Real Wood Halloween Decor

October is upon us and we are decorating for Halloween. This week’s Wood project inspiration looks so professional framed and would look great highlighted in the middle of a wreath. The Skull was created using a skull stencil, acrylic paint and a sheet of Cherry wood. We used Birch wood tape to create the SPOOK banner.

Supplies for the ‘SPOOK Skull’ home decor: Cherry Wood Sheet, Birch wood tape, skull stencil, black acrylic paint, sponge daubers, black and white baker’s twine, alphabet stamp set, black sta-zon ink, scissors and black ceramic frame.

Skull Instructions:

1. Determine frame window size. Our frame window is 5″ x 7″. Cut a piece of Cherry wood to 5″ x 7″ or the window size of your frame.

2. Arrange the skull stencil onto the 5″x7″ piece of Cherry wood and tape down.

3. Slowly sponge black acrylic paint onto the stencil. Tip: We did many tests-if the paint was too thick or wet it bled through our stencil. We had the best luck using a sponge dauber and dry daubing acrylic paint slowly over the stencil image.

4. Let dry and then remove the stencil from the Cherry wood. Lightly touch up areas if needed.

5. Insert the stenciled piece of Cherry wood into the frame.

Spook Banner Instructions:

1. Cut five pieces of Birch wood tape 4 inches long.

2. Fold each piece of Birch wood tape in half before you remove the liner. This will help score the Birch wood tape and provide a mark to where the baker’s twine should go.

3. Cut an 18″ piece of black and white baker’s twine.

4. Remove the liner from one piece of Birch wood tape. Line up the baker’s twine onto the folded line. The Birch wood tape adhesive should keep it in place. Fold over the Birch wood tape and sandwich the baker’s twine. Repeat this process with the remaining four pieces of Birch wood tape. Tip: Start in the center of the baker’s twine and evenly space each Birch wood tape piece outward to the left and right.

5. Using an alphabet stamp set and black sta-zon ink, stamp each letter onto each  Birch wood tape banner piece.

6. Snip the ends of each Birch wood tape banner piece with scissors into a flag shape.

7. Drape and tie banner ends down to opposite ends of the frame. See photo for suggested placement.

Real Wood Butterfly Mixed Media Canvas

Hello! We are back this week with more mixed media inspiration to share. As we mentioned in a previous mixed media blog post, we love to incorporate wood into our artwork. The ‘Butterfly’ home decor piece we are showing you this week was created on canvas using a variety of inks, papers, and finishes. In this piece we wanted the White Birch wood butterflies to be the primary focal point and have small accents of small Cherry wood butterflies.

Supplies for the ‘Butterfly’ Mixed Media art: 8×10 canvas, Cherry Wood Sheet, White Birch Wood Sheet, Gesso, variety of patterned paper, old book pages, mesh tape, pearl embellishments, black gel pen, black stazon ink, yellow spray ink, blue spray ink, rub-on transfer images, sponges, paint brushes, white ink, gold metallic ink, gold metallic pen, white acrylic paint, black acrylic paint, coral acrylic paint, electronic cutter, butterfly cut files, variety of texture and background stamps, texture stencils, modgepodge, adhesive, spray fixative, and scissors.

‘Butterfly’ Mixed Media canvas directions:

Note: these are general guidelines for creating similar piece and results may and should vary.

1. Cut out 3 different sizes (S, M, L) of butterflies from a White Birch Wood Adhesive Sheet using an electronic cutter and a butterfly cut file. Also cut out seven extra small butterflies from a sheet of Cherry Wood. Set cut butterflies aside.

2. Prep an 8 x 10 canvas with Gesso.

3. Adhere book print paper to entire canvas using modgepodge or a clear adhesive. Let dry.

4. Adhere a variety of colors and sizes of patterned paper to the bottom 2/3 of the canvas using modgepodge or a clear adhesive. Let dry.

