Nathalie’s Elephant

By Judi Kauffman for Walnut Hollow


???????????????????????????????Nathalie’s Elephant is named for mixed media artist Nathalie Kalbach. She designed the stencils that inspired my project. It is also in honor of Carla Sonheim whose wonderful class, Woodburning for Mixed-Media Artists, I audited a few weeks ago. It was Carla who reminded me how much fun mark-making with a woodburning tool can be. (I admit that my Creative Versa-Tool had been gathering dust for the last few months so having a reason to keep it front and center again has been a joy!)


I had a great time working with a wood burning tool and a pair of stencils. I highly recommend the combination! For a surprise finishing touch I made Shimmer Sheetz side pieces and corner accents.


Safety reminder: If you’re new to pyrography (the other name for woodburning), be sure to read all of the instructions for the Walnut Hollow Creative Versa-Tool® and use it precisely as directed. I like to stand while I work so I put my glass mat on a granite counter in my kitchen with the stovetop’s downdraft fan pulling any wisps of smoke away from my face. (Do not leave the tool plugged in when unattended or not in use; it’s not a toy so make sure it’s not within reach of children or pets.)




1. Using a soft pencil and very little hand pressure trace an elephant silhouette from the Elephant Parade Stencil onto an 8” x 10” Walnut Hollow Basswood Canvas (set as a horizontal rectangle). Trace the spiral portion of the Batik Stencil three times – once at the left edge, once above the elephant’s back, and once to the right of its front foot. Using the photo at the start of the blog post as a reference, continue tracing various shapes from the Batik Stencil to fill the Canvas.


???????????????????????????????2. Using the Tapered Point in the Walnut Hollow Creative Versa-Tool® (set on Orange, the second hottest heat setting) outline all of the shapes traced in step 1 except for the small pattern elements below the elephant’s feet.


???????????????????????????????3. Add details and shading using the Flow Point, Shading Point, and Circle Stamping point as follows:

*Dots – light and dark, large and small = Flow Point

*Small stenciled pattern shapes below elephant’s feet = Flow Point and Circle Stamping Point

*Darkening throughout the surface = Shading Point

*Patterns, darker shading, and wrinkles on elephant = Shading Point

*Other patterns = Circle Stamping Point


4. Erase any pencil marks that remain visible. For added durability, use one or two coats of matte acrylic to seal the wood burned surface. (Dry between coats.)


5. Back two 5” x 12” pieces of Fire Opal Gemstones Shimmer Sheetz with double sided adhesive sheets. From one 5” x 12” piece cut two 8” x 1.75” strips, and then cut one 2” x 5” strip. From the other 5” x 12” piece cut two 10” x 1.75” strips. Set aside all scraps for future projects.


6. Using an ink applicator tool to apply colors for a mottled effect, alter all Shimmer Sheetz pieces from step 5 with Espresso and Pool Alcohol Inks. Darken ONLY the 2” x 5” strip with a bit of Pitch Black Alcohol Ink.


7. Working one strip at a time: Insert the 8” x 1.75” strips into the Lots of Dots Embossing Folder (sideways) so that only the middle section will be embossed and run through the machine using the appropriate plates. (Feel the inside of the folder to make sure you have the Shimmer Sheetz positioned so that you will have RAISED dots on these two pieces.) Both ends of these strips will have NO embossing.


8. Again, working one strip at a time: Emboss the center section of the 10” x 1.75” strips twice – with raised dots for half of the embossing and de-bossed dots for the other half. Both ends of these strips will have NO embossing.


???????????????????????????????9. Lightly sand all four embossed strips to create an aged look and tone down the shine. Wipe with damp paper towel after sanding. Follow with Timber Brown StazOn ink to further enhance the feel of patina.


10. Working one side piece Shimmer Sheetz strip at a time, remove the paper release sheet to expose the adhesive and position the strips on all four sides of the project.


