BFF Rustic Frame

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

My BFF and I meet when we were 10 years old. We’ve been fortunate enough to be friends for many, many years. It was fun to remember the things we’ve done while I was wood burning this frame – however, this is not us in the photo!

IMG_2382I used the Rustic Frame and this stencil – I don’t know what company made it because I don’t have the packaging anymore. Sorry.  I used a pencil to trace the words I wanted to use onto the frame. The wood is rough (remember it’s a Rustic Frame!) but it’s really easy to wood burn.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI used the Creative Woodburner® Value Pen for this project. After reading all instructions on the package, attach the Cone Point on the hot tool using pliers. Secure the tool stand to your work surface with tape. Place the Value Pen on the stand and plug into an electric outlet, flip the switch “ON” to heat for 4-5 minutes.


I used the Cone Point to outline all the words. For thicker words, remove the Cone Point with pliers and drop it into a ceramic dish or mug. Use the pliers to attach the Flow Point to fill in each letter. When you have completed all of the wood burning, flip the switch to “OFF” and let cool.

I used a Tombow® Xtreme adhesive tape runner to adhere the photo onto a heavy piece of cardstock or poster board.  Use Xtreme to adhere the prepared photo onto the back of the Frame.

This is a great gift for your BFF – make two and you can keep one for yourself!


By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow


If you haven’t tried wood burning yet, this project would be a perfect way to start learning. It’s easy, fun and also gives you a chance to try the Alphabet Hot Stamps to add words!


I used the Creative Versa-Tool® with the Versa-Temp Temperature Control to make things easier.


After reading all of the instructions found outside and inside the package, use pliers to attach the Flow Point on the Tool. Secure the Tool Stand to your work surface with tape and place the Tool on the Stand. Plug into an electric outlet and turn the Versa-Temp control dial to the Red Zone and heat for 4-5 minutes.


While the Tool is heating, position a stencil onto the Basswood Canvas. I used a Martha Stewart stencil for this project. Use a pencil to trace the design onto the wood, leaving room to add the words under the branch.



Use the Flow Point to wood burn the branches and berries. Outline the bird, legs, feet and eye. Use the pliers to remove the Flow Point, dropping it into a ceramic dish. Turn the Versa-Temp control dial to the Yellow-Orange Zone.


Attach the Shading Point with the pliers. With the Versa-Temp control dial on the Yellow-Orange Zone, wood burn very lightly inside the bird with the very flat portion of the Point to shade the bird. The lower heat of the Tool will help to keep the shading lighter than other parts of your wood burned design. When you are finished shading the bird, use the pliers to remove the Shading Point and drop it into the ceramic dish. Turn the Versa-Temp control dial back to the Red Zone.


Attach the Circle Hot Stamps on the Tool with the pliers. Wood burn all the edges of the Basswood Canvas with half of the Stamp on the top edges and the full Stamp on the side edges. Use the pliers to remove the Circle Hot Stamp and drop in into the ceramic dish.

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To add words, attach an appropriate letter from the Alphabet Hot Stamps with the pliers. Place the Tool on the Stand.

Use a ruler and pencil to draw lines under branch to keep letters straight on the Basswood Canvas. Carefully burn each letter, removing and attaching each letter with the pliers.

Once your wood burning is complete, erase any remaining pencil lines. For a protective finish, apply 2-3 coats of either spray or brush-on varnish.

For more information and videos on Beginning Wood Burning using the Creative Versa-Tool see the YouTube Video below:



by Chris Wallace


It was fun turning a Basswood Canvas into a clock! Of course, anything you can drill a hole in can become a clock. You’ll need to use a 3/8” drill bit for the correct size hole in the item to hold any Walnut Hollow® clock movement.


Start by using a pencil and ruler to find the center of the Basswood Canvas  – I used one that was 8” x 8”. Drill the hole in the center, then you’re ready to stain the wood.


To add color to the wood, it was really easy to use Tim Holtz® Distress Stains (Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Frayed Burlap and Peeled Paint) because you can simply use the sponge applicators on the bottles to both add the color and blend the colors together.


After the Stains were completely dry – they dry quickly – I stamped the surface with Tim Holtz® Clear Stamps – Urban Grunge. Use Imagine Crafts Versa-Fine™ Ink to stamp each image.

Add the chain and hammer small nails just above the chandlier stamped images to hold the chain in place – the other end of the chain is nailed to the edge of the Canvas. Add a Tim Holtz® Idea-ology® Ornate Plate in the center of the Canvas so the clock movement shaft will be in the center. Glue the Plate with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue for a secure adhesion.

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OK. Now comes the fun part! Use the Creative Versa-Tool® with the Alphabet Hot Stamps to add the word T-I-M-E-K-E-E-P-E-R.

After reading all manufacturer’s instructions found inside the Creative Versa-Tool, use pliers to attach “R” Hot Stamp alphabet letter on the Tool. Secure the Tool Stand to your work surface with tape. Place the tool on the stand and plug into an electric outlet, turn the Versa-Temp control dial between the Orange and Red Zones and heat for 4-5 minutes.


