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BARC Wood Halloween Tags

October 27th, 2014

This week we are dropping off some sweet Halloween treat bags to friends. Need a simple Halloween treat? Dress up a simple bag of candy corn with a stamped BARC Wood tag and you are set to deliver some spooky Halloween cheer.

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Supplies for the BARC Wood Halloween Tags & Treat bags: BARC Cherry Wood paper, BARC Birch Wood paper, cellophane bags, black glitter paper, black Sta-zon ink, halloween stamps, tag punch, bat punch, black twine, orange ribbon, glue dots, foam tape and candy corn.

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Instructions for the Trick or Treat Halloween tag:

1. Punch out a tag shape from a sheet of BARC Cherry wood.

2. Stamp Trick or Treat in black Sta-zon ink onto the BARC Cherry wood tag.

3. Punch out a Bat from a sheet of black glitter paper.

4. Adhere the glitter bat to the BARC Cherry wood tag with foam tape.

5. Thread black twine through BARC Cherry wood tag and tie to cellophane bag filled with candy corn.

ARC Oct 27 Spider tag

Instructions for the Spider Halloween tag:

1. Punch out a tag shape from a sheet of BARC Cherry wood.

2. Stamp spider web in black Sta-zon ink onto the BARC Cherry wood tag.

3. Stamp spider in black Sta-zon ink onto a piece of BARC Birch wood and cut out.

4. Adhere BARC Birch wood spider to the BARC Cherry wood tag with a glue dot. Run a small piece of black twine from spider to tag edge and adhere down.

5. Thread black twine through BARC Cherry wood tag and tie to cellophane bag filled with candy corn.

BARC Wood Paper Pumpkins

October 20th, 2014

Bring the texture of wood indoors with this simple fall decorating idea. These little BARC Wood paper pumpkins are adorable and are made from BARC Cherry Wood paper and BARC Birch Wood paper. Quick and easy step by step instructions are listed out below.

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Supplies for the BARC Paper Pumpkins: BARC Cherry Wood Paper, BARC Birch Wood paper, light green card stock, dark green card stock, dark green ink, leaf stamp, leaf punch, linen thread, various sizes of circle punches, 1″ scallop circle punch, adhesive, scissors, and hot glue.

Instructions for one BARC Paper Pumpkin:

1. Punch out 12 to 15 circles from BARC Cherry wood. We used a 2″ circle punch to create the medium sized pumpkin.

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2. Trim off the bottom 1/8 of every circle. Each BARC Wood circle will have a flat base. Circle shapes should look like above image.

3. Lightly score and fold all BARC Wood circles in half.

4. Add hot glue to one half of a BARC Wood circle and adhere to another circle. Note, only one side of each circle should be adhered together.  See photo below.

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5. Continue adding and glueing down half circles until you get to half of your desired pumpkin shape. Remember to only glue down one half the circle shape each time you add a circle.

6. Roll the light green card stock into a small tube shape and glue. The tube length should be sized just larger than your pumpkin to create a stem. The tube length for the medium sized pumpkin is 2.5″.

7. Lay the first half of the pumpkin around the light green tube stem. The stem should fit in the center of the circle pumpkin shape. Once stem is centered in the pumpkin adhere in place.

8. Continue adding and glueing down half circles until you get the second half of your desired pumpkin shape. Glue both halves of the pumpkin together, sandwiching the stem in the center.

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9. Punch out a scallop circle punch from BARC Birch wood. Punch out or cut a small circle hole into the center of the BARC Birch wood scallop shape. Slide the scallop shape over the top of the stem. Adhere in place.

10. Stamp leaves in dark green ink onto dark green card stock and punch out with matching leaf punch. Adhere to pumpkin near stem.

11. Tie a simple bow around stem using linen thread.

12. Repeat the process with various sizes of circles to create more pumpkins. Note – larger pumpkins require more circles to look full.
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BARC Wood Halloween Banner

October 13th, 2014

We are back with more fun Halloween decor using BARC wood. We have created this Halloween banner using a roll of BARC Rustic Cherry Wood paper. The BARC Rustic Cherry wood paper serves as a great base for our Halloween letters and gives our banner a spooky tree and haunted woods vibe.

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Supplies for the BARC Rustic Wood Halloween Banner: BARC Rustic Cherry Wood Roll, two 12×12 sheets of orange chevron paper, two 12×12 sheets of black halloween paper, one 12×12 sheet of HALLOWEEN letters (we used Teresa Collins Masquerade paper), black lace ribbon, two black clothespins, foam tape adhesive, and a mini stapler.

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Instructions for the Rustic BARC Wood Halloween Banner:

1. Cut out nine 4″ x 5″ pieces from the Rustic BARC Cherry wood roll.

2. Cut out nine 4″ x 3.5″ pieces from the orange chevron patterned paper.

3. Cut out nine 4″ x 3.5″ pieces from the black Halloween patterned paper.

4. Remove the adhesive liner from the back of the Rustic BARC Cherry wood and adhere to the orange chevron and the black Halloween paper leaving 1″ of the patterned paper showing on the top and the bottom. Repeat this process 9 times to created your banner pieces. See photo below.

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5. Cut out the HALLOWEEN letters. You will have nine 3″x3″ square letters.

6. Adhere each letter to the Rustic BARC Cherry wood using foam tape. Center each letter from top to bottom and left to right.

7.  Cut eight 2″ pieces of black lace ribbon. Attach each letter together using the black lace ribbon and a stapler until you’ve spelled out the word Halloween.

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8. Cut two 12″ pieces of black lace ribbon. Staple the ribbon to each end of the banner (the H and the N).

9. Attached two black clothespins to the corners of the H and the N banner pieces.

10. Hang banner.

BARC Wood Fall Leaf Wreath

October 6th, 2014

The wood textures and tones on our BARC Wood products compliment fall perfectly. Our inspiration this week is a woodsy fall wreath. This wreath evokes a warm and cozy feel – perfect for welcoming fall. Our fall wreath uses various BARC finishes, can you spot all of the different of wood papers and tapes?
ARC-JoAnns Fall Wreath

Supplies for Fall Wreath: BARC Wood Cherry Wood 8.5X11 Sheet With Paper Backing, BARC Wood Cherry Wood 8.5X11 Sheet With Adhesive Backing, BARC Wood Cherry Wood Tape, BARC Wood White Birch Wood Tape, White Birch 12×24 Adhesive Roll, Rustic White Birch 12×24 Adhesive Roll, Cherry 12×24 Adhesive Roll, Rustic Cherry 12×24 Adhesive Roll, small foam wreath base, 1-1/4 inch striped ribbon, 1/5 inch burgundy ribbon, small pinecones, small plastic berries, various leaf dies and a die cutting machine, alphabet stamp set and burgundy ink, hot glue and glue gun and scissors

Directions for Fall Wreath:

1. Wrap foam wreath with BARC Cherry Wood tape. Cover wreath completely.

2. Cut out leaves from a variety of BARC wood sheets and rolls using leaf dies and a die cutting machine. You will need approximately 30 leaves (5 Cherry, 5 Rustic Cherry, 5 White Birch, 5 Rustic White Birch).

3. Arrange leaves onto right side of wreath and glue down with hot glue.

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4. Wooden flowers: Adhere two 6×6 pieces of BARC wood sheets back to back. Cut a spiral shape. Twist, turn and shape spiral into a flower and adhere together with hot glue. Create wooden shapes for flower centers and glue down. Fill empty flower centers with plastic berries. Create 3 flowers using BARC White Birch (1) and BARC Cherry(2) adhesive rolls.

5. Arrange flowers and pinecones onto wreath and adhere. See example.

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6. FALL ribbon banner: Adhere two 15 inch pieces of BARC Birch Wood tape back to back. Cut a V flag shape at each end. Roll, fold and glue wood ribbon to create a banner shape. Stamp FALL in the center of ribbon banner using burgundy ink.

7. Adhere ribbon banner and more pinecones onto wreath.

8. Tie ribbons to wreath to hang and display.

BARC Wood & World Card Making Day!

