Faux Deer Head made from Cherry Wood paper

We have so many deer come through our yard, and get excited every time we see them. They just wander through the yard and leave as quick as they arrive. Our decorating style is woodsy, and while I haven’t always wanted a deer head for the wall, I really love the look of faux animal head mounts. These are very animal friendly and is such a popular trend! We’ve seen animal heads made from ceramic, metal, wood and fabric. These heads can be found in all shapes and sizes from Elephant heads to Unicorns!

We set out to create a faux deer head using our wood paper. We found this cool cardboard deer head, Bucky, over at Cardboard Safari.  While the deer head looks pretty awesome in cardboard he looks amazing covered in our adhesive backed Cherry Wood paper. What do you think?

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If this project inspired you check out many of these inspirational sites for more faux animal heads.

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1. White Faux Taxidermy

2. Resident Design

3. Near and Deer

4. Wallcharmers

Work Hard & Enjoy Your Labor Day!

Happy Monday and Happy Labor Day! We hope you are enjoying your day off. The team at ARC Crafts has been working very hard lately. We are getting ready to add a few new products and are working on more exciting changes that are coming later this month. Stay tuned!

Check out this awesome office art print. Working hard and being nice is our MANTRA! It’s great to have a visual reminder that we can see daily. We printed our file using an inkjet printer onto a sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ Cherry Wood paper. We cut the print down to an 8.5″ x 8.5″ square and then inserted into a frame with an 8″ x 8″ window. Stylish and inspiring.

We appreciate you and your readership. Your efforts have paid off … you’ve worked hard and you deserve a little reward. We created this downloadable printable just for you, FREE! Simply download this file, print and frame. You are welcome! Enjoy the holiday from your friends at Et Cetera Papers.

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Wood Paper Embellishments

Have you been enjoying the product share with Tonic Studios? We sure have. Today we have two cards to share using handmade Wood paper embellishments.

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Wood embellishments are always popular on crafty projects. Make your own, just like we did, using Wood paper, Tonic Studio Dies and Nuvo Glitter Drops.

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Supplies to create card: Wood Paper, Tonic Studios Dies, Nuvo Glitter Drops, watercolor paper, watercolor ink, colored card stock and adhesive.

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Instructions:

1. Die cut Cherry or Birch Wood adhesive-backed paper using Tonic Studio Dies.

2. Add a little Nuvo Glitter Drops to embellish your Wood paper die cut. Set aside until dry.

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3. Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4″ x 5.25″.

4. Add a wash of watercolor paint to the watercolor paper. We complimented our watercolor wash to the color of Nuvo Glitter Drops we used. Let dry.

5. Cut card base to 4.25″ x 11″, score and fold in half.

6. Center and adhere watercolor paper to card base.

7. Remove adhesive liner from the die cut Wood paper embellishments. Adhere Wood paper embellishments directly to watercolor paper, letting the watercolor wash show through. Or, leave the adhesive liner on and pop the Wood paper embellishment up with foam adhesive.

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Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter and Wood paper

We’re back! As promised, here is a fun project using Tonic Studios Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter andNuvo Glue pen on our Cherry Wood Paper.

We are all about planners right now. Hopping onto the ‘planner’ movement, we created a 4″ x 8″ planner and covered it with our Cherry Wood paper. We punched a circle window in the middle of our planner cover to show a glimpse of the pages underneath. We decorated the perimeter of that window with a little Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter. Next we added a small heart chipboard embellishment and gold ribbon to tie the planner closed. We intend on this planner getting fat with contents.

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How did we get that glitter so exact?! First let me tell you how awesome these Nuvo Glue pens are! Totally cool. There are two widths and the glue comes out so smoothly. We used the medium pen to write directly onto our Cherry Wood paper. The pen glides so easily across the Wood paper, and you can’t say that for many of the glue pens out there. Plus, it dries clear! Next we applied a little of the Nuvo Pure Sheen Rose Gold Glitter. You get so much glitter in these bottles and a little goes a long way. We let the glue dry and voilà, the Glitter stuck.

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We repeated the process to create a second ring of glitter using Nuvo Pure Sheen Diamond Glitter.

Second, if you look closely at the small chipboard heart embellishment you might see a little bit of Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Crystal Drops. Yes, the Nuvo Crystal drops come in glitter finishes too!

