Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Don't rock the boat

     It's Trendsetter Wednesday at There She Goes so that means it's my turn to share a tip concerning one of the trends out in crafty land.  If you read my post Monday you'll know that I picked woodgrain for my trend this week.  You still have lots of time to play in our Monday Challenge with a woodgrain project.
     I'm sharing a little tutorial on how to create "wood planks".  This is the same technique I used on the doghouse mini I shared a while back.  So here we go with a technique on how to get a great woodgrain look.  Woodgrain papers are really hot right now, but you can create your own.  All you need is some strips of kraft paper and sepia or brown ink.  I cut my strips at 5/8".
    I staggered the strips so my stamping wouldn't be uniform, then just stamped from left to right leaving a small blank space in between stampings.  Excuse my dirty craft sheet.  It's WELL loved.
     Once all my strips were stamped I started to glue them down in a random pattern on a circle of card stock.
     When finished I trimmed the edges.
 I used the stamped woodgrain panel to create a background for the porthole through which you can view the two cuties in the boat from the Float My Boat set from Torico.
     I dug back in to my brad stash for the nails and found some jute also.  the stars were cut from chipboard and covered with red embossing powder with fine gold glitter in it.  I added the decorative panel to a easel card base to finish off the nautical theme card.
     Like I said, I used this same technique on the Doggie Mini Album I made using the Puppy Love set and it can be used with lots of other great There She Goes sets.  Hope you'll give it a try.
     I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Party Time Tuesday--anything goes
Cards for Men--transport
Lexi's Creations--fancy folds
Love to Create--anything goes with a sentiment
Make It Monday--anything goes
Paper Playtime--use some brown
The Paper Girls--wood elements
PanPastelUK--seeing stars
Allsorts--masculine
Fussy and Fancy--circles

     Have a fabulous day!

57 comments:

  1. This just floats my boat! I love it! Wonderful image choice and the woodgrain is sensational with your porthole!

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  2. I saw this on TSG and thought "wow, people are so smart" so of course it was you :). Love this idea, I wonder what the effect would be like if I printed darker brown on Kraft CS. Hmmmm....

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  3. Oh my stars girly... This is amazing. I just love the wood background. Your so creative my friend. And your coloring on that image looks wonderful. I LOVE this!!!

    Hugs~

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  4. Oh what a fun card Tracy!!!
    Love it!!!
    XXX Heidy

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  5. WOW! Tracy, my boat is floating too, this is a fabulous technique, and I just adore your card, love the details and design, fantastic..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  6. WOW!!!!!! This is amazing Tracy. I love that wood effect. Your card is amazing, the image is so delightful and the design and details are just wonderful
    Thanks for so much inspiration.
    Hugs Sue

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  7. Your tutorial came to late for me sadly as I spent yesterday making my wood planks! Your card, however is an absolute dream! Hugs, Lesley

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  8. What a beautiful card this is.The whole card is just perfect.
    I love the wooden planks and how you ensembled it.

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  9. Tracy this is A-MAZING !!! What a fabulous tute and an even better technique x
    Thanks so much for sharing x
    ((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

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  10. How fabulous is this! Simple gorgeous, I love how you created the woodgrain plank effect, it really makes that card a stunner!

    Kerry Louise
    xx

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  11. I would never have thought to use this technique in a round fashion. How smart! Great job on the card it's simply adorable.

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  12. Oh who's a clever clogs! This is a fantastic look, you've even included the rivets - wow girl, you rock!!
    Hugs
    Jane

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  13. Great tutorial Tracy...LOVE the "boards" you made! Must invest in a woodgrain stamp and give this a go :)
    Hugs xx
    PS Very cute card BTW :)

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  14. Thanks for the fabulous tutorial. Can't wait to try it with my wood-grain stamp. And your card...well, that just left me speechless. What a great image, coloring, embellishments and wonderful porthole layout...so creative!

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  15. What a great tutorial! And such a great card!! Hugs Anneke

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  16. Wow Tracy, I absolutely love this!!!Thanks for the tutorial! Image is so adorable, love all your finishing details- Stunning!!

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  17. You OUTDID yourself on this one, Tracy, Wow! so fantastic! Love the woodgrain technique and all the elements of your card are just super!
    Kim :)

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  18. My gosh! So clever! That looks just like a real porthole! Love it, Tracy!

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  19. Wow, Tracy! This one is truly incredible...I actually gasped when I saw it! LOVE what you've done! Thanks for the great tutorial too! :o)

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  20. I so LOVE kraft and woodgrain! Such an adorable image, so wonderfully colored and fabulous shape designing! I have an older woodgrain stamp I use a lot, well two actually! lol and the cards I've made with them are some of my favorites. TFS! I enjoy your blog emails!

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  21. I am smitten with this card ... so amazing!! You are just so clever ... great tutorial ... just don't have a woodgrain stamp!