October 4th, 2014

It’s October 4th and today is World Card Making Day! Yes, a day just for us card makers. We joined in on the card making fun and created a ‘World’ themed card using BARC Rustic Cherry Wood, BARC Cherry Wood and BARC Birch Wood papers. For more information about WCMD visit the World Card Making Day website. We hope you enjoyed our inspiration. Join in the fun and create a card today using your favorite BARC wood products!

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Supplies for the ‘You mean the WORLD to me’ Card: BARC Rustic Cherry WoodBARC Cherry Wood and BARC Birch Wood papers, light blue card stock, green card stock, confetti white card stock, confetti cream card stock, light blue stamp ink, black sta-zon ink, light blue marker, world stamp, ‘you mean the world to me’ stamp phrase, coral card stock, linen thread, small heart punch, 2.5″ circle punch, inverse corner punch, scissors, foam tape, and adhesive.

Instructions for the ‘You mean the WORLD to me’ Card:

1. Cut a piece of light blue card stock to 4.25″ x 5.5″. Score and fold in half for card base.

2. Cut a piece of BARC Rustic Cherry Wood to 3″ x 5.5″. Remove adhesive liner and adhere to center of the card.

3. Cut a piece of BARC Cherry Wood to 1.5″ x 5.5″. Remove adhesive liner and adhere to center of the BARC Rustic Cherry Wood piece.

4. Cut a piece of coral card stock to 1.25″ x 3″. Punch a small heart toward the bottom of the coral card stock. Snip a flag shape at the bottom of the card stock below the punched heart. Wrap an 8″ piece of linen thread around the coral card stock piece four times just above the heart. Tie linen thread ends into a knot. Adhere coral card stock heart flag onto the piece of BARC Cherry Wood using foam tape, centering flag from left to right. See example for spacing suggestion.

5. Cut a piece of green card stock to 3″ x 3″. Punch all four corners of the green card stock square with an inverse corner punch. Wrap 20″ of linen thread around green card stock square, the inverse corners should temporarily hold thread in place. Tape thread down on back side.

6. Stamp the phrase ‘you mean the world to me’ into blue ink onto the confetti white card stock. Punch out using a 2.5″ circle punch making sure the phrase is centered in the bottom half of the circle.

7. Stamp the world image in black sta-zon ink onto a piece of BARC Birch Wood paper. Color in the water areas of the world with a light blue marker. Cut out world shape. Adhere world to top center of 2.5″ punched out circle using foam tape.

8. Stamp the phrase ‘you’ in blue ink onto a piece of confetti cream card stock. Cut out ‘you’ phrase and flag ends. Adhere to stamped BARC Birch Wood world image using foam tape.

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BARC Wood Halloween Decor

September 29th, 2014

October is upon us and we are decorating for Halloween. This week’s BARC Wood project inspiration looks so professional framed and would look great highlighted in the middle of a wreath. The Skull was created using a skull stencil, acrylic paint and a sheet of BARC Cherry wood. We used BARC Birch wood tape to create the SPOOK banner.

ARC Sept 29 Spook skull

Supplies for the ‘SPOOK Skull’ home decor: BARC Cherry Wood Sheet, BARC Birch wood tape, skull stencil, black acrylic paint, sponge daubers, black and white baker’s twine, alphabet stamp set, black sta-zon ink, scissors and black ceramic frame.

Skull Instructions:

1. Determine frame window size. Our frame window is 5″ x 7″.  Cut a piece of BARC Cherry wood to 5″ x 7″ or the window size of your frame.

2. Arrange the skull stencil onto the 5″x7″ piece of BARC Cherry wood and tape down.

3. Slowly sponge black acrylic paint onto the stencil. Tip: We did many tests-if the paint was too thick or wet it bled through our stencil. We had the best luck using a sponge dauber and dry daubing acrylic paint slowly over the stencil image.

4. Let dry and then remove the stencil from the BARC Cherry wood. Lightly touch up areas if needed.

5. Insert the stenciled piece of BARC Cherry wood into the frame.

Spook Banner Instructions:

1. Cut five pieces of BARC Birch wood tape 4 inches long.

2. Fold each piece of BARC Birch wood tape in half before you remove the liner. This will help score the BARC Birch wood tape and provide a mark to where the baker’s twine should go.

3. Cut an 18″ piece of black and white baker’s twine.

4. Remove the liner from one piece of BARC Birch wood tape. Line up the baker’s twine onto the folded line. The BARC Birch wood tape adhesive should keep it in place. Fold over the BARC Birch wood tape and sandwich the baker’s twine. Repeat this process with the remaining four pieces of BARC Birch wood tape. Tip: Start in the center of the baker’s twine and evenly space each BARC Birch wood tape piece outward to the left and right.

5. Using an alphabet stamp set and black sta-zon ink, stamp each letter onto each BARC Birch wood tape banner piece.

6. Snip the ends of each BARC Birch wood tape banner piece with scissors into a flag shape.

7. Drape and tie banner ends down to opposite ends of the frame. See photo for suggested placement.

ARC Sept 29 Spook

BARC Wood Butterfly Mixed Media Canvas

September 22nd, 2014

Hello! We are back this week with more mixed media inspiration to share. As we mentioned in a previous mixed media blog post, we love to incorporate BARC wood into our artwork. The ‘Butterfly’ home decor piece we are showing you this week was created on canvas using a variety of inks, papers, and finishes. In this piece we wanted the BARC White Birch wood butterflies to be the primary focal point and have small accents of small BARC Cherry wood butterflies.

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Supplies for the ‘Butterfly’ Mixed Media art: 8×10 canvas, BARC Cherry Wood SheetBARC White Birch Wood Sheet, Gesso, variety of patterned paper, old book pages, mesh tape, pearl embellishments, black gel pen, black stazon ink, yellow spray ink, blue spray ink, rub-on transfer images, sponges, paint brushes, white ink, gold metallic ink, gold metallic pen, white acrylic paint, black acrylic paint, coral acrylic paint, electronic cutter, butterfly cut files, variety of texture and background stamps, texture stencils, modgepodge, adhesive, spray fixative, and scissors.

‘Butterfly’ Mixed Media canvas directions:

Note: these are general guidelines for creating similar piece and results may and should vary.

1. Cut out 3 different sizes (S, M, L) of butterflies from a BARC White Birch Wood Adhesive Sheet using an electronic cutter and a butterfly cut file. Also cut out seven extra small butterflies from a sheet of BARC Cherry Wood. Set cut butterflies aside.

2. Prep an 8 x 10 canvas with Gesso.

3. Adhere book print paper to entire canvas using modgepodge or a clear adhesive. Let dry.

4. Adhere a variety of colors and sizes of patterned paper to the bottom 2/3 of the canvas using modgepodge or a clear adhesive. Let dry.

5. Lightly paint a wash of white acrylic paint mixed with modgepodge or a clear adhesive. Let dry and spray fix.

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5. Mist yellow sun rays to the top potion of your canvas using a sun ray texture stencil and yellow spray ink. Lightly mist entire canvas with blue spray ink. Let dry and spray fix.

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6. Rip off a few organically shaped pieces of mesh tape and adhere randomly onto canvas.

7. Arrange and then adhere the seven extra small BARC Cherry Wood butterflies to the left side of the canvas.

8. Stamp a variety of textures in black ink onto the canvas.

9. Apply a clear coat of modgepodge to entire canvas. Let dry and spray fix.

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10. Add black rub-on transfer images (swirls, black zig zag border, words, etc) to the canvas.

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11. Arrange the 3 different sizes (S, M, L) of BARC White Birch Wood butterflies onto the canvas with the largest butterfly toward the top, medium butterfly in the middle, and the small butterfly toward the bottom. Space evenly and adhere.

12. Add a light wash of coral acrylic paint to canvas, paying attention to get a small amount of paint on the butterflies.

13. Stamp a variety of textures in gold metallic ink to canvas.

14. Stamp a variety of textures in black ink onto the canvas.

15. Cut out inspiring words from an old book. Adhere to canvas.

16. Apply a clear coat of modgepodge to entire canvas. Let dry and spray fix.
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17. Stamp a variety of texture stamps in white ink onto canvas. Let dry and spray fix.

