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Faux Wood

Here is a fun easy way to mimic the look of wood on your next project. This a very simple technique and the look is unique. I love to use this technique on masculine projects or to make something look rustic or outdoorsy. It's so easy!


Coarse grain sandpaper (100 grit or lower)
brown cardstock
brown ink


1. Take a piece of brown cardstock the size needed for your project. With the coarse sandpaper, sand deep ridges in the cardstock so that the white core shows through. I like to sand in slightly curved "rings" the you might see in wood.

2. Once the cardstock is sanded, use a lighter brown ink and rub it on the sanded areas. This fills in the white with a different shade of brown leaving lighter and darker marks like on real wood. That's it!

3. Play around with different colors of brown cardstock and ink to mimic different types of wood. Use lighter browns for light wood and dark browns for more cherry or darker colored woods.


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