Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wood Burned Utensils with Textile Impressions

Hi there, friends! I hope you're having a wonderful day and are looking forward to a relaxing holiday weekend. I just wanted to pop in today to share a project I made for a wedding gift a few weeks back. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed this sneak peek I shared awhile ago.


I was testing out my new wood burning tool (I have this one) because I wanted to make a set of decorated utensils for Sean's cousin and his lady as part of their wedding gift. I thought it might be fun to share how I used a stamp set that I designed, Textile Impressions, to add these patterns.

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I began by washing the wooden utensils. I bought an unvarnished variety (these ones are from Target), but they're still coated with a finish to make them nice and smooth for the store shelves. That coating can gunk up your tool, so a quick bath was necessary. Once they were dry I just stamped the patterns onto the utensils using Classic Kraft ink. I wasn't worried about whether or not the ink was food safe because 1) I didn't stamp on the food touchy parts much at all AND 2) I knew I was going to wash and reseal them with beeswax before all was said and done anyway.

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Then I simply followed my stamped Textile Impressions lines with the wood burning tool. I switched up the patterns so none of the utensils is the same, but they all coordinate. The more (or more slowly) you go over a particular line, the darker it gets and the dotted designs were most definitely the easiest ones to transfer.

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I freehanded a little heart on the end of each utensil. I believe there are few things more full of love and care than spending the time and energy to prepare food, so a little heart felt appropriate. Once I was finished wood burning, I washed the utensils a second time and then sealed them with beeswax cutting board conditioner to give them a nice finish.

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Here's the whole gift all put together. They actually asked for the cutting board (though it was varnished, so I didn't decorate it) and we threw in a cookbook from a chef I think is pretty rad.

So there you have it! Your stamps can do so much more than just paper projects. Do you use your stamps for other crafting? I'd love to hear about it!


In other news, don't forget that tomorrow at Noon ET I'm going to do an Ask Me Anything live on my Instagram stories. Come, hang out, and ask whatever sorts of questions you'd like. It can be crafting or otherwise. I'm game for almost anything!


And in case you didn't see it on the Papertrey Ink team blog, Papertrey is running their biggest sale ever over on their website through midnight Saturday. Now's the time to shop for all those things you have waiting on your wishlist, so pop over there and treat yourself!

If I don't see you tomorrow, have a great weekend everyone!

2 comments:

see mary stamp said...

What a lovely gift. These turned out beautifully!

Kathy Mc said...

Oh those lucky newlyweds to receive such a personalized gift by the one and only talented, Lizzie. Just think how often they'll think of you when using the cookbook, cutting board and fancy utensils. Super job, Lizzie!