Hey friends! Adrianne here with you today, and I’m so happy that spring has sprung! I have to confess, I really love spring decor. The brighter colors, the birds and butterflies – it’s all so refreshing! Today, I’m going to show you how to make butterfly specimen art from paper. You can make your butterflies as realistic as you like, or you can make them up in colors you love to match your decor.
There are lots of butterfly dies out there that work with the manual cutting machines, so you can customize your butterflies in any way you like! You will need a shadow box frame and a few different shapes of dies to create a natural-looking collection (especially if you’re opting for non-traditional colors).
Paper Butterfly Specimen Art Supplies:
- Core’dinations Basics black card stock
- Core’dinations Pastel Collection card stock
- Burlap print paper
- 5×7 Shadow box
- White chalk finish paint and paintbrush
- Sandpaper (optional, for a distressed look)
- Sizzix Big Shot, extended platform and standard cutting pads
- Darice butterfly dies
- Darice flat back self adhesive pearls
- Spectrum Noir markers (optional for embellishment)
- Glue dots
Step 1. Paint your shadow box to match your decor. For this project, I opted for a light, somewhat rustic look, and painted my box white, then distressed it lightly with sandpaper.
Step 2. Die cut your butterfly shapes. To make the body stand out, first, die-cut the shapes in black card stock. Then, cut them in colors, and trim the wings off.
Step 3. Glue the colored wings onto the black die cuts with glue dots to assemble them, and if it suits your style, use alcohol ink markers in black or gray to add detail to the wings like I did. I also added flat-backed self adhesive pearls for the heads.
Step 4. To give the paper butterflies a nice mounted look, I added a piece of 5×7 burlap-print paper to the shadow box, gluing it in place. Don’t have burlap paper? I didn’t either! To make my own, I laid burlap on my scanner, and printed the image onto regular office paper! Worked like a charm! You could do the same with linen or canvas as well!
Step 5. Finally, use glue dots or foam stickers to “mount” your butterflies in place within the shadow box. Pinch the wings to give them a 3-D look, as though they’re really mounted! I realize there aren’t many (if any?) pink butterflies out there, but that’s what makes this project so great. I was able to create exactly the look I wanted, in soft, muted, somewhat rustic hues.
Finally, display your artwork! The shadow box can be added to your spring mantel or to a vignette display in your home, or hung on the wall in a small space.
I hung mine in my studio to display both my love of paper and of nature!
Thanks for joining me today!
Hey friends, Adrianne here with you today, sharing a fun and sassy project: DIY unicorn-themed tile coasters! You can of course make up these easy and inexpensive coasters for yourself in any theme you love, but unicorns are a hot trend right now, so I’m jumping on the bandwagon with this decor project that’s practically magical.
You can pick up inexpensive ceramic tiles at the hardware store (I paid under a dollar each for mine at a big box store) - making this a project that’s very easy on the budget, because chances are you probably have all the supplies you need already, if you’re an avid paper crafter like I am.
DIY Unicorn Ceramic Tile Coasters Supplies:
- Core’dinations Pastels Cardstock (or whatever color fits your style)
- Paper trimmer
- Sizzix Big Shot, cutting pads, and Majestic Unicorn Bigz die
- Set of 4 – 4.5 inch ceramic tiles
- Set of 4 – 4 inch square cork tiles
- Mod Podge Matte formula
- Paint brush
- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
- Toothpick or craft stick
- Heavy-duty adhesive like E6000
Step 1. Trim your papers to 4.25 inches square, just slightly smaller than the size of your ceramic tile. Because home improvement tiles have curved edges, you want to adhere the paper to the flat top of the tile, rather than having it curve over the edges.
Step 2. Die-cut your shape of choice using your cutting machine. I love using my Sizzix Big Shot for projects like this – just center your die on the paper and sandwich it between the cutting pads, and roll it through to cut your shape. You can also use your favorite die cutting machine as well – this project will work with any electronic or manual cutting machine!
Step 3. Use Mod Podge to adhere your paper to your tile. If you don’t often work with Mod Podge, then let me give you a couple of tips. First, coat the back side of your paper with a liberal coat. Allow it a few moments for the adhesive to soak into the paper – you’ll know it’s ready when the paper begins to curves, expanding slightly. Next, position it on the tile, and press it down firmly – especially at the edges of the paper and around your die cut shape. Finally, give the whole tile a light coat of Mod Podge, wiping up any pools or puddles that may have seeped out from underneath the paper. Allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes, and give it a second light coat.
