C is for Christmas

C is for Christmas, candy canes and cute home decor! We made this ‘C’ home decor piece using Real Birch wood paper and various dies and embossing folders from our friends at Darice. We simply love how Real Wood Paper looks when it is embossed. Darice has so many great crafting products that are perfect for the Holidays. Try some of them out today!

Simple snowman card:
1. Cut red card stock to 8.5″ x 5.5″. Score and fold in half.
2. Cut a piece of Real Birch wood paper to 4″ x 5.25″.
3. Using the 3 snowman embossing folder and a manual die cut machine, emboss the Three Snowman design onto the real Birch Wood paper.
4. Adhere to Birch Wood snowmen red card front.

Real Wood Ornaments for Christmas!

We are on a crafting kick! This year we decided to trim our tree with a TON of handmade Real Wood ornaments. We have over 20 ideas to share along with tips on how to create this Wood Tape ribbon ornament.

Wood Tape Ribbon Ornament

1. Mount Cherry wood and Birch wood tape front to back.
2. Cut 2 pieces at 6″.
3. Cut 2 pieces at 4″.
4. Cut 1 piece at 3″.
5. Sandwich cut pieces together from largest to smallest and then back to largest. Staple at top.
6. Line up bottoms and staple to create ornament.
7. Add ribbon to cover staple.
8. Add string to hang.

Happy Holiday crafting!

C is for Christmas

C is for Christmas, candy canes and cute home decor! We made this ‘C’ home decor piece using Real Birch wood paper and various dies and embossing folders from our friends at Darice. We simply love how Real Wood Paper looks when it is embossed. Darice has so many great crafting products that are perfect for the Holidays. Try some of them out today!

Simple snowman card:
1. Cut red card stock to 8.5″ x 5.5″. Score and fold in half.
2. Cut a piece of Real Birch wood paper to 4″ x 5.25″.
3. Using the 3 snowman embossing folder and a manual die cut machine, emboss the Three Snowman design onto the real Birch Wood paper.
4. Adhere to Birch Wood snowmen red card front.

Happiest of Holidays!

We want to wish you the Happiest of Holidays! It’s been a glorious year and we have much to be happy about. Check out our fun Holiday card using Cherry Wood. We handmade all of our cards this year and each card includes a Cherry Wood tree ornament. Cards that have multiple uses are so fun. You can remove the ornament from this card and use it immediately, or dress it up with some festive embellishments and hang on your tree. We even made a few ornaments 3D by combining two trees on their axis.

Merry Christmas from your friends at ETC Papers!

Supplies for Wood Tree ornament: Cherry Wood paper,  Birch Wood paper, tree shape, electronic cutter, hole punch and baker’s twine.

1. Back a sheet of Cherry Wood paper with a sheet of Birch Wood paper. We wanted our ornament to have a different wood finish on each side.

2. Cut the tree shape into the sheet of Wood using an electronic cutter. Because the wood is doubled up you may need to test various cut settings. We used the deepest cut (9) on the slowest speed (1), using a Silhouette Cameo.

3. Punch a hole at the top of the tree.

4. Thread baker’s twine or string through the hole at the top of the tree.

5. Hang tree ornament as is or embellish further. See examples.

We love this 3D version of the tree ornament and are now inspired to create a mini forest to add to our holiday decor.

Wood Holiday Projects

Are you working on any holiday projects? We’ve been tackling holiday projects for a few weeks now. We are excited to show you a few projects made with  Wood and Darice tools. Darice has great embossing folders and dies for the holidays that are perfect for all types of projects. We love the look of embossed Wood.

Supplies for HO HO HO Decor: Cherry Wood Sheet,  Birch Wood Sheet, Cherry Wood Tape,
Darice® Santa & Reindeer Die, Darice® Assorted Snowflake Dies, Darice® Embossing Folder Snowflake Border, Ho Ho Ho wood cut file, Big Shot®, electronic cutter, scissors, chipboard, corner round punch, rhinestone embellishment and foam tape adhesive.

