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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!

(This is my second post today, scroll down to see my latest Cinema Saturday creation!)

I've been wanting to try today's technique for months now, and figured Earth Day would be the perfect time to finally do it! Back when I was lucky enough to be part of Pamela's team, she shared a technique on one of our FireCracker blog hops that I thought was SO COOL. She used a woodburner to go over an image stamped on a cork coaster!! I've had some coasters sitting around the house for ages - it seemed rather fitting to finally repurpose them for my Earth Day card!

I began by stamping this Hero Arts tree image onto my cork coaster using StazOn ink. This is what it looked like while I waited for my woodburner to heat up:

I then slowly traced over the stamped image with the woodburner. I'm sure I didn't trace all of the branches completely right, it was sort of a branch-burning-free-for-all, but in the end it turned out pretty good. This technique needs to be done with a somewhat simple stamp - if there's too much detail it will just get lost. After I was done burning, I inked up the coaster with various Distress inks, and then mounted it on a card. I used the "take good care" message as a reminder that we should "take good care" of the trees and our lovely planet. I've had the woodburner for ages - I bought it when I *thought* I was going to start making decorated gourds, but that never happened. So it feels good to finally be putting it to use!

And speaking of feeling good - I feel good about being associated with Hero Arts after reading a little more about their history and business practices - check it out HERE! (You may also want to leave a comment over there... just sayin'...) :-)

Happy Stampy Earth Day!

  • Stamps: K5255 Three Winter Trees, CG125 Friend Definition, CL307 Mini Messages from Hero Arts
  • Paper: Brown, teal, marigold
  • Ink: Black StazOn, Versamark, Distress Inks (Crushed Olive, Forest Moss, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain)
  • Accessories & Tools: Woodburner, slit punch, machine stitching, satin ribbon


  1. love it, especially the orange scallop...i'd be terrified to use a woodburner, i barely have the nerve to heat emboss though...causes me much anxiety, but this card makes it all go away, love

  2. Beautiful creation Libby! This would fit perfectly with Verve Stamps Monday challenge on SCS too-perfect colors! Love that technique, very cool!

  3. Ooh!!! What a great idea! Beautiful card, as always!

  4. Thanks for the inspiration, Libby! Love the recycling ideas. I almost always use all re-purposed materials whenever I can. This is fantastic!

  5. This is just gorgeous, Libby!! Happy Earth Day!!

  6. I have a woodburning tool which rarely gets used but now I'm going to pull it out and play with it after seeing your tutorial! Love how the burning looks on the cork!

  7. I read their very interesting article today...good stuff there. Love your cork creation!

  8. Oh Libby, this rocks!!!! LOVE it! I always wanted a woodburner -- love the smell of burning wood! Although, it makes me hungry for smores, ha ha ha! :)

  9. This cork coaster should be thanking it's lucky stars that you rescued it. :) Amazing!!

  10. I love your cards. I have all the stuff you used to make this one. I should break out the hot tools and burn up something other than dinner.

  11. What a sensational card Libby!! Its amazing, I would have never thought to burn the stamp into a cork coaster!! And your colouring with the distress inks is amazing!! ..

  12. Really neat technique...looks like alot of work...perfect for earth day!!

  13. Wow Libby this looks amazing! I haven't heard of or seen a woodburner before but I love the effect of it on the cork with the distress inks. Thanks for the tutorial - maybe I need to visit the local hardware store!

  14. This is SO COOL!

    WV: catican
    Headquarters for the Religious Order of Cats.


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