Step 4. Use Dimensional Magic to make your die-cut shape really shine. Taking care not to shake the bottle and create bubbles, “draw” along the edges of your die-cut shape. The thickness of the card stock will keep the Dimensional Magic from seeping out onto the paper-covered parts of the coaster. For the fine details (like the unicorn’s horn, hooves, and the curves in the mane and tail), you can use a toothpick to “drag” the Dimensional Magic right to the edges. If you get any bubbles during this step, they will be trapped and dry that way, so try to pop them with your toothpick.
Step 5. Allow the coasters to dry for several hours – I typically leave mine overnight. Then, adhere the cork tiles to the bottom of the ceramic with a heavy-duty adhesive like E6000 or Elmer’s Pro Bond. The cork will protect your tables from the underside of the ceramic tiles, which can be rough when you use inexpensive home improvement tiles.
Step 6. Allow to dry for a few hours more, and then these fabulous coasters are ready to be used or given as a gift. They make especially great housewarming gifts!
The center shape is slightly raised, and the unicorn shines like a hero with the addition of the Dimensional Magic. The extra flair is in the texture, rather than extra inks or embellishments. Dimensional Magic also comes in a glitter formula, which would also be a lot of fun for this project!
Thanks for joining me today – I’ll see you next time!
Spring is finally here in full force and it’s time to update that home decor! Today I am going to share with you how to make a beautiful wreath for your home.
Blooming Dahlia Wreath Supplies:
- Core’dinations Essentials Bright Cardstock Pack
- Chipboard or Cardboard 12 inch circle (I cut mine out of an old box)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Ribbon to hang the wreath
Now on to the fun part – making the wreath!
Step 1: After you choose the four colors you are going to do you will cut out all your pieces. The numbers I give were what I cut including a few extras to be safe. Start with the color you are going to do on the outside and cut about 55 4 X 4 inch squares. Cut 25 4 X 4 inch squares of your second color. Cut 20 3.5 X 3.5 inch squares of your third color. Cut 15 3.5 X 3.5 inch in your last color and then 20 3 X 3 inch in the same color.
Step 2: Start rolling your squares into cones. Take one corner and bring it over – pinching the bottom.
Step 3: After molding the second side the same way – add a line of hot glue to the side that will be on the top.
Technique Tip: This Core’dinations cardstock is textured on one side and now the other. The tip of the cone is what will primarily be showing at the end so I made sure the textured side is on the inside and will show!
Step 4: Hold together briefly while the glue dries enough to be secure.
Technique Tip: Core’dinations cardstock is perfect for this project because it is nice and thick. It makes it easy to crease the bottom without compromising the shape of the cone.
Step 5: Once you have assembled all the cones you will begin gluing them down. I went about one inch in from the edge of the circle and started gluing. Because the cones are all the same size you don’t have to worry about measuring too much – just keep matching them up! I began with two rows of the darker blue. Continue with your second layer (lighter blue) – as you will see the won’t lay flat like the first circle…the further we get in the more upright the cones will be.
Technique Tip: Although you could use any liquid adhesive, a hot glue gun makes this job way easier. It dries fast and only makes you have to hold the cone in place for a few seconds. I used a pointed object to push the tip of my cone into the hot glue. Core cardstock can stand the heat and the poking!
Step 6: The next layer will be green and it is shorter. The height helps keep the whole thing balanced and the middle from popping out too much.
Step 7: Add a layer of yellow with the 3.5 inch squares.
Step 8: Fill in the middle with the 3 inch yellow squares.
Technique Tip: The strength of core cardstock makes this last step easier. You can bend and push on the cones to make everything fit just right and have the appropriate coverage without worrying about it tearing. I pushed and pulled a lot!
Step 9: Add a ribbon to the back and you are ready to hang it!
Texture and mixed media are the “buzz” words now, and Core’dinations papers are the perfect paper for this trend. Not only is the paper great for tearing, embossing, and distressing to add texture, but many of the papers have an aged look already, like the Tim Holtz Shattered Collection that I used to create this Bee Well Soon Card.
“Bee Well Soon” Card Supplies:
- Kraft-core Shattered
- Kraft-core Nostalgic
- Stampendous: Queen Bee, Timeless Tags Stamps
- Penny Black: Sweet As Honey (sentiment) stamp
- Sizzix: Book Cover #1 Embossing Folder
- Spellbinders: Classic Ovals Small, Pierced Ovals Die Sets, Grand Calibur Machine
- Close To My Heart Heat Tool
- May Arts Ribbons: 445-15-32; SM-27
- Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Delicata Golden Glitz; Versafine Onyx Black; Memnto Luxe Elderberry ink pads; and Shimmer Spritz Sparkle; Radiant Neon Amplify – Black, Electric Yellow; Clear Embossing Powder
- Madeira: Gold Thread
- Xyron Adhesives
- Tapestry Needle
Step 2. Rub gold ink over the raised areas and sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set.
