Creating an Embossed Grid Pattern

Sometimes I find that it can be tought to come up with new ideas for boy layouts.  I want to share with you a quick and easy tip on how to create your own grid-like pattern with Core’dinations. When I looked at  my son’s shorts in these photos, for some reason it reminded me of Lego ….. So I took my Core’dinations and got to work !!
I cut (4) different colors into 2″ pieces and ran them through this cool mini square embossing folder from Darice

 

 
I gently sanded each piece and then adhered them in a pattern onto the top and bottom of my white spotted cardstock base making sure that each color didn’t end up on top of one another.
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Supplies

Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection: Spiced Marmalade, Chipped Sapphire, Weathered Wood, Peeled Paint
Spotted Jillian Dot: Snowflake
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other: Darice embossing folder, Xyron Adhesive Runner

 

Layouts with Debbie Standard

Today we have some gorgeous layouts from Debbie Standard!

We had a beautiful day for my mother’s 87th birthday and afterwards while the girls were still dressed up we went around the corner from my house and had them pose in this beautiful field of blue bonnets (Texas is known for their  state flower)! My granddaughter was patient with me up to a point and then she spontaneously burst into some random poses – these were  my favorite!

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1.  Sand the Jillibean Soup Impressions.
2.  Use blue from the Tim Holtz & Ranger  Distress collection and emboss it with a Spellbinder’s embossing folder.  It is of course too wide to run through the embossing machine so I cut my paper in two and embossed each sheet and then attached them together.
3. I matted my photos with white and then added pink behind my photo strip.  I punched the edges with a Martha Stewart punch and then sanded them before adhering.
4.   I cut my flower and my title from my Silhouette ran the title through my Xyron machine and attached it.  Totally loved how these colors came out and reflected everything in my photos.
5.  I printed my journaling on 110 lb Smooth White cardstock and then cut it and ran it through my Xyron machine.
Supplies:
Jillibean Soup Impressions
Tim Holtz Distress Cardstock
Core’dinations Basics
110 Core cardstock smooth
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Cuttlebug embossing machine
Embossing Folder:  Spellbinders
Martha Stewart Punch
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Die Cuts – Title and flower
My Mind’s Eye Brad
Teresa Collins Enamel dots
My Mind’s Eye Tags
Xyron 250
Xyron Mega Runner
Glue Dots
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We celebrated my mother’s 87th birthday recently and had her kids, some of her grand kids and great grand kids there. Even with just a partial group there were 16!.  She was thrilled!  When the restaurant realized who we were singing too they all joined in.  She was so cute, I had to document it!

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1. Sand the BasicGrey Core Impressions and adhere together with Washi tape.
2. Then I cut and matted my photos on a sheet of white and then backed it with a bright blue and attached it.
3. Next, I cut my title and my balloons from a Silhouette die, ran them through my Xyron 250, sanded them lightly and adhered them to my page.
6. Add some Queens & Co. twine for  balloon strings.

Supplies:

BasicGrey Whimsey Impressions Collection
Basic Core ‘dinations Cardstock
Glitz Washi tape
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing folders:  Darice
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette die cuts (balloons and title)
Queen & Co. twine
Xyron 250
Xyron Mega Runner
Glue Dots
Paper Studio letter stickers

Graduation Card

 Ava Gavloski here with  a graduation card using tons of technique!   I am excited to share this card for my niece who will be graduating and the school colors are red, white and black.

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Step 1: Die cut a few labels from Spellbinders, emboss, ink and you have a quick multi-layered card.

Step 2: Tearing Core’dinations Cardstock for a distressed edge is my favorite technique.  Here I used Tim Holtz and  Ranger Distress Collection,  Fire Brick Red Cardstock.

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Step 3: I Heat embossed a sentiment in black ink and stamped my star’s in Red, Clearsnap Colorbox Ink.

Step 4: Layer the label die cuts with foam squares from Tombow, add some rhinestones and a bow and you are done!

Core’dination supplies
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection, Fire Brick Red Cardstock
Signature Series G45, Photogenic
Core Essentials Pastel Pack, Snowflake
Sand it Gadget & Dust Buddy

Other supplies
May Arts Ribbon
Tombow Adhesive
Spellbinders label 8 dies
Clearsnap Colorbox Ink

Mixed Media Tags with Vivian Keh

Hi there, Core fans! Vivian Keh here today excited to share with you a pair of mixed media tags crafted on Core’dinations’ 110 lb Smooth Cardstock.

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I really love this stuff – it holds up to a lot of media work, as you will see in my stepped out tutorial today.

VivianKehCoreMixedMediaTags_1Step 1: Pour a bit of mist onto the Core’dinations 110 lb cardstock. While it is wet, blow onto the media through a straw. This will create the dramatic streaks above on your project.

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Step 2: Once the streaks are dry, mist your cardstock with water, then pour or spritz your choice of mists. Spritzing onto a surface pre-moistened with water allows your colors to blend freely and spontaneously with each other.

