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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Mother’s Day gift and card made with BARC Wood

May 5th, 2014

We love using the Silhouette with BARC wood sheets, they are the perfect pair! We used various BARC wood sheets and the Silhouette Cameo to easily create most of our Mother’s day ensemble.  Treat your mom to a handmade gift or card that looks elaborate but really is quite simple to create.

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Supplies for the ‘Mother’s Day Floral Wood Cut’ Card: Cherry BARC wood sheet, rose card stock, Mother’s Day floral card from Silhouette, Silhouette cutting machine, foam dimensionals, and adhesive.

‘Mother’s Day Floral Wood Cut’ Card Instructions:

1. Using your Silhouette, cut the Mother’s Day Floral card onto a 12″ x 12″ sheet of paper backed Cherry BARC wood. Cut the card shape as is, do not scale or alter.

2. Cut a piece of rose card stock to 4-7/8″ x 10-3/4″. Score and fold in half.  Corner round your card edges to match the cut card shape.

3. Layer your image cut 12″ x 12″ sheet of paper backed Cherry BARC wood onto the cut piece of rose card stock using foam dimensionals and adhesive.

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Supplies for the ‘Rustic Birch’ Vase: Rustic White Birch roll and inexpensive smooth glass cylinder vase.

‘Rustic White Birch’ Vase Instructions:

1. Cut a the width and length of your Rustic White Birch roll to the height and diameter of your vase. Our vase is 8 -1/2″ high and used 11-1/4″ inches of length to wrap.

2. Remove the paper liner from the adhesive backed Rustic White Birch roll. Wrap around your vase, starting from the edge and work your way around the vase. Flatten and smooth the Rustic White Birch roll as you go, slightly overlapping as the ends meet. Our Rustic White Birch rolls are adhesive backed which make applying a wood veneer to smooth surfaces super easy.

This vase would be beautiful without any additional embellishment. However, we just couldn’t stop and added a stamped and colored tag for personalization. We used more of our Cherry BARC wood to coordinate with our card.

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Fill the vase will fresh flowers or fill with paper flowers like we did. Follow the Silhouette tutorial here on how to create these fabulous paper tulips.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Spring Has Sprung Card – featuring BARC Cherry wood

April 28th, 2014

BARC wood sheets and BARC Wood tape add a nice touch to any project.  BARC wood sheets also are a great base to use with rub-on images.  We rubbed a simple spring message directly onto a piece of BARC Cherry wood and the result was perfect!

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Supplies for the ‘Spring has Sprung’ Card: Cherry BARC wood sheet, Cherry BARC Wood tape, rub-on message, yellow card stock, vanilla card stock, chevron embossing folder & big shot machine, quilled embellishment, glue dots, and adhesive.

‘Spring has Sprung’ Card Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of 8-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ yellow card stock. Score and fold in half for a card base.

2. Cut a strip of Cherry BARC wood sheet to 3 – 3/4″ x  2″. Adhere to bottom of card providing a 1/4″ space around bottom and sides.

3. Rub a greeting directly onto the piece of cut Cherry BARC wood.  We positioned our greeting in the bottom right corner.

4. Using the Big Shot machine and the chevron embossing folder, emboss a piece of  3 – 3/4″ x  3″ vanilla card stock.  Cut along the bottom chevron embossed line to create a zig-zag edge.

5. Adhere embossed vanilla card stock to top of card providing a 1/4″ space around bottom and sides.  The piece of card stock will layer on top of the cut Cherry BARC wood piece.

6. Next cut a 3″ piece of Cherry BARC wood tape. Roll fold the tape and adhere with a glue dot at the base. Adhere roll folded Cherry BARC wood tape to card approximately 1-1/2″ from right side and 2-1/2 inches from the bottom of the card.  The rolled edge of the Cherry BARC wood tape should be facing the top of the card.

7. Finish off your card with a quilled embellishment or paper flower. Place the embellishment 2-1/2 inches from the bottom of the card, covering up the cut edge of the Cherry BARC wood tape.

BARC Gift card holder

April 21st, 2014

Packaging can make any gift extra special. Dress up your next gift card with some simple packaging and make your gift a little more meaningful. We created a beautiful gift card holder and a bow with belly band using BARC wood sheets.

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Supplies for the ‘Gift Card holder’: White Birch BARC Wood Sheet, Cherry BARC wood sheet, metallic gold ink, polka dot background stamp, pink flower embellishment, scoring tool or bone folder, 1/2″ corner punchBig Shot machine, bow die, gold brad, glue dots, and adhesive.