18. Add detail and defining lines to canvas using a black gel pen. Outline the butterflies, words and other areas you’d like to highlight.

19. Add detail and defining lines to canvas using a gold metallic pen. Color in random squares of mesh tape. Spray fix entire canvas.

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20. Add pearl embellishments to centers of (S, M, L) BARC White Birch Wood butterflies.

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BARC Wood Pocket Cards

September 15th, 2014

This week we created simple BARC Wood pocket cards using the various BARC Wood finishes. Pocket cards have many uses. Use a pocket card as an interesting way to enclose a note for someone, add an interactive element to a scrapbook page, or create memorable packaging for gift cards and note cards.  BARC Wood is so versatile and looks amazing partnered with your favorite patterned paper.

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ARC Sept 15 gift card finishes

Supplies for the ‘BARC Pocket’ cards: BARC White Birch Wood Adhesive Sheet, BARC Rustic White Birch Adhesive SheetBARC Rustic Cherry Wood Adhesive Sheet, BARC Cherry Wood Adhesive Sheet, a variety of patterned papers, Big Shot or die cutting machine, pocket card die, adhesive, sanding block, and pinking scissors.

Pocket Card Directions:

1. Remove adhesive liner from the back of the BARC White Birch Wood Adhesive Sheet and back with a sheet of patterned paper. Please note: The BARC White Birch Wood might show the pattern from the pattern paper through the wood.

2. Cut out a pocket from the pattern paper lined BARC Wood sheet using a Big Shot and a pocket card die.

3. Trim the pocket top and front pouch using pinking scissors. See example.

4. Fold and assemble the pocket card. Adhere side and bottom together.

5. Sand off any wood splinters from the folded edges using a sanding block.

6. Repeat steps 1-5 to make more pocket cards with your favorite BARC WoodBARC White Birch WoodBARC Rustic White BirchBARC Rustic Cherry Wood, BARC Cherry Wood.

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Shadow prints with BARC Wood & SolarFast

September 8th, 2014

This week we got a chance to try our BARC Wood papers with Jacquard SolarFast dyes. SolarFast dyes work great with paper and natural fabrics and we found these dyes are also great to use on wood paper! We did a few image and time tests and ultimately created some shadow prints with leaves and twigs. It was easy to follow the simple instructions included with the product. We are thrilled with the results. Our shadow prints look great and we love this photographic look on our BARC wood paper.

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BARC & SolarFast Prints

Supplies for BARC Wood ‘Shadow Prints’: BARC Cherry Wood Paper, BARC Birch Wood Paper, Solar Fast Blue Dye, Solar Fast Wash, paint brush, sheet of glass, and random leaves or flat objects.

1. Cut the BARC Cherry Wood Paper and the BARC Birch Wood Paper to the desired size. We cut our BARC wood paper to 4″ x 6″.

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2. Gather your leaves or whatever type of object you’d like to create an image with. Flat thin objects work best.

3. Evenly apply the Solar Fast blue dye to each cut sheet of BARC wood paper with a paint brush or sponge. We coated each sheet of BARC wood paper twice.

4. Lay your leaves or objects onto each sheet of BARC wood while the Solar Fast dye is still wet.

5. Place a sheet of glass on the top of the BARC wood paper and leaves to hold the objects in place. We found when we used a piece of glass to sandwich the items together we got a better shadow print.

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6. Expose to sunlight or UV light. We exposed our prints outside on a sunny day at high noon for about 13 minutes. Exposure times vary so we recommend you do a quick test.

7. Remove the leaves and wash your exposed BARC wood prints with hot water and SolarFast Wash for about 10 minutes. We washed our BARC wood prints in a 9×11 dish and agitated the prints for 10 minutes.

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8. Lay each BARC wood print out to dry. Curling of the BARC wood paper may occur. Some of our prints did curl after drying. If this occurs simply press or heat press the wood paper after it is dry to create a flat smooth surface.

For more suggestions on how to apply SolarFast to your substrate visit the SolarFast site.

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BARC Wood mini collage book

September 1st, 2014

Two weeks ago we showed you how well BARC Wood can work with Mixed Media. Our projects this week are similar and show how awesome BARC Wood works with collage art. BARC Wood paper is a great base as well as an accent for any type of project. These mini books have been covered with BARC Wood paper and dressed up with many fun embellishments, including snips of BARC Wood Tape.

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Supplies for the ‘Ruler Collage’ mini book: BARC White Birch Wood Paper , BARC Rustic Cherry Wood PaperBARC Cherry Wood TapeHeavy chipboard, Tim Holtz ruler binding system or ruler and wing-nuts, heavy printed acetate, white fish netting, paper butterfly embellishments, gold doily, old tickets, black gel pen, brown pearl embellishments, circle stripe stamp, blue stamp ink, circle punch, crop-a-dile, heavy duty corner round punch, string closure ties, white text weight paper, scoring tool, hobby blade, adhesive, and scissors.

Note: Mixed media and collage art are about trial and error, playing and experimenting. Results may and should vary.

Book assembly Directions:

1. Determine book size. Our book is 4″ x 5″.

2. Cut two pieces of heavy chipboard to 4″ x 5″.

3. Cover one side of both pieces of 4″ x 5″ heavy chipboard with BARC Rustic Cherry wood. Trim any excess with a hobby blade.

4. Cut two pieces of heavy printed acetate to 4″ x 5″.

5. Determine the number of pages for your book. Our book has 30 pages. Cut pages to 3-3/4″ x 4-3/4″. Round interior page corners with a heavy duty corner round punch, if desired.

6. Stack book for assembly in this order: back piece of chipboard covered in BARC Rustic Cherry, 30 pages, front piece of chipboard covered in BARC Rustic Cherry, and 4″ x 5″ piece of heavy printed acetate.

7. Using a crop-a-dile, punch 1/4″ two holes through your assembled book. These holes will serve for bindery once the ruler is attached. Tip: use the punched ruler as your guide when punching holes through your book.

8. Attach Tim Holtz Ruler binding system using wing-nuts. Put one ruler piece on front and one on back. Loosely thread together with wing-nuts. Keep wing-nuts loose until cover is completely decorated.

9. Score book cover along right side of ruler allowing book to flip open and provide easier access to interior pages.

10. Round all four corners of the assembled book with a heavy duty corner round punch.

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Decorate book cover:

1. Stamp circle design image in blue ink and punch out. Set aside.

2. Tear or cut a 3″ piece of BARC Cherry Wood Tape. Using a black gel pen write out book title onto piece of BARC Cherry Wood Tape.

3. Gather all embellishments. Arrange, layer, collage and adhere the following embellishments in order from bottom to top: gold doily, circle punched image, 2″ x 3″ piece of BARC White Birch wood, old ticket, BARC Cherry Wood Tape, white fish net, paper butterflies, and adhesive backed brown pearls. See example for placement suggestion.

4. Be sure all embellishments are tucked under the ruler bind. Tighten wing-nuts. Add brown pearls to wing-nut tips.

5. Adhere a circle string closure to front and back of book covers.

You can cover any type of mini book or journal with BARC Wood.  Below we’ve covered a spiral bound mini book in BARC Cherry wood.

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ARC Sept 1 book b back

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BARC Wood Friend Card

August 25th, 2014

This week’s project is a small notecard which features both BARC Cherry wood and BARC Rustic Cherry Wood. We love how our BARC Cherry wood layers with our BARC Rustic Cherry Wood. Tonally they match well and each accent the other nicely. You can get a similar effect when pairing BARC White Birch Wood and BARC Rustic White Birch Wood.

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Supplies for the ‘Friend to Friend’ notecard: BARC Cherry Wood SheetBARC Rustic Cherry Wood Sheet, vanilla card stock, white card stock, coral card stock, coral ink, doily stamp, friend to friend stamp, scallop border punch, 1-1/2″ scallop circle punch, 1-1/2″ circle punch, 1/8″ white ribbon, wood button, foam dimensionals, adhesive, and scissors.