Instructions for the HO HO HO Decor:

1. Cut a piece of Birch Wood to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Mount to chipboard. Punch all four corners with a corner round punch.

2. Emboss each end of the Birch wood using the Darice® Snowflake Border embossing folder and a Big Shot®. Flip the embossing folder in opposite directions to achieve the ‘frame’ look.

3. Cut out a piece of Cherry wood using the Santa Sleigh die from Darice® and a Big Shot®. Adhere to the front of the Birch wood using foam tape adhesive.

4. Cut a piece of Cherry Wood tape to 7 inches. Flag each end of the tape. Remove adhesive liner and adhere to Birch wood sheet. See photo example for placement.

5. Cut out a piece of Birch wood using the middle snowflake die from Darice® Assorted Snowflake Dies and a Big Shot®. Adhere to the top right of the Birch wood.

6.  Ahdere a rhinestone embellishment in the center of the Birch snowflake.

7. Type set HO HO HO and cut the design in Birch wood using an electronic cutter.  Adhere the HO HO HO to the Cherry wood tape banner.

Supplies for Season’s Greetings card: Cherry Wood Sheet, Birch Wood Sheet,  Birch Wood Tape, Darice® Ornate Circle Dies, Darice® Curved Rectangle Dies, Darice® Assorted Snowflake Dies, Darice® Embossing Folder Snowflakes, light blue card stock, Season’s Greetings Stamp, White craft ink, Big Shot®, scissors and foam tape adhesive.

Instructions for Season’s Greetings card:

1. Cut a piece of light blue card stock to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Fold in half for your card base.

2. Emboss the card front using the Darice® Snowflakes embossing folder and a Big Shot®.

3. Cut out a piece of Cherry wood using the largest die from Darice® Ornate Circle Dies and a Big Shot®. Adhere to the card front.

4. Cut a piece of Birch Wood tape to 5-1/2″. Emboss the wood tape using the Darice® Snowflakes embossing folder and a Big Shot®. Remove adhesive liner and adhere to middle of card. See photo example for placement.

5. Cut out a piece of Birch wood using the middle die from Darice® Assorted Snowflake Dies and a Big Shot®. Adhere to the card front with foam adhesive.

6.  Stamp the ‘Season’s Greetings’ message in white ink onto a piece of Cherry wood. Cut out using the smallest die from Darice® Curved Rectangle Dies and a Big Shot®. Adhere to card front.

Supplies for Three Snowmen card: Birch Wood Sheet, Cherry Wood Tape, Darice® Assorted Snowflake Dies, Darice® Embossing Folder Three Snowmen, Big Shot®, holiday image transfers, scissors, red card stock, rhinestone embellishment, hot glue and glue gun and foam tape adhesive.

Instructions for Three Snowmen card:

1. Cut a piece of red card stock to 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.

2. Cut a piece of Birch wood to 5-1/4″ x 4″.

3. Emboss the Birch wood using the Darice® Three Snowmen embossing folder and a Big Shot®.  Note the orientation of the die on the Birch Wood and leave 1″ of empty space at the bottom. See sample photo.

4. Mount the embossed Birch wood sheet to the piece of red card stock.

5. Cut a piece of Cherry Wood tape to 7″. Flag each end of the tape. Roll fold the tape on the left end to achieve a banner look. Tack the roll fold down with hot glue. Remove adhesive liner and adhere tape to the bottom of the Birch wood card. See photo example for placement.

6. Cut out a piece of Birch wood using the middle snowflake die from Darice® Assorted Snowflake Dies and a Big Shot®. Adhere to center of Cherry wood tape.

7. Adhere a rhinestone embellishment in the center of the Birch wood snowflake.

8. Using a rub on transfer, apply a holiday phrase onto the Cherry wood tape.

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 Tape Ornament

We found this amazing tutorial on how to create a paper ball garland. When we saw the woven paper balls that created the garland we were inspired to try this technique using our real wood tape to create ornaments for our Christmas tree.

Supplies for Birch Tape ornament: Birch wood tape, Cherry paper, Tag punch, Felt poinsettia embellishment, red baker’s twine, adhesive, and white sweater trim.

