Art and Craft

A New Tool to Get Excited About, with Clearsnap + Walnut Hollow

Hello, friends!  The folks at  Clearsnap and Walnut Hollow are hopping today.  Hope you will visit the blogs on this hop for a chance to win some crafting goodies.  I have 2 card projects to share with you.  Both of them use the Creative Versa-Tool from Walnut Hollow, which can be used on a wide variety of surfaces, including leather, soft and hard plastic, synthetic and natural fabrics, wax, cork, iron-on embellishments, wood, ceramics, foam core board, pumpkins, soldering, and my specialty – paper!  Its adjustable temperature control knob makes it quite “versa-tile,” which is fantastic when you are low on craft storage space.

VivianKehClearsnapWalnutHollow_2While there are many nibs in the toolkit, I chose to play with this basic one.  For those of you who wouldn’t be drawing with this tool, a great way to create a burned, wooden effect is to dry emboss your paper, and then slowly drag the side of this heated tip across your raised surfaces.  This photo above is actually the debossed side of a cardstock piece.  Burning this piece took a bit longer than the embossed piece below, which has a relatively smaller area of raised surfaces. Both patterns come from a new Scrolls & Lace Embossing Folder Set from Sizzix.

VivianKehClearsnapWalnutHollow_3After drawing the Versa-Tool over the nubs, I had an effect that I quite like.  The tool is very precise, so it wasn’t difficult to burn just the nubs.

VivianKehClearsnapWalnutHollow_4 I doused one of my die-cut focal images using the “Dousing Technique” that I shared in a recent video.

VivianKehClearsnapWalnutHollow_1The beautiful hue above is a Colorbox Spritzer in Pinkolicious.

VivianKehClearsnapWalnutHollow_5I edged my other die-cut with Colorbox Chalk Ink in a soft, warm “Butter” color.  This color will be great for cozy autumn craft projects!  These blossoms and leaves were die-cut using a lovely Thinlit Set from Sizzix called “Estelle.”

VivianKehClearsnapWalnutHollow_ACheck out the results of the dousing!  I wasn’t sure if this bold color would work with this wooden background effect, but lo and behold, it did!

VivianKehClearsnapWalnutHollow_SneakFor the second card, I heat embossed my die-cut using watermark ink and clear embossing powder from Clearsnap, so that while keeping a neutral palette, I could bump up the variation in texture.

VivianKehClearsnapWalnutHollow_EI put a little gem in the center of each card for an easy special touch.


I’m stoked to now own a tool that will actually burn my papers, and so very precisely, and I’m looking forward to playing with all the nibs in the kit!

Walnut Hollow Creative Versa Tool with Versa-Temp Temperature Control
Top Boss Watermark Full Size Inkpads
Clearsnap Colorbox Embossing Powders, Clear
ColorBox Chalk Ink, Butter
ColorBox® Spritzers

Hemp Twine
Self Adhesive Gems

For more inspiration and a chance to win some crafting goodies, please visit all the stops on the hop today!

Clearsnap Blog

Chris Wallace

Steph Ackerman

Suzanne Austin

Tami Sanders

Sara Shirman

Jennifer Priest

Vivian Keh     <—YOU ARE HERE!

Meihsia Liu

Denise Hahn





14 thoughts on “A New Tool to Get Excited About, with Clearsnap + Walnut Hollow

  1. Oh my I enjoyed wood burning with my Walnut Hollow too many, many years ago. I would so love to try out the Walnut Hollow Creative Versa Tool with the adjustable temp on paper projects. Vivian, so love your letterpress look with the burnt depressed area…so beautiful and creative! Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

  2. Oh Vivian, these are both SO lovely!! I would love to try my hand at this wonderful technique and your work is super gorgeous and inspiring!!! Thanks so much for sharing and have lots of fun playing with your nibs! 🙂

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