I hit up my local lumber store, picked up some remnants for free, had my dh chop these 2x6 into 9 inch blocks (I am sure the lumber guys would have obliged me equally as well). I wanted to stain them black but dummy me forgot to buy the wood stain. Oh well I was already on a roll using Tim Holtz Distressed Ink for my other project so lets just try it out on wood..works pretty good.
I misted the ink with water and painted the edges with the excess runoff using a foam dauber. I had to apply the ink two or three times. Basically I swiped the pad against the wood grain then rubbed it in with a foam dauber..added just a bit of water to help the ink soak into the wood and let it sit overnight to let the ink cure up, which it did so there was no fear of ink rubbing off while you handled the wood.
Next I cut the letter stencils from the Silhouette and their stencil material which if you haven't tired it is about the best thing ever. It's super adhesive without being overly sticky. So I can lift it multiple times yet it doesn't overly grab and it still sticks darn well.
I rubbed the stencil firmly all over to make sure all the edge were sealed and used a foam brush to daub on white paint on and then lightly painted with the brush it to give it a brush stroke feel.
Came out pretty good, this one is for my dd.