Another frame project today, this time using the This and That Christmas Collection from Echo Park Paper and I am really excited about the simple woodgrain technique!
This collection is so versatile and the variety of patterns in this collection makes it really easy to put together a quick Christmas project. First of all I wanted to show you a two minute trick for turning a plain wooden piece into one with a dark wood grained effect.
This will work on any number of surfaces, but works really well as an alternative to painting raw wooden pieces. First of all, simply use a sponge (or your regular ink applicator) and color the frame with Distress Ink (I used Vintage Photo). When dry then use a brown ink and a wood grain stamp all over the frame. Vary the area of the stamp you use for a random wood grain effect and in a few minutes your frame will look great!
When I create these frames – which come in two pieces – a front face with the shapes cut out and a solid back piece – instead of trying to cut paper to fit the front, I cut paper approximately 1.5mm larger on each side and glue to the reverse. This way you get a perfect piece of paper inside the frame and it looks very neat.
I love that the papers in this collection have so many elements that can be easy used as accents too. This little “Stockings” print was on the Journaling Cards Paper and it’s so great. I have also used pieces from the This and That Collection Chipboard and some assorted wooden veneer pieces as embellishments.