Day of the Dead Canvas

Hi fellow Core lovers! It’s Gini, and I am here to share my first post as part of the Core’dinations Design Team.  I’ve become intrigued with the Day of the Dead celebration, and thought I would try my hand at creating a colorful canvas.  The sparkle in the Core Couture paper did a great job mimicking the famous sugar skulls.  And while crepe paper marigolds are the traditional decoration,  I thought I would create them using punches and Core’dinations.


Day of the Dead Canvas Supplies:

suppliesStep 1.  Apply full coverage adhesive to the back of  a 12 x 12 sheet of White Gloves Core Couture paper.  Adhere to the wooden skull.

Step 2.  Roughly trim around the skull. Use the Sand It Gadget to smooth the edges.


Step 3.  Use a craft knife to remove the paper covering the intricate designs and smooth with small craft files

Step 4.  Outline the designs with dimensional paint.  Allow to dry.

Step 5.  Sand a piece of Jillian Dot Spotted and adhere to a canvas.

SandingStep 6.  Adhere the skull to the canvas.

Step 7.  Punch flowers from Brights Cardstock (a mix of orange, yellow and red). Each flower needs 4 large and 4 small flowers.

Step 8.  Lightly mist the flowers with water. Shape with your fingers to form a bud.


Step 9.  Continue shaping each flower and allow to dry.


Step 10.  Carefully unroll the dried flowers.  Assemble with a dot of glue between each layer of petals.

flowerdryingStep 11.  Glue the flowers to the canvas.  Add ribbon to finish.



I hope you have enjoyed this project!  I will see you again soon.



Remember the “core”sages?

April 3, 2014 by  
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 A few years ago at CHA we did a make-n-take of these “core”sages for everyone that stopped by our booth.  Seeing Clare Buswell’s tutorial on this made me think of how timeless Core’dinations really is!  Colorcore cardstock is so versatile. I mean, how many other cardstocks can look this cool torn and distressed?????
Here’s the step-by-step photo tutorial for the torn edges spiral flower.:
Draw a 4 1/2″ circle (makes a 2 1/4″ finished sized flower) onto the reverse side of some Wisteria Core. Draw a rough spiral shape inside the circle, this doesn’t have to be perfect. Tear along the pencil lines using one of your finger nails as a guide while tearing. It doesn’t matter if you go a little bit outside the lines.
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Turn over the spiral to the side with no pencil lines. Sand the torn edges with your Sand-It Gadget and wipe with your Dust Buddy. Starting from the outside, using a toothpick begin rolling the spiral flower towards the center. Once you’ve started off rolling you can remove the toothpick and roll the rest with your fingers.
Roll all the way to the center, keeping the spiral tight. Release the spiral and adjust until you’re happy with the shape. Add a generous amount of craft glue to the base of the flower and press in position. Hold for a few moments until set. Once completely dry use a needle nosed tweezers to curl the edges of the flower outwards, as shown. You can vary the size of the cardstock circle to make different sized flowers for your paper-crafting projects.
Core’dinations – Wisteria Core, Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Other – Toothpick, circle shape or compass, pencil, craft glue, needle nosed tweezers.

Now are you ready to see the amazing card Clare made to go with this flower?

Trim embossed and sanded Katydid Core cardstock to cover card base. Emboss RoseEmbroidery Core with Anna Griffin embossing folder, sand with Sand-It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy. Tear edges and machine stitch to panel. Tear strip of RoseEmbroidery Core, corrugate and sand. Machine stitch to panel. Add seam binding and lace. Adhere panel to card base. Tear leaf shapes from Katydid Core cardstock and attach to card. Add seam binding bow and twine bow to card. Draw  4 1/2″ diameter circle onto reverse side of Wisteria Core, draw spiral in center. Tear along pencil lines, lightly sand edges using Sand-It Gadget. Roll using toothpick to form a spiral flower. Glue base and leave to dry. Adhere to card, to finish.





Core’dinations – Pastels Collection, Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Other – Embossing folders Cuttlebug Anna Griffin (Rosa and Ogee Damask), Big Shot, sewing machine, corrugating tool, lace, twine, seam binding, corner rounder, black ink, sentiment stamp, card base.