???????????????????????????????11. Create two faux metal luggage straps for each corner of the project: Use the small label/tab shape die from the Tags & More 2 – Deco die set to die cut eight pieces from the 2” x 5” piece of Shimmer Sheetz. VERY IMPORTANT: Each of these shapes has two TINY die cut circles. Be sure not to misplace them!!!


Reminder – You will need a metal adaptor plate to die cut the Shimmer Sheetz. Cutting side of the die faces the metal plate; Shimmer Sheetz is between the plate and the die with the ink-altered side (front) facing the cutting side of the die. Use your machine’s usual plates for the rest of the cutting sandwich.


???????????????????????????????Elephant-6-Kauffman12. Working one piece at a time, remove the release sheet to expose the adhesive and add the faux metal luggage straps to the corners, folding in half as shown so they wrap from one side of the project to the adjacent side. Tip: Mix up the placement of the tiny circles for extra contrast. This makes them look more like nail heads than if they were kept with their original label/tab shapes.




Walnut Hollow

Basswood Canvas, 8″ x 10″

Creative Versa-Tool®


Elizabeth Craft Designs

SS0218 Fire Opal Gemstones Shimmer Sheetz

114 Lots of Dots embossing folder

952 Tags & More 2 – Deco die set

802 Metal Adaptor Plate

5” x 12” Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Sheets (two pieces)


StencilGirl Products

L320 Batik Stencil by Nathalie Kalbach

L321 Elephant Parade Stencil by Nathalie Kalbach


Other –

Ruler with grid, craft knife and cutting mat OR paper trimmer; Tim Holtz Alcohol inks in Espresso, Pool, and Pitch Black (Ranger); StazOn ink in Timber Brown (Imagine Crafts featuring Tsukineko); Pencil; Sanding block; Optional: Tempered (heat resistant) glass mat




Dragonfly Fairies Hinged Sign and Card Box

By: Judi Kauffman for Walnut Hollow

We are SO excited to team up with Tombow for another blog hop! Tombow adhesives are great for all types of projects and they stick especially well to our wood surfaces! Tombow carries a wide variety of products from double sided adhesive tabs/runners and liquid glue to artist pens and pencils. We can’t get enough of their products! Today is the last day of our blog hop- be sure to take a look at the list of all of the projects at the end of this post!


Be sure to visit all the blogs today and leave comments for your chance to win some great prizes!  One lucky winner will win this amazing prize package with products from TombowUSA and Walnut Hollow! Winners will be chosen from comments throughout the week, so make sure you check back daily to increase your chances of winning!  Also, please make sure you have popped on over to Facebook and “liked” each of the company pages ( Tombow / Walnut Hollow ), because really, what’s not to like?!

Prize Package includes:

1 – Tombow Power Tab 52135
1 – Tombow Foam Tab 52129
1 – XTREME Adhesive 62127
1 – Card Box 1704OP
1 – Shield Plaque 38824
1 – Rectangular Serving Tray 24648


???????????????????????????????I thought it would be fun to create a pair of projects instead of just one! Walnut Hollow was kind enough to send me a Hinged Sign as well as a Card Box. The Card Box is sized to hold Artist Trading Cards or two decks of playing cards. The Hinged Sign can go anywhere – this one will be a gift for a friend’s mom.

I have included instructions and a supply list so these projects can be duplicated precisely as shown, but first I want to share some “design strategies” so that they can be customized to suit any décor and occasion.


*Choose a sheet of black outline peel-offs with images that are contained in a circle, oval or label shape. (In addition to the Dragonfly Ladies, shown, Elizabeth Craft Designs also has roses, daisies, fashion dolls, and more.)

*For the Hinged Sign project, find a quote or poem that illustrates the theme of the peel-offs. (Quotes are easy to search online.)

*Pick a palette. (I colored the peel-offs first and then chose the rest of the colors – paint, alcohol inks and Shimmer Sheetz.)

*Choose some cutting dies or punches with shapes that coordinate with the peel-offs and quote.

*Add just a few formally-placed embellishments (like on the box) or go over-the-top (like the Hinged Sign).