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  22. A beautiful card, so sweet and adorable. The woodgrain has a fab effect. Thanks for your tutorial. hugs, Marlies

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  23. Thanks for joining us at Allsorts tracyx

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  24. What a totally gorgeous idea to make your fab background, love the woodgrain effect! But your entire card is just so pretty Tracy! Hugs, Ira
    irascreacorner.blogspot.nl

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  25. Great work and thanks for joining in with my challenge over at Allsorts this week
    x catherine

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  26. great idea and fab tutorial thanks for sharing and joining in the pan pastel challenge

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  27. Too cute! LOVE the shape! And what a fantastic and USEFUL tutorial! TFS!

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  28. Great card, such wonderful details and design, thanks for joining in at Allsorts. xxx

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  29. Fabulous tutorial! I am going to have to use this in the future.

    Your card is adorable! I love the fun shape and design.

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  30. Love everything about this card. You did a great job, thanks for the tutorial too.
    Babs xo

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  31. What a clever way to make the woodgrain planks! greeat use of brads for nailing them, too. This is the cutest card. Love the porthole with the image inside. The colours of this card are so fun and the jute is a wonderful detail, Tracy. It's such a happy card.

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  32. You do the best tutorials, Tracy!!! This is amazing... how do you come up with these fabulous ideas?... and with beautiful coloring to boot! Love it!!!

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  33. Such a clever idea! I'll definitely have to file this one away. Adorable card, too.

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  34. Dang that looks like real wood. What a great tutorial. You make me want that wood grain stamp. Love the strips. Fantastic tutorial.

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  35. Oh, this is so sweet! Love how you make your woodgrain paper and all your layers are awesome!

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  36. Oh, my gosh, this is OUTstanding, Tracy!!! Your woodgrain is the perfect backdrop for this, and the way you've finished it out with your sweet embellishments...Every little detail is absolute perfection! Not to mention the adorable image! This is a fave!!!

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  37. This is fantastic!
    You are so talented Tracy:)
    Hugs, Heidi:)

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  38. What a fabulous card! I love how you've made the wood patterned paper yourself. It's such a sweet little scene you've created too, and the design works perfectly for the nautical theme of your card! Love it! Glad I came over from MIM to have a closer look!

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  39. No way do you have a giant wood grain stamp! That's rhetorical because I just saw a picture of it, but I haven't seen anyone use a texture stamp like that in eons....I LOVE IT! Really, really makes the card truly handmade and uniquely special. Terrific job making the window, looks like the real deal. Twine n' brads n' dazzled stars and easel fold and hand stamped wood and always a perfect sentiment. HAHAHAHA...I love the comedy in this. I'm pretty sure he's just supposed to be touching the water, but with your sentiment, LOL...what in the world fell overboard??? EEK!

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  40. Wow Tracy, you certainly rocked my boat with this amazing card! Thank you for joining us this week at CFM. LOVE your card to bits! Good luck. xxx

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  41. Wow! Tracy this is soooo beautiful.. your tutorial is fantastic, and you make it look so easy lol!! I know I've said this before but you are amazing and so giving of your talents.. I love how you have showcased this fun image... stunning!
    also Thank You so much for sharing with us over at 'Make it Monday' this week.. have a fabulous week-end hunnie...
    Hugs,
    Marjorie
    xx

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  42. Super!! you clever girl. I love it and the image is wonderful.
    I have just made a card with wood effect but nothing like as clever as this.
    Hugs Mau xx

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  43. LOVELY! GORGEOUS wodden background - simply stunning!

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  44. Oh wow! What a fabulous project, I love the wood grain effect and the shape of the card and the different textures of the string and the stars are wonderful touches, really gorgeous design. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge
    Lindsay xx

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  45. WOW, another stunning creation. I love the cute image, the card layout, OMG, everything. Thanks for the tutorial, I always learn so much from you. Hugs, Ivonne

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  46. Just totally awesome Tracy - that technique is fantastic and what an end result!!! You never cease to amaze and inspire me :)

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  47. I love your technique and can't wait to try it! This is an absolutely adorable card! I love everything about it. Thanks for playing along with The Paper Girls!

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  48. Lovely hope you can join Love to Create again next week for our Birthday Challenge Hugs Sandra DT xx
    http://careyscards.blogspot.co.uk/

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  49. WOW! What a great technique and tis card is amazing!! Thanks for playing with us at the Paper Girls!

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  50. What a wonderful creation Tracy! I need a wood grain stamps and I am loving that cute little image. Thanks so much for playing with us this week at Paper Playtime this week. Hope to see you again soon :)

    michelle
    Purple Monkey Moments

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  51. Amazing card! Love how you made your wooden background! Very clever! Have a nice day, Colinda

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  52. This has got to be one of the most clever use of a background stamping that I have EVER seen! Awesome job Tracy...well done!

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  53. Fabulous technique, I must MUST try it! And my craft matt is just as 'well loved' as yours :). TFS! x

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  54. Absolutely fantastic - I just love that image - thanks for sharing with us at Fussy and Fancy
    xx

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  55. This is simply great!! I adore!!
    Thank you for the tip!

    Rosi x

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  56. Congratulations Tracy you've been hand picked in our top 5 over at Fussy and Fancy. We'd be honoured if you'd like our badge for your blog :-)


    xx Sazzle xx

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  57. This is soooo darn cute.
    LOve it.
    Chrissyxx

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