Hello! My name is Dana Tatar and I’m excited to be a Guest Designer for Clearsnap for the next several months. Fall is my favorite season and I like to find creative ways to bring the outside indoors. I created this stained bark home decor piece to share today.
I picked up several pieces of birch bark on a recent walk through the woods and I had a blast adding color to it with some fantastic Clearsnap products.
I ran a dry paintbrush over the bark to remove any dirt and then lightly spritzed both sides with water to further clean the surface. I then gently patted the bark with paper towel to dry it. I selected a wood grain stencil and two shades of Izink to add a colorful pattern to the bark.
I placed the stencil on top of the smooth side of the bark and applied a thin layer of Petroleum Jelly over the stencil.
Next, I added several drops of Iris and Turquoise Izink onto the bark.
I spritzed the bark with water to spread the Izink and then left the bark to dry for several hours. The Petroleum Jelly repels water, so the ink will not be able to run outside of the lines, which helps to ensure that the pattern remains crisp.
Once the Izink was dry, I removed the Petroleum Jelly with a baby wipe.
To finish my home decor piece, I added eyelets to the bark and then tied the bark to a stick frame with twine.
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope I have inspired you.
- White Cardstock
- Paper Leaves
- Alphabet Stamp Set
- Eyelet Setter, Eyelets
- Petroleum Jelly
Dana Tatar I am a stay-at-home mom currently living in Virginia with my husband and two daughters. I started paper crafting about 8 years ago and have expanded from scrapbooking and now create a little of everything, including cards, tags, ATCs, arches and small gift and home decor items. I frequently find inspiration in music, poetry and pop culture.
I’m an active blogger and I like to share my tips and ideas. When I’m not creating art, I enjoy cooking and baking, reading, listening to music and spending time outdoors with my family.