‘Gift Card holder’ Instructions:

1. To create the envelope for your gift card cut a piece of White Birch BARC wood sheet to 6-3/4″ x 4-1/2″.

2. With wood side facing up, stamp the polka dot stamp with gold ink onto the White Birch BARC wood sheet.

3. Flip White Birch BARC wood sheet over with paper side facing up. Position White Birch BARC wood sheet horizontal. Coming from the left side score the backside of the sheet at the 2″ and 4-3/4″ mark.  Fold inward.envelope

3. Using the 1/2″ corner punch punch all four corners of the folded White Birch BARC wood sheet piece. When unfolded your holder will look like photo above.

4. Using an adhesive strip, adhere the right side flap down leaving a pocket for your gift card.

5. Next grab your Big Shot and bow die. Cut out the bow using a piece of Cherry BARC wood sheet. Once assembled these cutouts will create your bow. Note: you can easily hand cut a bow using the shapes below as a rough outline.

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6. Assemble your bow.  Take one bow loop and using a glue dot adhere narrow end to end.  Duplicate process with other bow end.  Adhere both ends together in the middle. Wrap small piece around middle. Adhere.

7. Using a gold brad and pink flower create an embellishment for the center of your bow. Tack down with a glue dot.

8. Next cut a strip of Cherry BARC wood sheet to 3/4″ x 9″. This will serve as the belly band to slide on and off of your gift card holder.

9. Wrap the 3/4″ x 9″strip of Cherry BARC wood  around gift card holder. Adhere bow to belly band.

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BARC Wood Tape Basket

April 14th, 2014

Weave a stylish and sturdy basket with BARC wood tape—great for gift giving, holding Easter treats, or to help you organize your space.

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There are many, many, basket weaving tutorials found online. We were inspired by this tutorial here.  It is easy to weave with BARC wood tape. We found that BARC Wood tape, with the backer left on, is extremely flexible and pliable making the weaving experience simple and fun. Our basket took us 45 minutes to complete from start to finish.

Supplies for the ‘Easter Basket’: One roll of BARC Cherry Wood Tape, BARC White Birch Sticky Wood Sheets, coral card stock, Scallop edge punch, Happy Easter Stamp, Coral Ink, Oval Punch, Scissors, paper clips, and glue dots.

‘Basket’ weaving instructions and photos:

1. Using one roll of BARC Cherry Wood tape, cut eight strips of tape, 16 inches long. Next cut another three strips of tape, 18 inches long – set 18 inch strips aside.

Basket Step 12. Flip the eight 16″ strips of  BARC Cherry Wood tape over with the backing left on and facing up.  Place 4 strips vertical on a flat surface. Weave the first piece starting from the bottom left corner, over, under, over, under. Repeat this process with remaining 3 strips.  Straighten and center the weaving to the middle of the strips.

Basket Step 23. This part take a little patience but will create the square shape of your basket. Grab the three 18″ strips of BARC Cherry Wood tape. Taking one piece of 18″ BARC Cherry Wood tape and paper clips start the weaving at the base of the basket. Use the paper clips to temporarily hold the weaving in place until the next row is woven. Weave all four sides tucking and weaving in any excess at the end.  Remember – leave the tape backing on so the wood weaves easily and does not stick.

Basket Step 3 Basket Step 3b4. Repeat this weaving process with the remaining 2 strips of 18″ BARC Cherry Wood tape. Your basket should be shaped like the image below and should be three strips high.  There will be long tails hanging from the top.

5. Next, take each tail and weave it down to toward the inside of the basket – lightly folding the tape at the rim of the basket.  At this point we strategically took some of the tape backing off as each tail was woven downward, sticking some of the weaving together.  You do not need to do this to complete the basket but we found it helpful to stick and hold certain strips together.

Basket Step 5 Basket Step 5b6. Once each tail has been woven downward and into the basket tuck in the ends and remove tape backing as needed to stick into place. Remove any paper clips.

Basket Step 67. Next we will create a basket liner out of coral card stock.  This liner will stick to any exposed pieces of sticky tape leaving the inside of your basket smooth and ready to fill with whatever treat you desire.  Cut four 4″ x 8″ strips of coral card stock.  Using a scallop edge punch, scallop punch one of the 4″ ends of the card stock, repeat with remaining 4″ x 8″ pieces.  Score and fold the card stock to fit inside of your basket with a 1/2″ lip of the scallop overhanging the basket. Tack down card stock with glue dots at base of basket as needed.

Basket Step 79. Stamp your Happy Easter image with coral ink onto a piece of BARC White Birch Sticky Wood Sheet. Punch out using an oval punch.  Remove liner and adhere to one side of your basket.

