Hey friends! Adrianne here with you today to share a fast and fun paper craft to get you ready for summer reading! I’ve always got a book (or two) going, and so do my kids, and I love using real bookmarks. You know what I mean – that step up from a receipt or a scrap of paper stuffed into your book (and worse yet – the dreaded dog ear). So I keep a small stash of bookmarks around for new reads. I also include a handmade bookmark when I give gifts to book-loving friends. It’s that little something extra that shows you care enough to give handmade even if you’re buying a new book (or bookstore gift card)! They don’t take much in the way of supplies – a bookmark can be as simple or as intricate as you like! But today I’m going to show you how to easily emboss and add die-cuts to bookmarks to instantly embellish them.
Embossed Bookmark Supplies:
- Core’dinations Distress Collection cardstock
- Sand It Gadget
- Paper trimmer
- Manual embossing machine (I use the Sizzix Big Shot, with extended platform and cutting pads)
- Embossing folders by Darice: flowers, tree trunks, checkers, and sentiments like “Thinking of You”
- Small Darice and Sizzix dies in basic shapes like squares, flowers, hearts, or butterflies
- Tape runner and/or Glue Dots
Step 1. Trim papers to 1.25 x 5.5 inches, and position within embossing folders. If you’re like me and you’re using the Sizzix Big Shot, place the embossing folder between two cutting pads and roll it through on the extended platform using tab #1. (Embossing can of course be done on a variety of manual machines.)
Step 2. Gently distress the embossed surface by sanding with your Sand It Gadget to help your designs stand out.
Step 3. Die-cut additional complementary shapes to add to your bookmarks like hearts, butterflies, or geometric shapes. (If using the Big Shot, you’ll place these between cutting pads and roll it through on tab #2.)
Step 4. Cut coordinating (or contrasting) backers for your bookmarks 1.5 x 5.75 inches. Attach the embossed papers to these backers with a tape runner or glue dots. Add shapes to the tops of the bookmarks.
Simple patterns and shapes are a great way to make up lots of bookmarks at once – this quick set of 4 only took me 15 minutes to assemble! They’re also simple enough that kids of all ages can make these as a rainy-day activity, or as a gift for teachers, coaches, caregivers or friends, or make up several to keep on-hand for last minute gifts.
Thanks for joining me today!
With Mother’s Day fast approaching I am on the lookout for ways to make the day even more special. A handmade touch is one sure way to make mom smile and today I am going to share with you a card that you can make for her using a few simple tools and cardstock!
Mother’s Day Flower Card Supplies:
- Core’dinations Essentials Cardstock – Neutrals
- Core’dinations Tim Holtz – Nostalgic- Kraft-Core 6 X 6 Pad
- Darice Quilt Embossing Folder
- Triangle Punch
- Leaf Metal Die Cut
- 1-2 inch circle from scrap paper
- Quick Drying Liquid Adhesive
- Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy
- Mom Electronic Cut File
Step 1: Use the embossing folder to emboss the blue cardstock. Sand it to bring out the Kraft color and dust it off with your dust buddy.Cut it down to be a 4 X 4 inch square and attach it to a 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 card base.
Technique Tip: Embossing weakens cardstock so as you are sanding be gentle and try be deliberate in what direction you are going. I like to sand all one direction and then turn the card and sand another direction until you have brought out as much of the core as you want to show.
Step 2: Punch out triangles and fold the short side of the triangles over like pictured.
Step 3: Fold the triangles in half so that they will have dimension.
Step 4: Using a strong adhesive like hot glue attach the “petals” to the circle (the circle won’t show so any scrap paper is great – it just gives you a base to build before adhering it to your card).
Step 5: Once all the petals are glued down attach it to your card and add a button to the center.
Step 6: Add leaves underneath the flower petals and attach the Mom sentiment. I cut my sentiment on my Silhouette Cameo but letter stickers would also work great!
Tami Mayberry here with you today to share a simple card that will add some sparkle and shine to your Winter greetings.
Winter Wishes Card supplies:
- Core’dinations Pastel Colors Core Cardstock (Reflecting Pool)
- Core’dinations Glitter Silk Cardstock (Yacht Club, Black Tie)
- Core Basics smooth white cardstock
- Sand It Gadget & Dust Buddy
- Clearsnap silver Designer Foils
- Light blue button
- Natural twine
- Sizzix dies: Paper Snowflakes (#660059), Holiday Words: Script (#660058), Card Font: Winter (#659589)
- Darice Wire Fence embossing folder (#1218-58)
- Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine
- Tombow adhesives: Xtreme adhesive runner, clear Power Tabs, MONO liquid glue
Step 1: Form a 4.25 x 5.5-inch card from white cardstock.
Step 2: Cut a 4 x 5.25-inch piece from Reflecting Pool cardstock. Emboss with embossing folder; adhere to card front using Xtreme adhesive runner.
