DIY Geometric Woodburned Basswood Round Trivet

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Do what makes you Happy

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

We are excited to be blog hopping with Quietfire Design all this week. We have so many creative projects to share with you using Quietfire Design high quality rubber stamps with Walnut Hollow Wood Surfaces and Tools.

Walnut Hollow + Quietfire Design Prize

We have a great prize to give away. Let us know what you think about our projects by leaving comments. We will choose a prize winner Monday, October 6. Leaving comments on all of the projects will increase your chance of winning! See where to go next at the end of my post!

Walnut Hollow Crafts | Do What Makes You Happy


This mixed media project was perfect for Suzanne Cannon’s wonderful calligraphy sentiment stamp set, Twirl & Enjoy. I’m so delighted that she makes them for us to use so we can share these words over and over again! And for many of us, we get to “do what makes us happy” while we are using the stamps. Doesn’t get much better than that.

I began this project by using a large flat brush to basecoat the Walnut Hollow Basswood Canvas with DecoArt® Americana® Hauser Light Green. I wanted a little sparkle on the surface, so I added DecoArt® StarLite Varnish, just to the top of the Canvas. The varnish is great because it adds just a touch of glitter.


While everything was drying, I cut (3) 1 ½” strips of ivory cardstock and inked, stamped and used my sewing machine to attach several thinner strips of colored cardstock to the ivory paper. For the ink pads, I used Clearsnap® Tutti-Frutti Queue which includes 6 colors – perfect for this project.



After die cutting scallop circles from Spellbinders®, I used Clearsnap® ColorBox® Midnight ink pad to stamp all of the sentiments – “do what makes you happy” and other stamps from Quietfire Design – “My friend” and “Each of us has a song to sing” – 2 of my other favorite stamps. (I actually have lots of favorite Quietfire Design stamps!!!)


You’ll need to use scissors to cut scrap pieces of felt. Cut a dress and 3 small flowers.

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Now it’s time to assemble everything. Using Tombow® adhesives, I adhered the different elements to the Canvas. I used MONO Multi Liquid Glue to glue small beads onto the felt flowers and set them aside to dry.

Use Tombow® Xtreme to adhere the sewn papers around the wide edges of the Canvas – leaving openings for the stamped sentiments. Also adhere the purple strips and the turquoise circle with Xtreme.

I used Tombow® Foam Tabs to layer the orange circle on the turquoise circle.

Use MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the felt pieces. Use Power Tabs to adhere the pewter charm embellishments. You can cut the Power Tabs into smaller pieces to fit behind each of the charms.


Thanks for stopping by to see my “Do what makes you Happy!” Now go see what Suzanne created!

Thanksgiving Coasters

By Sara Shirman for Walnut Hollow

We are excited to be blog hopping with Quietfire Design all this week. We have so many creative projects to share with you using Quietfire Design high quality rubber stamps with Walnut Hollow Wood Surfaces and Tools.

Walnut Hollow + Quietfire Design Prize

We have a great prize to give away. Let us know what you think about our projects by leaving comments. We will choose a prize winner Monday, October 6. Leaving comments on all of the projects will increase your chance of winning! See where to go next at the end of my post!

Walnut Hollow Crafts | Thanksgiving Coasters

Quietfire Designs has some of the most beautiful stamps that I have ever seen. The delicate Calligraphy is so well done and the stamps themselves are very high quality. It was really fun to work with Suzanne in deciding what the stamps should say for this Thanksgiving themed blog hop! It took me a whole 5 minutes to decide that I was going to make coasters for the blog hop. The size of the Quietfire Design stamps combined with Walnut Hollow’s 4.5″Circle Mini Thin Plaque were perfect for coasters on a Thanksgiving table setting!

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I started preparing my Circle Plaques by sanding them and putting 2 coats of Light Buttermilk Americana Acrylic Paint

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Once the paint was dry I used Coffee Bean Archival Pigment Ink to stamp on this Sunflower stamp that was purchased at Michaels.

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I used a heat gun to set the ink then colored in the sunflowers with Tsukineko® Memento Dual Markers. The brush tip worked well for filling in the petals and the center of the sunflower with loose strokes.