*Match the adhesive to the surfaces you want to adhere. (Tombow Xtreme High Performance Adhesive, MONO Multi Liquid Glue, and Power Tabs did the job!)



1. Place black outline peel-offs onto heavy white cardstock and color with pens in colors of choice.

2. Base coat the Hinged Sign and/or Card Box (front and back/inside and out). Using one or more additional colors, streak and distress the surface for a more rustic look.


3. For flowers and berry branches, alter Fire Opal Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz with alcohol inks in colors listed or colors you prefer. Die cut flowers and berry branches. (*You will need a metal adapter plate to die cut Shimmer Sheetz – Watch the Elizabeth Craft Designs YouTube video tutorial to view this technique.)


4. Print the quote or poem onto the same heavy white cardstock used in Step 1. Trim a rectangle measuring approximately 3” x 4.5” so the quote will fit on the Hinged Sign.

5. Hand cut or die cut one Amethyst Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz circle for each already-colored peel-off (1/2” larger than peel-off). Cut a piece of the same Shimmer Sheetz into a rectangle to border the quote. Emboss these four pieces with Spring Leaves embossing folder. Alter with Espresso alcohol ink or in whatever color(s) you prefer. Lightly sand the embossed pieces to reveal some of the silver core of the Shimmer Sheetz.


6. Using Tombow Xtreme, attach the cardstock with the quote to the Shimmer Sheetz rectangle. Using Power Tabs, attach the colored peel-offs to the Shimmer Sheetz circles. Using Tombow Extreme, attach all of these to the painted Hinged Sign and/or the Card Box.


7. Using Tombow Power Tabs, attach the heart peel-offs, Shimmer Sheetz flowers and berry branches as shown or as you prefer. Bend petals upward for dimension, adhere only the center of each flower.

TIP: Use non-stick scissors to cut Power Tabs into pieces BEFORE removing them from the backing wherever you need a small piece rather than an entire square (for example: to adhere the center of the flowers and the end of each berry branch)

8. Using MONO Multi Liquid Glue, adhere a pearl or gem to the center of each flower. Arrange additional pearls and gems around the circle on the Card Box and in a variety of places on the Hinged Sign.




Walnut Hollow – Card Box 17040P, Rustic Pallet Collection Hinged Sign 4025

Tombow – Xtreme High Performance Adhesive, Power Tabs Power Adhesive Tabs, MONO Multi Liquid Glue, Dual Brush Pens

Elizabeth Craft Designs – 2565 Dragonfly Ladies in Circle Peel-offs in Black, Shimmer Sheetz in SS0216 Amethyst and SS0218 Fire Opal Gemstones; 924 Crystal Flower Set 1, 728 Bunch of Flowers 1, and 758 Berry Branch dies; 118 Spring Leaves embossing folder; 803 Metal Adapter Plate (*Required for cutting Shimmer Sheetz)

DecoArt – Americana Acrylics in Royal Purple, Traditional Raw Umber, and Snow (Titanium) White

WorldWin Papers – ColorMates Smooth & Silky 90# Cardstock in White

Ranger Industries – Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks in Stream, Espresso, Gold, Purple Twilight, Rust, Aqua and Raspberry and Metallic Mixatives in Gold (or colors of choice); Tim Holtz Ink Applicator Tool

Other – Paintbrush, nonstick scissors, craft knife, die cutting/embossing machine

Thank you for viewing my Dragonfly Fairies Hinged Sign and Card Box! Now explore the other project in this hop! Lists are below:


Sunday’s Posts:

Tombow Blog:

Sara Shirman – <– you are here

Marie Browning:

Judi Kauffman –


In case you missed them, here are Saturday’s Posts:

Tombow Blog:

Sara Shirman – <– you are here

Jennie Garcia:


In case you missed them, here are Friday’s Posts:

Chris Wallace –

Tombow Blog:

Debbie Fisher:

Melissa Cash:

Around the World Mini Crate

By Judi Kauffman


I met Mary C. Nasser through a Walnut HollowStencilGirl Products blog hop and we’ve bonded over a shared love of dogs, stencils, teaching, and wood products. We decided to do a 2-person blog hop. There was only one catch to the plan: I don’t have a blog. But Walnut Hollow generously agreed to be my home base, and they sent both of us the surfaces to use for our projects.


