Monday, February 24, 2014

StencilGirl and Walnut Hollow Blog Hop


Welcome to the StencilGirl and Walnut Hollow Blog Hop! 
If you arrived from, my friend, Judy Shea's blog you are on the right track. 
You have arrived at the last stop on the hop! 

I'll be the first to admit that when I went to Walnut Hollow's website to find something I wanted to work with it was love at first site. SO many things calling my name! For my project today I decided to do some wood burning using a stencil as a pattern. 

Here are the supplies I used:

Creative Versa-Tool® and Card Box from Walnut Hollow






I started off by tracing the stencil onto the box with a regular pencil.

Now please be gentle with me...this was the first time ever I had used a wood burning tool. I soon realized that perhaps my 20 minutes I allotted for this project was not going to be enough :) I also soon realized that I was having SO-MUCH-FUN! 
How had I never done this before???!!


I quickly also learned to go easy on my "has to be perfect" thinking. Was it perfect--no, but I was learning not to mention how incredible it smelled. It had been snowing for days and I was transported to a summer night by the campfire.


I finished it and really loved it...but I wondered if it had some kind of finish on it...what would that look like. Considering that my car was buried in snow I started searching for something around the house and decided to try my Copic collection. I used a light brown and red marker to "stain" my box. Copics are permanent so what did I have to loose? I will warn you, if you try this, make sure you have a refill for the marker around as the wood is very pours and quickly sucks the ink in.
Here is my finished box :)
NOTE: The circles you see around the edge of the box are wood burned with a tip that comes with the Creative Versa-Tool. I really loved how it worked!




Will I try this again?? YES! As a matter of fact I have another wood piece from Walnut Hollow that I will be working on and and will show that soon! Remember before you go to leave a comment to be entered into the GIVEAWAY from StencilGirl Products and Walnut Hollow! Giveaway closes at 11:59PM Central Time on Sunday, March 2nd.



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68 comments :

  1. Wow this box is awesome, Maria, I was falling in love with wood burning, now I'll need to get a tool to play around with.

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  2. I totally LOVE your box!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I must try wood burning!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Wow Maria! Gorgeous! The detailing is so cool- love those circles going around the whole box- and just enough colour! Beautiful! TFS! ")

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  4. Your box looks terrific! Using Copics was brilliant.

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  5. Wow, this is an amazing piece! I love the little circles especially! Using Copics was inspired :)

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  6. Very creative use of the copics! love this little box!

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  7. Love it Maria. It's nice to have another pyro fanatic...um woodburner in the mix. Funny, I love the smell too!

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  8. What a great idea to decorate a box using stencils! Lovely. I love these blog hops as I get so much inspiration from them. Thanks.

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  9. You, Mary Beth and Linda should definitely get together and make a campfire! Great project and I love that touch of red. Beautiful words too.

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  10. This turned out great. I never would have thought of the Copics, that was a great idea.

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  11. I love this and I love that we both used a box with your butterfly on it.

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  12. As always beautiful and inspiring work from the team. It's nice to see how so many similar tools can be used in different ways.

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  13. Fabulous Maria - I love the circles round the edge of your box!

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  14. It's amazing how rich your design looks after you wood burn it! I am definitely inspired by all of these projects!

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  15. A beautiful box...and the thought of campfires is very appealing. Must get a Versa Tool. Thanks for all the info, and the great giveaway.

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  16. Are you planning on giving this away??? hint hint! It is GORGEOUS!!! I love all the details in it!

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  17. If this is the first time you have used a wood burning tool you are a natural........incredible

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  18. OMG, I must have wood burning tool. Circles.....ummmmmm

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  19. WOW! Love this project. Now I know why I need this tool. That circle around the box just rocks!!

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  20. Ok, I HAVE TO HAVE THE VERSA TOOL! Sorry for screaming...you used that tool amazingly well and your box is gorgeous! Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration. Awesome Hop with so many talented artist. TFS!!

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  21. Maria, I am always so inspired by the posts I see on your website and from Stencil Girl. Thank you so much for helping me to branch out. I can't wait to try the wood burning!

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  22. Another beautiful butterfly box. So many wonderful, creative ideas on this hop. And you brought it home in style.

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  23. Amazing but doubt I would, pun intended, ever have this much patience. But I loved the blog hopping.

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  24. This is gorgeous! It makes me want to run out and get this wood burner.

