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