I chose a Rustic Pallet Mini Crate and Mary’s Around the World Longitude Stencil. I thought it would be fun to play with the stencil in two ways: First, as a large-scale pattern on the sides of the crate where the lines on the globe are prominent, second, on smaller size circles (or “planets”). Only a small portion of the stencil is evident on each circle.


While I was at it, I made enough extra circles to use for earrings. And rather than wasting the scraps leftover after cutting out the circles, I used those pieces to create a mosaic-style card front. Nothing wasted and two bonus projects I hope you’ll enjoy!

**When you are finished viewing Judi’s beautiful crate be sure to take a look at Mary’s Blog Hop Project here.**






1. Basecoat the crate with acrylic paint in French Blue Gray. Allow to dry. Add a second coat to the bottom and inside of the crate and inside of the handles. No second coat is needed on the ends and side slats.


2. Alter two 5” x 12” pieces of Light Blue Iris Shimmer Sheetz with alcohol inks in Baja Blue followed by Rich Gold Metallic. Use a felt applicator to create a mottled effect, allowing some of the Light Blue to remain visible.


3. Back the pieces with double-sided adhesive sheet. Cut one piece in half (5” x 6”). Cut one of the halves into five 1” x 6” strips. Cut one more 1” x 6” strip and a 5” x 6” rectangle from the other half. Cut a 5” x 6” rectangle from one end of the other altered 5” x 12” piece and set aside all scraps.


4. Trace the end of the crate onto lightweight paper to make a cutting template. Cut the curved opening into the two end pieces.


5. Remove the backing from the double-sided adhesive and adhere the strips to the slats; adhere the rectangles with handle openings to the ends of the crate.



6. Position the stencil at an angle on one end of the crate and use a felt applicator to daub StazOn ink in Royal Purple through the openings. Position the stencil at a different angle on one side of the crate and repeat. Position the stencil onto the altered Shimmer Sheetz scraps (set aside in step 3) and apply ink, same as for the crate. Allow the ink to dry. (Drying time depends on climate and how heavy-handed you were with the ink)


7. Repeat step 6 for the other end and other side of the crate.


8. Position the stencil at a different angle on one end of the crate and daub alcohol ink in Rich Gold through the openings. Position the stencil at yet another angle on one side of the crate and repeat. Position the stencil onto the altered Shimmer Sheetz scraps and apply ink, same as for the crate. Allow the ink to dry. (Again, drying time depends on climate and the amount of ink that was applied)


9. Repeat step 8 for the other end and other side of the crate.

Nasser-WH Crate 6


10. Put adhesive-backed resin bottle cap stickers onto some (or all) of the stenciled Shimmer Sheetz scraps. I used three per side, but you may want to use more or fewer. Cut around the circles. (Keep the scraps from around the circles for the bonus card project.)


11. Remove the backing from the double-sided adhesive and adhere the circles to the slats and end pieces of the crate. There will be exposed adhesive on the back wherever the circles cross from one slat to another or extend past the top edge of the crate. Remove the stickiness by rubbing a tiny bit of glitter or talcum powder onto the exposed adhesive.





*Earrings – Add clip or post backs to some of the circles for super lightweight, sparkly earrings! (Use Beacon Glass, Metal & More Glue or any adhesive that is formulated for non-porous surfaces)


*Card – Place a 3.5” x 4” piece of double-sided adhesive sheet onto an A2 (4.25” x 5.5”) white cardstock card base with fold at the left side. Remove the backing to expose the adhesive. Cut the remaining stenciled Shimmer Sheetz scraps into little pieces and randomly place them on the adhesive. (TIP: Hold onto the white cardstock, don’t touch the adhesive with your fingers!)