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  25. Yes, I'm feeling like the others who've said this: that I really want to get and work with the Versa-Tool. I have always loved the look of wood burning/etchings and seeing what all of you have done has really sold me. The look reminds me also of woodblock prints which I love. I love your use of the border stencils. Your work is always so wonderful. Thanks.

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  26. This looks like so much fun! What a wonderful project!

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  27. FABULOUSO! I love that stencil with your box-great project! But then, I love everything you make, lol. I've got to have that wood burning tool!!

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  28. Very nice, love it! Thanks for the giveaway and awesome ideas.

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  29. Hi Maria, I would never have guessed this was your 1st time wood burning. Your box is awesome! I particularly love the circles around the side.. I am so glad this attachment comes with the tool :-) . Theresa x

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  30. So very beautiful, Maria!! Super-inspiring that this was your first time with this tool and the results are SO LOVELY!! :)

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  31. Beautiful box! I am so impressed with your first attempt with the wood burning tool!

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  32. Beautiful project. That butterfly turned out so perfect. Hard to believe you had not done that before. I agree with the smell of the burning wood. Brings you back to campfires and scouting and just lots of fun. Thanks for sharing your talents.

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  33. I want to go get out the woodburner and play now. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  34. Amazing for a first time try with the wood burning. Love the box!!!

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  35. I used to love wood burning when I was a kid...the smell is just wonderful, isn't it!

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  36. Love, love, love the box! I have never tried wood burning but after seeing the beautiful box you made I am ready!! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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  37. Cute! Thanks for the tip about how much ink a project like this can suck up - running out part way through would not be fun...

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  38. I just love your butterfly stencil and how versatile it is.....fab job. Would never have thought to use the marker that way either. xox

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  39. Maria, love the card box, I love all boxes.... your design is very pretty. The copic pens are not in my budget, but am sure I can substitute others?

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    1. you can substitute acrylic glaze paints or acrylic paint you have made into a glaze by adding medium to achieve the desired transparency (matte or glossy, depending on the effect you want). DecoArt, the brand I used for my tissue boxes, has lots of options and it is very reasonable in price and can be found at most craft chains.

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  40. I had forgotten the smell when the wood is burning. It's a craft I haven't tried in a long time but I'm going to remedy that. The box is beautiful. The copics worked well for coloring. It's amazing the things we can use when we are on the hunt to finish a project.

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  41. I can't wait to try the Versa-tool. Beautiful! Thanks, Maria!

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  42. Your box is gorgeous!! After seeing so many wood burning projects with the stencils, I'll have to give it a go because you girls make it look easy. I like easy. LOL Thanks for a fun hop with so much good inspiration!

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  43. That looked like a lot of work but something different and fun and certainly another way to use the stencil. Those boxes are fun! Thanks for sharing.

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  44. I have never tried woodburning or used copic markers, but this project makes me want to experiment with both!

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  45. This makes me want to try wood burning! Love your finished box, way to cute!

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  46. Well done, Maria!!! I would not have thought to use the copic markers to stain the wood - another new idea! thank you!

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  47. All the wood burning projects are reminding me of watching my grandpa do wood burning and how wonderful it smelled. I'm wondering if you can wood burn on wood treated with gesso or if that would be toxic? I so want to get one of those tools and try one for myself.

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  48. Beautiful! I would not have thought of using copics! great idea!

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  49. OMGosh!!! I have a wood burning tool but I haven't gotten around to playing with it yet, and no we won't talk about how long I've owned the silly thing! lol! You have however, convinced me that it is time to get it out... this box you made is awesome! I can't wait to start my own project!

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  50. Stunning box! Love the wood burning and the circles around the lid! Sue C x

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  51. Gorgeous results!! Love the circles too...very nice job with or without the color!

    Hugs Giggles

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  52. Beautiful results! It had been years since I have wood burned.

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  53. Ohhh, Your box is awesome! I have never tried woodburning, but your project is definitely inspiring me to do so.

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  54. Oh my... one again this is stunning. I used to woodburn with my Dad in his wood shop as a kid, and thats been a long time! This I love. And gives me so many ideas for wooden OTP projects. I love the use of the different stencils and the combination that you used. Thank you so much for sharing and a chance to win!
    Janelle R

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  55. Absolutely stunning Maria! I used to do wood burning as a kid . . . . uh oh . . . . I may have to try it again - soon!

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  56. You can never have enough boxes and certainly not enough beautiful ones like yours, Maria!

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  57. I am wonder to read your every single blog post. It was really very informative. thanks for sharing & I will visit your blog again. white noise app

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  58. What a cool idea with the wood burning, got to try that, thanks

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