Memorial Day Wishes

We are so grateful for the men and women who defended and serve our treasured country to provide us our freedoms and remember you for your ultimate sacrifice and wish to honor you today. How grateful are we to be Americans and live in such a great country where our fallen heroes have put their lives on the line for us?

Home Decor Piece

Here is another home decor piece we created that highlights our great country. We stamped a large United States image in brown ink on a sheet of Birch Wood paper. You can highlight a particular State by stamping that State onto another sheet of Birch Wood paper. Then cut out the State shape and adhere with foam tape. Easy!

We hope you have a safe and inspiring Memorial day.

Our office will be closed on Monday, May 30th, in observance of Memorial Day. Any orders placed after 12pm on Friday May 27th will be ready on Tuesday May 31th. We will reopen on Tuesday May 31th at 8 am PST. Please make a note of it. Call us at (702) 851-7277 or email us at hello@etcpapers.com with any questions.

National Stationery Show 2016 – Recap

We had a great trip to New York City for this year’s National Stationery Show. We made new friends and reconnected with many of you. It was great to see everyone. If you were exhibiting, we hope you had a wonder show!

We walked to show floor each day and were super excited to see wood paper used on so many cool products and in various ways. Below is a small sampling of the cool wood stationery products found. Thank you to JRC Industries for showcasing our Wood envelopes! Until next year.

Cherry Wood Spring Tree Card & Envelope

Blossoms abound! Here on the East Coast our trees are finally starting to pop and bloom. Everything is so pretty, so much so, that we were inspired to create a blooming Cherry Wood blossom card. This Spring Tree card template is a wonderful choice to honor spring. You can find this template on the Silhouette Design Store, our #1 go to place for great cut files that work amazingly with our wood paper!!!

This card assembled is just under 5″ x 5″ and fits perfectly inside a matching 5″ x 5″ Cherry Wood envelope.

Supplies for Cherry Wood Blossom Card: 1 sheet of 12″ x 12″ Cherry Wood paper, 5″ x 5″ Cherry Wood Envelope, pink card stock, ribbon and adhesive pearls.

Instructions to create card:

1. Cut the tree front from the Spring Tree card template onto a sheet of 12″ x 12″ Cherry Wood paper using a Silhouette cutter.

2. Cut the tree card base and flowers from the Spring Tree card template onto a sheet of 12″ x 12″ card stock using a Silhouette cutter.

3. Remove the adhesive liner and adhere the Cherry Wood Tree front onto the gate fold flaps of the card base.

4. Score, fold and assemble card. Add mini adhesive pearls to the flower centers on the card front.

5. Use a ribbon to tie the gate fold shut after you have written your message.

6. Insert assembled card in a matching 5″ x 5″ Cherry Wood envelope. Wood envelopes mail exactly like a traditional envelope (extra postage required for square envelopes). Standard postage rates apply.

Take Note! DIY Birch Wood Notebooks

We find it so rewarding to make something by hand. This week we are sharing two DIY notebooks created with Birch Wood paper.

Have you heard of the Cinch Machine? It’s a great little binding system that allows you to bind together papers to create a spiral notebook. You can purchase a Cinch Machine at your local craft store. We found our Cinch machine at JoAnn’s. We love finding products that work well with ours. Did you know you can also purchase our Birch Wood paper at JoAnn’s? It’s 40% off right now (online only).

You can make notebooks of varying sizes with the Cinch machine. The tool will punch easily through our wood paper. We made small (3×5) pocketbook sized notebooks. It was super simple.

First decide how many pages and what materials you want in your notebook. Our notebook uses Birch wood paper for the back and front cover. We used a heavy-weight copy paper for the inside.

1. Determine a measurement for your front and back cover and then cut. Our Birch wood paper cover is 3″ x 5″.

2. Determine the number of inside sheets and cut these down a quarter inch smaller. Our copy paper sheets are 2.75″ x 4.75″.

You are now ready to assemble. Bind your notebook in three easy steps:

1. Punch holes on notebook spine. The Cinch machine allows you to punch the perfect holes without measuring.

2. Thread cover, inside sheets and back cover onto spiral wire.

3. Cinch spiral wire closed.

Your notebook is now ready for use. Thanks for stopping by.

Celebrate Mom with a Birch Wood Mother’s Day Card

A handmade, handcrafted card can pull at the heartstrings. We think DIY gifts are the best. Classy DIY gifts for Mom are even better! We created this Mother’s Day card and printed it on Birch wood paper. We gathered and planted a few succulents in a cute pot and hung a matching tag from Birch wood paper. We are so pleased with our gifts and are excited to share them with you. Together, these gifts will help us recognize Mom this year. Happy Mother’s day.

Supplies for card & tags: Birch Wood Paper, card & tag design, Darice Curved Rectangle dies, Big Shot die cut machine, hole punch, ink jet printer, linen thread and plant in pot.

Instructions:

1. Design a Mother’s day card and tag in your favorite design software.

2. Print the card and tag onto a sheet of Birch wood paper using an ink jet printer. You can get one card and six tags from one 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of Birch wood paper.

3. Cut out the card. Our flat card measures 11″ x 4.25″  and 5.5″ x 4.25″ when folded. Tip: when printing your card be aware of the grain direction of the wood paper. Always fold WITH the grain to avoid cracking.

4. Die cut the hang tags using the smallest shape from the Darice Curved Rectangle dies and a Big Shot die cut machine.

5. Punch a hole and tie a piece of linen thread onto the tag. Hang the tag from planted pot or gift.