame

September 19, 2019

Hi, this is Dina for Splitcoaststampers. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make
a faux wood frame using inks and cardstock, and I’ll share a couple of shortcuts as well. I’m following the photo steps and instructions
from a tutorial by Kim Teasdale which you can find on our website. I’ll start off here with a piece of mustard
colored cardstock, and 3 shades of brown ink – these are hybrid inks but others will work
as well. The cardstock color will show through, so
you can change that up if you want a different look. I’m starting with my lightest ink and just
dragging the pad lightly down the cardstock, then angling the pad slightly so I get some
lines from the edge of the pad as well. I’ll repeat that same step with the other
two ink pads, just building up a wood grain look by layering the inks. For the last layer of ink, I used this Antique
Linen oxide ink, but you might try a white or light pigment ink if you have that. If you’re just wanting a wood background,
this panel is ready for another project. To go ahead and make a frame, if you don’t
have a frame die you can use 2 nesting dies centered together. I’ve got 2 nesting square dies, and I’ll tape
them in place, and run them through my die cutting machine. To make a really rustic frame, the next step
is to cut the frame at each corner to create little miter joints. In the photo tutorial she used a ruler and
craft knife – I’m just eyeballing these cuts and doing them with my scissors. I switched two steps here and it doesn’t matter
– I went ahead and added the texture to my pieces before doing the edges – if you want
to edge them first that’s fine. I like my wood grain stencil better than the
embossing folder I have, so I laid my pieces onto a silicone mat and laid the stencil over
the top, ran that through my die cutting machine, and that gave me even more texture on these
pieces, which you can see when I run my darkest ink pad over them one more time. Then I used that same ink to edge each piece
with a blending brush. When all the pieces were done, I lined them
all up and used a 1/16″ hole punch to punch at both ends, then I put a mini brad in each
of those holes – I know we all have a stash of those, so here’s a great way to move 8
of them onto a card. I taped the frame together at the corners,
and used my grid to help me line the pieces back up correctly, and then used foam tape
to pop the frame up around this image that I had colored up with Copic markers. I did a second background in the same way,
but this one i cut with a frame die, which made quick work of that step. This die already has the miter lines on it,
and instead of cutting the frame apart and putting it back together, I just took a post
it note and lined it up on that angle that I cut before, and then used that as a mask
to just brush ink one way from the corner line. I rotated the panel and repeated that step
so that each corner had a little contrast at the corner, and that was a quick way to
recreate that mitered look without all the steps in between. I left off the brads and extra embossing and
inking, and I like this look too – so there’s another option for a simpler frame. Remember when you cut a frame, you’ve got
that center cut too – so I added some embossing and extra inking to the center piece, and
used it as a layer on this card. Have fun with this technique, and thank you
so much for watching.

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