10. With your remaining BARC Cherry Wood tape, create a handle. Remove liner and line with coral card stock. Adhere with glue dots to sides of basket.

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The Ribbons & Glue blog has recently posted a couple of really cute Spring projects using BARC wood products. Check out her post on BARC Bunny art canvas here, and her post on making a BARC Bunny banner here.

Happy Spring with BARC Bunnies

April 7th, 2014

Easter is peaking around the corner and we couldn’t resist adding a few little wood bunnies to our home decor using BARC wood sheets.

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Supplies for the ‘Bunnies’ Frame: White Birch BARC Wood Sheet, light green card stock, dark green card stock, white mini pom poms, scissors, pinking scissors, Big Shot machine, alphabet die, simple frame, glue dots, and adhesive.

‘Bunnies’ Frame Instructions:

1. Create the base of your bunny home decor with a piece of 8-1/2″ x 11″ light green card stock.

2. Draw a simple bunny outline on a white piece of scratch paper approximately 2 inches tall. Trace that simple bunny shape three times onto a piece of White Birch BARC wood sheet. Cut out the bunny shape.  Note: if drawing a bunny is not your thing you can find many various bunny shapes online as digital files. These files can be used in various e-cutters with BARC wood sheets.

3. With mini glue dots adhere your white pom poms to the rear of each bunny as a tail. Set aside.

4. Cut a piece of dark green card stock 5″ x 3/4″. Then grab your pinking scissors and trim off one edge of the cute green card stock. Set aside.

5. Next grab your Big Shot and alphabet die. Cut out the alphabet letters using a piece of White Birch BARC wood. This will create your HAPPY SPRING phrase. Note: alphabet letters are a fun way to use BARC wood sheets on any project. Cut letters ahead of time and you’ll have wood stickers on hand for your next project.

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6. First arrange your bunnies onto the piece of piece of 8-1/2″ x 11″ light green card stock, oriented landscape. Our bunnies are centered from left to right and are placed approximately 4-1/2″ inches up from the bottom of the green card stock.

7. Next remove paper backing and adhere the White Birch BARC wood bunnies. Adhere the cut out piece of dark green card stock on top of the three bunnies, near the “ground” to serve as grass.

8. Arrange your letters onto the light green card stock, (centered under your three bunnies and grass) to spell HAPPY SPRING. Our letters are centered from left to right and are placed approximately 3″ inches up from the bottom of the green card stock.

9. Place in simple frame and enjoy.

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Thinking of You Card

March 31st, 2014

Today we played around with dry embossing BARC wood sheets.  It’s a simple and easy way to add extra depth and detail to any BARC wood sheet.

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Supplies for the ‘Thinking of You’ Card: White Birch BARC Wood Sheet, Raspberry Ink, Light Green Ink, Pink Ink, White card stock, light green card stock, Scissors, mini adhesive back pearls, label punch, brocade embossing folder, Big Shot machine, flower stamp(s), flower punch, thinking of you sentiment stamp and clear block, glue dots, and adhesive.

‘Thinking of You’ Card Instructions:

1. Cut light green card stock to 4 x 8″, fold in half to make a square card.

2. Cut a piece of White Birch BARC wood sheet to 4 x 3-3/4″. Using a big shot machine and embossing folder, emboss the White Birch BARC wood sheet.

3. Next grab your label punch and punch out a label shape approximately 1 1/2 inch from the top of the embossed White Birch BARC wood sheet. This will create the window opening for your verse.

4. Remove paper backing and adhere embossed White Birch BARC wood sheet to front of light green card stock, leaving 1/4″ reveal of green on the top and bottom. Trim as needed.

5. Next stamp the Thinking of You sentiment in green into the window opening – taking care to center the image. We used a photopolymer stamp and a clear block for easier alignment.

6. Stamp the flower image twice onto white card stock in light green ink. Repeat this stamping process with once with pink, and twice with raspberry ink.

7.  Punch out each flower. You should have 2 light green, 1 pink, and 2 raspberry flowers.  Adhere a mini self-adhesive pearl into the center of each flower.

8. Arrange the punched out flowers on either side of the window opening as shown in photo. Adhere them to the embossed White Birch BARC wood sheet with glue dots.

BARC wood sheets look wonderful when they are dry embossed.  If you like this look check out our previous posts using this embossing technique here and here.

BARC Wood sheets make perfect tags

March 24th, 2014

Dress up an ordinary tag with your favorite BARC wood sheet. Create quick and easy tags in minutes. We used Rustic Cherry BARC wood to create a base and dress up these simple tags.

