Ever have a never-ending love affair with a particular trend? That's me. With woodgrain. I have no idea if woodgrain is trendy any more, truth be told. Regardless, real bois, faux bois... it makes no never mind... It's a look I never get tired of and my eyes immediately glom onto anything and everything that incorporates it.
I've had the idea in mind for a while now to make a holiday card with some Real Wood [veneer] sheets, and the instant I spied them, I knew I had to incorporate the Deer Trio die by Impression Obsession into the design--the deer are so graceful and majestic...and somehow, I just knew they'd be stunning in woodgrain...
The inlaid effect turned out even more sophisticated than I had imagined and the little Studio Calico Wood Veneer Snowflakes were kinda the icing on the cake, adding one more aspect of dimension and color of woodgrain! I love LOVE the end result!!! *giddy*
When you watch the video you'll see how I keep my precious collection of wood veneers organized and stored--seems to be working very well for me!
I have a few tips to mention when working with Real Wood sheets, in case you don't catch them in the video:
- I've found I get the best, clean cuts using a guillotine trimmer/cutter like the Tonic
- When stamping, pigment inks (such as Brilliance, Ranger, Memento Luxe) yield the most crisp impressions and don't "feather" into the woodgrain like dye inks tend to; if necessary, use an embossing gun to heat set the ink
- Avoid waste by using a Stamp-a-ma-Jig; there's nothing worse than eyeballing an impression, getting it wrong and then having to discard high quality materials. Ouch!
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Happy Mundane! :)