Monday, April 19, 2021

Feathered Friend

 I recently showed a couple friends how to up-cycle cracker/cereal boxes into faux weathered wood backgrounds. We all created window/bird cards with the finished product.

To create the weathered wood look:

  1. Trim a thin piece of cardboard to size (use the reverse side if you're up-cycling a cereal box)
  2. Score some lines (you choose how wide - mine were 3/4 inch)
  3. Paint your cardboard with white school glue
  4. While still tacky, paint a thin layer of your main color over top the glue
  5. Heat set or allow to air dry (if you did it right,cracks will appear)
  6. Add an accent color and heat set again
  7. Re-score your lines
  8. Sand portions of your finished piece to give it a weathered look

 Supplies and Tools: 

  • Feathered Friends (Sizzix - Tim Holz)
  • Fall Foliage (Sizzix - Tim Holtz)
  • Conservatory Window (Sizzix)
  • Spring Wreath Die (Impression Obsession)
  • Cheesecloth
  • Burlap String
  • Watercolor Paints (Zenacolor)
  • Gray and White Acrylic Paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Cereal Box cardboard
  • Martha Stewart Scoring Board 
  • Elmer's Glue

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Michelle N. said...

What a gorgeous card! Love your use of die cuts, and they are so beautifully colored! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas!

Cindy C. said...

Fabulous card, great layering and texture!! Thanks for linking up to our April Challenge gallery at Die Cut Divas.

Conniecrafter said...

Oh I love this, you did a fabulous job with the wood look and I like the distressed look of the window frame too, love the wreath with the cheesecloth in the background, terrific coloring of the bird!

Arlene said...

Fantastic upcycling! Beautiful background for your lovely card. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas for our aperture/window card challenge.

Kate said...

Your card looks amazing, Esther! I would have never guessed that your weathered wood background is actually a cereal box!!

Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon this week!

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laurie said...

This card is really exceptional!!! So gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Dies R Us!

Aimeslee Winans said...

Fabulous, Esther! Thanks for wood tute! xoxo