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Wooden Embellishments on Cards!

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Projects by Sharon M. Reinhart

The addition of wooden embellishments to cards truly adds another level of dimension, and at the same time, it is quite simple to accomplish. Yes, they do require a little more care and cost when it comes to sending the cards through the postal system. However, there are many occasions where a slightly more substantial card is desired. There is also the opportunity to use this style of card as a combination gift and card by making the embellishment removable for use as an ornament or a magnet. These cards can also be made into striking wall decor simply by adding a frame.

We are truly fortunate to have many styles, shapes and sizes of wooden embellishments readily available at most local craft stores. There are block-print-style words and beautiful flowing-script words that cover almost any occasion. There are also wooden alphabet letters that are perfect for monograms or to create your own custom word or words. Various shapes and images are available as well, with some being solid and others which are quite intricate. Don't forget about the cute mini clothespins that are great for holding the perfect stamped sentiment. By using wooden buttons you have the ability to customize their color to any project. Even craft sticks and mini craft sticks are fun to work with on cards -- try stamping words or sentiments or altering their appearance with a background stamped image. Use a brown ink and then blend slightly to create the effect of woodburning.

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These wonderful embellishments can be left in their raw natural state or they can be colored using a variety of mediums. Some of your options are to use inks, acrylic craft paint, color sprays, rub-on creams, Gelatos® and markers to name a few. Project 1 makes use of a wooden sentiment in its natural form without any added color. This particular one has a darker tone to it, which complements the blue and brown color palette perfectly. The addition of cardstock layers, one of which has been embossed for further texture, along with a few stamped and die-cut feathers, makes this card a quick and simple yet striking project!

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Project 1

As mentioned previously, coloring wooden embellishments is an option as shown in Project 2. The intricate wooden circle has been colored by simply sponging gold acrylic craft paint onto the surface. Not only can these shapes make a beautiful focal point, but they are also perfect for layering stamped images, tea bag-folded medallions or even a beautiful die-cut layered flower as seen here.

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Project 2

Embossing powders are another medium and technique which work wonderfully with wooden embellishments. Project 3 includes two techniques -- coloring with inks and heat embossing. I recommend using stamp pad re-inkers on wooden shapes as the rough texture of some wooden pieces could damage your ink pads. Simply apply a few drops of ink to a sponge and dab the color onto the shape. If you would like to take it a step further, while the ink is still wet, apply embossing powder and heat with a heat tool. To create the glistening effect on this snowflake a translucent glitter embossing powder was used. Multiple layers can be achieved by applying more powder after heating while the melted powder is still hot. If you want the glitter effect but you do not have a suitable embossing powder, try using glue and then fine glitter, or a layer of acrylic paint followed by glitter before the paint dries.

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Project 3

A lacquered effect can be achieved with clear embossing powder or Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel™. If you like this look but, again, don't have the embossing powder, another option is to use a medium such as Glossy Accents™.

Our featured project in this issue, Inspire, is a great example of using embossing powder to create texture on a wooden shape by stamping images such as lines, splats, dots, grids or any desired image, and then embossing only the stamped image. It is necessary to make sure that any coloring of the wooden shape is completely dry prior to the stamping and heat-embossing stage.

Embellishments themselves can also be embellished with rhinestones, beads, brads, ribbon, washi tape and decorative papers.

It is important to use a strong double-sided adhesive tape or glue to adhere the wooden embellishments to your cards if you desire a permanent adhesion. If you are looking for something where the embellishment can be removed I suggest using removable adhesive. Another option is to attach the element with a brad or magnets, or punching a hole and tying it onto the card with ribbon or twine.

As you can see, we have only scraped the surface of what can be accomplished with wooden embellishments. I hope you will give it a try, and I would love to hear about any cool techniques that you have used. Just drop me a note using our reader feedback form and you might be featured in an upcoming issue as one of our reader letters.

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