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Rustic Faux Embossed Herb Plaques


  • Americana Writer – White three dimensional paint
  • Antiquing Gel
  • Duraclear Satin Varnish
  • 4 square wooden plaques
  • Sandpaper
  • Square post it notes

Americana paint colors:

  • Espresso
  • Light Buttermilk
  • Wasabi Green
  • Spa Blue
  • Golden Straw


  • Use paintbrush to paint the outer edges of the plaques with Espresso. Paint all four sides.
  • Write out herb names (we used dill, sage, thyme, and basil) using a pen or pencil onto post its. Place the post its on the plaques to get an idea of what they will look like. Once you are happy with the lettering, you can trace the letters so that the pen creates an indent onto the wood plaques.
  • Write the words onto the plaques using the white Americana Writer, use the indents as your guide.
  • Once the dimensional writer paint has dried, lightly paint over the brown sides and edges of the plaques with each color of Americana paint. We did Wasabi Green for the sage plaque, Spa Blue for thyme, Golden Straw for dill and Light Buttermilk for basil. Load the paintbrush, then wipe off the excess onto a paper towel and dry brush it over the Espresso. This will create a rustic look to the edge of the plaques. Use sandpaper to rough up the edges and expose a little of the wood.
  • Paint over the dimensional lettering with the appropriate color paint. After that coat has dried, add another coat.
  • Mix the 1 part antiquing gel with 1 part Espresso paint. Brush it onto all the edges and wipe back. Repeat for the top of the plaque, wiping off the excess with a soft rag.
  • When dry, add a coat of Duraclear Varnish.