Stained Wood Inlay Card

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I was inspired by a recent Mother’s Day Menu post to break out my wood paper and make a pretty springtime card.   And since die cut inlaying is so popular right now, I thought it’d be fun to stain my wood bits and adhere them back into my panel for a slightly vintage-y look.  Start by cutting the floral design out of your wood paper panel using the textured cardstock settings.  Save all of the bits and pieces off to the side.  Adhere the wood panel to the back of a piece of adhesive cardstock so that the holes in the panel expose the sticky side.

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Color each of your wood bits with medium of choice (markers, stain, paint).  I chose Distress Stains (Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage, Dusty Concord, and Victorian Velvet) because I wanted a watered-down look that mimicked real wood stain.  I dabbed each piece with the stain and then wiped it off with a paper towel to preserve the woodgrain.  Several coats were necessary with some of the lighter colors and some of my wood pieces curled a bit.  This was ok because the adhesive on the back of the cardstock is very strong and everything laid flat once I pressed them back into the panel.

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Allow your stained pieces to dry fully.  Press each piece back into the wood panel like you’re putting a puzzle together.  Mount the wood panel onto coordinating green cardstock.

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Cut your sentiment out of Printable Silver Foil.  This material is capable of such intricate cuts that it’s perfect for a quick custom card sentiment.  (Most of the letters on this card are less than a quarter inch tall!)  Adhere panel and sentiment onto cardbase.

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I finished off my card with a couple of twists of silver twine behind my wood panel and a few tiny pearls to emphasize my sentiment.  I hope this inspires you to try cutting some new materials with your Silhouette!

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