Instructions for creating the ‘Friend to Friend notecard:

1. Cut a piece of vanilla card stock to 2-1/2″ x 4″. Score and fold in half.

2. Use the scallop border punch along the bottom front of the card.

3. Cut a piece of BARC Cherry Wood Sheet to 2-1/2″ x 3″. Remove adhesive liner from BARC Cherry Wood Sheet and adhere to card front centering from top to bottom. Stamp the friend to friend image in coral ink onto the bottom center of the BARC Cherry Wood Sheet.

4. Cut a piece of BARC Rustic Cherry Wood Sheet to 2-1/2″ x 1″. Remove adhesive liner and adhere to cut piece of BARC Cherry Wood centering from top to bottom.

5. Cut a piece of coral card stock to to 2-1/2″ x 1/2″. Using scissors cut flags on either end of coral card stock and adhere to BARC Rustic Cherry Wood centering from top to bottom.

6. Cut a piece of 1/8″ white ribbon to  2″. Angle cut ends. Adhere to coral card stock flag centering from top to bottom.

7. Punch a 1/2″ scallop circle from the coral card stock. Using scissors, cut punched image in half and set aside.

8. Stamp the doily image in coral ink onto white card stock. Punch out with 1-1/2″ circle punch.

9. Adhere each half piece of the scalloped coral card stock (step 7) to the back of the punched doily image. Each half of the scalloped coral card stock should offset the top and bottom of the doily image.  See example.

10. Adhere a wood button to the center of the assembled doily image.

11. Adhere the assembled doily image using foam dimensionals to the card front, centering from top to bottom. See example.

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Mixed media with BARC Wood

August 18th, 2014

Have you ever dabbled with mixed media art?  We love mixed media art and the ability to play with and explore a variety of mediums. The ‘Love’ piece we are showing you this week was created on canvas using a variety of inks, papers, and finishes. It has visual dimension as well as actual dimension. Can you spot the BARC wood? In this particular piece we used BARC Cherry wood, BARC White Birch wood, BARC Rustic Cherry Wood and BARC Cherry Wood Tape. BARC wood is so versatile and adds another layer of variety—we love it!

BARC wood is an excellent surface to add to any project. We hope you’ve been inspired by our mixed media piece. Give BARC Wood and BARC Wood Tape a try on your next work of art.

ARC Aug 18 Mixed MediaSupplies for the ‘Love’ Mixed Media art: 11×14 canvas, BARC Cherry Wood Sheet, BARC White Birch Wood Sheet, BARC Rustic Cherry Wood Sheet, BARC Cherry Wood Tape, tissue paper, PanPastel painting set, sponges, paint brushes, various tags in various sizes, old book pages, burlap, white paper, jewel embellishments, black gel pen, black stazon ink, gold ink, white acrylic paint, black acrylic paint, tulle, ribbon, alphabet stamps, electronic cutter, word cut files, gold heart window sheet embellishments, variety of texture and background stamps, texture stencils, modgepodge, hot glue, adhesive, spray fixative, and scissors.

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 Tips for creating a mixed media piece:

1. Pick a sturdy and solid base that can handle many layers and possibly weight.

2. Work in layers.  Allow each layer sufficient drying time.  Some mediums take longer to dry than others and you may need to wait a few hours before you can proceed to the next layer.

3. Spray fixative is your friend. Use between layers to keep layers from bleeding.

4. Collage, collage, collage.

5. Try new things (techniques, textures, mediums, etc) play and have fun.  There is no right or wrong way to create.  If you don’t like a particular layer, go over it again (and again) until you are pleased with your work.

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BARC Wood Hello Friend Card pack

August 11th, 2014

Do you ever need a quick gift on hand for teachers or sweet friends?  This week we created a notecard gift pack using BARC Wood products for that very purpose. Around here our kids head back to school in the coming weeks. These notecards will make a great impression and are easy for the kids to hand to their teachers on the first day of school.

ARC Aug 11 hello gift

Supplies for the ‘Hello Friend’ notecard pack: BARC Cherry Wood Sheet, dark blue cardstock, white cardstock, corner round punch, pinking scissors, markers for coloring stamp image (green, blue, yellow), Hello stamp, yellow brads, glitter paper, small cellophane bags, foam dimensionals, adhesive and scissors.

‘Hello Friend’ Notecard pack Instructions:

  1. Cut four pieces of white cardstock to 1-1/2″ x 4″. Score and fold in half to create four tiny notecards sized 1-1/2″ x 2″.
  2. Using various colored markers (green, blue, yellow) color the hello stamp image and stamp onto the front of the tiny notecards.
  3. Stack the four stamped notecards on top of each other and tie together using a dark blue ribbon. See example.
  4. Insert assembled notecards into the cellophane bag and set aside.
  5. Cut a piece of dark blue cardstock to 4″ x 5″ and score and fold in half. This will create the back topper.
  6. Using the corner round punch round all four corners of folded bag topper.
  7. Cut a piece of BARC Cherry Wood Sheet to 3-1/2″ x 1-3/4″. Round all four corners of BARC Cherry Wood Sheet with a corner round punch. Remove adhesive liner and adhere to the dark blue topper.
  8. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.  Marker color the Hello stamp image in blue and yellow and stamp onto piece of white card stock. Edge the top and bottom of the cardstock with pinking scissors.
  9. Snip a small piece of glitter paper and dark blue ribbon and attach both to top left corner of the white cardstock with a yellow brad. Adhere assembled piece to BARC Cherry Wood Sheet with foam dimensionals.
  10. Insert cellophane bag filled with notecards into bag topper. Adhere topper to both the front and the back of the cellophane bag.

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ARC & Some Odd Girl Product Winners!

August 4th, 2014

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We had such a wonderful time sharing inspiring Some Odd Girl and BARC Wood projects last week. It was so much fun! And there is more fun to be had, today we are announcing one of the three lucky winners who commented on the various posts between the two blogs last week.  Drum roll…

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1. Carla Hundley from Utah - You’ve won $20 to spend at the Some Odd Girl store!  

2. Debbit Wyatt-Lawes - You’ve won an ARC Crafts prize pack, consisting of one 12″x24″ adhesive roll AND one roll of wood tape (your choice of finish!).

3. Sara S - You’ve won an ARC Crafts prize pack, consisting of one 12″x24″ adhesive roll AND one roll of wood tape (your choice of finish!).

Winners, to collect your prize, please email Leah@someoddgirl.com

We really enjoyed sharing all of these fabulous Some Odd Girl and BARC Wood products and projects with you. We appreciate you taking the time to blog roll along with us. Please continue to stop by every week for new inspiration using ARC specialty papers and add a little BARC wood to your next project. THANKS!

ARC Thanks Tag

Supplies for the ‘Thanks’ Tag: BARC Cherry Wood Tape, Thanks clear stamp set, vanilla library tags, white card stock, blue card stock, blue ribbon, pink ink pad, watercolor brush, label punch, pinking scissors, scissors, adhesive and foam dimensional adhesive.

1. Remove the liner from the back of the BARC Cherry Wood Tape and adhere to the front center of the library tag. Tip: A little strip of BARC Cherry Wood Tape adds a nice dimension to any project and really dresses up this simple tag.

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2. Cut a piece of blue card stock to 3/4″ by 2-1/2″. Flag both ends with scissors and adhere to tag as shown in example.

3. Stamp ‘Thanks’ in pink ink onto a piece of white card stock.

4. Watercolor blue ink above and below the ‘Thanks’ sentiment. Punch out image with label punch and adhere to blue flag with foam dimensionals.

5. Using pinking scissors trim the bottom edge of your assembled tag.

6. Tie a blue ribbon through hole on library tag.

ARC & SOG day 5 – Breakfast Friends

August 1st, 2014

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What a fun week of sharing projects using Some Odd Girl and BARC Wood products. The projects shared have been amazing. We have been inspired by all the fabulous projects using BARC Wood and hope you have been too. Today’s project features the Breakfast Friends clear stamp set and BARC Cherry Wood Sheets. Remember, today is the last day to enter the contest to win free products! Be sure to leave comments on both blogs because we have THREE awesome prizes to be won! Sunday will be your last day to comment.

