Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Past Projects!

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, we thought we would share some past projects from throughout the years. Our Real Wood Paper is so much fun to work with and so versatile! I mean, look at all the cool things you can do with it. What better way to share your love with that special someone than making a homemade card or keepsake. Happy crafting!

Gaga over Glitter Paper

Remember when we showed you a few samples we created with Printable Glitter paper? In case you missed it, you can see that post here.  Well … we received such rave reviews that we have decided to add this amazing product to our line up of specialty papers; in white, silver and champagne. How exciting is this? Glitter without the mess, so cool! Click here to purchase it on our website.


Ready for some cute project inspiration? We had a birthday to attend and needed a quick card. We designed a simple phrase and printed the design onto 1 sheet of white glitter paper. Once printed, we cut out and mounted onto a card base.


The card turned out super cute. It was so quick and easy to make that we had time to create a matching gift tag. Viola! Done. Gift wrapped.

Next we created a little word art for our craft room. Something fun to showcase on an inspiration board or frame it for more permanent art. If you are a maker, these are words to live by!

Did you know you can stamp and color on this Glitter paper?  The results are amazing.  We stamped this ice cream cone with Momento ink and then colored with dye-based markers.  Loving the results.

This may look familiar. We showed you this stamped camera image when we posted about Chameleon markers. This stamped camera was colored with Chameleon markers, which are alcohol based. Both dye and alcohol based markers work great on this paper.


When in doubt, just add glitter!

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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ARC Sept 1 Tonic Dies 1

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.

ARC Tonic Dies

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

ARC Sept 1 Tree


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.

ARC Tonic tree 2

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.

ARC Sept 1 Tonic Dies

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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.

ARC Aug 25 Tonic butterfly 3



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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ARC Aug 25 Tonic butterfly

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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!

ARC Aug 25 Tonic Glitter 6 sneak

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Mixed Media with Birch Wood

This week I’d like to share the beginnings of a mixed media piece using Birch Wood paper. I love the look of layer upon layer. I started out simple and perhaps I’ll continue to add to this piece as time goes on. For now I am liking the monochromatic look of the Birch wood and various natural textures.

This piece uses Birch Wood paper as the base. The damask pattern comes from this Gothic layering stencil from Tim Holtz and a bit of texture paste from Ranger. I added a few more random bits of texture with a bit of canvas, washi tape and a wood hello embellishment. The detailed butterflies are cut out from Birch Wood adhesive backed paper and this paper cuts like butter using the Concord & 9th Floral and Flutter die. I am dying over these Birch Wood Butterflies. I am certain to use the little beauties on additional projects. So many cool elements and details to look at but I can’t get over the beauty of wood. In my opinion the wood grain from the Birch Wood paper is the star!

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

Easter Wishes on Wood paper

Happy Easter!

We created these simple, vintage style greeting cards using Birch Wood paper and pastel card stock. This is a super easy DIY that looks professional. We designed the card front easily with vintage clip art found online and then added an Easter message. You can print your own custom design on Wood paper using most home inkjet printers.

We created a few different color versions of this card on pastel card stock. We even added a touch of color to one of the bunny images using a red Chameleon pen in the lightest shade—coloring directly onto the wood paper.

Supplies for Easter Wishes Bunny cards: 8.5″ x 11″ Birch Wood adhesive backed paper, 8.5″ x 11″ Cherry Wood adhesive backed paper, A2 Birch Wood Envelopes, A2 Cherry Wood Envelopes, 4 sheets of pastel card stock (pink, blue, yellow, purple) and Chameleon primary tone pens (optional). Supplies will create 8 cards.

Instructions for Easter Wishes Bunny Cards:

1. Find your desired black and white clip art image. Download image and open in your favorite design program. Add a custom greeting.

2. Set up 4 images of your card front onto an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet.

3. Print design onto a sheet of adhesive backed Cherry and Birch Wood paper.

4. Cut the printed 8.5″ x 11″ sheet in half, and in half again, to create four card fronts that are 4.25″ x 5.5″. Center and trim each image again to 4″ x 5.25″.

5. Cut pastel card bases to 5.5″ x 8.5″. Score and fold in half.

6. Remove adhesive liner from the printed wood paper. Center the wood paper and adhere to the front of the pastel card stock.