5. Lightly paint a wash of white acrylic paint mixed with modgepodge or a clear adhesive. Let dry and spray fix.

5. Mist yellow sun rays to the top potion of your canvas using a sun ray texture stencil and yellow spray ink. Lightly mist entire canvas with blue spray ink. Let dry and spray fix.

6. Rip off a few organically shaped pieces of mesh tape and adhere randomly onto canvas.

7. Arrange and then adhere the seven extra small Cherry Wood butterflies to the left side of the canvas.

8. Stamp a variety of textures in black ink onto the canvas.

9. Apply a clear coat of modgepodge to entire canvas. Let dry and spray fix.

10. Add black rub-on transfer images (swirls, black zig zag border, words, etc) to the canvas.

11. Arrange the 3 different sizes (S, M, L) of White Birch Wood butterflies onto the canvas with the largest butterfly toward the top, medium butterfly in the middle, and the small butterfly toward the bottom. Space evenly and adhere.

12. Add a light wash of coral acrylic paint to canvas, paying attention to get a small amount of paint on the butterflies.

13. Stamp a variety of textures in gold metallic ink to canvas.

14. Stamp a variety of textures in black ink onto the canvas.

15. Cut out inspiring words from an old book. Adhere to canvas.

16. Apply a clear coat of modgepodge to entire canvas. Let dry and spray fix.

17. Stamp a variety of texture stamps in white ink onto canvas. Let dry and spray fix.

18. Add detail and defining lines to canvas using a black gel pen. Outline the butterflies, words and other areas you’d like to highlight.

19. Add detail and defining lines to canvas using a gold metallic pen. Color in random squares of mesh tape. Spray fix entire canvas.

20. Add pearl embellishments to centers of (S, M, L) White Birch Wood butterflies.

Real Wood Pocket Cards

This week we created simple Wood pocket cards using the various Wood finishes. Pocket cards have many uses. Use a pocket card as an interesting way to enclose a note for someone, add an interactive element to a scrapbook page, or create memorable packaging for gift cards and note cards. Wood is so versatile and looks amazing partnered with your favorite patterned paper.

Supplies for the ‘Real Wood Pocket’ cards: White Birch Wood Adhesive Sheet, Rustic White Birch Adhesive Sheet, Rustic Cherry Wood Adhesive Sheet, Cherry Wood Adhesive Sheet, a variety of patterned papers, Big Shot or die cutting machine, pocket card die, adhesive, sanding block, and pinking scissors.

Pocket Card Directions:

1. Remove adhesive liner from the back of the White Birch Wood Adhesive Sheet and back with a sheet of patterned paper. Please note: The White Birch Wood might show the pattern from the pattern paper through the wood.

2. Cut out a pocket from the pattern paper lined Wood sheet using a Big Shot and a pocket card die.

3. Trim the pocket top and front pouch using pinking scissors. See example.

4. Fold and assemble the pocket card. Adhere side and bottom together.

5. Sand off any wood splinters from the folded edges using a sanding block.

6. Repeat steps 1-5 to make more pocket cards with your favorite Wood; White Birch Wood, Rustic White Birch, Rustic Cherry Wood, Cherry Wood.

Shadow prints with Real Wood & SolarFast

This week we got a chance to try our Wood papers with Jacquard SolarFast dyes. SolarFast dyes work great with paper and natural fabrics and we found these dyes are also great to use on wood paper! We did a few image and time tests and ultimately created some shadow prints with leaves and twigs. It was easy to follow the simple instructions included with the product. We are thrilled with the results. Our shadow prints look great and we love this photographic look on our wood paper.

Supplies for Wood ‘Shadow Prints’: Cherry Wood Paper, Birch Wood Paper, Solar Fast Blue Dye, Solar Fast Wash, paint brush, sheet of glass, and random leaves or flat objects.

1. Cut the Cherry Wood Paper and the Birch Wood Paper to the desired size. We cut our wood paper to 4″ x 6″.

2. Gather your leaves or whatever type of object you’d like to create an image with. Flat thin objects work best.

3. Evenly apply the Solar Fast blue dye to each cut sheet of wood paper with a paint brush or sponge. We coated each sheet of wood paper twice.