{Handmade} Flower Power!

April 1, 2014 by  
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SO WOW! Are you ready for a gorgeous piece of art from Clare Buswell?


Take a 12×12 sheet of Cloudburst Core, fill a spray bottle with 1 part glycerin to 16 parts water, shake and spray the sheet of Core on both sides, rubbing the surface gently with your fingertips. Scrunch the sheet up into a ball, flatten out and spray and scrunch again. Flatten out and leave to dry. The glycerin and water mix makes the cardstock more flexible and will be easier to work with when covering the canvas.

Cover the 6×6 canvas with a layer of Mod Podge and cover with the sheet of flexible Core, brush with another layer of Mod Podge, trim excess cardstock and leave to dry. Using acrylic paints paint the lower half of the canvas green and the top half blue, blend the colors in the middle. Add some highlights of white acrylic paint to the sky with a dry brush and blend.
Spray sheets of Core Buttercup, Meadow and Emerald with the water and glycerin mix and set aside to dry. Die cut four daffodils from Buttercup Core, sand tips of petals with Sand-It Gadget and assemble. Use blending chalk to color the centers of the daffodils. Adhere daffodils to canvas with a strong adhesive. Roll four strips of Meadow Core into tight tubes to make the stems and adhere to canvas. For the foliage, cut a selection of long narrow leaf shapes from Meadow and Emerald Core and sand with Sand-It Gadget. Arrange foliage on canvas and adhere to create a layered effect.

Paint simple daffodil shapes in background using acrylic paint. Add gingham ribbon and bow, to finish.


Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock – Buttercup, Meadow, Emerald, Cloudburst; Sand-It Gadget; Dust Buddy.
Other: 6×6 Box Canvas, Mod Podge, acrylic paints, blending chalks, green and white gingham ribbon, glycerin, spray bottle, Sizzix Thinlits Daffodil Die, Big Shot.

GORGEOUS Mother’s Day Cardstock Bouquet

May 10, 2013 by  
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Ever wonder what you can create with our 6×6 and Cut & Emboss collection packs?
Design Team Member Jennifer Edwardson created this gorgeous handmade flower basket for her mother for Mother’s Day.
Here is a little bit about this project from Jennifer:
Mom’s always love to get a handmade gift for Mother’s Day so why not a bouquet of ‘flowers’ ….. Core’dinations Color Core Cardstock flowers to be exact 🙂
First, I adhered brown Shattered Cardstock to the outside of my ‘flower box’  and then added the ribbon around the outside top edge of the box and added a bow.  I stamped my sentiment on a white Core Tag and then ran it through my die cutting maching using a flourish embossing folder and then used a blue Core Bookmark and did the same thing but with a different pattern.  To make them work well together I cut the bottom off of the blue one and rounded the corners. I added a couple of punched leaves just under a twine tied button before adhereing this to the center of my bow .
Using some of my fave Core cardstock textures and colors I set to work punching all shapes and sizes of flowers before running them through my die cut machine with several different embossing folders !!  I sanded and adhered them all together keeping some flat and adding 3D foam to several as well.  I tied twine into some fun buttons and adhered them to the center of the flowers ….. I even got a few butterflies into the mix and added some adhesive backed pearls too.
I adhered each flower to a thin wooden kabob stick.  Once my ‘bouquet’ was complete, I added a styrofoam ball to the bottom inside and covered it with white crinkle cut paper.  Then I was able to gently push my flower ‘stems’ into the styrofoam and have them stand where I wanted them.
And another shot of all that embossing”
I love how this came together and now my mom can enjoy this pretty ‘bouquet’ all year long without ever having to think about watering it!
Supplies: Glitter Silk 6×6, Vintage Collection 6×6, Spotted Jillian Dot 6×6, Spotted Tillie Dot 6×6, Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection 6×6, Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection 4.25 x 5.5, Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection 4.25 x 5.5, The Whitewash Collection 4.25 x 5.5, Gemstones Pearlescent Finish 4.25 x 5.5, Core Bookmarks, Core Tags

Tools: Sand It Gadget, Dust Buddy, Embossing Folders

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