Didn’t you just love Thursdays ODD Girl inspiration? Check out what the ODD Girls created for our last day of collaboration here. All of the SOG products featured throughout this past week can be purchased from the SOG shop.

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Supplies for the ‘Toaster Friend’ Card: BARC Cherry Wood Adhesive Sheet, BARC Birch Wood Tape, Breakfast Friends clear stamp set,  3″ x 3″ vanilla notecards and envelopes, vanilla card stock, arrow paperclip embellishment, pink brads, baker’s twine, blending markers (shades of blue and brown), black ink pad (alcohol ink recommended), blue ink pad, scissors, adhesive and foam dimensional adhesive.

1. Remove the liner from the back of the BARC Cherry Wood Adhesive Sheet and adhere to the front of the 3″ x 3″ note cards.

2. Cover the envelope flap with a piece of BARC Cherry Wood Adhesive Sheet. Trim excess BARC Cherry Wood Adhesive Sheet from the back side to match the shape of the envelope flap.

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3. In black ink, stamp the ‘Toaster’ from the Breakfast Friends clear stamp set onto white card stock. Color with blending markers. Cut out and adhere to card front using foam dimensionals.

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4. Attach an arrow paper clip to the right side of the toaster. Tie a piece of baker’s twine to the paper clip.

5. Stamp the ‘poppin’ by to say hi!’ phrase in blue ink onto a 3-1/3″ piece of BARC Birch Wood Tape. Trim out the phrase. Once trimmed the height of the tape will be approximately  1/4″. Flag each end. Adhere to card front with pink brads. See example.

Win awesome products!

Keep visiting our site all week, and check out the Some Odd Girl blog, and you’ll see what we’ve all done to showcase our products together.  Leave comments and tell us what you think, and we’ll have announcements to make next week! One lucky commenter will win $20 to spend at the Some Odd Girl store, and two other commenters will each win an awesome ARC Crafts prize pack, consisting of one 12″x24″ adhesive roll and one roll of wood tape (both winner’s choice!) so keep watching, share your thoughts, and have a great week!

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ARC & SOG day 4 – Beach Mae card

July 31st, 2014

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We have been so inspired with all of the projects that have been created using BARC wood. We hope you enjoyed our summer projects yesterday using the Some Odd Girl Beach Mae clear stamp set. We loved the combination of Beach Mae and the BARC Birch Wood so much that we’ve created another project, a fun summer card, with the pairing.

Today’s ARC card features BARC Birch Wood,  Summer Cards cut files, the ‘Mae’ and the ‘Hello Summer’ phrase from the Beach Mae clear stamp set. Be sure to hop on over to the Some Odd Girl Blog to see their great projects using BARC wood. All of the SOG products featured throughout the week can be purchased from the SOG shop.

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Supplies for the ‘Sunny Beach Mae’ Card: BARC Birch Wood SheetSummer Cards cut filesBeach Mae clear stamp set, electronic cutter, light blue card stock, white card stock, textured or embossed white card stock, red card stock, rhinestones, cloud patterned paper, blending markers (shades of yellow, red, blue and skin tones), black ink pad (alcohol ink recommended), red ink pad, small flower punch, scissors, adhesive and foam dimensional adhesive.

1. Cut a piece of light blue card stock to 4-1/4″ x 8-1/2″. Score and fold in half for your card base (4-1/4″x 5-1/2″).

2. Using the Summer Cards cut files, a sheet of BARC Birch Woodand an electronic cutter, cut out the ‘sun rays’  file. Mount to card base.

3. Stamp the ‘hello summer’ phrase from the Beach Mae clear stamp set in red ink on white card stock. Cut into a flag shape and adhere to 2″ x 3″ piece of embossed white card stock. Trim embossed white card stock to match flag shape you created. See example for size suggestion and placement. Mount to bottom right of card.

4.  In black ink stamp the ‘Mae’ from the Beach Mae clear stamp set onto white card stock. Color with blending markers. Cut out and adhere with foam dimensionals to the left side of the ‘Hello Summer Flag’ and on top of BARC Birch Wood sun rays.

5. Punch two small flowers out of red card stock. Layer and add a rhinestone to flower center. Adhere to sunhat on ‘Mae’.

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6. Cut out two cloud shapes from patterned paper. Adhere to card on top of BARC Birch Wood sun rays.

Win awesome products!

Keep visiting our site all week, and check out the Some Odd Girl blog, and you’ll see what we’ve all done to showcase our products together.  Leave comments and tell us what you think, and we’ll have announcements to make next week! One lucky commenter will win $20 to spend at the Some Odd Girl store, and two other commenters will each win an awesome ARC Crafts prize pack, consisting of one 12″x24″ adhesive roll and one roll of wood tape (both winner’s choice!) so keep watching, share your thoughts, and have a great week!

ARC & SOG day 3 – Summer Gifting

July 30th, 2014

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These wood wrapped and taffy filled boxes are perfect for summer gifting. Today’s project features BARC Birch Wood and BARC Birch Wood tape. These boxes also feature ‘Seagull’ and the darling summer phrases from the Beach Mae clear stamp set.

Boy do the Odd Girls have more gorgeous projects to share!  When you’ve finished reading this post, you’ll want to hop on over to the Some Odd Girl Blog to see what they’re sharing!  Be sure to leave comments on both blogs all week because we have THREE awesome prizes to be won! Sunday will be your last day to comment, so be sure to check out Monday’s posts on the Some Odd Girl blog and the ARC blog, then Tuesday’s posts Some Odd Girl and Our ‘Amazing’ card.  Remember, all of the Some Odd Girl products featured throughout the week can be purchased from the SOG shop.

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Supplies for the ‘Hello Summer Seagull Taffy’ Box: BARC Birch Wood Sheet, Beach Mae clear stamp set, craft box, white card stock, yellow card stock, bakers twine, yellow rhinestones, patterned paper, blending markers (shades of yellow and gray), black ink pad (alcohol ink recommended), yellow ink pad, taffy, scissors and foam dimensional adhesive.

1. Unfold the craft box. Remove the paper liner and adhere the BARC Birch Wood Sheet to the outside of the box. Fold the BARC Birch Wood box back into shape. Tip: You will need to score the fold lines to break the wood grain in the areas the box folds against the grain.  Lightly sand and smooth wood where needed.

Note – you can completely cover your box with BARC Birch Wood or you can use BARC Birch Wood tape to create stripes and cover certain areas like we did on the ‘relax’ box.

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2. Cut a piece of patterned paper  to 1-1/5″ tall  and a wide as you need. (width depends on box top size). This will create a belly band look. Wrap bakers twine around height of belly band and tie a knot. See example for placement. Adhere paper belly band to top of box, wrapping the ends around to the inside of the box flap.

3. Stamp the ‘hello summer’ phrase from the Beach Mae clear stamp set in yellow ink on white card stock. Cut out into a flag shape and adhere to yellow card stock. Trim yellow card stock to match flag shape you created. Add yellow rhinestones. See example for placement.

4.  In black ink, stamp the ‘Seagull’ from the Beach Mae clear stamp set onto white card stock. Color with blending markers. Cut out and adhere with foam dimensionals to the ‘Hello Summer Flag’.

5. Fill box with taffy.

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Prize Details!

Keep visiting our site all week, and check out the Some Odd Girl blog, and you’ll see what we’ve all done to showcase our products together.  Leave comments and tell us what you think, and we’ll have announcements to make next week! One lucky commenter will win $20 to spend at the Some Odd Girl store, and two other commenters will each win an awesome ARC Crafts prize pack, consisting of one 12″x24″ adhesive roll and one roll of wood tape (both winner’s choice!) so keep watching, share your thoughts, and have a great week!

ARC & SOG day 2 – Amazing Card

July 29th, 2014

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We are back to show you another fun card featuring BARC Wood and Some Odd Girl products. Contest entry directions are supplied at the end of this post.