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Supplies for the ‘Thank You’ Tag: White Birch BARC Wood Sheet Rustic Cherry BARC Wood Sheet, Blue Ink,  Blue card stock, White card stock, large tag punch, small tag punch, small flower punch, scissors, pink brads, Hemp twine, Thank You tag stamp, Crop-a-dile punch, glue dots, and foam dimensionals.

‘Thank You’ Tag Instructions:

1. Stamp Thank You image in blue ink on white card stock. Punch out image with small tag punch (or trim with scissors).

2. Using a small piece of BARC White Birch sheet, punch a small flower. Adhere to stamped image using pink brad.

3. Punch out tag in blue card stock  with large tag punch (or trim with scissors). Layer stamped image on top of blue card stock.

4. Cut two, 2×2″ pieces of  Rustic Cherry BARC wood sheet. Remove adhesive backing and adhere both pieces back to back, you should now have a double-sided piece of Rustic Cherry BARC wood.

5. Layer assembled stamp and card stock tag onto the 2×2″ Rustic Cherry BARC wood piece with a foam dimensional.  Carefully trim the Rustic Cherry BARC wood piece to offset the large tag shape by 1/8″.

6. Using the crop-a-file punch a small hole near the top of the assembled tag.  Thread Hemp twine through hole.

7. Thread Hemp Twine through hole.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

March 17th, 2014

Happy St. Patrick’s day. No pinching around here… we are wearing our green and even have a couple of festive projects to celebrate today. Pinch perfect.

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Supplies for the ‘Go Green’ Card: White Birch BARC Wood Sheet Cherry BARC Wood Sheet, Green Ink,  Green card stock, White card stock, large label punch, small heart punch, 1/2″ corner round punch, scissors, self-adhesive pearls, Go Green stamp, Shamrock stamp, glue dots, and foam dimensionals.

‘Go Green’ Card Instructions:

1. Cut green card stock to 4.25 x 11, fold in half to make a vertical card.

2. Stamp the shamrock image in a random pattern on the left side of the green card.

3. Cut a piece of Cherry BARC wood sheet to 2.5 x 5.5. Remove adhesive backing and place onto right side of green card base.

4. Punch the White Birch BARC with the large label punch.

5. Stamp Go Green on white card stock. Punch out with the large label punch. Hand trim the sides so image can lay inset on top of the White Birch BARC punched piece.

6. Punch two small hearts out of green card stock.  Layer on top of assembled Go Green label.  Add two small pearls.

7. Adhere assembled label piece with foam dimensionals to card, approximately 1″ from bottom of card.

5. Round the bottom two corners of the card using a 1/2″ corner round punch.

Hello Lovely Rainbow Card

March 13th, 2014

Send a sweet note to the lovelies in your life. Create your own custom pattern on BARC wood sheets easily with stamps and ink like we’ve shown on this Hello Lovely Rainbow Card.

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Supplies for the ‘Hello Lovely’ Card: White Birch BARC Wood Sheet Cherry BARC Wood tape, Raspberry Ink, Indigo Ink, Green Ink, Yellow Ink, Raspberry card stock, White card stock, Scissors, 3″ paper doily, 1/2″ corner round punch, scissors, Chevron photopolymer border stamp and block, Phone stamp, Hello banner sentiment stamp, Lovely sentiment stamp, Flower image stamp, glue dots, and foam dimensionals.

‘Hello Lovely’ Card Instructions:

1. Cut Raspberry card stock to 3-1/2 x 7, fold in half to make a square card.  Use 1/2″ corner rounder to round all four card corners.

2. Cut a piece of White Birch BARC wood sheet to 3-1/8 x 3-1/8″ (square).

3. Starting at the bottom of the White Birch BARC wood sheet 3-1/8 x 3-1/8″ square piece stamp your Chevron border piece in yellow.  We used a photopolymer stamp and a clear block for easier alignment.  Next stamp Chevron border piece in green above the yellow stamped imaged, approximately 1/16″ above the yellow chevron image.  Repeat this stamping process with Indigo and Raspberry ink.

4. Stamp the White Birch BARC wood sheet with the Flower image in yellow toward the top right corner.  We stamped our flower image approximately 3/4 inch from top and right edge.

5.  Use 1/2″ corner rounder to round all four corners of the Chevron stamped White Birch BARC wood sheet piece.  Next remove sticky back liner and adhere White Birch BARC wood sheet piece directly to Raspberry card stock.

