Friday, July 6, 2018

No Good Reason - Tips For Using Lumber and Foundry 3D Texture Fades

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Happy Friday! What a week! I've just tried out my new Lumber 3D Texture Fade for the first time and have been experimenting with my Foundry 3D Texture Fade. I used both of these on a panel to celebrate my son's 20th birthday! Gosh, where does the time go?

To get the over sized piece of lumber for the background, I just folded my kraft cardstock in half and ran it through my Big Kick following Tim Holtz tips and tricks video.  I'm not concerned by the heavy line from the fold since it will be mostly covered and just looks like the other shadows between the boards. And of course, one half is debossed, but that just adds to the variation in the lumber. To make that lovely wood grain come to life, I just dry brushed over the raised areas with Ground Espresso Distress paint. I cut a piece of cardboard  from a box for my backing and ran a strip of copper foil tape around the edges. I adhered the Lumber panel to the cardboard using Distress Collage Medium Matte and rusted the edges with Distress Grit paste, rusting paste, and Evergreen Bough Distress paint.

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To get this aged rusted metal look, I used Tim's Foundry 3D Texture Fade along with Metallic kraft stock. I painted it with Distress paints -- Rusty Hinge, Ground Espresso, Evergreen Bough, and Fired Brick -- and rubbed with crayons -- Walnut Stain and Hickory Smoke to bring out the fantastic deep texture. I backed it with Classic Kraft stock and textured black card, both sanded and inked.  

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The rusty splotches were made with Distress Grit paste, Rust Effect paste and Evergreen Bough paint. 

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I colored Tim's Numeric numbers in the same paints as the background, excluding Rusty Hinge.

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I inked the clock from the Inventor 1 set with Distress Archival ink Black Soot on watercolor paper and dipped it into puddles of Distress Oxide Antique Linen, Iced Spruce, and  Frayed Burlap. I fussy cut the clock and cogs from the image and layered them with an ad from Collector Layers and a gentleman Paper Doll. He's colored in Evergreen Bough Distress ink and the men's clothing ad aged a bit with brown Distress inks.

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A pair of Tim's Arrow Adornments painted with Evergreen Bough and Ground Espresso point to the appropriate number on the piece of vintage folding ruler from my stash. It was a little too perfect, so I aged it with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide and Black Soot crayon. You could easily substitute with Tim's Ideaology Ruler Pieces, but I couldn't get the numbers on his to work out with my design this time. You can where I've used these Ruler Pieces on my 4th of July Tag and this grungy, but feminine vintage panel. They look just as good as the real deal!

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A tiny altered washer, three altered brads from my stash and a Snarky Small Talk sticker finish off my son's birthday decorative panel.

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I hope you've picked up some tips and ideas for using these wonderful dimensional embossing folders. Thank you for visiting today and for all your wonderful comments!
Sara Emily

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  1. this is awesome - the Lumber Texture Fade looks fantastic the way you colored the wood. So realistic.

  2. Isn't this embossing folder fabulous I love how you have used it and the Gent in the top hat looks perfect on your great card.

  3. Oh I just love this spectacular display of these folders. The wood looks so realistic and oh boy does that rusty metal look amazing! Your pieces always make me want to grab some supplies and get busy. Another awesome post and happy birthday to your 20 year old, we just had one of those in our house-time passes so quickly, enjoy every moment! Hugs. xxx

  4. You took the 3D lumber folder to a new level! Fabulous creativity and awesome inspirational tutorial. I have only just received this folder and learned lots from your post. Thanks Sara for sharing all the details. Happy birthday to your son am sure he was blown away with his card.

  5. Oh Sara - I just love your take with that 3D embossing folder! Isn't it just super fun to play with?! What a fabulous creation -- full of detail and dimension as always!
    It also fits our twist over at Cropstop (wood background) perfectly!

  6. Hi, Sara! It’s mind boggling how you take a piece of paper and create something substantial. In this case, Wood. Amazing. And you always put so much of your magicalness into everything you make. Your son must have been just as incredulous as I. Every little inky detail is amazing. Gorgeous! Hugs, de

  7. Oh, I LOVE it as I am sure your son does, too!!! The depth and realism you achieved with these has me in awe! And the way you pulled it all together, true eye candy!!! xo xo

  8. My gosh, this is amazing!! The texture is off the charts!! I love the wood and the layers and the details!! The rusty grungy colors are spectacular!! So mindbogglingly stunning!! Love, love it, my friend!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  9. Wow! Wow! Wow!! This is awesome Sara!! The lumber panel looks so real and I love the rusty look you were able to achieve on the Foundry panel!! Simply amazing textures !! Love, love, love this and I bet your son did too!! Have a wonderful day!! hugs xx

  10. Sara, all I can think to say is that this is incredible, beautiful embossing, wonderful layering - a real triumph! Hugs, Anne xx

  11. Honestly, scrape my jaw off the floor someone! That lumber panel is ridiculously real (thank you for sharing the folding tip) and the metal embossing is delicious. I love how you've given all the metal touches of verdigris to make them pop too. Simply inspiring! xx

  12. What a fantastic project, Sara Emily! The lumber panel looks exactly like real wood! The shading on the gentleman and the metal accents are perfect. Happy Birthday to your son!

  13. Sometimes I don’t even know what to say! Your work makes me in awe and leaves me so inspired and utterly speechless! This is beyond cool and sooooo perfect for your son. I behaved and didn’t buy these folders yesterday and now get to spend my day going back! ROTFL! Girl you’re a rock star! Big hugs, Autumn

  14. Absolutely scrumptious metal and wood effects - this is just magnificent! I love the warm burnished rust tones and the wood looks completely real. Fabulous!
    Alison x

  15. Brilliant Sara Emily, love, love, LOVE this xxx

  16. Beautiful! I love the way you used those texture fades along with those amazing industrial touches.

  17. How did I miss this?? What a great panel to give to your son on his birthday, Sara Emily! Love the wood embossing folders used in this and how you've finished them - they're both so realistic looking! That's a great tip on folding the cardstock in half to get a larger piece (those folders are awesome but too small) and the variation in embossed/debossed adds interest. This just looks so old, you've distressed it beautifully and it's very masculine. The ruler is also very cool and a great touch. Another fabulous project! Hugs!!

  18. Very awesome. I just want to touch it xoxo


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