Designing with Cari Locken

April 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Basic Grey, Core Blog, Queen & Co.

Today we are sharing some fabulous designs from one of our Special Projects gals. Cari Locken is a leading designer in the industry that has been with Core for years now. She creates special projects for us and she uses Core in her day-to-day creations,  too!

Today we have some layouts to share with you from her that have been featured in leading publications within the industry. She really has an eye for color and really knows how to use Core. From scoring to embossing….you’ll see it here today! Cari really knows how to use that Core Essentials as is or add that perfect pop of technique.

How cool is this masking?  Core and ink go great together! And again…that scoring detail is just perfect.

And one more….

For this layout Cari took the BasicGrey Core Impressions and turned it on its side! Love that kind of detail!

Core Teacher Thursday With Cari Locken

November 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Design Teams, Graphic 45, Hot Topics

Did you know that Core’dinations has three amazing teachers? This wonderful team of industry leading designers will be creating quarterly classes JUST for the Core blog and your inspiration!

We are working on an exclusive section of our website just for them so stay tuned for more details on that SOON!

Today have a gorgeous candle created by Core Teacher Cari Locken. For more of Cari’s projects check out her blog here. This would make a gorgeous housewarming present over the holidays. You can use this color palette or even change it up with some reds and greens for Christmas or an color palette for that special occasion.

Instructions for “Fall is in the Air” Candle Decoration

Supplies needed:

Core’dination Colorcore cardstock:

Graphic 45 Signature Series – Heritage Kraft GX-3100-09

Brownie 1440 CD040

Coconut Cream 1380 C020

Cardinal 420 OG020

Tank 430 OG030

Autumn VC440

Other tools:

Paper trimmer

Stylus (or scoring board)

Paper crimper

Sand it Gadget

Dust Buddy cloth

Twine

Dymo labeler

Cricut Expressions or die-cut machine

Mickey & Friends & Stretch Your Imagination cartridges

Candle

Adhesives (tape runner, double sided tape, pop dots)

Step 1: Base

1. Cut a piece of Heritage Kraft to 2 1/2”x 10”.  Run the cardstock through your Fiskars paper crimper so that the lines are going vertical when it is put on the candle.

2.  Gently sand the cardstock with the Sand It Gadget over the corrugated lines. Clean off with the Dust Buddy.

3. Wrap around the candle and adhere it place (the ends will overlap slighty).

Step 2: Label strips

1. Cut two small strips of Brownie to approx. 3/8” x 12”.

2. Place a strip of cardstock through the Dymo Labeler and “type” the words that you want on your strips of cardstock.  Repeat this process with the other strip of cardstock.

3. Gently sand the words with the Sand it Gadget and clean off with the Dust Buddy.

4. Adhere one strip along the top edge of the base and the other strip along the bottom edge of the base. Trim ends as necessary

Step 3: Creating the leaves and acorns

1. Using the Cricut Expression (or other die-cut machine) and the Mickey Mouse & Friends cartridge cut leaves like this:

<chip-s> Shadow:Base/Icon @ 2 1/2” from Cardinal 2 times.

<chip-s> Shadow:Base/Icon @ 2 1/2” from Tank 2 times.3.

<chip-s> Shadow:Base/Icon @ 2 1/2” from Autumn 2 times.

<Squirl> Layers @ 1 1/2” from Coconut Cream and then again from Brownie.

and repeat again two more times at 1” from Coconut Cream & Brownie.

2. Now cut the acorns using Stretch Your Imagination cartridge:

3. Take the leaves and use a stylus and the cutting channel of your paper trimmer (or a scoreboard) and make some scored lines on the backside of the cardstock resembling the “veins” on the leaves.

4. Carefully sand the embossed lines with a Sand it Gadget and clean off with the Dust Buddy.

Step 4: Assembly
1. Cluster the leaves together in groups of 3 and adhere to the base of the candle. One near the top and one cluster near the bottom edge.
2. Tie some string around the upper edge of the base cardstock (just below the word strip).

3. Adhere the acorns in a cluster in the center of the leaves and use a pop dot to adhere the larger one.

And one more shot of the finished project…

Woodgrain, Woodgrain, Woodgrain

June 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Cosmo Cricket, Provocraft

First up..don’t forget to check out our June Challenge!!!

All you need to do is journal and show us a fun Hard Core technique and you can get up to TWO chances to win!!

Check out details here.

The Cosmo Cricket Woodgrain Core Impressions is still a favorite around here. It can be used for layouts, cards…

anything! Today’s card from Cari Locken is no exception.

First off, it is  SO stinkin’ CUTE! And it can be perfect for those men in your life as we are celebrating Father’s Day.

And check out the inside!!! The wood grain and additional embossing look fabulous.

This is such a great example of cards that work on the inside AND out.

Have a GREAT week!

Thanks Card by Cari Locken

October 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Core Teacher Projects

Sweet Summer by Cari Locken

October 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Core Teacher Projects

Keepers by Cari Locken

October 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Core Teacher Projects

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