Today’s project features a variety of BARC Wood products; BARC Cherry Wood, BARC Birch Wood and BARC Rustic Birch Wood. It also features ‘Kaylee’ and the ‘Heart’ from the Nutsy Kaylee clear stamp set, the Hearts and Love and the Beautiful, Amazing, Fabulous cuts files from Some Odd Girl. All of the Some Odd Girl products featured throughout the week can be purchased from the SOG shop. Be sure to check out today’s inspiration from SOG here.

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Supplies for the ‘Amazing Kaylee’ Card: BARC Cherry Wood SheetBARC Birch Wood SheetBARC Rustic Birch Wood sheet, Nutsy Kaylee clear stamp set, Hearts and Love cut file, Beautiful, Amazing, Fabulous cuts file, electronic cutter, white card stock, turquoise card stock, paper doily, pom pom trim, Blending markers (shades of turquoise, yellow, brown and skin tones), black ink pad (alcohol ink recommended), pink ink pad, scissors and foam dimensional adhesive.

1. Cut a piece of turquoise card stock to 4-1/4″ x 8-1/2″. Score and fold in half for your card base (4-1/4″x 5-1/2″).

2. Using the Hearts and Love cut file, a sheet of BARC Cherry Wood, and an electronic cutter, cut out the Hearts and Love lattice file. Mount to card base using foam dimsensionals.

3. Fold the white paper doily and tack down onto the lower half of the BARC Cherry Wood Hearts and Love piece.

4. Cut a piece of BARC Rustic Birch Wood to 4-1/4″x 1″. Adhere on top of folded doily.

5. Adhere Pom Pom trim to top of BARC Rustic Birch Wood piece.

6. In black ink, stamp the ‘Kaylee’ from the Nutsy Kaylee clear stamp set onto white card stock. Color with blending markers. Cut out and adhere to right side of card.

7. Stamp the ‘heart’ from the Nutsy Kaylee clear stamp set in pink ink on white card stock. Cut out and adhere to card. See example for placement.

8. Using the Beautiful, Amazing, Fabulous cut file, a sheet of BARC Birch Wood, and an electronic cutter, cut out the ‘amazing’ file.  Adhere to front of card. See example for placement.

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Win awesome products!

Keep visiting our site all week, and check out the Some Odd Girl blog, and you’ll see what we’ve all done to showcase our products together.  Leave comments and tell us what you think, and we’ll have announcements to make next week! One lucky commenter will win $20 to spend at the Some Odd Girl store, and two other commenters will each win an awesome ARC Crafts prize pack, consisting of one 12″x24″ adhesive roll and one roll of wood tape (both winner’s choice!) so keep watching, share your thoughts, and have a great week!

BARC Wood & Some Odd Girl Inspiration Week

July 28th, 2014

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Hello and welcome friends! You are in for a real treat this week. We have partnered with Some Odd Girl to bring you a daily post featuring a new BARC wood project every day. We are so exited to show how well BARC Wood products partner with Some Odd Girl products. Each day this week you will see super cool samples featuring BARC Wood products on the Some Odd Girl blog and the ARC Crafts Blog. Perfect companions. You can also enter to win ARC Crafts and Some Odd Girl prizes. Seriously, what a treat!

Some Odd Girl are known for their delightful images that are perfect for coloring. SOG sells digital files, clear stamps and other super fun odds and ends. All of the SOG products featured throughout the week can be purchased from the SOG shop. Today’s ARC project features the Stump card base and the darling Fox from the Hipster Pets clear stamp set.

Check out what the ODD Girls created for today here.

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Supplies for the ‘Hip Fox’ Card: BARC Cherry Wood Sheet, Stump card baseHipster Pets clear stamp set, electronic cutter, 12″ x 12″ white card stock, green card stock, patterned paper, scalloped corner punch, Blending markers (shades of rust, green, and brown), black ink pad (alcohol ink recommended), green ink pad, light green ribbon, scissors, and foam dimensional adhesive.

1. Cut a piece of white card stock to 6″ x 12″. Score and fold in half for your card base (6″x 6″).

2. Cut a piece of green card stock to 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Punch corners with scalloped corner punch. Center and adhere to card front.

3. Cut a piece of patterned paper to 5″ x 4″. Punch top two corners with scalloped corner punch. Center and adhere to card front leaving 1″ of space at the bottom.

4. Using the Stump card base cut file, a sheet of BARC Cherry Wood and an electronic cutter, cut out the Stump card base. You will cut the back away from the BARC Cherry Wood Stump card base before you mount to your card. Layer and adhere both fronts of the BARC Cherry Wood Stump card base onto your card. Use foam dimensionals for extra depth. See example of finished card. Tip: lightly color the outside edges of the front BARC Cherry Wood Stump card base with a brown marker. This will add a defining line and help pop the front of the stump from the back of the stump.

5. Cut out the leaves from the Stump card base cut file onto green card stock. Add a defining line to the leaves with a green blending marker. Adhere leaves to branch of stump. Also tie a piece of green ribbon onto the branch just below the leaves.

6. In black ink stamp the ‘Fox’ and the ‘Bow’ from the Hipster Pets clear stamp set onto white card stock. Color both with blending markers. Cut out the ‘Fox’ and the ‘Bow’ from the Hipster Pets clear stamp set. Using foam dimensionals adhere the ‘Bow’ to the ‘Fox’ neck. Nestle the ‘Fox’ inside the opening of the tree stump and adhere.

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7. Stamp the phrase ‘I was hip before it was cool’ from the Hipster Pets clear stamp set in green ink. Trim out and adhere to card. Tip: Clear stamps are very flexible. We shaped the phrase ‘I was hip before it was cool’ onto a curve and then stamped.

Win awesome products!

Keep visiting our site all week, and check out the Some Odd Girl blog, and you’ll see what we’ve all done to showcase our products together.  Leave comments and tell us what you think, and we’ll have announcements to make next week!  One lucky commenter will win $20 to spend at the Some Odd Girl store, and two other commenters will each win an awesome ARC Crafts prize pack, consisting of one 12″x24″ adhesive roll and one roll of wood tape (both winner’s choice!) so keep watching, share your thoughts, and have a great week!

Hello to Summer Card using BARC Wood

July 21st, 2014

We are loving our summer. The weather is warm, flowers bloom, and around here, everyday the sun is shining. We wanted to formally say ‘Hello to Summer’ with this card using a variety of BARC Wood products.

You may have noticed how big pocket scrapbooking has become …  ‘Project Life’ or pocket scrapbooking cards are also fun and easy to use on cards. This card came together quickly using a pocket scrapbook card as the primary image.

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Supplies for the ‘Hello to Summer’ card: BARC Birch Wood tapeBARC Cherry Wood Tape, BARC White Birch Paper, tan cardstock, pink cardstock, scallop circle punch, large flower punch, flair, pocket scrapbook card, foam dimensionals, adhesive and scissors.

‘Hello to  Summer’ Card Instructions:

  1. Cut tan cardstock to 5″ x 8-1/2″. Score and fold in half to create a flat card size of 5″ x 4- 1/4″.
  2. Cut 3 pieces of BARC Cherry Wood Tape and 2 pieces of BARC Birch Wood tape to 4-1/4”. Adhere tapes to card base, starting with BARC Cherry Wood Tape and alternating with BARC Birch Wood tape to create the striped background. Completely cover the front of card with tape. Trim excess tape if needed.
  3. Mount a ‘pocket scrapbook card’ to front of card on an angle. We chose a summer themed pocket card with a verse and a summertime image.
  4. To create the wood and paper flower: Use a large flower punch and punch out 2 BARC White Birch paper flowers and 2 pink card stock flowers. Alternating papers, layer the flower pieces together. Offset and overlap petals on each layer and adhere together. Punch out a small pink cardstock scallop circle. Add scallop and a little flair button to the center of your flower.
  5. Adhere the assembled flower to the ‘pocket scrapbook card’ and card.
  6. Send someone a sweet summer hello.

Monogram BARC Cherry Letter

July 14th, 2014

We love the large letter trend we are seeing in home decor. Large wooden letters can cost a pretty penny and be fairly heavy. Doesn’t it seems the letter we want is always missing? Problem solved. We created our monogram letter N using a preform chipboard letter and one roll of adhesive backed BARC Cherry wood. Our N  is affordable, super lightweight and created custom in size and color for our space. What a deal.

