DIY Faux Metallic Butterfly Decor

I think what I love most about the Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Core, is that I can mimic the look of metallic home decor without needing tools from the garage. I created this easy yet stunning 8×8 wooden canvas piece using pretty standard paper crafting items.

PicMonkey CollageFaux Metallic Butterfly Decor Supplies:


Step One: Trim Metallic Kraft Core to 8×8″ and 4 (four) 1″x 9″ strips.


Adhere 8×8″ section to front of wooden panel canvas. Allow adhesive to dry. Run paper strips through a paper crimper.


Adhere paper strips to perimeter of wooden panel canvas. Trim strips if needed. Allow to dry.

Step Two:  Die cut 4 (four) oval frame shapes and five butterfly shapes from Metallic Kraft Core cardstock.


Using Staz-On ink, apply ink to select Metallic Kraft Core shapes. Black Staz-On ink will alter the silver Metallic Kraft Core to pewter, the gold to an aged bronze, and the copper to an aged copper (much like a used penny).  Set aside to dry.


Step Three:  Using a Sand-it Gadget, slightly sand the covered wooden panel canvas. Adhere die cut shapes.


Step Four:  Using a manual DYMO label maker create title from strip of Metallic Kraft Core.


Adhere title to canvas. Add embellishments as desired. (Rhinestones, adhesive gems, etc.)

7Enjoy your new creation!



Valentine’s Day Inspiration Week Day TWO!

February 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Provocraft

Today we have designer Andrea Amu with the Tuesday Tip to create a handmade gift for that special someone….grandmothers, moms,dads, teacher’s aunts, uncles…this is perfect for ANYONE!

Framed subway art! How cool is this. Just create the cuts on your Cricut or diecutting machine and viola! You have the perfect gift for anyone, anytime of year.

And Andrea has some great tips:

1.) Back the cuts in a lighter color so they really pop.

2.) Cuts don’t line up exactly how you want?  Add little embellishments!

3.) AND, of course, a photo! Personalizing it will mean so much.

4.) Add a doily for that soft, feminine touch.

5.) And don’t spend a ton on a frame. Get them on sale at your craft store. You can paint them any color you like!

And a detail:

Irish Eyes are Smiling

Happy St Patty’s Day!

We have been gearing up for it this week if you haven’t noticed!!!!

Here is another altered item from Design Team Member Andrea Amu using her Cricut, May Arts Ribbon, Petaloo Flowers with our Color Matching program, and Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

And some close ups of that fabulous detail:

And another….

It’s fun being Green!

March 24, 2011 by  
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I know St Patty’s Day is over but we just couldn’t resist showing you these CUTE accessories from Design Team Member Char Dobson.  She is so clever and creates the neatest wearable art that can be festive for any occasion. These would be great in spring colors for Easter, stars for the Fourth of July…the possibilities are endless!

Here are some tips from Char:

Cricut Designer’s Calendar was used to cut the shamrock shapes.

She also used her scor board to score the paper for the accordian flower.

Metal pin and hair clips from the dollar store.

Here they are in action:

Core’dinations used: Core Essentials and Core Impression.

Basic Mondays

April 5, 2010 by  
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Is it Monday again already? AND it’s April! Time just flies by, doesn’t it? Well, speaking of flying….

Today we want to share with you another way that Core’dinations is our go to cardstock for all of our projects. L@@k at these sweet butterfly and star cupcake toppers Paula made for her Daughter’s Birthday:

Here Paula just layered two colors of coordinating cardstock, rounded the edges and, Voila! She has simple, elegant and sweet invitations:


February 17, 2010 by  
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Core’dinations is so versatile!

Lydia Jackson made this entire door hanger out of Core’dinations Cardstock {except the tiny alphas from one of our preferred parters, My Little Shoebox}. By using embossing, sanding and tearing, Lydia added such great little details that really make this door hanger so great! Including the fun play on words….

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