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smooching on wood…

my “home lss”, scrapbook 911, got some of the new REAL WOOD “papers” by creative imaginations in the other day.

i was wondering how easy they would be to work with so i decided to make a tag as a “test sample” and try out a few different techniques on it. i selected one of the lighter colored pieces in the thinnest weight.

first i cut it out in the shape of a tag – that was pretty easy, and it did just cut like a thick paper. then i used my crop-o-dile to punch a hole at the top – again, real easy to do and no splitting.

then i decided to spray it with SMOOCH SPRITZ to color the tag, i used the GINGERSNAP color, and it came out wonderful! nice and bright with LOTS of shimmer. i wanted a little contrast color around the edges, so i used the SMOOCH ACCENT INK in gold lame to dab and smudge around the edges. it added a nice touch of shading and went on nice and easy. i set the tag aside to dry a bit and then decided to try some other techniques while i waited.

first, i thought about stamping and embossing on the wood, so i tried that – i wouldn’t recommend it! the wood started splitting and separating from the paper backing before i even got a small bit of the embossing powder melted. you might have better luck on the thicker wood papers, but it did not work on the thin!

so, i tried stamping using my VIVID ink in black; it worked pretty well, there was a little “running” of the ink in the wood grain, but that was to be expected. i didn’t think it ruined the design. so i used a stamp set by basic grey to stamp a cute little frog, lizard and bee as well as the sentiment for the tag onto some leftover wood. then i filled in the designs using SMOOCH ACCENT INKS. they worked wonderfully on the wood, they were easy to apply, covered well and gave a pretty bright glimmery look to the designs – and the SMOOCH ACCENT inks were thick enough that they didn’t run into the grain of the wood. i used GREEN APPLE, KIWI, POOL, OCEAN SOUL, SASSY PINK, SUNDANCE and TUXEDO. i used the SMOOCH ILLUMINATE to do the wings of the bee with. the ILLUMINATE just adds a layer of shimmer to whatever you apply it over, so you can still see the wood through the ink. i set all the “smooched” pieces aside to dry also – they do dry pretty quick though.

having a few minutes to wait, i wondered if i could cut the wood with decorative edge scissors, i had a few on hand, so i gave them a try. the first ones i used were a mini scallop, and i was REALLY surprised at how well they worked. i got a nice clean cut with nice definition. the large zig zag scissors i had went through the wood a little easier and again gave a clean cut. i decided to smooch both of the with the SMOOCH SPRITZ, i used the GOLD GLOW on the scallop cut piece for my sentiment, and used the FROSTED GRAPE on the zig zag cut pieces for trim.

then i assembled all the parts on the tag using my trust ZIP DRY glue; i used dimensional dots to raise the piece with the sentiment. i added some dots as a “flight trail” for the bee and a few dots to the zig zag pieces to accent them, then a ribbon tied at the top finished it off.

here are a few pics of the supplies and finished project:

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