I was asked to do these beautiful place cards for a couple's wedding and they wanted to create a look that had the appearance of writing on pieces of wood. (We had originally ordered wood to write on, but last minute the supplier added a delay cutting it too close to the wedding day.) Wood is a beautiful writing surface, and I sand it down and use a wood finish so that the ink rests atop the surface and doesn't bleed into the wood and get lost. Making wooden signage is little more time consuming when you're working with a deadline, but the payoff can be gorgeous. These brown board place cards get the job done and I'm able to fly through them with no additional prep! I can't wait to see the photographs of these pretty cards at the table.