Glitter Silk Keepsake Box

September 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects

I love glitter, but it can be such a mess to craft with sometimes.  For items meant to be handled, like this keepsake box, it can rub off and get onto, well, everything!  Today I’m going to show you how you can get the sparkle of glitter accents without all the mess by using Core’dinations Glitter Silk cardstock!


Glitter Silk Keepsake Box Supplies:

  • Glitter Silk Cardstock - I used the Bronzed color
  • Paper Trimmer or scissors
  • Coordinating Paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Darice Wooden Hinged Box (and small screwdriver, if it has hardware)
  • Embellishments (I used glitter, Washi Tape and floral accents)
  • Adhesives (I used Zip Dry scrapbook glue)

Glitter Keepsake Box

Step 1. Remove any hardware from your box, and set it aside.  Taking it off is much easier that trying to trim and decorate around it.  Paint any areas of your box that you don’t plan to cover with cardstock.  Allow it to fully dry before continuing.

Glitter Keepsake Box

Step 2. Trim your cardstock to fit the areas of your box you want to cover.  Using a paper trimmer is the best way to keep nice, straight lines, but you can also trace the shape of the box and cut carefully with scissors.  I cut pieces for the top, and both the lid and the base on the front of the box.

Glitter Keepsake Box

Step 3.  Apply Mod Podge to the back side of the cardstock with a paintbrush.  Be sure to get all the way to the edges.  Allow it to rest for about 30 seconds, to soak into your paper.  You may notice that the paper begins to curl slightly – this is normal.

Glitter Keepsake Box

Step 4.  Adhere your pieces of card stock to your box.  Once it’s positioned correctly and all edges are stuck down securely, paint a layer of Mod Podge over the whole box.  While it’s technically only necessary to add the outer coat to the portions you applied paper to, if there are other painted areas, your finish won’t match exactly if you don’t brush a light coat of Mod Podge onto them, too.

Glitter Keepsake Box

Step 5: Allow your box to fully dry, and then re-install any hardware that you removed.

Step 6: Embellish as you like!  I added a stripe of gold glitter washi tape around the bottom portion of the box, cut and scored a few leaves from my scraps, and added a coordinating flower to the top.

Glitter Keepsake Box

As soon as it’s dry, it’s ready for you to give as a gift, or add to your decor – with no stray glitter!


Grateful Card with Core Essentials Darks

September 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects

Today I have a card that focuses on the Darks Collection, specifically using the  Core Tags.  Antiqued a Darks Collection Tag, embellish it and then add the tag to a card base.  It’s that easy! My inspiration for this tag is the famous “Bird of Paradise” flower from the tropics.


Step 1.  Spray tag with water and glycerin mixture of 16.1, crumble tag, dry, sand and iron flat.

Step 2. Punch out butterflies and flourish die cuts, sand and dust using the Dust Buddy.

Step 3.  Stamp image, sentiment onto tag and Ink ribbon and tie onto tags.
Step 4.  Add glitter to chipboard and flourish
Step 5.  Assemble and adhere elements onto card base.
tag sentiment

Ava Gavloski

Fall Centerpiece

September 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Fall Projects, Seasonal

Fall is my very favorite time of year. One of my favorite things to do is go see all the beautiful fall colors in the mountains. I thought it would be fun to bring the fall colors inside, so I put this fun Fall Centerpiece together. Today I’m going to teach you how to make it.

fall-centerpiece Supplies:


Step 1: Using the Kraft-Core Core’dinations Cardstock, cut out your leaves for the mini banner. Cut your letters using the 6 x 6 Kraft Cardstock. I did this using a digital die cutting machine.


Step 2: Using the Sand It Gadget, distress the leaves.


Step 3: Use the hole punch and punch a hole in the top of the leaves. Glue your letters to the leaves.


Step 4: Loop your Jute Twine.


Step 5: Slide the hole on the leaves over the loop of twine. Space leaves as needed.


Step 6: Place foam core board in bottom of wood tray. Poke skewers into foam core board on both sides of tray.


Step 7: Tie jute twine to skewers. Trim any extra twine with the scissors.


Step 8: Paint the Unfinished Wood Tray and let it dry.


Step 9: Using two sheets of 6×6 Kraft Cardstock, trim them down to the width of the tray. Place in tray, punch holes with skewers to line up with holes in the foam core board underneath.


Step 10: Cut 3D leaves out of the Kraft-Core Core’dinations Cardstock. I did this using a digital die cutting machine also.


Step 11: Use the Sand It Gadget to sand the leaves.


Step 12: Slide leaves together and place in wood tray.


Now your centerpiece is all finished!


All you need to do now, is find the perfect place to put it.


Back to School 3D Pencil and Card

Hi everyone!  I’m Joy and today I’m super happy to be sharing this project with you using Core’dinations great products!



3d pencil pieces4

Step 1: Cut the pencil 3D and card shapes using Core’dinations Neutrals and Bright Color cardstock along with solid black and white.  They cut so well!  A little side note: At first I cut the pencil card background in white but later I went back and cut it out in grey to match the band near the eraser of the 3D pencil.  I thought that just looked better color-wise to match both project pieces.


Step 2: Emboss the pencil pieces as desired.  Here, I’m using the wood grain background folder.


Step 3:  Sand the pieces using the Core’dinations Sand It Gadget.  That revealed a lighter color yellow on these pieces.  That’s so cool!


Step 4: Adhere the pieces.  I used my Xyron machine to add adhesive to the backs of these pieces.  Then I added them to the pencil.

pencil close2

Isn’t all that sanded texture great?!


Step 5:  Create a tag.  I cut a small tag from the Core’dinations Bright Assorted Tags even smaller and backed it with a piece of Core’dinations black cardstock.

Step 6:  Stamp a sentiment.  Keep in mind that stamping on textured paper can give an uneven stamped image.  You can fill in any spotty places with a marker.  I did!

Step 7:  Sand the tag and tie ribbon to finish the look.


That huge roll of Smarties can fit into the 3D pencil!


Now your project is ready for gift giving! Happy crafting! ~Joy

Miss You Card

September 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon

Can you tell there’s a bookmark on this card? See that tab with the sentiment? That’s actually a Core Tag Bookmark! Just mount it on some colored cardstock so it pops and you have a quick and easy way to add interest to your project.
Supply List:
Make card from 110lb Smooth White Core. Stamp typewriter in bottom right corner.
Stamp sentiment on paper in typewriter. Trim No.24 Cardstock from Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection to fit across top of card and adhere. Add black chevron stripe ribbon. Trim bookmark, layer onto black cardstock and cut out, following shape of bookmark. Stamp sentiment in black, adhere to top of card. Stamp shapes, to finish.
Gail Lindner

Easy Watercolor Card

August 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Cards & Tags, Core Blog, Core Projects

Watercoloring is easy with our 110lb smooth cardstock!









































Step 1. Use Distress Inks and water to create the watercolor background on a piece of 110 lb. Smooth White Cardstock. For this card I used simple brush strokes with a little bit of ink. It’s that easy!

Step 2. Sand the edges of a Core Tag with the Sand It Gadget and adhere it to the watercolor background.
















Step 3. Stamp the image on a piece of 110 lb. Smooth White Cardstock, color in with Copic markers, and fussy cut it out.

Step 4. Stamp the sentiment, add the sequins, and adhere the card together!


Tracy Gruber

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