Organize using Wood Labels!

The start of a new year always makes me feel like organizing, labeling and basically cleaning things up. As a crafter, my messiest room is always my creative studio. My craft room is a working room and while the room is fairly organized it is not clearly labeled. I wanted to design and print my own labels but desired to use something different than a white Avery® label or a Brother® label maker. Enter Birch Wood mailing labels! These mailing labels work with a traditional Avery template and run through a standard printer so I could easily type out and print my labels. Now that I have the labeling bug I’m off to label my pantry (another messy space)!

Wood labels can be used for so much more than labeling and mailing. Check out these party gift bags we created simply by sealing a cute paper bag with a mailing label and adhering a button to dress it up! Cute and functional.

Supplies for Party Favor bags: Birch Wood mailing labels, printed paper bags, buttons and adhesive.

Instructions for Party Favor bags:

  1. Gather supplies. Determine how many Party Favor bags you need.
  2. Fill bags with party favors or treats.
  3. Fold bag over and close and seal with Birch Wood mailing label.
  4. Adhere pink button to Birch Wood mailing label.

Have a great week and check back next Monday for more creative inspiration.

Winter Cards using wood paper

Happy Winter! Brrr… In honor of winter, here are few cards showcasing Wood. We are lucky enough to be enjoying warmer weather as we are exhibiting at the Craft and Hobby Mega Show 2016 (#CHA2016) show January 9th-12th, 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center, California.  Stop by our BOOTH #2342 if you happen to be near the 2016 Craft and Hobby Show. You can see our Wood paper, these winter cards and more craft inspiration in person!

Supplies for You are Amazing Card: Cherry Wood paper, red card stock, canvas embellishment, apoxy embellishment, Take a Bough dies, manual die cut machine, scissors and adhesive.

Instructions for You are Amazing Card:

  1. Cut red card stock to 8.5″ x 11″.
  2. Score and fold red card stock in half at 4.25″ x 5.5″ for card base.
  3. Cut a sheet of Cherry Wood paper to 4″ x 5.25″.
  4. Mount Cherry Wood paper to red card front.
  5. Adhere canvas embellishment to card front. See example for placement.
  6. Die cut 6 branch pieces using Take a Bough dies in Cherry Wood paper.
  7. Arrange the 6 branch pieces of Cherry Wood into a snowflake pattern.
  8. Adhere apoxy embellishment into center of Cherry Wood snowflake.
  9. Adhere assembled Cherry Wood snowflake embellishment to card front. See example for placement.

Real Wood Tape functional & decorative

It’s nearing the end of the school year and we want to appreciate our kids teachers with a small gift. These mini lunch sacks hold a small treat or gift card. We decorated our lunch sack with Cherry Wood Tape which also works to seal the sack closed. Functional and decorative! We also dressed up these cute sacks with a little Birch Wood Paper tag, mini close pin and topped it off with a Wood Cherry ARC label to personalize.

Thanks to all of you teachers out there and have a wonderful summer!

Supplies for Lunch Sack packaging: Cherry Wood Tape, Birch Wood Paper, Wood Cherry ARC label, mini lunch sacks, tag punch, Baker’s twine, mini close pins, treat or gift card and a light brown marker.

Instructions for Lunch Sack packages:

1. Fill your mini lunch sacks with a gift card or small treat. Fold over top of filled lunch sack.

2. Tear or cut a 2″ piece of  Cherry Wood Tape. Use Cherry Wood Tape  to seal the lunch sack closed.

3. Punch out a Birch Wood Paper tag using a tag punch.

4. Ties a bow with baker’s twine to tag.

5. Attach Birch Wood Paper tag to lunch sack with a mini close pin.

6. Add a Wood Cherry ARC label to the front on the Birch Wood Paper tag.

7. Personalize with Teacher’s name.

Adding dimension to Real Wood Paper

This week we are excited to show you how we’ve added a little texture and dimension to our Birch Wood paper. Real Wood paper is a versatile paper, you can easily cut, punch, dry emboss, stamp and paint Wood. Pretty much anything you can do with traditional paper you can do with Wood paper!

Wood is available in two finishes with paper backing or adhesive backing. Our paper backed Wood is nice to write on, making it a great option for creating notecards in minutes. You can quickly add embossed and debossed dimension to wood with embossing folders. Your options for creating stunning projects with Wood are endless!

Supplies for real Wood mini notecards and envelopes: Birch wood paper, mini envelope die from Stephanie Barnard Stamps of Life, embossing folders from Cricut, BigShot die-cutter, sanding blocks and adhesive.

