For added variety, you can also try resin or epoxy inlays. A variety of different colors and textures are available and can be added to designs, used to fill inlay pockets, and more. Late last summer, I had some nice turquoise resin inlay from Inlacebook.com that really came to the rescue.
It was late at night and I was working on one last piece for the booth. The finishing touch I was going to add before I called it quits were a couple symmetrical designs on either side of lettering that had just been routed with the Sign Pro. I must have been losing my concentration because after I routed the first pattern window I only rotated the template 2 spaces instead of 3. I didn’t notice my error until I had already cut the second window. The error was obvious, there was no turning back.
Tired, frustrated and unable to compromise between starting over and giving up, I remembered the inlay material we had recently got and realized there was no better time to try it. I routed out one more window at 2 spaces instead of 3 for symmetry and cleared out the template window in all 3 positions. I mixed up the resin, scooped it into the inlay pockets and went to bed for the night to let it cure properly. In the morning I planed the piece level, and sanded it starting with a rough grit, moving to a higher grit finishing paper.
In the end, I was very proud of the sign and happy things worked out as they did.
Woodsmith did an article about resin inlays some time ago. You can read it here (pdf).
Obviously, this inlay material can be used for a wide variety of projects. Sign lettering, design lines, inlays, anywhere.
-- Mark & Elaine, Iowa, http://3DWoodworkingStore.com