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By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow
The Basswood Country Rounds® come in various sizes so you can choose the perfect size you need. Look for a font that you like on your computer for the initials and wedding date. Enlarge it to size and print. I chose Perpetua Titling MT.
Before using the Creative Versa-Tool®, read all manufacturer’s instructions found inside the package. Attach the Universal Point on the Versa-Tool with pliers. Secure the tool stand to your work surface with tape. Place the Tool on the stand and plug it into an electric outlet. Turn the Versa-Temp control to the Red Zone and heat for four or five minutes.
While the Tool is heating up, use a pencil to rub on the back of the printed copy to prepare for tracing it onto the Basswood Country Round. Position the copy on the Round and tape it in place. Use a stylus or ball point pen to trace the initials and date onto the wood surface.
To wood burn all of the outside lines of each part of the copy, begin by placing a metal rule on any areas of copy with straight lines. Use the straight edge of the Universal Point to create the straight lines by following along the ruler edge.
Add all other curved lines of copy using the tip of the Universal Point following the traced lines until all outside lines are wood burned.
Use the side of the Universal Point to burn all solid dark shading in the initials. Use a lighter touch to lightly shade the ampersand.
Use the metal ruler to create lines across each letter and number in the wedding date.
Sometimes it is better to actually see how to use the Universal Point – we made a video with some tips and techniques. If you’d like to see it, please view the video here:
By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow
Want to make a beautiful greeting for family and friends when they arrive at your home during the Holidays? This Personalized Wreath would be perfect! And if time is short, you and create this in an hour or two.
Begin by choosing a font you like on your computer and see what the initial looks like that you will use. Enlarge the initial on the computer before you print it or if it needs to be larger, enlarge it on a copy machine. Rub the back of the copy with a pencil and tape it in place on a small Basswood Country Round®. Use a stylus or a ball point pen to trace the initial onto the Round. Now it is ready to be wood burned.
After reading all manufacturer’s instructions found on the back of the Creative Woodburner® Value Pen, attach the Cone Point on the tool with pliers. Secure the tool stand to the work surface with tape. Place the Value Pen on the stand and plug into an electric outlet and turn the switch “on”. Let heat for 4-5 minutes.
Hang the finished project on your front door. The rustic look is a perfect welcome for your guests.
By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow
I’m THANKFUL that we are doing a Blog Hop this week with Quietfire Design. Suzanne Cannon, founder and owner of Quietfire Design, and I have been friends for a few years now and we enjoy working together. It’s wonderful to have a Blog Hop with Quietfire Design using our products together and sharing ideas for the upcoming holiday season.
Since Thanksgiving comes a little earlier in Canada than in the United States, we wanted to share ideas now for Thanksgiving. Using Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Rounds® and Basswood Country Planks® for your table, you can create a warm, inviting, natural atmosphere.
I love the calligraphy that Suzanne creates and making stamps for all of us to use gives us a chance to enjoy her creations over and over again. Using Quietfire Design Being Thankful Stamp Set, I decided to be bold and wood burn the stamped word “Thankful”. When I say ‘bold’, it’s because I was hoping I could wood burn Suzanne’s lettering well enough to maintain the beauty of each letter!
I used the Walnut Hollow Creative Versa-Tool® to wood burn the word using a Mini Flow Point (sold separately). I used the Mini Flow Point because it feels like you are writing with a ball point pen and it is an easy way to begin wood burning if you have never tried it. You could also use the Creative Woodburner® Value Pen. All Walnut Hollow wood burning tools and points are interchangeable.
Before using Walnut Hollow hot tools, please be sure to read all of the information and safety hints on and inside the box or packaging and before you proceed. It’s also a good idea to practice a little on some scrap pieces of wood so you are comfortable with wood burning – it’s not hard at all, but takes a little practice just like any craft that is new for you. You can watch a video here to help:
Stamp the wood piece using a light ink color. I wanted to make sure that I saw all the little parts of each letter well, so I chose to use ColorBox® Clearsnap® Mudslide. I didn’t want it to be too dark so I stamped first on paper, then stamped on the wood. For the Basswood Country Planks® that are being used for plate chargers, I stamped on both bark-edged side.
