Fabulous Friday

…..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
Sand-It Gadget
Dust Buddy

Sizzix - “Moroccan” Textured Impressions Embossing FolderFlower Bloom w/ Leaves 3-D Sizzlit, Big Shot Machine

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”

Sand-It Gadget

Dust Buddy

Martha Stewart – Ornament Punch

Recollections – Self-adhesive pearls

Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam Binding and Paper Ribbon   Tim Holtz – Distress Ink


45 Responses to “Fabulous Friday”
  1. Ava says:

    lovely showcasing of the core texture…

  2. Beautiful cards! Gorgeous!

  3. Louise says:

    so pretty, especially the card with the shattered CS. I’m going to try something like this.

  4. Shaunte says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! WOW! I don’t think I would even find anyone worthy to give those to! ;)

  5. Iris Soscia says:

    These cards are stunning

  6. Anita says:

    Wow beautiful cards…xx

  7. TracyM #6773 says:

    GORGEOUS cards Vivian!!!

    LOVE your delicious Core layers, embossing, textures & colours, made all the more special with your pretty flowers, inking and pearls!!!

  8. Sharon Young says:

    Amazing texture! Lovely cards.

  9. Cheryl Fricker says:

    I really like the effect sanding gives, even if it’s not on core’ papers. After I use my embossing folders,I sometimes sand the top and then color with gelatos. I really like your flowers : )

  10. vicki r says:

    Wow! Gorgeous cards. I love the shattered collection!

  11. Barb Wagar says:

    I love the rich textures that embossing produced on Core’dinations paper!

  12. Jean Bullock says:

    I am totally impressed by these projects. Wonderful.

  13. Beautiful. the details and the embossing is Awesome love the colors. thanks for sharing. great work. I love love embossing.

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