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I stamped the beautiful Quietfire Design stamp that is a part of the Give Thanks set onto a thin piece of white paper. I love the quality of these stamps! They are so clean and crisp!

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I centered the paper in the center of the sunflower.

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I mixed up some Ice Resin (it is so easy to use!) Here is a video that shows how to mix your Ice Resin properly.

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I poured the ice resin over the stamped paper and spread it all the way to the edge. The Ice Resin is thick enough so that it does not run over the edge of the piece of wood. Ice Resin is very easy to use on wood!

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I let the Ice Resin dry for 24 hours. They turned out really nice – now I can’t wait for Thanksgiving!


Walnut Hollow Crafts Thankful Coasters

Thanks for stopping by to see my Thanksgiving Coasters! Now go see what Kathy Jo and Sherry have created!


By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Walnut Hollow Crafts | Thankful Wood Burning

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.


40561____BASSWOOD_COUNTRY_ROUND_THICK_STRAIGHT_CUT_7-9-Main_Image[1]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…… can do it!

Thanks for stopping by to see my Thankful Chargers and Trivets! Now go see what Wanda and Teresa have created!

Family Chalkboard

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

We are so excited to be blog hopping with Clearsnap today! We have so many creative projects to share with you using Clearsnap‘s high quality Made in the USA ink pads and stamps and Walnut Hollow Wood Surfaces and Tools. Let us know what you think about our projects by leaving comments. See the whole list of bloggers at the end of my post!



Family Chalkboard40057-41-portrait[1]I really like this new Natural Bark Edge Panel. After thinking of many different ways to use it, I decided to create something functional for my first project. I’m also going to share how I corrected something that happened while I was creating it.


I wanted to make the Panel more of a neutral look and have all the fun come with the colors of the Chalk Markers. I like the color combination of tan and black, so I used a large flat brush to basecoat the top panel with DecoArt® Americana® Chalky Finish Heirloom. The Chalky Finish paint is so thick and creamy – all you need is one coat. The black area was painted with Americana® Chalkboard Paint™. Make sure you follow the directions on the bottle for the Chalkboard Paint.

Now to the fun part – I wanted to include a family name and there wasn’t a better way to do it than to use Ann Butler’s EZ-De’s Flourish 2” ABC’s. So many other alphabet stamps are so small – these are just perfect! I used the Ann Butler ColorBox Crafters™ Aquamarine ink pad. Using a ruler to measure the top panel across, I marked the center with a pencil. I also drew a very thin pencil line to help keep the lettering straight.


I work from the center to stamp any name or saying. As you can see, the “N” in the center of “BRUNNER” was first, the next “N” to the right was stamped also (since I had the “N” on the acrylic block!). I like to work to the right then to the left, however if there is a repeat in letters, I make it easier on myself by working that into how I stamp the name.


After the family name was stamped, I heat set the ink with a heat tool. Then it was time to antique the top panel. I used Americana Staining and Antiquing Medium with Dark Chocolate (1:1). I applied the mix to the panel and wiped off the excess with a soft cloth. I was sad! Holy Smokes………you couldn’t see the name very well anymore. Geesch!!! Now what?


Well, I thought of many things and many words……but you don’t want to hear about that. Actually, the solution to my problem was quite simple, mainly because the ABC Stamps are clear. Ta-da! I over-stamped each letter using a darker ink color. I used ColorBox Crafters™ Stone (it’s a gray, not black). I inked each letter and could see through the acrylic block to position each stamp precisely where I had previously stamped. Again, I heat set the ink so it was permanent.

To condition the Chalkboard Paint, use regular white chalk to wipe onto the painted surface. After covering the entire area, wipe the chalk off with a soft cloth. Now the Chalk Markers will not leave any “shadow” marks when you erase.


Using Marvy Bistro Chalk Markers, I used white to write each name, then a colored Chalk Marker to add the parentheses.


A great feature for this Natural Bark Edge Panel is that the four basswood panels are attached on the back with 2 braces that include keyholes on each end of the brace. Now it’s time to easily hang it on the wall.


Thanks for stopping by to see my Family Chalkboard! Now go see what Steph Ackerman created!


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