To Sand or Not To Sand….

July 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

That is the question! Should I sand my Core or not?  Today I have a great layout that focuses on some sanded Core and unsanded. The BEST thing about Core is the ability to be able to do BOTH.

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This is a close-up of Core embossed but not sanded. I love the look of both but for this one, the Core was pink and I was going for a monochromatic feel for this layout so I didn’t sand.

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The bowtie is from our Whitewash cardstock and it is sanded so the black core comes through when you use your Sand it Gadget. Don’t forget your Dust Buddy when using Core especially our Whitewash collection.

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Cards for the men in your life

July 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Tombow Adhesive

Hello, Ava here  to share a Congratulations Card for a young man who recently got a new full time job.
Supplies:
Tombow Adhesive
Clearsnap Embossing Products
Tip:  Practice making this card using 8.5 x 11″ regular copy paper before you start with your favorite Core’dinations Cardstock to figure out all the folds.
Step # 1   Score lines on your suit cardstock base, sand and dust using your Core’dinations Dust Buddy. Tent fold the card and then freehand the rounded edges for the shoulder.
Step # 2  Spray your custom size card base Core’dinations Cardstock with a mixture of water and glycerin (16 to 1 parts)  roll cardstock suit lapels while cardstock is still damp.
Step # 3  Create your pocket embellishment, adhere to card, add brads and shirt to finish off your card.

At first glance this card appears to have a strip of twine across the front of the card.  After a closer look, you can see that Core’dinations Cardstock has been scored, which reveals the inner colored core that creates this “faux twine look”.
Supplies:
Clearsnap Embossing Products
Tombow Adhesive
Step # 1  Scor front panel of cardstock, sand and dust using Core’dinations Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy. Tip: the closer together the scored lines are, the more it lookslike twine.
Step # 2  Stamp and heat emboss sentiment onto card front.
Step # 3  Die cut star’s, sand, layer and adhere onto card.

Using Core’dinations to Add Texture and Layers

Hello, Ava here to share one of my favorite trees that graces our gardens each summer.  We have a beautiful Wisteria tree that adds lovely color and texture to our backyard and I wanted to share that same idea on this layout.
Coredination Supplies:
Other Supplies:
May Arts Ribbon
Tombow USA adhesive
My Favorite Things Leaf filled flourish Die
Couture Creations, Fresh and Fun collection, Magical Folder
Step # 1: Use the Whammy cardstock from the Black Magic Collection to distress, antique, sanding  and outline.  New to these techniques? Check out our videos here.
Step # 2: Die cut some leaf flourishes and sand them.
Step # 3: Emboss and thensand some lavender cardstock and punch out some petals to arrange into floral sprays to represent the wisteria branches.
Step # 4: Sand some lavender cardstock and die cut the title.
Step # 5: Starting with the double matted photo, adhere with foam tape to background page and add layers of embossed torn layers of cardstock.
Step #6: Continue to embellish layout with flourishes, floral sprays, ribbon and title.

Creating Layouts with School Colors

There are a lot of High School graduations going on right now and  Kate Nolan Denham has a great layout to share with us today using school colors. With such a variety of different colors and kinds of cardstock to choose from, Core’dinations Cardstock can be your go to paper for any occasion!
On this layout, Kate does a great job working around that issue we always find when using Core and embossing folders….”how do I only use a 5×7″ folder on a 12″ layout?” She balances it perfectly with a 5×7″ photo and then, of course, sands!
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Kate here today with a graduation layout that sports school colors from Core’dinations Vintage Collection.  It is one of my favorite collections!
I did a lot of sanding with my Sand It Gadget.  I wanted the color core to really pop on the edges of the mats  where I embossed and scored.  It allowed me to add dimension without having to add more layers.
You can see how awesome the Core’dinations Color Core looks in this up close photo!
Other Supplies:
Fiskars Crimper
Scor-Pal
Spellbinders Nested Pennant Dies
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Jenni Bowlin Date Tag
Creative Memories Circle System
Stampin Up! Paper Shapers
American Crafts Thickers
Queen & Co. Pearls

How Do You Thank Your Teachers?

May 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Getting ready for the end of the school year means thanking those who have spent the year inspiring our little ones to learn.  Today Kate Nolan Denham is sharing a gift bag and card made with a variety Core’dinations Cardstock.
I decorated a simple kraft gift bag from Darice by creating a base designed to look similar to a chalk board.  The same base design was used for the thank you card.
The giant cardstock pencils on both the bag and card were scored, sanded and bent to give it the 3-D effect of a real pencil.
Core’dinations Cardstock:
Core Essentials: Lake
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection
Tim Holtz  Kraft Core
Black Magic Collection
Whitewash Collection
Graphic 45 Lights Collection
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Darice Kraft Gift Bag
Scor Pal

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