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Lastly, check out that fabulous Cherry Wood grain! Every sheet of our wood paper is totally unique, giving you one of a kind results every time.

We have more inspiration to share later this week! Stop back to see a couple more projects using Tonic Studios Dies. See you soon.

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Nuvo Crystal Drops and Cherry Wood paper

Hello! Today we are excited to share a card pairing our Wood paper and Tonic Studios Nuvo products. When when saw the line up of Tonic Studios new products, we had to get in touch with our friends over there to try them out with our Wood paper.

Tonic Studios has so many great lines of products perfect for any crafter. We got a chance to play around with some of the products from the Nuvo lines and Rococco Dies. Check out this gorgeous and super simple card we created!

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The Rococco Dies have so much detail and are very intricate. As usual, our paper cuts beautifully with dies! We cut our Cherry Wood paper using the Dragonfly Brooch Die. Look at the result! This Cherry Wood Dragonfly is so beautiful.

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We decided to embellish the Cherry Wood Dragonfly with a little Nuvo Crystal Drops. These Crystal drops are amazing and allow you to add three dimensional pearly beads quickly and easily in all sizes. Above we used Gloss White Nuvo Crystal Drops. With the sample below we paired the Cherry Wood Dragonfly with a little Crushed Grape Nuvo Crystal drops. A little bit of Wood paper and Crystal Drops can really make a statement, right?!

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Be sure to stop back next week for more Tonic Studios love! Until then, here’s a little sneak peak using a little Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter!

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Cherry Wood Tape Plant Riser

We love this trendy look of interesting wood shapes paired with unique looking plants. It’s a modern and simplistic look that dresses up the plant and makes a statement. Inspired to create a similar look we set out to make a wood plant riser from our Cherry Wood tape. We love the result and it’s an affordable DIY that anyone can make!

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Try it! All you’ll need is a small glass vase and a roll of our Cherry Wood Tape.

1. Measure the diameter of your vase or glass.

2. Cut two pieces of Cherry wood tape to that diameter.

3. Remove adhesive liner from tape and adhere the two pieces of tape back to back.

4. Roll lined taped into circular shape to create base. Adhere at seam.

5. Place plant vase onto new wood riser.

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Trend and inspiration found from the following resources:

1. Vivaterra

2. Gemsofthesoil

3. Andrewsreclaimed

4. ProjectWedding

5. Home-Talk

6. Lightandladder

7. Dotandbo

8. Fern

Pinata Alcohol Ink and Wood Paper

Boy have we been experimenting with new mediums on our Wood paper lately. So many options and ways to play with Wood paper. Today we’d like to show you a few projects using Jacquard Piñata Alcohol inks.

Alcohol inks are growing in popularity every day.  Piñata is special because of the highly saturated colors.  Incredibly transparent, alcohol inks are very bright and beautiful because of their ability to let light pass through.  Alcohol inks can be used on virtually any surface, and their ability to stick to non-porous surfaces like plastic, glass, metal, and ceramic is something acrylic paints find difficult.  Alcohol inks are also one of the few things that will stick to wax, which is great for candle painting, and work with encaustic.

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STAINING:

We used these Jacquard Piñata Alcohol inks to stain our Wood paper. Look at all of the various vibrant colors that can be achieved! Alcohol inks dry very quickly and really soak into the wood paper (porous surface). Add a little blending solution or rubbing alcohol to wet the inks again to continue to blend them into the wood paper.

We love how the wood grain shows through all the various colors! Amazing. We applied the Baja Blue to our Cherry Wood tape to create the trendy striped planter.

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CREATE INTERESTING BACKGROUNDS:

Create unique and interesting backgrounds for any craft, art or handmade project. These inks blend and interact with each other in interesting ways, especially on Wood paper. It was such a blast playing with these inks and the uses are endless. We created a small swatch book of the Jacquard Piñata Alcohol inks on our Birch and Cherry wood. Look at how saturated these colors are?!

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We continued to experiment and create fun backgrounds. We will stash these away and use them in their entirely or cut up little snippets to use on future projects.

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CREATE A MASTERPIECE:

Lastly we created an abstract art piece, we loved so much, we decided to frame!

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Wood Paper Stars Shine bright with Lumiere!

This week we have the great opportunity to play with a few Jacquard Products on our Wood paperJacquard Products is a leading manufacturer of artist materials, all manufactured in California, perfect for professional artists & craftspeople, home crafters, do-it-yourselfers, kids & hobbyists. We love products made in the U.S.A! All of our Wood Paper products are manufactured and packaged in the U.S.A.

