Winner for the Neat & Tangled Gift Code…

We want to thank everyone who participated in commenting on our blog posts last week. We had a great time collaborating with Neat & Tangled and their amazing products. Now it’s your turn to play with their stuff! We have selected an official winner of the $25.00 Neat & Tangled gift card, and the winner is…

Laura Schollaart!

Congratulations Laura!!! We will be contacting you via email with your special gift card code to use on the Neat & Tangled website.

Thank you again everyone for taking the time to read last week’s blog posts and commenting your thoughts on these super fun crafts. Stay tuned for more fun stuff coming your way from ETC Papers!

 

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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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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Be sure to check out all of the awesome Jacquard Products. Follow them on their various social media for tons of excellent inspiration, videos and tutorials. Thanks for stopping by.

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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.

Perfectly Pretty with Perfect Layers

Welcome back to another product play date with Perfect Paper Crafting. We hope you enjoyed our shares from last week. It is always so much fun to see what others create with our Wood paper and last week was no exception.

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Don’t you just love the look of inlay wood? These 3.5″ x 5″ note cards are going for that inlay look with a little bit of a graphic approach. We used the Perfect Paper Crafting’s paper cutting mat to achieve these perfectly cut angles! This tool made it super quick and easy to achieve such a detailed look with our Wood paper.

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Create a gift set … pair these card with our 4Bar Cherry Wood envelopes for a great and memorable gift!

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Tip: On the card above we used the Perfect Layers 1/16″ spacing mark to align each cut piece of Cherry wood for exact spacing before adhering. So easy. We love the look of the herringbone inlay wood!!!

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Each stripe of Wood paper on this alternating Birch and Cherry Wood diagonal card was cut using the 5/8″ mark on the Perfect Layers tool. No measuring needed, just line up and cut with a hobby blade.

 

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Cutting angles can be tricky. The Perfect Paper Crafting’s paper cutting mat has easy printed guides for cutting angles. So smart. Cut away and create an angled masterpiece.

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We had a blast playing with the Perfect Paper Crafting products that we just couldn’t stop layering! We decided to play off of the layering theme a little bit more and created a layered Cherry WoodFlower embellishment using this cut file from Silhouette. This flower took a super long time to assemble but the end result is pretty cool. It’s a good thing using the Perfect Layers Mini tool saved us time on the card base!

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Look at these crisp, straight layers! Love it.

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Want more? Be sure to visit the Perfect Paper Crafting blog for more wonderful projects using Wood paper. Also, don’t forget to follow them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Thanks for stopping by!

Perfect Paper Crafting and ARC Crafts!

We told you July was full of fun product play and shares. Today we like to introduce you to our friends over at Perfect Paper Crafting and specifically their Perfect Layers product! True to their name, we had a perfect experience using their products. We made this colorful HELLO card using Perfect Layers and Cherry Wood paper.

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The Perfect Layers tools helped us achieve straight cut lines and absolutely perfectly spaced layers on our projects. It was so easy and took the measuring and thinking out of the mix. Perfect Paper Crafting’s paper cutting mat is the perfect size for small jobs. We found it an excellent size for card making. We used both of these products to create our HELLO card. It’s also extra cool that these products are small making them great choices for crafting on the go.

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Supplies for the HELLO card: Cherry Wood paper, Perfect Layers Mini, Perfect Cutting mat, light blue card stock, blue card stock, yellow card stock, red card stock, Hello die, Big Shot, red ribbon, adhesive and hobby blade.

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Instructions for HELLO Card:

1. Watch this training video on the Perfect Layers tool.

2. Cut card base from light blue card stock to 4.25″ x 11″. Score and fold in half.

3. Work from the Cherry Wood paper backwards to achieve the layers. Cut Cherry Wood paper to 3.25 x 5.5″. Then start layering.

4. Using the Cherry wood paper as your starting point use the Perfect Layers Mini to layer, measure and cut the the red card stock. Repeat this process with the yellow and dark blue card stock. We used the 1/8″, 1/4″ and 3/16″ measurements to achieve our layers.

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5. Tie red ribbon around all of layered pieces and mount to card front.

6. Die cut a red, yellow and blue Hellos using the Hello die and a Big Shot. Adhere to card front.

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Thanks for stopping by. Visit the Perfect Paper Crafting blog for more product plays and be sure to follow them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. BONUS! Check back with us next Wednesday for even more inspiration using these fabulous tools.

Friend Friday with Chameleon & ARC Crafts

It’s Friend Friday! That means ARC Crafts and our friends over at Chameleon have some wonderful projects to share using our Wood paper with Chameleon Pens. Have you tried these pens? Chameleon Color Tones is an innovative alcohol-based marker system that gives you the ability to change the color tone of your ink with one pen! We created all of the color and tonal depth on this Cherry Wood Flower with one PEN! Today we are excited to share a few simple coloring projects.

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Chameleon Pens are so amazing. We had so much fun learning to use these new tools. We must admit, we are not professionals at coloring. We had a tiny bit of a learning curve using theChameleon Color Tone pens but once we got the hang of it we went crazy testing and playing with these cool pens out on various projects. Can you say addicted to coloring? To help you learn how to use these pens Chameleon has a ton of how to videos and tips on their Vimeo and YouTubechannels. Check out their website, as well as daily inspiration on Chameleon’s various social media: TwitterInstagram, FacebookPinterest, Tumbler … give them a follow.

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We love that your can completely change the color of our Wood Paper, effectively staining it, with Chameleon Pens. Check out how the grain of our wood paper shows through with the solid color of the RD4 Red Crimson Chameleon Pen. Amazing!

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Here are a few more samples of Chameleon Pens on our Cherry Wood paper.

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And look how awesome Chameleon Pens work to color Glitter Paper!

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Hop on over and check out more amazing projects Chameleon has created using our Wood paper. We are so inspired by their talented artists.  Thanks for stopping by and see you next week!