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Supplies for ‘Letter N’ Home Decor Monogram: BARC Cherry Wood roll, Chipboard letter, blue acrylic paint, foam brush, scissors, hobby blade and cutting mat.

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‘Letter N’ Instructions:

1. Using acrylic paint and a foam brush, paint the sides and back of your cardboard letter. Let your letter dry completely before moving onto next step.

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2. Unroll the BARC Wood Cherry Roll and decide which portion you want to use to cover your letter. Tip: place your letter on the roll to visualize how the wood grain will look on your letter before cutting.

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3. Roughly cut out a piece of BARC Wood Cherry Roll, enough to cover the front of the letter entirely.

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5. Peel away adhesive backing paper from the precut piece of BARC Wood Cherry Roll.  Adhere the front side of your letter to the adhesive side of the BARC Wood Cherry Roll.

6. Smooth out any bubbles along the way, proceed slowly. Use your hand or a flat, smooth object such as a credit card to smooth BARC Wood Cherry Roll until the entire letter has been adhered.

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7. From the back side of your letter, closely cut away the excess of the BARC Wood Cherry Roll. Use the letter as your guide when you trim.

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8. Place your Monogram BARC Cherry letter on shelf, or hang  and display.

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Rustic Birch Congratulations Card

July 7th, 2014

Rustic BARC Wood sheets and rolls are the same great quality wood veneer as BARC wood sheets. Rustic BARC Wood sheets have a wood image printed onto the Birch or Cherry wood veneer which give these wood products a more rustic and textural look. We wanted a more textural look for our project this week and the Rustic Birch Wood was just the ticket.

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Supplies for ‘Rustic Birch Congratulations’ Card: Rustic BARC Birch Wood Adhesive Sheet, textured green card stock, rose card stock, green card stock, white card stock, large adhesive pearl, leaf punch, three various sized flower punches, corner round punch, congratulations stamp, rose ink, patterned paper, adhesive, foam dimensionals, and scissors. 

‘American Flag’ Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of textured green card stock to 4-1/4″ x 10″. Score and fold in half for your card base.  Round both bottom corners of your card base using a corner round punch.

2. Cut a 3-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Rustic BARC Birch Wood Adhesive Sheet. Adhere to textured green card stock base, centering left to right and top to bottom.

3. Cut four 3-1/4″ x 1/2″ strips of alternating patterns of patterned paper. Two in one color/pattern and two in another. Adhere the first pattern to the card above and below the 3-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Rustic BARC Birch Wood. Adhere the next pattern on top of the 3-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Rustic BARC Birch Wood and first patterned piece. Note: this piece of pattern paper will overlap and hide the seam between the Rustic BARC Birch Wood and first patterned piece.

4. Punch out two leaves using the leaf punch. Adhere leaves to card in a ‘L’ shape. See card example for placement.

5. Punch our two rose card stock flowers and one Rustic BARC Birch Wood using the various flower punches. These various flowers will layer to create one flower.  Tip: you can freeform hand cut three flowers in concentric sizes if you don’t have three flower punches on hand.

6. Layer three punched flowers, largest to smallest, and adhere together. Place an adhesive pearl in the center of your flower. Adhere flower on top of leaves. See card example for placement.

7. Stamp ‘congratulations’ in rose ink onto a piece of white card stock. Cut out and adhere onto card using foam dimensionals.

American Flag made with BARC Wood Tape

June 30th, 2014

We are back this week with another fun home decor project—just in time for your July 4th festivities! This BARC Wood American Flag project came together quickly using BARC Wood Tape and Cherry BARC Wood Sheets. Now onto fireworks!

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Supplies for ‘American Flag’ Home Decor piece: BARC Cherry Wood Adhesive Sheet, BARC Birch Wood tape, BARC Cherry Wood Tape, Chipboard (11″x19″), small star punch, hobby blade, ruler and scissors.

‘American Flag’ Instructions:

1. Use a piece of 11″x19″ Chipboard as the flag base.

2. Starting at the bottom of the chipboard base run a stripe of BARC Cherry Wood Tape from end to end, leaving a little overhang on each side (approx. 19.5″). Repeat the same process with a stripe of BARC Birch Wood tape.

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3. Cut a piece of BARC Cherry Wood to 5″ x 7″ and adhere in top left corner of chipboard base.

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4. Starting from the right edge of the 5″x7″ piece of BARC Cherry Wood adhere more tape. Continue to alternate stripes of BARC Cherry Wood Tape and BARC Birch Wood tape until the chipboard base is completely covered.

5. From the backside of the flag trim the overhanging edges of the BARC Wood Tape with a hobby blade and a ruler.

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6. Using BARC Birch Wood tape punch out 50 stars using a small star punch.

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7. Using a ruler space out and line up 10 BARC Birch Wood tape stars from left to right onto the piece of BARC Cherry Wood. Remove the tape liner from each star and adhere. We started at the bottom and worked our way to the top.

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8. Repeat step #6 four more times until all 50 BARC Birch Wood tape stars have been placed onto the flag.

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9. Display.

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BARC Wall Art – Live, Love, Laugh

June 23rd, 2014

Create custom home decor pieces with BARC Wood Sheets and Rolls. This week we created this Live, Love, Laugh Wall art piece using a BARC Rustic Cherry Roll, a word stencil and white acrylic paint. This simple and fun project came together in under an hour and adds a little rustic style to our space. We love it! Use BARC wood for your next home decor project.

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Supplies for ‘Live, Love, Laugh’ Wall art: BARC Wood Rustic Cherry Roll, Word art stencil, 12″ x 12″ piece of chipboard, White acrylic paint, Sponge dauber, Hobby blade and cutting mat, Grommets, Crop-a-dile or grommet setter, Tape and Ribbon.

‘Live, Laugh, Love’ Wall Art Instructions:

1. Gather your supplies; Word Art Stencil, BARC Wood Rustic Cherry Roll, and Tape.

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2. Unroll the 12″ x 24″ BARC Wood Rustic Cherry Roll and decide which portion you want to stencil with your word art. Arrange stencil and tape down.

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3. Using acrylic paint and a sponge dauber, lightly daub paint into the stencil area. Take care not to move the stencil.

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4. Let dry and carefully remove stencil from BARC Wood Rustic Cherry art piece.

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5. Peel away backing paper from the stenciled piece of BARC Wood Rustic Cherry Roll.  Center and adhere BARC Wood Rustic Cherry Roll to a precut 12”x12” piece of chipboard. Trim excess BARC Wood Rustic Cherry Roll so art piece is 12″x12″.

6. Using a crop-a-dile or grommet setter, set a grommet into each top corner of the BARC Wood Rustic Cherry art piece.

7. Thread ribbon through front side of grommets and tie a knot.

8. Hang and display.

Butterfly Card using Cherry BARC Wood and BARC Birch Tape

June 16th, 2014

The wood grain on our BARC Wood sheets is a showstopper and often times steals the show. We wanted to highlight the gorgeous grain from our BARC Cherry Wood with this week’s butterfly card project. Every sheet of BARC Wood is unique making every project you use with it one of a kind. Create a stunning card with just a few punches and some BARC Wood today.

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Supplies for ‘Butterfly Punch’ Card: BARC Cherry WoodBARC Birch Wood tape, Light blue card stock, Large and small nesting butterfly punches, small adhesive pearls, sticky foam dimensionals, adhesive, and scissors.

‘Butterfly Punch’ Card Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of BARC Cherry Wood to 5- 1/2″ x 8 – 1/2″.  Score and fold in half the cut piece BARC Cherry Wood to create card front and back. Tip: Score and fold wood sheets in the direction of the wood grain to avoid cracking.  If some cracking occurs, your can lightly sand to remove and smooth wood folded edge.

2. Punch out three large butterflies directly out of the folded BARC Cherry Wood card front using the large butterfly punch. Tip: first punch the middle butterfly and measure off the middle butterfly the same distance from left to right before you punch out the left and right butterflies.

3. Cut a piece of light blue card stock to 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″. Line the inside of the card front with this piece of card stock using sticky foam dimensionals.

