Colorful Glass Tile Necklaces

Hi friends!  Adrianne here with you today to share how to make glass tile necklaces with your favorite scrapbook papers and small dies, so you can design your own custom jewelry for yourself and for gift-giving!

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Glass Tile Necklace Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Essentials Pastel Card Stock
  • Core’dinations Kraft Core Metallic Card Stock
  • Sizzix Big Shot, extended platform and cutting pads
  • Sizzix Sizzlits – Butterfly Frenzy and Typeset Alphabet dies
  • Mod Podge and paintbrush
  • Craft squeegee
  • 1″ Glass tiles (1 per necklace)
  • Glue-on jewelry bails (1 per necklace)
  • Gutermann glue (or your favorite brand metal glue)
  • 2 mm cable chain (18 inches per necklace)
  • Jump rings (2 per necklace)
  • Jewelry clasp (1 per necklace)
  • Jewelry pliers

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Step 1. Cut your base papers to 1″ square.  Die-cut your shape and letter accents from silver foil card stock, and lay them out to determine the arrangement.  For intricate designs, or designs that need to line up (like numbers and initials), you can also use a thin layer of Mod Podge to glue them into place to be sure they don’t slip around.

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Step 2. Add a large drop of Mod Podge to the top of your paper square.  Place the glass tile on top, pressing the Mod Podge all the way out to each edge of the tile for a secure mount.

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Step 3. Use a craft squeegee on the backside of the tile, over the paper, to squeeze out the excess Mod Podge and ensure a tight seal.  This can get a little bit messy, and you may get Mod Podge on the edges of your glass tile – but don’t worry!  Wipe away any large drops, but a thin coat of Mod Podge can be easily cleaned off the tile once it’s dry.

Add a finishing coat of Mod Podge to the backside of the paper to seal it well.

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Step 4. Allow the tile to dry (this may take an hour, as the card stock is quite thick).  Then, add a drop of metal glue to the pad of a jewelry bail, and glue it to the backside of the tile.  Allow the bails to dry for several hours (or overnight).

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Step 5. If you are using bulk chain like I did, you’ll need to add a clasp to the chain before you’re able to wear the necklace.  (If you’re using a pre-assembled chain, you can skip this step and simply string the tiles on the chains.)  Twist open a jump ring, and attach both the end of the chain, and the ring of the clasp to it.  Twist it closed again with your pliers. On the opposite end of the chain, attach a jump ring so that you can clasp the necklace closed.

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Step 6. Finally, just string the tiles onto chains, and they’re ready for wear or for gift-giving!  They’re great personal pieces that can sport initials, player numbers, or pretty spring themes like butterflies.  Any small shapes are pretty encased in glass for this project!

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Thanks for joining me today, and happy scrapping!

~ Adrianne

 

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

 

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

 

Paper Easter Egg Stands

Are you looking to add something special to your Easter table this year?  Today I have a very simple project to share that will definitely up the special factor on your table!  These little egg stands are easy and quick to make and give you a way to display your Easter Eggs.

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Paper Easter Egg Stands Supplies: 

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Here’s how to make these little wraps:

Step 1: Use a cut file like this one to cut out the wrap shape.  These do not require a lot of cardstock!

Step 2: Put the wrap through your embossing machine using the polka dot embossing folder.

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Step 3: Remove the wrap and sand it down to bring out the core color

Technique Tip: Because this is a smaller piece of paper you will want to be gentle with your sand-it gadget or you can easily tear your cardstock.  I worked with a gentle touch and went both directions to ensure I sanded enough to bring out the core.

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Step 4: Use the built in slit to connect the ends of your wrap.

Technique Tip:  Because Core cardstock is so thick it is easy to shape these into a rounded wrap without creating creases.  

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Step 6:  Add your eggs to them and enjoy the way an egg has become egg-stra special :)

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~Christine

 

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

 

Vintage Love Quotes Box

February 26, 2015 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Core Projects, Decor, Gifts & Party

Hi there Core Fans!  It’s Joann with you and today I want to show you my twist on the classic rectangle box that is also easy to make!

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For the flower, I layered pink core pastels cardstock and Vellum quotes for a unique look.

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and finally here is a top down look so you can see all sides of the box.

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Vintage Love Quotes Box Supplies:

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To make this project follow these steps.

Step 1.  Start by cutting the pieces for your box out of White cardstock.  For best results, I would suggest using the Core Basics 110 lb. card stock!

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Step 2.  Cut the base pieces out a piece from the Core Essentials Neutrals Collection.

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Step 3. Distress all the edges of the White cardstock to give it a vintage look.

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Step 4.  Assemble the pieces as shown and allow your glue to dry.

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Step 5.  Finally, layer on your pieces of neutrals cardstock that has been embossed and sanded and then decorate the box as desired.  Click here for a detailed video on the assembly by the creator of the cut file.

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Thanks for stopping by for a peek… Have a wonderful day my crafty friends!

~Joann

 

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