Instructions for Wood mini envelopes:

1. Die cut two envelopes from a sheet of Birch wood using a mini envelope die and a BigShot die-cutter.

2. Emboss the cut real wood Envelopes using an embossing folder and a BigShot die-cutter.

3. Carefully fold the Wood envelopes.  Assemble envelopes. Adhere.

4. Wood folds great with the grain. Against the grain may require a little sanding. Using a sanding block, lightly sand edges to remove any splintered wood (if needed).

Experiment with adding extra texture and dimension to Wood. You’ll be impressed with the results!

Real Wood & ClearSnap Memory Matching Game

We are back again this week highlighting some of our favorite products from ClearSnap with wood . We just love old wooden toys and games. We wanted to use our wood and mimic the look and feel of a classic wood game. Our Memory Matching Game is made with Birch wood and various ClearSnap products, including the Souvenir Boston stamp set! This project was simple and fun to create and even more fun to play.

For more ClearSnap and wood inspiration check out our post from last week!

Supplies for the Memory Matching Game:  Birch wood, Colorbox Souvenir Stamps: Boston, cork, muslin bag, Colorbox Putty Spritzer, Colorbox Chalk Burnt Sienna Cat’s Eye, Colorbox Chalk Candied Yam Cat’s Eye, Colorbox Chalk Dark Moss Cat’s Eye, Colorbox Chevron Art Screen, Fudge Colorbox Surfacez ink, printer, Big Shot Die-cutting machine,  2″ circle die, spray fixative, scissors and foam adhesive.

Instructions for Memory Matching Game:

1. Mount Birch wood adhesive backed paper to a sheet of cork and cut out 24 circles using a Big Shot and a 2″ circle die.

2. Stamp two of each image onto the BARC wood covered circle (for a total of 6) in Colorbox Chalk Burnt Sienna  with the Colorbox Boston Souvenir Stamp set. Note the two images should try to match each other in placement and color as close as possible.

3. Stamp two of each image onto the wood covered circle (for a total of 6) in Colorbox Chalk Candied Yam with the Colorbox Boston Souvenir Stamp set.

4. Stamp two of each image onto the  wood covered circle (for a total of 6) in Colorbox Chalk Dark Moss with the Colorbox Boston Souvenir Stamp set.

5. Stamp two of each image onto the wood covered circle  (for a total of 6) in Colorbox black ink included with the Colorbox Boston Souvenir Stamp set.

6. Depending on the ink you use you may need to add a spray fixative to the top of each game piece to avoid smearing.

7. Typeset ‘Memory Matching Game’ and print onto a sheet of Birch wood. Cut into tag shape.

8. Stamp the ‘Boston’ image from the Colorbox Boston Souvenir Stamp set in Fudge Colorbox Surfacez ink. Cut out the ‘Boston’ banner and mount to the front of the Birch wood tag.

9. Spritz a muslin bag with Colorbox Putty Spritzer and the Colorbox Chevron Art Screen. To create a window opening like we did on our muslin bag lay the Chevron Art Screen over the muslin bag, then lay a 3″ circle over the Chevron Art Screen before your spritz.  See photos below.

10. Let the muslin bag dry. Stamp the ‘State’ image from the Colorbox Boston Souvenir Stamp set in Fudge Colorbox Surfacez ink onto the circle opening on the muslin bag.

11. Spray fix your bag to keep the various ink from smudging. Fill your bag with the 24 stamped game pieces and attached the tag.

12. Play your game!

Pretty packages wrapped in Real wood

Create gift packaging as precious as the gift inside that can be used again and again. We wrapped this small hexagon gift box in wood and decorated the top with a few fun paper crafting supplies. We are sure this birthday gift and package will be remembered and treasured!

Supplies for Birthday Gift box: Cherry wood, Birch Wood tape, small hexagon paper box, a variety of pink coordinating patterned papers, paper doily, pink card stock, green card stock, confetti card stock, flair button, flower punch, leaf punch, label punch, happy birthday stamp, green ink, scissors, sanding block and adhesive.

Instructions for covering Birthday Gift box:

1. Measure your paper gift box.

2. Cut Cherry Wood to box measurements.

3. Remove adhesive liner from the cut and measured pieces of Cherry wood and adhere them to the paper box.

4. Using a sanding block lightly sand edges of Cherry wood wrapped box.

Instructions for decorating the top of the Birthday Gift box:

1. Punch a label shape out of pink card stock and adhere to box top.

2. Cut a 1″ piece of Birch wood tape and adhere to top of pink card stock label.

3. Fold a white paper doily into a hanky triangle shape and adhere to top of Birch wood tape.

4. Cut two .5″ x 2″ flags from pink patterned paper. Cut one 1″ x 2″ flag from confetti white card stock. Set flags aside.