Step 3: Attach a vertical line of square Power Tabs to card front aligning with embossed pattern. Press Designer Foil onto tabs, carefully peel off foil sheet.
Step 4: Die-cut Paper Snowflake shape from Yacht Club Glitter Silk cardstock. Attach to card front as shown using Power tab.
Step 5: Thread twine through center of button; tie in a bow. Attach to center of snowflake using Power Tabs.
Step 6: Die-cut “WINTER” and “wishes” from Black Tie Glitter Silk cardstock; adhere to card front using MONO liquid glue.
As my Christmas card list grows every year, I like to come up with designs that are easy to mass produce. This card certainly fits the bill! One embossing folder and a few simple embellishments makes a hand made card that looks like it took a long time to create, but it didn’t!
Christmas Card Supplies:
- Core’dinations Cut and Emboss Core Essentials in Darks
- David Tutera A2 Card Base in smooth white
- Sand it Gadget and Dust Buddy
- Darice Embossing Folder (Ornaments)
- Glue Pen
- Darice Ultra Fine Glitter
- Liquid Pearls in Gold, Silver
- Tidy Tray
Step 1: The great thing about the Core’dinations Cut and Emboss series of papers, is that they are the exact size of a standard embossing folder (and incidentally the exact size of an A2 card).
Select the color of paper you would like to use, and insert it into the embossing folder of your choice. Make sure the paper is right side UP and the manufacturer name on the embossing folder is facing UP as well.
Remove the cardstock from the folder and lay it on a flat surface.
Step 2: Using a Sand-it Gadget, lightly sand the surface of the cardstock to reveal the lighter core. Remove any cardstock “dust” with the Dust Buddy.
Step 3: Using a glue pen, go over any surface you would like to have glittered. The glitter will only adhere to areas that you add the glue pen to. Use your embossed image like a coloring book!
After you apply the glue, place your card into a Tidy Tray, and tap glitter over the glue surfaces. Shake off any excess. Allow the glittered/glue areas to dry.
Step 4: Using Liquid Pearls, add some bling to other areas of the embossed card! Liquid Pearls dry and look like tiny brads. A very quick, and inexpensive way to add character to embossed images.
When you have added the embellishments you desire, allow the images to dry and adhere to an A2 card base. I chose to machine stitch my cards, but any adhesive will work too.
The holidays are coming quick Core fans and today I am going to share with you a couple of ideas for Christmas cards to share with your loved ones! Embossing folders always make for beautiful projects but today I am going to show you how you can take them a step further and add some fabulous dimension!
Christmas Card Supply List:
- Core’dinations Cardstock Neutrals
- Core’dinations Cardstock Darks
- Ivory A2 Cards & Envelopes
- 6 X 6 Glitter Silk Cardstock
- Darice Tree Embossing Folder
- Darice Upside Down Santa Embossing Folder
For the first card I am going to show you how using a craft knife and doing some simple cutting can really change the look of the embossed card.
Step 1: Emboss cardstock with tree and sand it. Add it to a cardstock base.
Step 2: Use a craft knife to cut along the bottom of each layer of tree branches so that you can curl them upward.
Step 3: Embellish with gold glitter, wooden stars, and a bow.
Step 4: Cut a strip of coordinating cardstock and add it to a matching envelope.
My second card uses a similar technique but adds an element of fun!
Step 1: Die cut a sentiment from white cardstock and emboss the upside down Santa onto the scarlet cardstock.
Step 2: Sand the embossing and add white glitter to Santa’s legs and the snow.
Step 3: Use a craft knife to cut out the bottom three sides of the chimney.
Step 4: Embellish with punched and wooden stars.
I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t smile if a card like this showed up in their mailbox!
Embossing your Glitter Silk Cardstock is a great way to add interest to your projects. With it’s high quality, it embosses beautifully!
Embossed Glitter Silk Card Supplies:
- White 110lb Cardstock Smooth
- Glitter Silk Bermuda Bling
- Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection No.11
- Sand-It Gadget
- Dust Buddy
- Jet Black ink Ranger
- Darice Stars embossing folder
- Crafter’s Companion Embossalicious Dots embossing folder
- Big Shot
- Sentiments Stamp
- Petaloo Botanica Bloom Pistachio
- May Arts Ribbon
- Sequin and Stars
- Sewing Machine
Step 1. Make card base from cardstock.
Step 2. Emboss Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection No.11 using Dots embossing folder and cover the front of the card. Add strip of lace diagonally. Cut panel using Kraft side of Kraft-Core diagonally and adhere to card.
Step 3. Cut a panel of Glitter Silk Bermuda Bling, emboss using Stars embossing folder and sand using Sand-It Gadget.
Step 4. Stitch border and attach to card. Add ribbon across card. Stamp sentiment onto White 110lb Cardstock Smooth and trim ‘V’ shape in one end, attach to card using foam pads.
Step 5. Add twine, flower, sequin and stars to finish.