Wood Effect Background Tutorial

Hi, today I have some tutorials to share with you after being asked few times how I made the background for the above card. I have created eight backgrounds, all of which used the basic Inking and waxing process, but have some differences like embossing etc. Please note that the backgrounds all have a pearl sheen to them because of the gilding wax, but this can be dulled slightly by the application of a fine layer of talcum powder to the finished piece.

To make the background for the Reindeer card I used the following items:

White Card

Gilding Wax:- 'Pearl Moon'
                     :-'Autumn Bronze' both from Creative Expressions

Tim Holtz Distress Inks:-'Antique Linen'
                     :- 'Brushed Corduroy'
                     :- 'Frayed Burlap'
                     :- 'Vintage Photo'
                     :- 'Walnut Stain'
Cut n Dry Foam

Old Flat Paint Brush

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker:- 'EB7

First I added some 'Antique Linen' and 'Brushed Corduroy' Distress ink with Cut n Dry foam, making sure to apply in lines, streaky is what is needed.  I then sparsely applied some of the 'Pearl Moon' gilding wax with an old stiff paintbrush. I then applied some 'Frayed Burlap' and 'Vintage Photo' Distress ink, then some more gilding wax in different areas. I then applied the 'Walnut Stain' Distress Ink and score 3/4" lines down the card. Into the debossed lines I ran the bullet nib of the Spectrum Noir pen to create a shadow. I then dragged the Chisel nib of the pen down the paper to create streaks and applied some 'Autumn Bronze' Gilding wax to areas of the paper. I finished by distressing the edges with my scissors and inked the edges of the paper with 'Walnut Stain'.

Above is another piece made in exactly the same way, but I have used different colours of Distress Ink for the base. Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap,Walnut Stain,Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany.

This piece I have used Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky Distress Ink. I also changed my Spectrum Noir Pen to BGR3 and did not use any of the 'Autumn Bronze' Gilding Wax.

For the above I used the same Distress Inks as the first piece, but applied all the Inks together before adding both gilding waxes on the top. I then scored the lines and hand drew some wood grain onto the card with the Spectrum Noir EB7 pen.

The above panel was created in the same way as the first, but was run through an embossing folder and another layer of Autumn Bronze gilding wax added.

For this panel I used Antique Linen,Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain Distress Ink and only the 'Pearl Moon' gilding wax. I also added some Gold acrylic paint before dusting the panel with Talcum Powder. I then used some Shabby White Embossing Enamel, Mica Fragments and heat set.

For this I applied some of Pamellia Johnson's texture paste, which can be found here, as a base. when dry I then applied Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Inks. However I only used the Spectrum Noir on the debossed lines.

For this panel, I applied some white Guesso as a base before using Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge, Brushed Corduroy, Frayed Burlap, Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky and Walnut Stain Distress Inks. I then embossed with a folder and added Autumn Bronze Gilding wax.
Here is a link to the Creative Expressions website where the Gilding wax can be found. Just enter Gilding wax into the Product Search bar and all the colours appear, there is even a blending solution, which allows the wax to be used as a paint.

I hope this tutorial help you create your own.


  1. Couldn't resist looking right away. This is brilliant and something to come back to time after time with the different combinations of products you've used. You have been busy experimenting with different mediums. Thanks Sally. Debra x

  2. Oh this is fantastic Sally. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this, it's just fabulous! Now, if only I could get my hands on some of that gilding wax!! Do you have a link for the brand so I can see what it looks like?

    Thanks again Sally! holiday hugs :)

    1. I have updated this post to include a link to Creative Expressions website, where the Gilding wax can be found. Just enter Gilding Wax into the Product Search bar.

    2. Thank you so much Sally! I have been considering ordering a brand of gilding wax, but I didn't know where to start, there are so many kinds available and they are pretty expensive to be experimenting with brands. You seem to get good results with this brand, so I may give it a go. Thanks again, really great tutorial! hugs :)