When I think of my dad I think of carpentry. It’s a skill passed on through the men in his family and he is often working with old barn wood, so I used that to help inspire the masculine style of his Father’s Day card.
This is my spin on how to use a score board and ink cubes to make wood texture panels. I found out about this technique from Gina K. Of Stamp TV.
You can see a full step by step video at my YouTube below:
I have a ton of generic white 100 lb card stock I bought in bulk from Amazon that I’ve cut and scored for regular A2 size card bases, this time opting for a top-folding design. I cut a piece of Basis 80 lb white cover card stock to fit the card front and busted out my Martha Stewart Score Board, making score marks with my bone folder at every 3/4 inches across. By the end the whole card front is covered in embossed vertical stripes.
Hampton Art dye ink mini-cubes come in a multipack that I find handy for things like this, as I needed brown, orange, and grey. Starting with brown and swiping with the direction of the embossing/score lines, keep your hand going down as light as possible. There were points at which I dropped the ink cube or it skipped across the paper and was worried it would ruin the texture/design but it honestly just gave it a more interesting distressed character.
Layering with a bit of orange and grey gives more depth and value. Be sure to leave behind some white of the paper. I also used water droplets to bleach away some of the ink, as well as splattered on a bit of watered down gesso to simulate old paint/weathering.
I heat-embossed some die cut letters by covering them in silver Colorbox pigment ink and sprinkling them with Ranger silver embossing powder before melting with a heat gun. I even gave them another layer for a little extra dimension.
The background texture panel was trimmed so that only a small white border remained and I attached it to the card base with Tombow aqua mono liquid glue.
I anchored the letters on the page with a strip of Basis 80 lb black cover card stock, creating some texture with a Ranger embossing pen and going over it with some more silver pigment ink on a piece of sponge. Once the letters were glued I added a bit of metallic copper pigment ink as well. I also added some silver bolts in the corners with a Sharpie paint pen and created black shadows with a Molotow paint pen as a final touch.
Wood texture panels are surprisingly fun and easy to make. I am planning to make a bunch at once and save them to use for “masculine” or “nature” themed cards in the future.