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I’m pretty impressed with how easy it is to create natural looking woodgrain with dynamic textured embossing folders. The new Pinewood Planks folder is the very first item I want to show you from my first catalogue order. I shared a pic of my packed box on Facebook the other day – did you see it?  I thought our old Woodgrain embossing folder was great – see this other masculine card which features it – but I have to say, this one is fabulous!  Look at how realistic it looks.

Natural Looking Woodgrain with Dynamic Textured Embossing Folders

Don’t you agree? To create even more realism, I sponged crumb cake ink along the edges and on the wood grain ridges. My card’s just a little lighter colour than our weathered old barn wood fence since I was itching to use my new Smoky Slate gingham ribbon to spruce it up too. Aren’t you so excited to have gingham ribbons back again? This one is a little wider, at 1/2” with lots of body and a nice soft finish. It’s even got a silvery sheen to it when the light hits it a certain way.

My dragonflies are cut out of the new Wood Textures designer series paper stack. I love, love, LOVE the white wood finish one!  They are a cinch to cut out and separate like I did with my paper snips.

Get a closer look to see what I mean.

Natural Looking Woodgrain with Dynamic Textured Embossing Folders

There are some tips to use to get the best impression from your folders. While they aren’t creating natural looking woodgrain with dynamic textured embossing folders, this video from Stampin’ Up! does a great job of showing you with some of the other folder offerings.

Wanna make it yourself? Here are a couple hints to recreate this card:

  • I did spritz my cardstock with water (first time for me and I think it did make a deeper impression than without)
  • Cut the full set of five dragonflies with your thinly and cut them down to get three
  • Give your Basic Grey ink time to dry or a shot with your heat tool (I found it smudged the first time I started to work with it)
  • Use liquid glue and a sponge to dab on the back of the dragonflies to get great adhesion to the ridged surface of the background
  • Sponge the sides of the pinewood planks background before adhering your ribbon

Now you have some of my tips, here is everything you might need along the way:

 

Natural Looking Woodgrain with Dynamic Textured Embossing Folders

I think this card would work equally well for a man or lady, (yup, even with the Pretty Label punch!). The colours are cool and neutral and the ribbon isn’t fussy. And who doesn’t like dragonflies to create a natural, out-of-doors feel? I think you can’t go wrong with a card with natural looking woodgrain with dynamic textured embossing folders just like this one!

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