7. Optional: color in a bunny image with a red Chameleon pen following the pen instructions to achieve the lightest shade.

8. Pair each card with a matching Birch or Cherry wood envelope.

Real Wood Bookmarks

MARK the Spot.

Do you need a new bookmark to aide in your summer reading? We created these 2″x6″ Wood bookmarks with an inspirational quote and a summer design. Wood is flat and thin enough to slip inside a book without any bulging and is much sturdier than paper. Printing custom text and designs on Wood is so easy. Wood runs through most printers just like paper. Download our Butterfly Bookmark design or design your own and see how impressive printing on Wood can be.

Supplies for Wood Bookmark: Birch or Cherry Wood adhesive backed paper, inkjet printer, Butterfly Bookmark, hobby blade and ruler.

Instructions for Wood Bookmark:

1. Download Butterfly Bookmark.

2. Print bookmark design onto a 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of Wood paper.

3. Cut out the front and back of the Wood bookmark with a hobby blade and a ruler.

4. Remove adhesive lining from the back of the Wood Bookmarks. Adhere the front and back together. Trim edges as needed.

Butterfly Bookmark

Real Cherry Wood Father’s Day Cards

Impress Dad with your woodworking skills by handcrafting a Real Wood card for Father’s Day. These cards feature Cherry Wood and are loving made for Father.

Supplies for both Father’s Day cards: Cherry Wood 12″x12″ paper, Cherry Wood Tape, brown patterned paper, Father’s Day stamp, brown ink, cork star embellishments, adhesive, foam adhesive, HAPPY cut file, e-cutter and scissors.

Instructions for Square Happy Father’s Day card:

1. Create a card base with brown patterned paper. Cut base to 5.5″x 11″ and fold in half.

2. Cut HAPPY using a HAPPY cut file and an e-cutter onto a sheet of Cherry Wood.

3. Trim the HAPPY sheet of Cherry Wood to 5″x5″. Weed out the HAPPY phrase and save the wood HAPPY letters for the next card.

4. Stamp Father’s Day in brown ink below the HAPPY phrase onto the 5″x5″ sheet of Cherry Wood. See picture for placement.

5. Adhere 3 cork star embellishments below the FATHER’S DAY stamped image.

6. Mount the 5″x5″ HAPPY FATHER’s DAY Cherry Wood piece to the brown patterned paper card front using foam adhesive.

Instructions for Tape Happy Father’s Day card:

1. Create a card base with brown patterned paper. Cut base to 5.5″x 8.5″ and fold in half.

2. Arrange the Cherry Wood HAPPY letters that were set aside from the previous card onto the front of the brown patterned card base. Adhere in place.

3. Cut a 4″ piece of Cherry wood tape.

4. Stamp Father’s Day in brown ink onto the piece of Cherry wood tape.

5. Flag each end of the tape, remove adhesive liner and adhere to card front under the HAPPY. See picture for placement.

6. Adhere 2 cork star embellishments to both sides the FATHER’S DAY Real Cherry Wood flag.

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.

Memorial Day Real Wood Decor

Happy Memorial Day!
Our project this week honors Memorial Day and lets us display our gratitude to our country and the brave men and women who serve. You can make this poster easily from your home. Download this free printable and simply print onto your favorite sheet of  Wood. Wood is 100% made in the U.S.A.
Have a safe and Happy Memorial Day and remember our Fallen Soldiers!
Supplies for LAND of the FREE poster: Birch Wood and an inkjet printer.
Instructions for LAND of the FREE poster:
2. Print onto a sheet of Birch wood.
3. Mount, frame and display.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. All of us at ETC Papers, would like to thank the men and women of our Armed Forces who have given their lives as the ultimate sacrifice for our beloved country. They have allowed us freedoms that we often times take for granted. Did you know that each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time? So on this Memorial Day, take a moment to give thanks for those who gave everything.
Our office will be closed on Monday, May 25th, in observance of Memorial Day. Any orders placed after 12pm on Friday May 22nd will be ready on Tuesday May 26th. We will reopen on Tuesday May 26th at 8 am PST. Please make a note of it. Call us at (702) 851-7277 with any questions.