Previously we have used Jacquard SolarFast with our Wood paper and achieved amazing results. You can see those shadowprint samples here.

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Today we are excited to show you these stunning Wood paper stars using Lumiere to paint accents onto the wood. There are many colors and options of Lumiere. We used the Lumiere Mini Exciter Pack. It includes fabulous Metallic shades perfect for achieving these shiny dots. These stars make a stunning wood home decor that will last for years to come.

Lumiere  is a versatile, top quality, metallic acrylic paint.  Lumiere has fabric binders in it which are stronger and more flexible than those found in artist acrylics.  That makes Lumiere useful on many different surfaces from fabric, wood, paper, and even some plastics.  Lumiere does not crack, so it is perfect for flexible surfaces like leather.   Truly opaque for great coverage, Lumiere is great for coverage.  It comes in 32 metallic and pearlescent colors that are great for any project you want to stand out.  Lumiere self-cures in 72 hrs making it very tough even for outdoors applications.

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Supplies for 3D Cherry Wood paper stars: Cherry Wood paper, Lumiere Pearlescent Turquoise and Metallic Bronze, star die, Big Shot die cutting machine, polka dot stencil, sponge dauber and adhesive. Note: Check out You Tube for some tutorials on how to make a 3D star. Remember our Wood paper functions like paper! Show us what you can make.

Instructions for creating 3D Cherry Wood paper stars:

1. Die cut five 3D star points from Cherry Wood paper.

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2. Create a polka dot stencil. We created a simple polka dot stencil using a heavy sheet of card stock and a 1/2″ circle punch.

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3. Apply Lumiere color of choice to Cherry Wood paper using a sponge dauber. We used Lumiere Pearlescent Turquoise and Metallic Bronze. Test the colors of Lumiere on a scrap piece of Wood paper first so you achieve the color results you like the first time around. We started with Metallic Gold Lumiere and decided we wanted more color contrast against our Cherry Wood paper, Metallic Bronze was the ticket!

4. Fold creases of each star point and then assemble star with a heavy duty adhesive.

5. Repeat steps for multiple stars.

6. Display. These are so fun to make and spruce up any standard decor. Attach them to an outdoor wreath, or hang on a large monogram letter, or simply adhere to the wall for party decor.

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Be sure to check out Jacquard Products and get familiar with all the amazing products they offer. Follow them on their various social media for tons of excellent inspiration, videos and tutorials.

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Stop back here later this week to see what we created with Jacquard Products Pinata Alcohol inks.

August Sunshine!

August is a wonderfully warm month full of sunshine, long summer days and the occasional free hour to craft. This week we are sharing two sunshine ideas, perfect for you August DIY home decorators and papercrafters.

Custom home decor really makes a space yours. We found this cute printable from on Eighteen25 and thought it would look amazing printed on Birch Wood Paper. We were right and it is certainly going to brighten up our home.  All you need is an inkjet printer, this free file, and one sheet of Birch Wood Paper. Print, frame and enjoy!

Need a card idea to send in August? This darling pinwheel sunshine card is just the ticket. The warmth of the various wood tones adds to the sunshine message. Supplies below. Happy Summer.

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Supplies: Cherry Wood Paper, Birch Wood Paper, Birch Wood Address Labels, pattern paper, button, sunshine word cut file, e-cutter and adhesive.

Nothing Fishy here … Lawn Fawn + ETC Papers

We got a little FISHY on this card using Lawn Fawn Dad + Me stamp set and Dad + Me Lawn Cuts.

This Dad + Me stamp set is the CUTEST and not just for Dad cards or Father’s day cards. Check out this fishy card we created. We absolutely LOVE how the darling fish look stamped on our Birch wood paper, just like little gold fish. We stamped a few more fish on white card stock and popped them on the card with a little foam tape for added dimension. O-FISH-ALLY cute!

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Supplies for Fishy card: Birch Wood Paper, Dad + Me stamp set, Dad + Me Lawn Cuts, Let’s Polka in the Dark Petite Paper Pack, white card stock, black ink, Copic Markers, baker’s twine, foam adhesive and adhesive.
Thanks again for stopping by. Check out the Lawn Fawn blog for more great ideas using their products with our Wood paper!

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