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!

Basswood Canvas vs. Wood Panels

Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Thinking that we should talk about specific Walnut Hollow products now and again, I decided it would be a good idea to discuss the differences between 2 products we manufacture – Basswood Canvas and Wood Panels.


They look quite similar if you see them in a photo or even on a shelf in a craft store.

However, they are actually very different. I don’t really have a favorite, I just choose one over the other depending on what I am creating.



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Let’s start with the Wood Panels. They are made from top-quality Baltic Birch and are cradled with a ¾” pine wood frame. They are sanded smooth and the Panels won’t flex, stretch or warp.

I enjoy creating on the front side. They can be treated just like any wood plaque – here are a few samples:


Ellaweese (that’s the birds name!) was perfect for the Panel and since the Panel is smooth it was so easy to paint on. I used acrylics, but oils, encaustics, mists or any type of paints work very well on the Panel surface. You can also decoupage, stamp, create mixed media pieces, etc. The other Wood Panel was created like a scrapbook page. I always think that scrapbook pages inside of an album won’t be seen often. It’s fun to put something that you would secure in a closed album up on the wall instead.

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The reverse side of the Wood Panel is also great to use. The way that the cradle pieces are positioned to support the Balitic Birch, meitered corners are created and look like a frame. The recessed area allows for lots of creativity. The Friends Forever project made a perfect frame for photos of young girlfriends. The “Life is too short” project was created with ICE Resin and the inside area was perfect to hold the liquid ICE Resin until it dried to a beautiful finish.


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As for the Basswood Canvas pieces, the high-quality surfaces are ideal for fine art, encaustic art, fiber & paper collage, wood burning, wood carving and much more. Each Canvas is made from ¼” premium Basswood, cradled by a 1 ½” pine wood frame. The smooth surface is archival quality with no pitch or grain to interfere with techniques and will not flex, stretch or warp.

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Whether you are creating a project with Elizabeth Crafts Peel-Offs (Cherries) or wood burning as in the Zentangle-inspired piece, the surface is wonderful for many techniques: oil painting, paper crafting, wood burning, wood carving, encaustic art – or drill a hole in the center and make a clock!


Marie Browning, a wonderful friend and designer, created this project by using the reversed side of a Basswood Canvas. It became a shadow box ready to hold a photo and many beautiful embellishments.

There are a couple of similarities with the products. Both the Basswood Canvas and Wood Panels are reversible and can be used with or without a frame. Both styles come in rectangle and square shapes. Another great feature is that they are easy to hang flush to the wall. And finally, they are Made in America – just like all of our fine wood products.

So, what would you like to use – a Basswood Canvas or a Wood Panel? Do you have a favorite?






Life is too short…

Today is the last day of Walnut Hollow’s Blog Hop with Ice Resin!

We had so much fun working with Ice Resin and their designers. Here are links to ALL of the blog hop projects-


Walnut Hollow – Sara Shirman

Ice Resin – Tatiana Allen


Walnut Hollow – Chris Wallace (Right Here!)

Ice Resin – Candy Rosenberg

Enter to win this prize package!


The package includes one Creative Versa-Tool®, one 8″x10″ Wood Panel and one Keepsake Box! You can enter by any of the following actions:

1. Follow Walnut Hollow’s Blog.

2. Like Walnut Hollow on Facebook.

3. Follow Walnut Hollow on Twitter.

Please leave comments on our posts and let us know what you think! The winner will be selected on Wednesday, January 29.

Life is too short… By Chris Wallace:Ice Resin Project

My friend, Cheryl, says this and it is so true! I thought about her as I created this fun project for our Blog Hop with ICE Resin.

I’ve only used ICE Resin products for a short time, but they are so easy to use and you don’t need to be an expert or be afraid to jump in and give them a try. There are great instructions for the products on their website (, so check it out and just do it! I did view their instructions about using ICE Resin on paper because I was using paper in my design.


Our Wood Panels are reversible. I chose to use the back side so my piece would be “framed”.


base and weathered spa blue cracks

I wanted to crackle the frame, so after choosing the K & Company Designer Series papers for inside the frame and inside the ICE Resin Bezels, I picked DecoArt® Americana Bahama Blue for the color you would see behind the cracks. (

After the basecoat was dry, I followed the instructions on the back of the Weathered Wood bottle and applied one even coat to the piece. When the Weathered Wood was dry, I applied the top coat of Spa Blue and watched it crack!

antique varnish

I didn’t glue anything yet, but laid the papers inside so I could see where I wanted to antique the papers and the frame using Staz-On Timber Brown Ink. I added Ink to the Prima flower so it would look a little tattered also. Once the ink was dry, I varnished the frame with DecoArt DuraClear Satin Varnish. I used a large brush and was careful to quickly varnish by laying down one medium coat of varnish so I wasn’t continually brushing back and forth on the crackle. If you keep brushing the varnish over the crackle, you can re-activate the process – you don’t want to do that!


I used a rubber stamp (Sing like no one’s listening by Susan Winget – Inkadinkadoo) and Timber Brown to stamp the image.

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I used Fiskars scissors to shadow-cut the stamped imaged and to cut a piece of foam core board to use later on the back of the image to add a raise layer inside the frame.


I used three small wooden birds by Prima Marketing ( and added color with Staz-On Teal Blue and Olive Green using a cotton swab. These birds fit perfectly inside the ICE Resin Bezels. I cut a Tombow Power Tab ( into four pieces and used one small piece for each bird to attach to the paper cut to fit each Bezel.


I used Tombow XTREME adhesive to attach the 5” x 7” paper inside the frame and the saying onto a strip of paper and then onto the paper inside the frame.

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plastic bag (1) bezels

So now to the fun part……… I mixed the ICE Resin in a small cup according to the instructions. Working on a plastic bag, I used gloves and a sponge to add the Resin to the stamped image on the paper.

I filled in the Bezels with ICE Resin….

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Then poured ICE Resin inside the frame and worked it all around the bottom covering everything and let it soak into the paper. Everything covered in Resin was able to dry over the weekend.

foam tabs

To prepare everything to attach to the frame, I used Tombow’s XTREME Adhesive to attach the Resin-covered paper to the foam core and Tombow Power Tabs to the back of the foam core board and each Bezel.

with image pearl chain

The stamped image was placed inside the frame. I really like the pearl chain ICE Resin has and I attached the chain onto the Bezel on the far left then cut the chain the length I needed and nailed it with a small nail to the frame.

Adhere the Bezels and flower in place and it is complete.

Thanks ICE Resin – we love your products! Now go see what Candy Rosenberg created!