DIY Weathered Wood Background

100_7526Today I have a fun tutorial for creating faux barnwood (or faux weathered wood) backgrounds. There are many different ways to create this look (and I may share some of the others later this year), but today I’m going to show you my favorite method.

page (2)Step One: Cut a piece of cardboard to size (I used old cracker boxes, cereal boxes, etc.)

Step Two: Coat the brown side of the cardboard with a light layer of Elmer’s Glue

Step Three: Let dry to tacky and paint over the glue using Distress Paints

Step Four: Let dry or heat set with an embossing gun (I always heat set mine)

Step Five: Score (on a scoring board) whatever width you desire your planks to be (I prefer to use a stylus as they are more sturdy than the plastic scoring tool)

Step Six: Sand along the edges and surface to create a worn/weathered look

100_7563For this sea themed card, I chose the weathered wood background painted with Blueprint Sketch Distress Paint. Next, I cut a large round circle of watercolor paper with my Spellbinders Nestabilities and inked it up using the ink blending tool and these Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy, Blueprint Sketch, & Broken China. I then stamped two images (in black soot distress ink) from the Inkadinkado stamp set Sea Breeze and framed the image with natural colored burlap string. To the left I glued a piece of cheesecloth and added two sea creatures from the My Sentiment Exactly: By The Sea Sentiments set.  A burlap string bow completes the front of this card.  Inside I added two more sea creatures and a sentiment from the same MSE set.

100_7565For the fired brick weathered wood background I chose a patriotic theme. I stamped some stars over my faux wood piece in fired brick distress ink. I used my Tonic Studios Paper Distresser along the edges to further the worn look. I layered the wood piece on blue cardstock and added two denim brads to the top left corner.  The sentiment (from Celebrate – Unity Stamp Co.) was stamped in Chipped Sapphire Distress ink. I hand drew a messy border with a sharpie marker and tied some burlap string around the mini panel.

100_7591Inside I stamped a boat (from the same Unity Stamp Co. set) and added a sentiment from the Heartfelt Creations set, All Occasion Sentiments.

100_7594Come back tomorrow to see how I used the gray piece of weathered wood to create not one, but two cards! I’d love to see your take on this fun technique so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your projects that use items from companies Cropstop carries in the store! Hope to see you there…..




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3 Responses to DIY Weathered Wood Background

  1. Very cool, I have never tried this technique, I love both looks but that patriotic one is my favorite, I totally love how you made your own wavy border frame for the sentiment and the way you tied the jute and star, s very cool!

  2. I love the weathered wood look you got with this method. Soon when I catch up I will try that technique myself. We always have cereal boxes I can cut up.

  3. Greta H says:

    Thank you for the tutorial, Esther! I’m anxious to give it a try! Really love the July 4th card!

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