The holidays are coming quick Core fans and today I am going to share with you a couple of ideas for Christmas cards to share with your loved ones! Embossing folders always make for beautiful projects but today I am going to show you how you can take them a step further and add some fabulous dimension!
Christmas Card Supply List:
- Core’dinations Cardstock Neutrals
- Core’dinations Cardstock Darks
- Ivory A2 Cards & Envelopes
- 6 X 6 Glitter Silk Cardstock
- Darice Tree Embossing Folder
- Darice Upside Down Santa Embossing Folder
For the first card I am going to show you how using a craft knife and doing some simple cutting can really change the look of the embossed card.
Step 1: Emboss cardstock with tree and sand it. Add it to a cardstock base.
Step 2: Use a craft knife to cut along the bottom of each layer of tree branches so that you can curl them upward.
Step 3: Embellish with gold glitter, wooden stars, and a bow.
Step 4: Cut a strip of coordinating cardstock and add it to a matching envelope.
My second card uses a similar technique but adds an element of fun!
Step 1: Die cut a sentiment from white cardstock and emboss the upside down Santa onto the scarlet cardstock.
Step 2: Sand the embossing and add white glitter to Santa’s legs and the snow.
Step 3: Use a craft knife to cut out the bottom three sides of the chimney.
Step 4: Embellish with punched and wooden stars.
I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t smile if a card like this showed up in their mailbox!
Hey friends! Adrianne here today, and I’ve got a fun way to show gratitude as we come up on (American) Thanksgiving and the holiday season in general. I have a confession: I am not the best at speaking my gratitude. I know that a simple “thank you” goes a long way. I try my best to say it often! But honestly, I’m just better at showing how thankful I am through actions. And gifts. So I made up this big accordion-fold card to give to my husband, to try to put into words some of the things I’m most thankful for. This actually makes a great gift for grandparents from the kids because there’s lots of space to include photos and artwork, and it’s the perfect style for a group to give so that everyone has room to write a sweet sentiment. I’ll show you how to fold up this easy card, and give you a few ideas to make it your own, too!
Accordion fold pop-up card supplies:
- Three 12 x 12 sheets Core’dinations Chocolate Box card stock (I used Blueberry & Cool Mint Truffle)
- Core’dinations Sand-It Gadget
- Paper trimmer
- Scoring board and bone folder
- Baker’s twine
- Liquid glue
- Photos and embellishments that are meaningful to you such as Silhouette text cuts, heart punches, and Sizzix’s Love Set of Embossing folders
Step 1. Choose three coordinated sheets of card stock, and trim them to 8 inches square. (Keep the scraps close by for making your embellishments.) Score them vertically and horizontally at 4″, and then along ONE of the diagonals.
Step 2. You will be gluing all 3 papers together, with the un-scored squares overlapping. Glue one side of the card to the center panel, and then cut a 3-foot length of baker’s twine. Lay it across the glue, and sandwich it inside when you glue the final panel onto the center panel.
You should have a card that now looks like this. The side (green) panels will fold upward, and the center (blue) panel will fold downward.
Step 3. Embellish it! Fill it up with gratitude. I trimmed photos to 4 x 4 and glued them down the center. Then, I embossed and sanded some heart accents with my Sizzix machine.
I listed 12 things about my husband that I’m thankful for, and trimmed them to fit inside the card on the folding panels. I also used a punch to create heart shapes to glue on.
Step 4. Create a front for your card to finish it off. I wanted something personal for the front of the card, so I created a text file in the Silhouette Studio that said “12 ways I’m thankful for you”. Instead of using the words, I used the outer “stencil” part of the phrase. (Since I wasn’t using the words, I snagged the “thankful” cut and used it inside the card.) I also sanded the edges of the card for a more vintage feel.
Let it dry, then fold it up! Use the baker’s twine to hold it closed, until it’s time to give it to someone special.
I have made cards for my husband before, but this one was far and away his favorite! Part of it was just me saying “thank you” for all the things he does, but he loved that I included pictures, too. It’s like a tiny scrapbook, with some photos of us at some of our best times – one of our first dates, our honeymoon, and some other special memories.
Who do you know who could use a great big card full of gratitude?
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I can’t believe that it is already mid-November and fall is rapidly disappearing! Before it’s gone I wanted to get in another fall layout and Core’dinations combined with May Arts is the perfect pair to do it with!
