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.**

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INSTRUCTIONS

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

 

BONUS PROJECTS

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*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)

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*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!)

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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.

 

OPTIONS

 

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”.

 

SUPPLIES

 

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.**

Tribal Scales

by Chris Wallace

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If you are following along with the Walnut Hollow + Stencil Girl Blog Hop then you are in the right place! Be sure to leave comments on all of the blogs to enter to win this prize package!! The post below this one is another Walnut Hollow Project for the hop! Be sure to check that one out too!

Stencil Girl Blog Hop Prize lowresThis prize consists of Walnut Hollow Mini CrateCard Box12″x12″ Wood Panel6″x6″ Basswood Canvas and a Creative Versa-Tool®! (A $70 Value!)

Enter to win by commenting on the Blog projects that are a part of the Walnut Hollow + Stencil Girl Blog Hop. The more blogs you comment on the more chances you have to win! Giveaway will close on Sunday, March 2nd at 11:59PM Central Time.

finished

When StencilGirl asked if we would like to participate in a Blog Hop with them, we were delighted. StencilGirl stencils are so unique and fun – we love them. The most wonderful part is that all of the people at StencilGirl are simply the best! We met Mary Beth at the Craft and Hobby Association tradeshow in January. Those of you who have had the opportunity to take a class from her are extremely lucky. And Maria is so helpful and great to work with.

So back to the Blog Hop – for years we have told our customers that they can use stencils for wood burning ideas.  But there are stencils and then there are stencils, if you know what I mean. StencilGirl stencils are different and the hard part was trying to decide what to do. I have quite a few ideas so stay tuned for future StencilGirl projects!

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I used a 6” x 6” Basswood Canvas (http://www.walnuthollow.com/store/wood-surfaces/basswood/items/basswood-canvas/) for my project and the Creative Versa-Tool.

starting

I started my project by taping the Scales stencil by Jessica Sporn  (http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/product-p/s173.htm) on the raw Basswood Canvas. I used a small round sponge to apply Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Shabby Shutters, Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw and Antique Linen) starting in the upper right corner with Shabby Shutters and ending at the bottom left corner with Antique Linen.

background completeOnce the background was complete and dry, I penciled in the Tribal Hand stencil by Lizzie Mayne (http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/Tribal-Hand-Stencil-by-Lizzie-Mayne-p/s180.htm).

trace stencil

with pencil

I used the Creative Versa-Tool to wood burn the design by simply following the pencil lines.

wood burn hand

After the hand was complete, I burned an outline to finish the edges of the hand.

outline

top 

I used a metal ruler to wood burn a straight outline of the edges of the Scales stencil on top of the Basswood Canvas.  I attached the Shading Point on the hot tool and burned the top edge to “frame” the design.

stain

I used Peeled Paint Distress Stain to stain each side of the Basswood Canvas.

side

After it was dry, I used the Shading Point to wood burn the top of each side.

I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly this project was complete. Of course, having fun while I was doing it made it seem to go even faster.

Great stencils made by great people – doesn’t get much better than that. Thanks StencilGirl, we love being friends and Blog Hopping together!

Be sure to view the post below this one! It is also a part of the Walnut Hollow StencilGirl Blog Hop!

StencilGirl Talk/Judi Kauffman <http://www.stencilgirltalk.com/>

You are here >> Walnut Hollow <https://walnuthollowcrafts.wordpress.com/>

Mary Beth Shaw <http://mbshaw.blogspot.com/>

Kirsten Reed < http://bit.ly/1plkRug >

Carolyn Dube <http://acolorfuljourney.com/>

Janet Joehlin <http://jjhappyreminders.blogspot.com/>

Linda Kittmer <http://lindakittmer.blogspot.com/>

Mary C. Nasser <http://www.marycnasser.com/blog.html>

Julie Snidle <http://juliesnidle.blogspot.com/>

Jessica Sporn <http://jessicasporn.blogspot.com/>

Judy Shea <http://thekeytomyart.wordpress.com/>

Maria McGuire <http://www.believedreamcreatewithmaria.com/>

Walnut Hollow and Stencil Girl Blog Hop!