Step 3. Stamp the bee and die cut.
Step 4. Add hand stitching around the oval panel.
Step 5. Paint the bee with Amplify! and heat set to create dimension.
Step 6. Layer the card as shown with mats, sentiment and ribbons.
There are so many techniques to try using Core’dinations! Just jump in and give it a go.
Hey friends! Adrianne here with you today to share a way for you turn your very favorite geometric patterns and papers into easy accessories, by embellishing basic wood bangles with a bit of paper and Mod Podge. Look at these cheerful spring colors!
I have a polka-dot obsession lately, I’ll confess, and I think quatrefoil is perfect for jewelry. But if that’s not your thing – lucky for you, you can use any paper you love! Raid your scraps – you can even mix and match – and read on for how to make scrapbook paper wood bangle bracelets.
Scrapbook Paper Wood Bangle Bracelet Supplies:
- Core’dinations patterned paper (shown here in light green small dot and teal quatrefoil)
- Unfinished wooden bangles (I found mine on Etsy)
- White craft paint
- Mod Podge (I used Matte, but Glossy would work equally well)
- Paper trimmer
Step 1. Paint the inside of your wood bangle, as well as the edges. Be sure to paint just slightly over the edges onto the outer surface of the bangle – that way, no unfinished wood will show at the edges of your paper. It’s likely you’ll need 2 coats of paint. Allow the bangles to dry.
Step 2. Trim your paper to the appropriate size for your bangle. In my case, that was a 1-inch strip, 11 1/4 inches long. Coat the backside with a layer of Mod Podge and allow it to rest for a few seconds, allowing the Mod Podge to soak into the paper and soften it slightly. You will get a better seal by waiting a few moments before applying the paper.
Step 3. Wrap the paper tightly around the bangle, lining up the finished edge as closely as you can. Paint the whole bracelet with a final coat of Mod Podge, and allow it to dry for at least a couple of hours before wearing it. If you discover any small bubbles in your paper when you apply it, allowing it to dry overnight will often resolve them.
They’re so easy to make, it’s hard to stop at just one! Stack a couple together, or make them up to match different outfits. You could also stamp or ink your papers before applying them – whatever your signature paper crafting style is! They’re such a fun way of showing your love of paper in an everyday way.
Thanks for joining me today!
Spring always gets me in the mood to make some new home decor. Today I have a cross to share with you that I made using Core’dinations supplies and is a perfect piece to put up for Easter (or year-round!).
Easter Cross Supplies:
- Silver Glitter Adhesive Cardstock
- Party Mixers Silver Pearl Rosettes
- Party Mixers Purple Grandeur Rosettes
- Hot Glue Gun
- Chipboard Cross
- Metal Leaf Die Cut
- Purple Petaloo Flowers
Step 1: Trace cross onto the back of the adhesive cardstock.
Technique Tip: Using some kind of liquid adhesive to attach cardstock to chipboard can be a nightmare! The glitter adhesive cardstock is perfect for not messing with that. It attaches quickly and smoothly and needs no time to dry! That’s a win in my book!
Step 2: Cut out your glitter adhesive cardstock and peel it back at the top.
Step 3: Attach the glitter adhesive cardstock to your chipboard cross.
Technique Tip: Start at the top of the cross and slowly work your way down attaching it to the cross. If you don’t get a great position at first pull it back up before you get too far. This cardstock peels up pretty easy initially – just be sure to push it down hard once you are happy with the position.
Step 4: Use a hot glue gun to attach the Party Mixer Rosettes. The rosettes are so sturdy and already assembled so they make this step really fast! No long hard struggles with assembling the rosettes.
Step 5: Die cut some vellum leaves.
Technique Tip: Core’dinations vellum cuts great in both a manual die cut machine and electronic die cutting machine. Just make sure that if you are using electronic you set the speed and depth to an appropriate setting for vellum
Step 6: Slide the leaves underneath the rosettes to hide the adhesive and attach them. Add small flowers as a final touch.
With all the colors available in glitter adhesive cardstock and rosettes you have a lot of options to make a beautiful piece of home decor that matches your own house perfectly!