When the mosaic looks good to your eye, fill the remaining adhesive with Silk Microfine Glitter in whatever color you want (light color for more contrast, dark color for a tone-on-tone effect). Polish the glitter with your fingertip to bring out the sparkle.




Switch the color palette to suit your taste and décor!

This project works well for any flat surface so there are many other possibilities, for example: Walnut Hollow boutique tissue boxes, clocks, or wall panels

For larger projects, adjust the amount of Shimmer Sheetz and the number of “planets”.




StencilGirl Products – L260 Around the World Longitude Stencil by Mary C. Nasser


Walnut Hollow – 23873 Rustic Pallet Mini Crate


Elizabeth Craft Designs – Shimmer Sheetz in Light Blue Iridescent, Double-sided adhesive sheets in 5” x 12”


DecoArt – Americana Acrylics in French Gray Blue


Imagine Crafts featuring Tsukineko – StazOn Ink in Royal Purple


Jacquard Products – Pinata Color Alcohol Inks in Baja Blue and Rich Gold Metallic


Other – Adhesive-backed resin bottle cap stickers in several sizes, ink applicator, paint brush, craft knife, gridded ruler, cutting mat, non-stick scissors


For Bonus Earrings – Glass, Metal & More Glue (Beacon Adhesives); Clip or post earring backs


For Bonus Card – Silk Microfine Glitter in color(s) of choice (Elizabeth Craft Designs); ColorMates Smooth & Silky 90# cardstock in White (Worldwin Papers)

**When you are finished viewing Judi’s beautiful crate be sure to take a look at Mary’s Blog Hop Project here.**

Message Board by Judi Kauffman

My friend, Judi Kauffman, shares her talent with us to show a great idea for our new Message Board. I love her addition of cork so thumbtacks can be used to hold your notes and messages. Of course, my favorite part is that she added my name to the Board – guess I’ll get to keep this one!

Message Board 3


  • Walnut Hollow 10″ x 14″ Message Board 39785
  • 9″ x 11″ piece of cork tile
  • 5″ x 11″ Shimmer Sheetz in Basic Black (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
  • Americana Acrylic Paint in Ebony Black (DecoArt)
  • M-Bossabilities 2-sided embossing folder EL-008/Pattern A, Grand Calibur machine (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
  • Black border line stickers #1016, Gold upper case alphabet stickers #1251(Elizabeth Craft Designs)
  • Tim Holtz Adirondacks Alcohol Ink Pool and Metallic Mixatives Gold (Ranger Industries)
  • Double-sided adhesive sheets, enough to cover back of cork and Shimmer Sheetz (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
  • Other – Paint brush, ink applicator with felt pad, Quilters solid head extra large thumbtacks


1. Paint Walnut Hollow 10″ x 14″ message board with Ebony Black acrylic. Allow to dry. Add a second coat to edges and back if needed.

2. Emboss 7″ at one end of Basic Black Shimmer Sheetz, turn and emboss 2.75″ of the other end.

3. Alter Shimmer Sheetz with Pool and Gold, allowing some of the Basic Black surface to remain visible.

4. Cut a piece of cork tile to 9″ x 11″, back with double-sided adhesive sheet. Attach cork to square at right side of message board. Cut a piece of double-sided adhesive sheet to 5″ x 11″ for back of embossed/altered Shimmer Sheetz. Attach to left side of message board.

Message Board 2

5. Spell out a name across the flat area of the Shimmer Sheetz. Add a piece of Black Glitter Border Line peel-off at top and bottom of the area where the name appears.

Message Board


Select a different color palette (Shimmer Sheetz comes in 21 colors and three different surface coatings), acrylic paints are available in hundreds of hues.

Choose a different embossing folder.

Spell out the name of a sports team, an inspirational word, or use numerals to record a special date.

Alter thumbtacks with the colors used to alter Shimmer Sheetz.