Brenda says, “Have you ever walked on old painted wooden floorboards where the layers of paint have been worn away to reveal previous layers? This project aims to replicate that sort of vintage shabby look. Summer days by the sea, meandering along the pier, gazing into the depths of the sea, investigating rock pools and feeling the sand between your toes. What more could be so inviting in these lovely summer months?”

Stamps Brenda used... 

PaperArtsy Scrapcosy ESC 12 


Other materials...

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Cadmium Red Hue; Titan Buff; Titanium White; Paynes Grey; Raw Umber; Yellow Oxide; Burnt Umber; Quinacridone Gold

DecoArt Media Speciality: White Gesso; Texture Sand Paste; Matte Medium

DecoArt Americana: Weathered Wood Crackle Medium 

DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish: Legacy; Yesteryear; Everlasting

Sizzix Thinlits: Mixed Media #6 – Tim Holtz; Alphanumeric Label – Tim Holtz

Sizzix Framelits Circles

PaperArtsy Stencil Scrapcosy PS093


Step-by-step… Shabby Worn Boards.



1 Coat the substrate with gesso, heat dry, then mix Cadmium Red and Paynes Grey together to make a blood red colour. Apply over the top.

2 Randomly rub with candle wax, then paint a layer of tinting base mixed with Burnt Umber and Raw Umber. Dry, then rub with a kitchen towel to expose the colour underneath.

3 Mix Quinacridone Gold and Paynes Grey with water, and paint over the surface. With a heat gun and kitchen roll, dab and dry simultaneously to create dirty speckles.


4 Apply a thin layer of crackle medium, letting it dry naturally or with some warmth from a heat gun (held away from the surface so the medium doesn’t get hot).

5 When completely dry, apply more candle wax randomly over the surface. Apply a layer of Titanium White paint. Leave to dry and crackle naturally.

6 Repeat the rubbing back as in step 2. Use a scoreboard to score lines, run sandpaper down them and blend brown Distress ink down the edges to create boards.

To finish the project: Give the boards a light coat of Matte Medium to seal and cut to the size you need. Cut a circular hole to create a porthole effect, cut a circle and paint with chalky paints in the same shade as the large blue mount, stencil the background. Stamp and colour the seahorse and words. Mount the layers like the old posters and paint the edge of the backing board using a sponge to create a worn metallic effect. Die-cut letters to make up your signage, assemble the pieces together and create your imaginary poster so it looks as though you can peer through the floor of a pier and onto the water below.


This project first featured in the August 2019 issue of Craft Stamper magazine.