Thursday, February 6, 2020

Love With All Your Heart Plaque For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, it's a new month and that means it's time for a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey. Our host this month is Sara Emily and she has chosen the theme of Against The Grain ... wood grain that is! Here is her challenge description:

Most of us love the look of wood and there are a lot of art/craft products out there that help us achieve beautiful wood grain, including stamps, stencils, embossing folders, paper and mixed media products. We would love to see how you add a touch of wood texture or appearance to your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk projects.

With Valentine's Day just over the horizon I decided to make a love themed plaque for our Against The Grain challenge incorporating a few different faux woodgrain techniques.

Read on for my how to!

I started with a piece of Distress Woodgrain cardstock and inked it with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, applying the ink pad directly to the cardstock. The inked card was then dipped into puddles of Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo DI until I was happy with the coverage and then I lightly went over the card again with the Frayed Burlap ink pad to accent the raised woodgrain.

The inked woodgrain card was die cut with an old Simon Says Stamp die ('Heart Blooms' which is no longer available unfortunately) and then backed with a piece of Gina K. Designs Luxury White cardstock.

A faux woodgrain background was created next with a wood graining rocker tool, haven't used one of these in years! I applied diluted pink acrylic paint to kraft cardstock and pulled the wood grain tool through the paint (my rocker technique definitely needs practice!) and I then added a wash of diluted white acrylic over top to tone it down once the pink had dried.

Stamping and stenciling followed on top of the woodgrain; I used the Ledger Script stamp with Vintage Photo Archival ink and then stamped with Picket Fence DI and the Distress Damask stamps and stenciled with the Roses and and Gothic stencils and Picket Fence DI.

A sentiment from Wendy Vecchi's Just Say It stamp was stamped onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock and clear embossed and then the Heavystock was inked with Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy and Frayed Burlap DI. I lined the sentiment up inside one of the planks on the Wood Planks Texture Fades embossing folder and embossed the card. The raised embossed areas were inked with Ground Espresso DI and the sentiment cut to size.

Some greenery was cut from Tim Holtz's Journal Cards using the Garden Greens dies. I layered the Journal Card die cuts on top of some kraft cardstock die cuts and gave them a coat of satin varnish.

I wanted a wee bit of shine so I sanded a piece of Rose Gold Metallic Kraft Stock to layer behind the die cut woodgrain cardstock.

The die cut woodgrain cardstock was layered on top of the Rose Gold Metallic Kraft Stock with a scant 1/8" reveal on all sides and then the whole assembly was popped up onto the stamped and stenciled woodgrain background with foam squares.

The greenery was layered around and underneath the wood plank sentiment and then the sentiment was popped up on some black foam squares on top of the greenery. I added a Small Easel die cut to the back of the plaque for display and it was done.

Here are a few closeups of the finished Valentine inspired faux woodgrain plaque.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how it came together and that you will pop by A Vintage Journey to see what the other Creative Guides made to inspire you and that you will then link up one of your own 'Against The Grain' projects! Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating,

Deb xo


  1. Deb, this is a stunning Valentine plaque! There really is no substitute for that wood grain card stock, and you have finished it perfectly to fool me into thinking this is real wood! I love your pink background and I hope you saved a panel of that that's tucked behind your focal panel -- it's a shame to have this great design covered up! What a wonderful piece, Deb! Thank you for your inspiration and for being such a wonderful teammate! Big hugs! Sara Emily

  2. Wow, what a beautiful plaque! I loved seeing how you created the woodgrain background and the wood planks, flowers and foliage look amazing 😁. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy February! Hugs, Jo x

  3. Love the layers here - how that fresh pink in the background adds a warmth as it frames the natural earthy neutrals within. The heart flowers are charming, especially against that rugged woodgrain panel, and the texty leaves twining around the sentiment make me very happy!
    Alison x

  4. A fantastic make Deb, the wood grain elements, the flowers, the whole Valentine theme so cleverly incoporated, - just perfect and a fantastic detailed tutorial too, a super contribution to the challenge!


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