Thankful Layout Supplies:
- 12 X 12 Jillian Dot Spotted (Scarlett)
- 12 X 12 Cardstock Darks
- 12 X 12 Cardstock Neutrals
- Dark Assorted Sandable Tags
- Sand-it Gadget & Dust Buddy
- May Arts Burlap Ribbon Antique Gold
- 1/4 Inch Adhesive Scalloped Border Ivory
Step 1: Cut two strips from the Scarlett Spotted paper that are 3″ X 12″ and sand those.
Step 2: Attach those to the top and bottom of the white base.
Step 3: Tear a 1 inch strip of paper from the Neutrals Pad and add that as a border. Top with May Arts Scallop Border Ribbon.
Step 4: Use an electronic die cut machine to cut out leaves and attach those to Core Tags topped with a May Arts Burlap Ribbon bow.
Step 5: Center the picture and add it to the layout with the tags around it.
Step 6: Embellish with stickers and brads.
It’s going to be a great week of inspiration with May Arts & Core’dinations – make sure to visit often!
Hey friends, Adrianne here, and today I’ve got a fun paper turkey craft that you can print and make at home. Not only does it look cute as table decor, but it’s also an activity, and an exercise in thankfulness. There’s also a free printable PDF file to make your own – the shapes are simple, just trace and cut!
The turkey is built around a small paper box interior, and it’s a place where the whole family can write something they’re thankful for on a slip of paper, and drop inside. On Thanksgiving, you can retrieve the papers, and read out load what people have written.
Paper turkey table decor supplies:
- Coredinations Chocolate Box 12×12 sheets, in colors you like best (I used Dewberry, Cool Mint Truffle, and Key Lime for the body, and Maplenut for the beak and feet)
- Core’dinations Core Basics 110 lb. card stock, one 8.5×11 sheet
- Sand-it Gadget
- Scoring board and bone folder
- Optional: Embossing folders, and manual embossing machine like the Sizzix Big Shot
- Optional: Google eyes and other facial embellishments
- Optional: Circle cutter
- Quick-dry liquid glue
- Printable template (click to download and save or print)
Step 1. Print your template, and cut and score your box. If you print the box template directly onto your 8.5 x 11 heavy-duty card stock, you can just cut and score along the lines. Cut the template for tracing your feathers. Then, glue your box sides together and the bottom closed.
Step 2. Trace and cut your feathers and circles. If you have a circle cutter, you’ll find it easiest just to cut two 4″ circles and one 5″ circle. If you don’t have a circle cutter, you can print the circles from the template, cut and trace them onto your card stock, and cut them out. You will need 7 feathers.
Step 3. Trim one inch off the 5 inch circle and one of the 4 inch circles. This will give you a flat edge for assembling it on the box.
Step 4 (optional). Emboss and/or sand your Chocolate Box pieces. I used a Darice brand embossing folder with circles and dots, but any pattern that you have that you like will work well! I also embossed the feathers with a Darice brand folder with a swirling vine pattern. I did not sand the feathers. You can also sand the pieces without embossing them to expose the colored core.
Step 5. Assemble your circles on the front of your box. The trimmed 5-inch circle will be the body, and the intact 4 inch circle will be the head. Then, arrange the feathers on the back side of your box, and cover the raw edges with the final trimmed 4-inch circle.
Step 6. Give it a face! Add embellishments like google eyes, foam stickers, or cut your own face pieces from card stock. I used google eyes, and I also cut a pair of feet to add stability to the bottom. I did not include a template for the facial pieces, because making it your own is half the fun of this craft!
You can leave this little guy out on your table all month, and add “thankful” notes to the box at any time as they occur to you – or, wait until Thanksgiving, and have everyone share together! Happy Thanksgiving!
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Give Thanks Layout by Christine Meyer
I always love the opportunity to get a favorite picture onto a layout and stored as a lifetime memory – today I have a fall layout to share with you featuring products from Core’dinations, Xyron, and Petaloo that does just that. Christine joining you today to share a layout of some of my kiddos with their Grandma enjoying a fall tradition – leaf piles.