I began the wood burning on the letter “h” – no real reason, but I think I was scared to start with the fancy “T”! After I burned a few letters, I went back to the “T” once I was confident in what I was doing.
Here’s a close up of the finished wood burning for the plate chargers.
I used the same process to wood burning on the Basswood Country Round® that will be used as a trivet. This particular Country Round style is Thick. The wood is safe for serving – it is never treated with anything during our process of cutting and drying to prevent warping and cracks. You can use bowls and plates on the wood piece, however, if you decide to place food directly on it without a plate, it’s best to wipe the surface first with mineral oil. I also use a doily, simply to protect the surface from any of the food staining the wood.
OK – now you know how to wood burn using the beautiful Quitefire Design stamps. It’s time to start creating your Thanksgiving (or anytime!) plate chargers. Go on……..you can do it!
by Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow
Chalkboard-anything is the big DIY project idea currently buzzing around. You can basically turn anything into a chalkboard as long as you can paint it – and it is sooooo easy!
Everything comes in your DIY Delivery Box. You have 2 Walnut Hollow Rustic Basswood Bark Edged Rounds, DecoArt® American® Chalkboard Paint™, a Marvy Bistro White Chalk Marker, a foam brush, a piece of chalk, 2 sawtooth hangers with 4 small screws and written instructions with inspiration ideas. So, you are set to go!
Start by reading the instructions on the DecoArt® Chalkboard Paint bottle – which will tell you to paint 2 coats onto your project. One coat will be painted horizontally, one coat vertically. Apply the first coat using the foam brush onto the Bark Edge Round and wait for one hour drying time. The 2nd coat goes on, this time brushed the opposite direction onto the Bark Edge Round and you wait for 24 hours for the Chalkboard Paint to cure.
After 24 hours, rub regular chalk over the entire surface, then wipe off with a paper towel.
That’s it! You’re ready to make a list, a sign, etc. using the Bistro Chalk Ink Marker.
Note: To remove the message and make another, use a damp cloth or paper towel to wipe off the Chalk Ink. We have also used Windex wipes in a little pouch. Once the old message is “erased”, you are ready to use your Bark Edge Chalkboard again.
Here are Different Ideas for Using your Chalkboards!
Last month Kristin St. Clair shared her Tag Chalkboard with you – today we are sharing her brilliantly created Basswood Country Round. This is the “thick” version that our customers are loving! Not sure what all of them are using the “thick” version for, but we’ve been wood burning on them, using them in various ways for wedding planning and for serving food – just to name a few.
Kristin created an address sign idea to display outside your home. Such a great idea! Read below to see how she lights everything up……….
- Basswood Country Round® – Thick
- LED wire lights
- Pencil and Ruler
- Utility Knife and Cutting Mat
- Wood Chisel and Hammer
- Wood Glue Sand Paper
- Rubber Bands
- Sand Paper (Fine Grit)
- Painter’s Tape
- Number Stencil
- Black Paint and Foam Pouncer
- Drill with 11/64″ bit
- Wood Sealer
- Chipboard and Craft Stick
- Wire Brad Nail
- Hanging Hardware (D-ring)
Position and center the battery pack of the LED lights on the bottom edge of the backside of a piece of basswood round. With a pencil, trace around the battery pack.
Make a chisel guide, slightly bigger than the tracing, using a utility knife and ruler.
Chisel out the marked space, deep enough so the battery pack sits flush inside the basswood round.
Clean surfaces by removing all dust and wood shavings. Use a wood glue to affix the bark edge back to the basswood round. Rubber-bands will help hold the piece in place as it dries. Sand front of basswood round with a fine grit sand paper.
Create a number stencil. Pick a font and print out numbers to a piece of paper in an appropriate size. Cut numbers out with utility knife on a cutting mat. Save all number elements (i.e. inside circle of number 6). Position and center stencil to front of basswood round. Secure with tape. With paint and a foam pouncer, stencil the number. Remove paper stencil and let dry.
With the numbers that were cut from stencil, evenly mark 20 light holes. Tape paper numbers over painted numbers on basswood.With a drill affixed with an 11/64″ bit, drill through basswood round on marks. Clean off any wood dust and reapply number stencil. Touch up paint in and around drill holes. Let dry.
Add hanging hardware to back of basswood.
Kristin’s blog address: http://www.lemmemakeit.com/