Paper Butterfly Specimen Art

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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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I hung mine in my studio to display both my love of paper and of nature!

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Thanks for joining me today!

~ Adrianne

 

Wood Block Calendar

Good Morning!!! Tami Mayberry here with you today to share a new project I recently created for my home. I love this calendar because it can be used year after year and matches my decor perfectly. It’s super easy to make. Keep reading to find out more!

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Wood Block Calendar Supplies:

Instructions:

Step 1: Begin with wood block calendar set.

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Step 2: Paint calendar base using chalky finish paint; set aside to dry.

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Step 3: Find die that measures the same size as wooden blocks.

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Step 4: Cut 12 squares from Core’dinations Tim Holtz Nostalgic Collection Kraft Core cardstock.

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Step 5: Adhere squares to blocks using decoupage glue; sand using Core’dinations Sand-It Gadget.

*Tip: Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection works great with wood products such as this. When sanded it gives a distressed look that matched perfectly.

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Step  6: Die-cut two sets of numbers from Core’dinations Tim Holtz Nostalgic Collection Kraft Core  cardstock. Adhere to blocks and seal using decoupage medium. Note: One block should have the numbers 0,1,2,7,8,9 and the second block should have the numbers 1-6.

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Step 7: Cut 3 pieces of Core’dinations Tim Holtz Nostalgic Collection Kraft Core cardstock the same width as month blocks. Wrap around block; adhere in place. Sand edges using Core’dinations Sand-It Gadget.  Attach alphabet stickers to spell all 12 months; sand as desired.

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Step 8:  Coat painted base with creme wax according to mfg instructions.

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Step 9: Reassemble calendar and there you have it!

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If red/blue isn’t your color of choice it can easily be changed to match any decor. You can also drill a small hole in the top and make it dual-use as a note/photo holder!!

~Tami

 

 

DIY Unicorn Ceramic Tile Coasters

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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Thanks for joining me today – I’ll see you next time!

~ Adrianne

 

“Bee Well Soon” Double Embossed Card

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.

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“Bee Well Soon” Card Supplies:

  • Gemstones
  • 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

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Step 1.  Emboss a panel of Shattered with an embossing folder.

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.

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There are so many techniques to try using Core’dinations! Just jump in and give it a go.

~Gini

 

Embossed Baby Card

Hi all! Tami Mayberry here with you today. I am super excited about the arrival of my first grandchild next month. That being said, when it comes to creating I have went into “baby on the brain” mode. So, today  I have a quick and easy embossed baby card that I created using a Core’dinations A2 kraft card base.

IMG_9104Embossed Baby Card Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Core Essentials Pastel cardstock pack (pink)
  • Core’dinations kraft Deco-Edge A2 cards
  • Darice® 4.25 x 5.75 Embossing Folder: Baby Clothes on Line
  • Darice pink dot washi tape
  • White self-adhesive pearls
  • Lawn Fawn Plus One stamp set
  • Clearsnap black ink pad
  • Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machines
  • Scor-Pal scoring board
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® EZ Runer

Step 1: Begin with your choice of pre-made card bases from the Deco-Edge A2 Cards.

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Step 2: Place card front inside embossing folder, as shown below, aligning the ends of the line with the top and left edges.

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Step 3: Emboss image onto card front.

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Step 4: Score 3 lines above decorate edge spaced 1/8-inch apart. Adhere a thin border cut from pink cardstock; embellish with pearls.

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Step 5: Cut a 5.5 x 4.25-inch piece from pink cardstock. Adhere to inside panel of card. Stamp sentiment; attach Washi Tape.

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 ~Tami

 

Customized Mom Mug

Hi all! Tami Mayberry here with you today to share a quick and easy gift idea that can be customized for any occasion or recipient. I began with a Design-A-Mug kit and replaced the included liner with a custom insert created with Core’dinations patterned paper and cardstocks. The possibilities are endless!

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  • Core’dinations Core Essential Brights 12 x 12 cardstock
  • Core’dinations Teal Stripe patterned paper (#GX-2300-63)
  • Darice  Design-A-Mug Kit
  • Sizzix Dies: Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die – Scallops #2 (#660270), Bigz Alphabet Set 4 Dies – Fresh Blossoms Alphabet (#659963), Originals Die – Hearts #3 (#660273)
  • Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: EZ Runner, Adhesive Sheets

Instructions:

Step 1: Trim patterned paper to the same size as supplied mug liner.

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Step 2: Die-cut two 12-inch scalloped border shapes from Atoll Aqua color cardstock.

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Step 3: Die-cut “MOM” from Heartfelt cardstock and heart from Love Potion cardstock. Adhere die-cut pieces to patterned paper liner.

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Step 4: Insert customized liner into mug and replace inner liner.

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~Tami

 

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