Give Thanks Layout Supplies:
- Tim Holtz Kraft Core Seasonal Impressions
- Jillian Snowflake Spotted
- Core Basics Kraft
- Core Tags – Dark Assorted
- Dust Buddy & Sand-it Gadget
- Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No. 3
- Coredinations Vellum Quotes & Titles
- Darice Leaf Embossing Folder
- Petaloo Crochet Lace Fancy Trim – Paprika
- Petaloo Darjeeling Petites Autumn
- Petaloo Darjeeling Mini Mix
- Petaloo Darjeeling Petites Teastained Red
- Petaloo Trim Assorted Whites
- Xyron 3 Inch Sticker Maker
- Xyron Mega Runner
- Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots
Step 2: Cut out the center of the Seasonal Impressions cardstock – leaving just a one inch border. Sand the border and use the Xyron Mega Runne to add Spotted Cardstock underneath as the base.
Step 3: Add Tags and Red Cardstock to create the center of your layout use the Xyron 3 Inch Sticker Maker. Add Petaloo trims to the Xyron 3 inch Sticker Maker and then attach them above and below. Step 4: Run the vellum quote thru the Xyron 3 Inch Sticker Maker. This is the best way to attach vellum because it doesn’t show up at all! Add the vellum to the tag. Step 5: Put the picture on top of the Kraft cardstock and center it.
Step 6: Add a die cut banner and Embellish the corners with Petaloo Darjeeling Flowers. Xyron’s High Tack Adhesive Dots make attaching small flowers like this an easy job! Products like this make it both easy and fun to put together a layout that we can cherish forever!
Count Your Blessings Layout by Suzanna Lee
Do you have those family dinner table picture that we all take at Thanksgiving, and once you finally seen them think, “ugh! how am I going to scrap that?”. Well fret no more! I have the solution for you. First, convert your picture to black and white. The conversion will soften the clash between Auntie Rose’s purple hair and Grandpa Jack’s hot pink tie and allow you to use the colors of your choice in your layout, just as I did here!
Count Your Blessings Layout Supplies:
- Core’dinations Core Impressions, Basic Grey Ornate
- Core’dinations Core Impressions, Jenni Bowlin Studio, Brown and Cream
- Core’dinations Tim Holtz, Kraft Core, Shattered
- Core’dinations Tim Holtz, Kraft Core, Adirondack
- Core’dinations Sand It Gadget
- Core’dinations Dust Buddy
- Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Ink
- Petaloo Dahlias, Red/Fuschias
- Petaloo Mini Daisies, Red, Fuchias
- Xyron Adhesive Dots
- Xyron Mega Runner
Step 1:To create both bases of your layout, you will need your trusty Core’dinations steeds; your Sand It Gadget and your Dust Buddy. Sand the edges of the the Basic Grey Core Impressions and wipe the dust with your Dust Buddy to reveal the colored core. If you would like a bit more definition to the border of the page, as I did, then use some Distress ink around the edges. Fussy cut out the Jenni Bowlin Square Label paper and similarly, sand and dust it.
Step 2: Layer a long banner cut from Tim Holtz Shattered cardstock that you sanded and rubbed with some Distress Paint with your picture, Petaloo flowers and some die cut leaves. The PERFECT adhesive to stick Petaloo flowers down with is Xyron’s adhesive dots! They come in two sizes, 3/16 inch which is perfect for the little daises I used on the bottom, right hand corner of my page and the larger, 3/8 inch dots for the larger Petaloo flowers!
Step 3: Whatever was not put together with Adhesive Dots, was put everything together with my Xyron MegaRunner! I just love the ability to drop in the cartridge and set to work. No fuss running tape here, there and everywhere or having it snap and need to be re-thread mid-project! Just remove the spent cartridge and pop in a new one and you are good to go!
It has been a long time since I made a wreath but I have seen so many awesome paper ones lately that I knew I wanted to make one this fall. I pulled out my Core’dinations supplies and got to work making a Harvest Wreath with some non-traditional colors.
Give Thanks Wreath Supplies:
- Core Basics Smooth Kraft Cardstock
- Sand It Gadget & Dust Buddy
- Jillian Dot Assorted Pack
- Foam Wreath
- Coordinating Buttons
Step 2: Sand the cardstock bringing out the core color.
Step 3: Add adhesive to the back side of the strips and then begin to loop them around the wreath (I used a 10 inch wreath). Overlap slightly so that the wreath form doesn’t show. Notch the end of each strip as you go.
Step 6: Add flowers, twine, buttons, or other small embellishments to bring in some additional textures.
Don’t you just love all the decorating possibilities you have when you play with paper!?!