Monochromatic projects using tearing and sanding

April 23, 2014 by  
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A little goes a long way with Core’dinations! it is amazing how easy you can make monochromatic projects with just a few sheets of cardstock!


Vivian Keh has so many small yet incredible details on this card.

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Core’dinations – Tim Holtz Kraft Core, Gemstones

Sizzix – Floral Die

Ranger – Crackle Accents

Viva Decor – Pearl Pen


A great way to add interest to your projects is to cut an image from the same color cardstock as your layout or card base.  It is visually interesting and, in some instances, even looks like faux embossing! Plus…I am a sucker for fur baby layouts!


Hi there, Core’dinations friends! Vivian Keh here to share a layout of one of our furry babies, Jujubee. This past Christmas Eve, sadly, we lost her to cancer so I wanted to honor her in a layout.


Here are a few close ups of the details:


I die-cut these pretty birds using Core’dinations Core Essentials in Burgundy, sanding the edges for an elegant, subtle effect. For a bit of dimension, I propped the birds’ wings up on a small pop dot.


The pretty flourishes were crafted the same way, creating nice movement without being distracting.

To soften the horizontal lines of the composition, I added some Sizzix die-cut branches in a softer hue, “Concerto,” and paper punched some dainty blossoms in “Snowflake.”


This butterfly in the softest tint, “Rose Embroidery,” was dry embossed and sanded to further the natural theme of this layout.

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Thanks so much for visiting with me here on the Core blog. Looking forward to next time!


Core’dinations – Core Essentials in Burgundy, Concerto, Rose Embroidery, and Snowflake, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix – Dies and Embossing Folders
Fiskars – Small Floral Punch
My Mind’s Eye – Patterned Paper
Prima – Self-adhesive Gems


9 Responses to “Monochromatic projects using tearing and sanding”
  1. Both your card and your layout are just gorgeous Vivian!

  2. TracyM #6773 says:

    LOVE your GORGEOUS card and BEAUTIFUL layout Vivian!!!
    Your flower is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!
    The colours, torn layers, textures and sanding combine together for WOW!!!

  3. Cheryl Fricker says:

    What a lovely way to honor and celebrate the life of your kitty.

  4. Ava Gavloski says:

    Lovely texture on card and layout. Enjoying the color tone of the Core’dinations cardstock

  5. SuzannaL says:

    Love both but the card just takes my breath away! Explain to me please Vivian the flower; is that just crackle paint that dried that way or did you do something to get the crackle to be exactly like the veins of the flower? It’s remarkable!

  6. Wow, Vivian! Love these projects! Your card is amazing – love those pearls(?). You make torn edges look elegant. I’m headed to your blog now to see how you did that flower.

  7. Hi, Vivian. Thanks so much for sending the youtube link to me for making your flower. It’s just so beautiful. I’m going to give it a try.

  8. Lynda says:

    I really like the look that Vivian achieved by by making her die cut the same color as her background. Just the sanding of the edges makes it stand out enough on the layout.


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