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

 

Hexagon Wall Art with Core Basics Patterned Paper

Hey friends, Adrianne here with you today to share a fun collection of wall art that I made for my daughter’s room using scrapbook paper and Mod Podge.  Some simple die-cut hexagons arranged in a few shades of purple and gray came together here for an easy-to-make set of 3 wall panels.

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Hexagon Wall Art Supplies:

  • Core Basics Patterned Paper in two color schemes (3-5 patterns of each color)
  • Three 10×10 inch wooden canvas panels
  • White spray paint
  • Sizzix Big Shot and 2-1/4″ Hexagon die (makes 4″ hexies)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Hard coat Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Sawtooth hangers

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Step 1. Spray paint your wooden canvas panels white.  While they’re drying, use your Sizzix Big Shot and hexagon die, and die-cut 24 hexagons in various related colors.  I opted for purple and gray (to match my daughter’s room – which is why there’s SO much purple in these photos) but this would work well with any color scheme, or a totally random assortment of your favorite papers.

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Step 2. When your panels are dry, lay out the hexagons to determine placement.  I spaced mine about 1/8 inch apart.  Trim the hexies that hang over the edges, and save the scraps.  You can use them to fill in along the sides, top, or bottom of your panel to fill the entire square surface.

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Step 3. Add a generous amount of Mod Podge to the back side of the hexagon, and allow it to sit for a moment.  You will notice the paper begin to curl, as the Mod Podge soaks in.  Then, place it and press it down securely.  Repeat this until your panel is full.  If you have ever put up wallpaper – you’ll find that using Mod Podge is very similar!  When you have each hexagon in place, smooth it out as well as you can, taking take to make sure the edges are secure.

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Step 4. When all your hexies are placed, add a final coat of Mod Podge to the top of the panel to seal it.  If you notice a few bubbles, don’t panic, especially if it has begun to dry.  Allowing it to dry overnight will often fix these little wrinkles.

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Step 5. Add a sawtooth hanger to the back of each panel, and hang them!  These panels add a pop of color to any empty wall without requiring special artistic skills.   The paper you choose will set the tone, whether you’re using modern patterns, primary colors, soft florals, or retro prints.  It’s a great way to use up scraps of your favorite papers, or just put your paper passion on display!

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Thanks for joining me today on this adventure in home decor!

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~ Adrianne

 

Tim Holtz Distressed Floral Tag

Hi All! Tami Mayberry here with you today. I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for Spring. Even though we are in the middle of Winter here I still like to create projects with flowers and dream of warmer weather. Today I have one of those projects to share with you using some Core’dinations Tim Holtz Distress Collection cardstock- and dies from Sizzix by Tim as well. Not only is it filled with layers of texture, it can be used for any occasion and created in any color you desire!

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Tattered Floral Tag Supplies:

Step 1: Die-cut largest tag shape from Linen cardstock and hole reinforcement from Black Soot cardstock. Sand edges; adhere together.

Step 2: Die-cut vine shape from Forest Moss and Peeled Paint cardstocks. Add veins to leaves using stylus. Sand and shape as desired. Adhere Forest Moss layer to tag using feature photo as a guide and trimming as needed.  Layer Peeled Paint layer on top of previous layer adhering only along stems and curving leaves upward.

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Step 3: Die-cut two flower shapes from Victorian Velvet cardstock and one from Tattered Rose cardstock; sand lightly. Shape layers as desired; layer together as shown alternating colors and using foam squares in between layers. Adhere assembled flower to tag.

Step 4: Thread button with thread. Attach to center of flower using adhesive dot.

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~Tami

 

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