When I create designs for my yearly 24 tags of Christmas series, I often make more than gets used – and I pick out the ideas with the most teachability in them, or a good bit of advice for design or color or something. This year the one that got cut was pyrography (wood burning!) – mostly due to the cost of the tools! But – after finishing the class, I also realized there was a way to create the look but with just stamping. So that’s what you’ll see today!

Tutorial: How to Stamp a Faux Pyrography Christmas Tag

If you have an uncle with a kit in his garage, it’s well worth borrowing it and having a go at burning a piece of wood. Just stamp an image and draw over it with the tool. But if not….you can just stamp!

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Pyrography (the art of wood burning)

While it requires specialized tools, this is a fun process that smells so yummy! I created a tag using a Sunny Studios stamp called Seasons Greetings – and added my own wood burned distressing to make a more rustic wood texture.

Stamped Faux Pyrography

Stamping in Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and adding water to make it bleed just a little, will help it look like it’s been burned in – stamp on top with Versafine Onyx Black too, which serves 2 purposes:

  1. Darkens the lettering and lets the brown stick out past it.
  2. If the tag gets damp, the black will stay put.

Distress using a blending tool of any kind, and the ink pad itself. Tap the edges with the black pad to add more contrast!

Go contact your uncle!

Have you got a family FB group or text thread where you can ask if anyone has a wood burning kit? You might find an uncle with one in the wood shop somewhere. Borrow it and make a few ornaments and tags this Christmas! And let that uncle or grandpa tell you stories and share what he’s made too.


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  1. Gab

    These are really fun … and thanks for teaching me a new word!

  2. Mary W

    What a wonderful Christmasy wrapping! I would say it looks so cool – but it actually looks warm LOL.


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