I started at the top right corner of the Canvas and spelled the word backwards to ensure that the spacing was correct. Begin with hot stamping the letter “R”. Remove the letter with pliers and drop the letter into a glass or ceramic dish. Attach the letter E” on tool and proceed with each letter until you are finished. When the word is complete, turn the Versa-Temp control to “O” (OFF) and let cool on stand.


Now you are ready to add the clock movement, hands and numbers. For this clock, I used a clock movement with a 3/8″ shaft to fit the thickness of the wood surface.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe back of the package has the instructions for attaching the clock movement to the Canvas. Just follow along. Once you have the hands on as instructed, place the adhesive numbers that are included with the clock movement at the 12 – 3 – 6 – and 9 o’clock positions. I start with 12, move straight down to the 6, then go to the 3 and 9.

Add the AA battery, set the time and your TIMEKEEPER is ready to hang on the wall or sit on a tabletop for display.

Personalized Basswood Country Round®, Thick

A long-time signature wood piece from Walnut Hollow® just got Thicker! The Basswood Country Round® bark-edged wood piece is a well-known product from Walnut Hollow

Crafters and artists love the natural look with the bark left intact.

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We decided to make a thicker version. So, this style of the Country Round® is 1 5/8” thick.

I started the project by drawing the letter “W” onto a piece of tracing paper, then transfer the drawing onto the Thick Country Round with graphite transfer paper and a stylus.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a great project to begin wood burning if you’ve never tried it. I used the Creative Versa-Tool® (CVT) to wood burn the design.

Note: If you haven’t used the CVT previously, please take time to read the instructions on the back and inside of the packaging.

I taped the Tool Stand onto my work surface with masking tape. I then attached the Flow Point onto the CVT with pliers. After placing the CVT onto the Stand, plug the hot tool into an electric outlet and dial the Versa-Temp control to the Red Zone.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou can see the various Zones and how to use them on the back of the packaging.


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I outlined the “W”, then divided it into sections with a straight, solid line. After that, I just changed the points (I used the stamping points and the calligraphy point) to add “doodles” to the inside of each section.


To finish off the wood burning, I attached a stamping point and stamped all around the edge of the Thick Country Round. For a protective finish, brush on 2-3 coats of satin varnish. If you want to use it as a trivet, skip the varnish.

These make quick and very easy personalized gifts for your friends and family. It will go even quicker, if you have a set of large stencil alphabet letters to simply trace the letter onto the Thick Country Round to start the projects.

Walnut Hollow/Tombow Blog Hop Day 3

Today is the third day we are sharing projects and ideas using Tombow® products. We are also having a week-long contest with the grand prize of products from Tombow and Walnut Hollow.


To put your name in the basket, you will need to do two things:

  1. Leave a comment here on our Blog. The more days you comment the more chances you have to win!
  2. “Like” us on Facebook.

Each day we will randomly chose a finalist and chose a winner from those finalists on the last day. The winner will be announced here at 1:00 pm (CST) Monday, May 6th.

We’re sending a special thank you to Tombow for asking us to play and create with them!

See the Tombow Design Team/ Bloggers:

Debbie FisherMelissa CashJennie GarciaMarie Browning

Wood Burned Owl with Irojiten Color Pencils

Our customers are going to be so happy when they learn about the beautiful pencils made by Tombow®. They are Irojiten Color Pencils. They work very similarly to the oil color pencils Walnut Hollow® used to make available to our customers. As I said before, when our supplier wouldn’t supply us anymore, our customers reacted in lots of different ways – some shrugged it off, some were sad, some were very, very sad, some were mad, some were cranky…….well, you get the picture. Let’s just say, it wasn’t a good thing. But, we’re passing the word onto our customers about the Irojiten Pencils – the Color Pencils are fantastic and I am happy we can let our customers know where to find them.

For this project I used the Creative Versa-Tool® to wood burn the owl and used the Irojiten Colored Pencils to add color to the wood burning. Enlarge the pattern below and trace it onto the Basswood Country Round. Make sure you read all the instructions on the Creative Versa-Tool package and inside the storage case before you begin wood burning.


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Please refer to Monday’s Blog where I described some pencil techniques. I also talked about where to take a terrific online class presented by Tombow and Marie Browning at My Creative

To add color to the completed wood burning, I began by adding a pencil color all over the owl. This initial color application will help blend all the other colors I will use as I added them individually.  If you use one color under all the other colors, everything will tend to blend a little better for the overall look of the owl.


I started looking at color photos of owls that I found online, but because I had already wood burned the owl, I knew that I couldn’t make the owl look realistic, so I made it just “my owl” using the pencil colors I wanted to use. Continue blending and adding colors to the eyes, tail, chest, etc. until you achieve the look you like.

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Be careful if you use a brush-on varnish when your project is complete – sometimes the pencil color will smear while you are brushing on the varnish.  My favorite finish is a satin spray varnish. I spray 2-3 coats, drying between each coat to protect the wood burning and the color.