all the awesome people have laser cutters (kiteman, pier 9 and many more!). And with laser cutters come those cool burn marks on the side. So I decided I would try to fake it.
For the Epilog contest: if I had a laser cutter I would redo this project with a real laser cutter. (then I would do the rest of the K-man's i'bles)
Step 1: Acquire .PDF of Your Design
Acquire a .PDF of the design you want.
got the bowtie design from Kiteman's (awesome) instructable.
Step 2: L̶a̶s̶e̶r̶ Cut It!
Print out your .PDF and staple it to your wood. Now break out that reciprocating saw (that has sat forgotten for months) and cut it out. using a bandsaw would probably be better but the saw broke on mine so.......
Step 3: Fake It
now for the magic!
First tape everything but the sides. Then get a blowtorch (parental guidance required) and burn the sides. I noticed that if you hold it in one place everywhere but where you are pointing turns black so the more you move the more the burn marks!
Step 4: Show Off Your Laser Cut Item
now show people (or dogs) your awesome (fake) laser cut :)
and now here is a GIF for your troubles