Instructions for Birch Tape ornament:

1. Weave your tape ball. Follow the easy tutorial found here.

2. Punch out a tag shape from Cherry Wood paper using a tag punch.

3. Adhere a felt poinsettia embellishment to the Cherry Wood paper tag.

4. Tie Cherry Wood tag to woven ornament ball using red baker’s twine.

5. Hang your ornament with a 5″ piece of white sweater trim.

Real Wood & Glass Block Decor – Oh Holy Night

Decorating with Glass blocks are a cute and simple way to personalize your space. We added a treasured holiday piece to our decor this year with this Wood ‘Oh Holy Night’ Glass block. We purchased this simple manger design from the Silhouette Design store and cut it onto Cherry wood using our Silhouette Cameo. We topped the glass block off with a wood bow made from Tape. Put lights inside or display the block with lights behind it. This decor block is glowing with the Christmas spirit.

Supplies for the Real Wood ‘Oh Holy Night’ glass block: Cherry wood sheet, Birch wood tape, glass block, ‘Oh Holy Night’ cut file, and Silhouette Cameo.

1. Cut the ‘Oh Holy Night’ design file onto an adhesive backed sheet of BARC Cherry wood.

2. Peel off adhesive lining from the Cherry wood sheet. Arrange and adhere the ‘Oh Holy Night’ Cherry Wood design onto glass block.

3. Wrap the perimeter of glass block with Birch wood tape.

4. Create a wood bow from Birch Wood Tape. Adhere bow to top of block.

5. Display.

Noel Card

If you are in need of a last minute card idea, you’ve come to the right place! This Noel card using our White Birch Wood sheets is a fun way to dress up any gift.

Supplies: White Birch Sheet, Snowflake Embossing Folder, Die Machine for Embossing, 1/4-inch Green Ribbon, Large Blue Button, Chipboard Letters, Pattern Papers, Adhesives, Scissors, Foam Dimensionals, Mini Pearls and Snowflake Punch.

Noel Card Instructions:

1. Trim a sheet of White Birch to 5.5 x 8.5-inches. Score at 4.25-inches and fold in half.

2. Using snowflake embossing folder, run through die machine to make embossed impressing in wood sheet.

3. Trim a piece of 1/4-inch green ribbon to approximately 13-inches. Tie around card about 1/2-inch from the bottom of the card and fasten with a knot.

4. Cover chipboard letters ‘N’, ‘e’, and ‘l’ with pattern paper with adhesive. Use scissors to trim around the edges.

5. Adhere ‘N’ with foam dimensionals to the left of the card.

6. Then using foam dimensionals adhere the large blue button next to the ‘N’.

7. Next, adhere the ‘e’ and ‘l’ to the card front, also using foam dimensionals.

8. Using a snowflake punch, cut a snowflake out of pattern paper and adhere to left edge of ‘N’ with a foam dimensional. Add a mini pearl to the center of the paper snowflake.

Embossed Christmas Card

Wish your friends and family a wonderful holiday season with this warm and inviting card made from our Cherry Wood Sheets.

Supplies: Cherry Wood Sheet, White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Vera Mark Pad, 1/4–inch Red Velvet ribbon, White paper doily, Adhesive, Scissors, a Christmas Sentiment & Image Stamp, and a sheet of copy paper.

Embossed Christmas Card Instructions: 

1. Trim a piece of Cherry wood to 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches. Score at 4-1/4 inches and fold in half.

2. Using Christmas sentiment and image stamp and versa mark pad, center image and stamp approximately ½ inch from the base of the card.

3. Sprinkle white embossing powder over the top of the image, be sure to cover the image completely. Tap off extra onto a separate piece of copy paper.

4. Using heat gun, heat embossing powder until it cures.

5. Take white paper doily and place a crease in it approximately 1-1/2 inches from the right edge. Wrap remainder of the doily around to the back of the card. Adhere.

6. Take approximately 4 inches of red velvet ribbon, tie into a bow and adhere to lower right of the white paper doily.