6. Fold and crinkle your 3″ doily to look like a small pocket hanky.  Run edges of doily in Raspberry ink.  Adhere to White Birch BARC wood sheet with glue dots.

7. Next stamp the Phone image in Indigo and Hello Banner image in Green on white card stock. Trim images out with scissors.  Adhere Phone image to the top of the doily at a slight angle (as shown in photo).  Tuck Hello banner image underneath phone and doily, adhere.

8. Stamp Lovely sentiment in Raspberry ink onto small piece of Cherry BARC wood tape.  Trim flag around stamped lovely piece to approximately 1/2″ x 1-1/4″.  Adhere to card with dimensional at slight angle as shown in photo.

Lucky, Lucky Banner

March 10th, 2014

This Lucky Banner is the perfect accent to help you decorate for March and celebrate St. Patrick’s day. Lucky you!

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Supplies: White Birch BARC Wood SheetMahogany Wood Veneer, Stardream Fairway Paper, 1/2″ Gold Glitter Brads, Board Game letter pieces, Scallop Circle Punch, White 3.5″ doilies, Big Shot die cutting Machine and Banner dies, Metallic Gold Ink, Black Ink, Various Gold Ribbon, 1/8″ circle punch, Glue dots, Glue gun, and foam dimensionals.

‘Lucky’ Banner Instructions:

1. Using a BigShot die cutting machine and Banner framelits cut 5  Stardream Fairway Paper banners, and 5 smaller banners from the White Birch BARC.  Using a 1″ banner framelit die cut 5 Mahogany Wood Veneer banners.

Note: all of these banners can be easily hand cut using a simple template and pencil for tracing. Trace the template image onto the base materials then cut out banner shapes.

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2. Layer and adhere White Birch BARC banners on top of Stardream Fairway Paper banners.

3. Punch out 5 Stardream Fairway Paper circles using scallop circle punch. Punch out 6 Mahogany Wood Veneer circles using scallop circle punch.

4. Using glue dots or hot glue adhere board game letters to the Stardream Fairway Paper circles. Layer on top of the Mahogany Wood Veneer banner pieces.

5. Next adhere the composed letter pieces from step #4 with foam dimensionals on top of the composed banner pieces from step #1, a half inch from the bottom peak of the banner.

6. Lightly press all five 3.5″ paper doilies directly into metallic gold ink pad to transfer gold ink to doilies.

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7. Fold golden doilies in half and slide over the top portion of each banner piece. Adhere to banner pieces.

8. Using .5″ gold glitter brads attach through each Mahogany Wood Veneer scallop circle. Then attach each finished banner piece together to spell out the word “lucky”.  Attach banners corner to corner.

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9. Wrap ribbon/string around the far left and far right brads. Tie additional ribbons to each end of the banner if desired. You are ready to hang your LUCKY banner.

Thank You – You Are Awesome card

March 3rd, 2014

Welcome to March.  Spring is certainly on it’s way and today’s projects are inspired by Spring flowers, warmer weather and awesomeness.

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Supplies: White Birch BARC Wood SheetCherry BARC Wood Sheet, Tangerine Ribbon, White Card Stock, Tangerine Card Stock, Flower Embellishment, ½ inch brad (white an image), Tangerine Water-based Marker (or ink pad), ‘Thank You’ & ‘You Are Awesome’ Sentiment Stamps,  Watercolor image stamp, Hot glue, Adhesive and Foam Dimensionals. 

‘Thank You – You Are Awesome’ Flower Card Instructions:

  1. Trim a sheet of Tangerine card stock to 8.5×5.5, score at 4.25-inches and fold in half. Card will be oriented landscape.
  2. Trim White Birch BARC Wood Sheet to 4×5.25, remove adhesive liner and adhere to card base. Wood sheets are an excellent surface to build your cards upon.
  3. Cut a piece of white card stock to 1 x 3.75.
  4. Stamp Watercolor image, Thank You and You Are Awesome sentiments onto white card stock. Adhere to card at horizon line.
  5. Cut a piece of Cherry BARC Wood Sheet to .75 x 3 for banner flag – hand cut a v flag shape at end of piece to make a flag. Adhere to card on top of white card stock.
  6. Adhere flower embellishment with hot glue or adhesive on top of flag made from Cherry BARC Wood Sheet.
  7. Wrap ribbon around brad to create ribbon tails. You may need to adhere ribbon to the back side of the brad.
  8. Finish off card by poking brad through card.

We had so much fun making  this card we created a second project using a very similar layout with a flower, banner flag and verse.  This card features White Birch BARC Wood Sheets. Options are endless when using wood sheets.

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