5. Stamp happy birthday phrase in green ink onto the confetti white paper flag.

6. Punch out two flowers and two green leaves using a flower and a leaf punch.

7. Layer, arrange and adhere Birthday phrase flag, patterned paper flags, flowers and leaves together. See box top for suggested placement.

8. Add flair button to center of flower.

Real Wood Labels

Real Wood Designer Labels

Last week we revealed the awesome new lines of real wood products. Today we are back to show you more inspiration using our real Wood Labels. The label sheet features 26 unique designs. These shapes are great for card making, packaging, scrapbooking and general crafting.

Today’s project features adhesive backed Birch wood design labels. These labels are a great way to seal a gift or package.

Supplies for ‘Treat boxes using design Labels’: Birch Wood design Labels, Cherry Wood paper, light blue card stock, 5″x5″ craft boxes, ‘Bon Appétit’ stamp, brown ink, label punch and adhesive.

Treat boxes using design Labels’ instructions:

1. Gather up craft treat boxes and fill with treats.

2. Peal off a Birch Wood design label from the label sheet and seal and wrap box opening. Any design Label shape will work.

3. Cut a piece of light blue card stock to 2.5″ by .5″ inch. Flag each end with scissors and adhere to top of box covering the Birch Wood design label.

4. Stamp ‘Bon Appétit’ in brown ink onto a piece of Real Cherry wood. Punch out using a label punch and adhere to the top of the 2.5″ by .5″ inch piece of light blue card stock.

CHA Mega Show 2015 – New Real Wood products

We are showcasing our exclusive Real Wood products and all of our exciting new products at the Craft and Hobby Association show this week. Last week we showed you a new product, ChalkTalk, and this week we are back with more new products being revealed at CHA Mega Show 2015.

Real Wood 6″x12″ Sheets

We have some excellent additions to the wood product lines. We have added 6″x12″ sheets in all real Wood finishes; Cherry, Birch, Rustic Cherry and Rustic Birch. A 6″x12″ sheet is perfect for die cutting and will fit most standard manual die cut machines. Real wood sheets are the perfect thickness for die cutting and dry embossing. And with real Wood, you get a perfect cut or emboss every time.

Real Wood Address Labels

We have added wood address labels to all real Wood lines. The wood address labels are prefect for mailing, labeling and organizing. Our address labels can be stamped or printed on, and fit in a standard Avery® label template.

Real Wood Design Labels

Another fun new addition is our shaped design labels. These pre designed shapes are an excellent way to easily add a little wood to your next crafting project. These label designs are ideally sized for crafting, scrapbooking or card making and come in all four real wood finishes. White Birch and Rustic Birch design Labels are shown on card sample below.


Wrapping up the Holidays with a Real Wood Altered Book

Happy holidays and good tidings from ETC Papers! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have exciting plans for the New Year.

We are wrapping up our holiday projects with an altered book featuring all of the various Real Wood finishes we offer. Altered books are a labor of love and are a great way to experiment, use up supplies, try new products and techniques. We are using our altered book as a place to document our holiday happenings and to keep all of our holiday greeting cards and other holiday memorabilia. Check out the many pictures below featuring Cherry, Birch, Rustic Cherry and Rustic Birch Wood papers and tapes.

Supplies for our ‘Good Tidings’ Altered book: Cherry wood paper, Birch wood paper, Rustic Cherry wood paper, Rustic Birch wood paper, Cherry wood tape, Birch wood tape, an old Reader’s Digest book, holiday patterned papers, glitter, a variety of ribbons, tulle, brads, gold glitter paper, various shape and border punches, tab punch, holiday embellishments, holiday buttons, holiday rub-ons, baker’s twine, tags, holiday pictures and memorabilia, holiday cut files, Silhouette Cameo, adhesive and scissors.

A few tips for creating an altered book:

1. Find an older book that you don’t care about tearing apart and altering.

2. Remove pages throughout the book to allow for layers and pages with thicker elements. Tear or cut out chunks of pages next to the spine following pages with thicker embellishments.

3. Adhere multiple pages together to create thicker pages to better mount the various embellishments.

4. Add photos and personal memorabilia throughout.

5. Add some sort of closure to keep your book from popping open. We tie our book closed with baker’s twine.

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.