Photo Memory Box

by Sara Shirman

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If you are following along with the Walnut Hollow + Stencil Girl Blog Hop then you are in the right place! Be sure to leave comments on all of the blogs to enter to win this prize package!!
Stencil Girl Blog Hop Prize lowresThis prize consists of Walnut Hollow Mini Crate, Card Box, 12″x12″ Wood Panel, 6″x6″ Basswood Canvas and a Creative Versa-Tool®! (A $70 Value!)

Enter to win by commenting on the Blog projects that are a part of the Walnut Hollow + Stencil Girl Blog Hop. The more blogs you comment on the more chances you have to win! Giveaway will close on Sunday, March 2nd at 11:59PM Central Time.

For my Blog Hop Project I decided to come up with a solution to the hundreds of photos that I have printed but don’t do anything with each year. I love the idea of scrap booking but I never seem to get around to it! I have my photos printed with the intention of doing something with them but they always end up sitting in the box that they came in. It is always nice to look through those boxes. If I had a decorative way to organize these photos by year it would be a lot easier to be proud to store them on my bookshelf!

This is what I came up with:

Final Classic Box Walnut Hollow

It was difficult to choose which stencil to use. Stencil Girl has such an AMAZING selection of unique stencils. I finally decided to go with the Chevron stencil because it went with my living room decor.

supplies

I started with a Walnut Hollow Classic Box. It is made of basswood and is the perfect size for standard 4″x6″ photos. The first thing that I did to prepare my box was to sand it.

Base Coating

I used a 1″ foam brush to apply the wood sealer. I put on one coat of sealer on the entire box then let the box dry for about 20 minutes. When the box was dry I lightly sanded it again.

Painting inside of the box

Painting the inside

I used painters tape to tape off the outside edge of the box so that I could paint the inside of the box and not worry about going over the edge and getting paint on the outside. I used Americana Bahama Blue acrylic paint on the inside.

mixing mediums for outside of the box

After the Bahama Blue inside dried I took off the tape and put new tape on the inside edge of the box to protect it while I painted the outside. I mixed 1 part Americana Mississippi Mud acrylic paint with 1 part Americana Staining and Antiquing Medium and used a wide brush to apply the mixture to the outside of the box.

taping to paint the outside

When the paint was dry I lightly sanded the corners and edges of the box to “antique” it a little bit more.

stencil 1

I used Americana Khaki Tan Acrylic Paint to stencil the first Chevron. I firmly held down the stencil with my left hand and used a stencil brush to stipple in the stencil with my right hand.

stencil 2

stencil 3

I used the same technique on the other 2 chevrons but I used the Bahama Blue Acrylic Paint on the middle pattern.

side-shot

I added another chevron the the side of my box with Americana Tangelo Orange Acrylic Paint.

2014 numbers

I used Walnut Hollow 1.5″ numbers to add the year to the box.

glue on lettersOpen Walnut Hollow Classic Box

Thank you for viewing my project! See the list below for the next blog to hop to!

StencilGirl Talk/Judi Kauffman <http://www.stencilgirltalk.com/>

Walnut Hollow <https://walnuthollowcrafts.wordpress.com/>

Mary Beth Shaw <http://mbshaw.blogspot.com/>

Kirsten Reed <http://bit.ly/1plkRug&gt;

Carolyn Dube <http://acolorfuljourney.com/>

Janet Joehlin <http://jjhappyreminders.blogspot.com/>

Linda Kittmer <http://lindakittmer.blogspot.com/>

Mary C. Nasser <http://www.marycnasser.com/blog.html>

Julie Snidle <http://juliesnidle.blogspot.com/>

Jessica Sporn <http://jessicasporn.blogspot.com/>

Judy Shea <http://thekeytomyart.wordpress.com/>

Maria McGuire <http://www.believedreamcreatewithmaria.com/>