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Step 3: While the surface is wet, unscrew the cap to an intensely hued mist, and tap the color into the puddle. Instead of creating the typical splatter of mist which happens when you work on a dry surface, the colors will move a bit and create a watercolor effect something like Stained Glass.

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Step 4: Add some stamping using Distress Inks. Lightly mist your stamping with water to further the feeling you are looking through the softening lens of stained glass.

VivianKehCoreMixedMediaTags_AStep 5: Add die-cuts, text, and other desired embellishments. To complete my organic look, I added my vascular hot glue effects (for which I have many videos available on my youtube channel). To make the die-cuts pop, you can use a marker along the edges – while still wet, blend in the pigment with decoupage medium.

Thanks so much for visiting with me here on the Core blog today!

-Vivian

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – 11o lb Smooth Cardstock
Sizzix: Asian Dragonfly Thinlits Set #658801, Tag & Bookplates Die L Die #656938, Bigz Mariposa Die #658530
Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Mists
Hampton Art – nature stamps
Inkadinkado – bird stamp
Ranger – distress inks
Clearsnap – Mix’d Media Inx
Hot Glue
Hemp twine

ALL Core layouts with Debbie Standard

I don’t know how she does it but Debbie Standard uses ALL Core’dinations on her layouts.  The amount of detail is amazing and how she mixes and matches our different lines of Core is incredible! Grab a cup of coffee and sit back and get ready to be inspired!
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I loved this sketch over at Page Drafts and knew exactly what picture I wanted to use with it.  Love how the Tim Holtz Shattered collection gives you such great background even if you don’t do anything to it – it already has a great look.  Love that I can do a layout and never touch any patterned paper.
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Supplies:
Tim Holtz Shattered cardstock
Basic Core’dinations Cardstock
American Craft Chipboard letters
Number Stickers:  Crate Paper
Buttons- stash
Button (seriously)  Crate Paper
Chipboard Speech Bubble: October Afternoon
Rub On:  October Afternoon
Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Embossing Folders:  Darice, Cuttlebug
Letter Stickers:  Jenni Bowlin
Adhesive:  Sookwang, Tombow Foam tabs and Glue Dots
Die Cuts”  Spellbinder’s circle die
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
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Start with a Core Impressions base so you don’t have to emboss it on your own.  Then use the Tim Holtz/Sizzix 12X 2 strips and emboss.   The Core tags are so easy to use and add to your page.
I created the flower with Spellbinder’s dies and some Mr Huey’s spritz.  I love how the flowers look when they have been sanded and sprayed – my new favorite thing to do!
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Supplies:
Core Impressions Fancy Pants Whitewash
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress collection – 12 X 2
Core Essentials Neutrals Collection
Core Tags – Brights
Cuttlebug Embossing machine
Embossing Folders:  Cuttlebug- Anna Griffin, Cuttlebug
Spellbinder’s Dies:  Rose dies, Foliage Dies, Aster Flowers
Pearls:  Queen & Co.
Dust Buddy
Sand It Gadget
Brads:  My Mind’s Eye
Letter Stickers:  Tim Holtz
Mist:  Mister Hueys Shine
My Mind’s Eye Brads
Silhouette Cameo Die for title
Photo by Inbloom photography
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Next up a layout using tons of Core and a few embellishments:
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Supplies:
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core
Graphic 45 Timeless Impressions
Core Basic Neutrals
Darice Washi Tape
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Silhouette Cameo Die for title
Bo Bunny Stickers
My Mind’s Eye Brads
Wood Veneer:  Gossamer Blue
Photos by: Inbloom photograph

Faux-Leather technique using Core’dinations

I mean….how INCREDIBLE IS THIS? Clare Buswell created a gorgeous journal notebook using this faux-leather technique she learned along her crafting journing. Gorgeous!
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Trim a 12×12 sheet of Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.20 slightly larger than the size of notebook you want to make, 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, emboss with your chosen embossing folder and leave to dry. The glycerin and water mix makes the cardstock more flexible like leather. Sand the embossed surface with the Sand-It Gadget and wipe with a Dust Buddy. Trim to size and round corners. Using Distress inks and a blending tool ink the surface to highlight the embossing and edges.
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NOTE:  Here’s the video tutorial I used for the Faux Leather technique and here’s the video tutorial for the page inserts/bookbinding.
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I used another sheet of Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.11 for the inside of the notebook cover and repeated the same process as before. Once dry I glued the two sheets together to make the cover. I added a layer of satin varnish to the outside of the cover and left to dry. The second video gives step by step instructions on how to make the page inserts and stitch them in place. I used Vanilla cream Core for the inserts, rounded the corners and stitched them using linen thread. I added some brads to the cover and tied the notebook closed with some leather cord, to finish.
Supplies:
Core’dinations – Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.20 and No.11, Vanilla Cream Core for the pages; Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Other – Distress Inks (Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw),  Cuttlebug Anna Griffin embossing folders (Circular Grid and Wildflower Gate), Big Shot, brads, leather string/cord, linen thread, corner rounder, glycerin, artist’s satin varnish or spray varnish.

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