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:
- Core Couture – White Gloves
- Jillian Dot Spotted – Mantis
- Core Essential Brights
- Sand It Gadget
- Day of the Dead Wooden Skull
- May Arts Ribbon – 3/8″ Knotted Edge Satin 466-38-28
- EK Success Flower Punches
- Art Anthology Dimensional Crystal Paint
- Xyron Creatopia
- Beacon Zip Dry Adhesive
- 8″ x 10″ Canvas
- Craft Files
- Craft Knife
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.
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.
I hope you have enjoyed this project! I will see you again soon.
Now are you ready to see the amazing card Clare made to go with this flower?
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.
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.
…..with Vivian Keh!
In order to create the luxurious feeling in this card project, I turned to the beautiful pearlescent hues of our Gemstones collection. While the sheen on the die-cut rosebuds showcases the elegance of the Gemstones cardstock as is, I dry embossed a bit of Sapphire colored cardstock, sanded and distressed the raised surfaces with Distress Ink to infuse my card with a sense of nostalgia.
Ah…you can never have too many close-ups, right? Here is a shot of the inking on the embossed Gemstones cardstock.
Gemstones does NOT have a sandable finish like our Specialty collections so when you sand, you will lose the sheen. This is a GREAT alternative…sand it so you loose the smooth finish and your ink will be more intense.
Gemstones ColorCore (4.25 in x 5.5 in) – Sapphire,Rose Quartz, and Opal
Hampton Art – “Abundance” Stamp Set IC148
Viva Decor – Pearl Pen
Tim Holtz – Distress Ink
Tsukineko – Stazon Ink
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Metallic String Iridescent
And another card for you!
I love the organic patterns in every sheet of our “Shattered” Collection. For this card, I kept a rustic, muted palette, creating very easy blooms by paper-punching and sanding petal shapes from a sheet of Shattered cardstock, taking advantage of the kraft backsides for some interesting variation in my blooms.
Core’dinations – Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered; Colorcore in “Latte”
Martha Stewart – Ornament Punch
Hampton Art – “Abundance” Stamp Set IC148
Recollections – Self-adhesive pearls
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam Binding and Paper Ribbon Tim Holtz – Distress Ink