4. Lay your leaves or objects onto each sheet of wood while the Solar Fast dye is still wet.

5. Place a sheet of glass on the top of the wood paper and leaves to hold the objects in place. We found when we used a piece of glass to sandwich the items together we got a better shadow print.

6. Expose to sunlight or UV light. We exposed our prints outside on a sunny day at high noon for about 13 minutes. Exposure times vary so we recommend you do a quick test.

7. Remove the leaves and wash your exposed wood prints with hot water and SolarFast Wash for about 10 minutes. We washed our wood prints in a 9×11 dish and agitated the prints for 10 minutes.

8. Lay each wood print out to dry. Curling of the wood paper may occur. Some of our prints did curl after drying. If this occurs simply press or heat press the wood paper after it is dry to create a flat smooth surface.

For more suggestions on how to apply SolarFast to your substrate visit the SolarFast site.

Real Wood mini collage book

Two weeks ago we showed you how well Wood can work with Mixed Media. Our projects this week are similar and show how awesome Wood works with collage art. Wood paper is a great base as well as an accent for any type of project. These mini books have been covered with Wood paper and dressed up with many fun embellishments, including snips of Wood Tape.

Supplies for the ‘Ruler Collage’ mini book: White Birch Wood Paper , Rustic Cherry Wood Paper, Cherry Wood Tape, Heavy chipboard, Tim Holtz ruler binding system or ruler and wing-nuts, heavy printed acetate, white fish netting, paper butterfly embellishments, gold doily, old tickets, black gel pen, brown pearl embellishments, circle stripe stamp, blue stamp ink, circle punch, crop-a-dile, heavy duty corner round punch, string closure ties, white text weight paper, scoring tool, hobby blade, adhesive, and scissors.

Note: Mixed media and collage art are about trial and error, playing and experimenting. Results may and should vary.

Book assembly Directions:

1. Determine book size. Our book is 4″ x 5″.

2. Cut two pieces of heavy chipboard to 4″ x 5″.

3. Cover one side of both pieces of 4″ x 5″ heavy chipboard with Rustic Cherry wood. Trim any excess with a hobby blade.

4. Cut two pieces of heavy printed acetate to 4″ x 5″.

5. Determine the number of pages for your book. Our book has 30 pages. Cut pages to 3-3/4″ x 4-3/4″. Round interior page corners with a heavy duty corner round punch, if desired.

6. Stack book for assembly in this order: back piece of chipboard covered in Rustic Cherry, 30 pages, front piece of chipboard covered in Rustic Cherry, and 4″ x 5″ piece of heavy printed acetate.

7. Using a crop-a-dile, punch 1/4″ two holes through your assembled book. These holes will serve for bindery once the ruler is attached. Tip: use the punched ruler as your guide when punching holes through your book.

8. Attach Tim Holtz Ruler binding system using wing-nuts. Put one ruler piece on front and one on back. Loosely thread together with wing-nuts. Keep wing-nuts loose until cover is completely decorated.

9. Score book cover along right side of ruler allowing book to flip open and provide easier access to interior pages.

10. Round all four corners of the assembled book with a heavy duty corner round punch.

Decorate book cover:

1. Stamp circle design image in blue ink and punch out. Set aside.

2. Tear or cut a 3″ piece of Cherry Wood Tape. Using a black gel pen write out book title onto piece of Cherry Wood Tape.

3. Gather all embellishments. Arrange, layer, collage and adhere the following embellishments in order from bottom to top: gold doily, circle punched image, 2″ x 3″ piece of White Birch wood, old ticket, Cherry Wood Tape, white fish net, paper butterflies, and adhesive backed brown pearls. See example for placement suggestion.

4. Be sure all embellishments are tucked under the ruler bind. Tighten wing-nuts. Add brown pearls to wing-nut tips.

5. Adhere a circle string closure to front and back of book covers.

You can cover any type of mini book or journal with real Wood. Below we’ve covered a spiral bound mini book in real Cherry wood.