4. Punch out three small butterflies out of the BARC Birch Wood tape using the small butterfly punch.

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5. Remove tape backing from the three small butterflies and adhere inside each large butterfly opening on the BARC Cherry Wood card front.

6. Add three small adhesive pearls to the center of each small BARC Birch Wood tape butterfly.

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Happy Father’s Day Card with BARC Cherry Wood

June 9th, 2014

No need to break out the power tools to make an impression on your dad this year. Create a handmade card just for him using BARC Wood. We used punched hexagon pieces of BARC Cherry Wood to create a honeycomb design.  BARC Cherry Wood adds a nice masculine touch to this handmade card.

June 9 Father's-Day

Supplies for the ‘Happy Father’s Day’ Card: BARC Cherry Wood Sheet, vanilla card stock, hexagon punch, Happy Father’s Day Stamp, Map Background stamp, Brown ink, Tan ink, Linen Thread, Brown chalk mist, scissors, and foam dimensional adhesive.

‘Happy Father’s Day’ Card Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of vanilla card stock to 4-1/4″ x 11″. Fold in half for your card base.

2. Ink your Map background stamp in tan ink and stamp on the front of the vanilla card base.

3. Punch out 5 hexagon shapes of BARC Cherry Wood using a hexagon punch.

4. Arrange a pleasing honeycomb pattern on the front of the card. See photo example of the honeycomb pattern we created. Adhere each hexagon piece of BARC Cherry Wood  to card front using a foam dimensional.

5. Stamp the ‘Happy Father’s Day’ message in brown ink onto a piece of vanilla card stock. Trim around message to create a flag banner shape. Rub edges of flag banner in brown ink to create a subtle outline. Adhere to card using a foam dimensional. See card example for approximate placement.

6. Tie a piece of linen thread around card arranging the bow next to the ‘Happy Father’s Day’ message.

7. Using brown chalk mist, spritz your assembled card for more texture.  Tip: we held the mister about 18″ away from our card to add a light spray of brown ink. The closer the spray nozzle is to your project the more ink that will appear. You may want to test your spray onto a piece of scrap paper before you try it on your assembled card. Note that spray ink may bleed into the grain of the BARC Cherry Wood.

BARC Wood Tape Herb Markers

June 2nd, 2014

Fresh vegetables and herbs are one of the joys summer brings. We have just finished planting our outdoor garden & indoor herb garden. We are so ready for our plants to GROW. Hurry up! While we are watching and waiting for our plants to mature we found a super simple and fresh looking way to label our herbs with BARC Birch Wood Tape. Give your plants a little TLC. Tape, Label, Care!

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Check out how cute our little basil plant turned out! We decided to give it to a neighbor for her birthday.  We dressed up the BARC Birch Wood Tape plant markers with some ribbon, paper flags and a birthday sentiment.

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Supplies for the ‘Herb Markers’: BARC White Birch Wood Tape, wood skewers, fine tip colored sharpie, and scissors.

‘Herb Marker’ Instructions:

1. Cut 5″ strips of BARC White Birch Wood Tape. Cut as many strips as plants you’d like to label.

2. Remove backing from BARC White Birch Wood Tape and lay tape adhesive side up.

3. Center the wood skewer (at 2-1/2″) on the 5″ piece of cut BARC White Birch Wood Tape, stick the wood skewer to the tape adhesive.

4. Fold  BARC White Birch Wood Tape around the skewer.  Press adhesive sides of BARC White Birch Wood Tape together firmly.

5. Trim a flag shape on the end of the folded  BARC White Birch Wood Tape.

6. With a fine point colored sharpie label your herb or plant.  Tip: we used permanent ink so there was less chance of the ink running if it got wet.

7. OPTIONAL: Dress up your plant markers with patterned paper flags and ribbons. Makes a cute gift.

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BARC Birch Hello and Welcome sign

May 26th, 2014

It’s easy to create custom home decor and signs using BARC wood sheets and BARC Adhesive rolls. These products work so well with electronic cutters. We had a friend who wanted to create a welcome sign for her front door and also subtly let solicitors knows to please stay away. She designed a darling ‘HELLO’ and small ‘no soliciting’ cut file to use with her Silhouette Cameo and a White Birch BARC Adhesive roll. The adhesive on the BARC rolls is permanent and was a great product to use in this outdoor space.

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Supplies for the ‘Hello, No Soliciting sign’: White Birch BARC adhesive roll, Hello Cut file, Silhouette cutting machine, Level, Ruler and Pencil.

‘Hello sign’ Instructions:

1. Typeset your phrase in your Silhouette software.

2. Place White Birch BARC Adhesive Roll onto Silhouette cutting mat.

3. Cut your design into the White Birch BARC Adhesive Roll using a Silhouette.

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4. Carefully peel your cut White Birch BARC Adhesive Roll letters and adhere lightly in place. Remember to clean your surface of any dust or debris before adhering the White Birch BARC. We used a level and a ruler when aligning and placed each letter. Tip: start with the center letter and work your way out to ensure more even spacing. Draw a level pencil line ahead of time to help with placement.  

Note: BARC Wood rolls have permanent adhesive and are NOT recommended for walls. Damage may occur.

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5. Firmly rub your letters into place onto your clean surface.

Pretty Pinwheels with BARC Cherry wood

May 19th, 2014

We love to try new things with BARC wood sheetsBARC wood sheets are flexible and are an excellent material use for three-dimensional projects. These pretty pinwheels came together in a snap and using BARC wood adds an earthy touch to a fun spring icon. Dress up a package, card or your next project with these fun pinwheels.

ARC May 19 Pinwheels

Supplies for the ‘Pinwheels’: Cherry BARC wood sheet, Patterned Paper, Coordinating buttons to match pattern paper, Brads, Pinwheel shape from Silhouette, Silhouette cutting machine, hot glue, glue gun, and adhesive.

‘Pinwheel’ Instructions:

1. Using the Pinwheel shape from Silhouette, cut three pinwheels from Cherry BARC wood adhesive sheets and one pinwheels from your patterned paper.

2. Line up two of the cut Cherry BARC wood pinwheels back-to-back, adhesive to adhesive side, stick together.

3. Next line up one cut Cherry BARC wood pinwheel and the cut pinwheel from your patterned paper.

4. Insert a brad in the center of your Cherry BARC wood pinwheel.  Roll fold each corner to the center of the pinwheel and fold brad ends to hold into place.  Repeat this process with your patterned paper pinwheel.

5. Hot glue a coordinating button to the center of each pinwheel to cover up your brad.

ARC May 19 Pinwheel

Love Ya card using BARC wood accents

May 12th, 2014

We send love notes all year long. BARC wood sheets make wonderful accents for any card. Thought bubbles are a trendy and fun way to let others know you are thinking of them. We used various pieces of BARC wood sheets to create the thought bubble accents on our card. Send a sweet note to someone you love today.

ARC May 12 Love ya card

Supplies for the ‘Love Ya’ Card: Cherry BARC wood sheet, Birch BARC wood sheet, Rustic Birch BARC wood sheet, thought bubble red heart embellishment, red ribbon, book print paper, kraft card stock, Die-cutting machine, Thought Bubble dies, Love Ya stamp, Brown Ink, foam dimensionals, and adhesive.

‘Love Ya’ Card Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of kraft card stock to 5″ x 1o”. Score and fold in half for your card base.

2. Cut a piece of book print paper to 5″ x 3-1/2″. Adhere to left side of card.

3. Using your die-cut machine and Thought Bubble dies cut out one Cherry BARC wood, one BARC Birch wood, and one BARC Rustic Birch thought bubble. Note – use a variety of shapes to create visual interest.

4. Stamp ‘Love Ya” in brown ink onto the die-cut piece of BARC Birch wood sheet.

5. Arrange your thought bubbles on the front of your card, including the red heart thought bubble embellishment. Remove adhesive backing from die-cut BARC wood sheet thought bubbles and adhere to card as you had previously arranged. Adhere the red heart thought bubble embellishment with a foam dimensional.

6. Tie a piece of red ribbon around the bottom of the card.