Hey friends! Adrianne here today, and I’ve got a fun way to show gratitude as we come up on (American) Thanksgiving and the holiday season in general. I have a confession: I am not the best at speaking my gratitude. I know that a simple “thank you” goes a long way. I try my best to say it often! But honestly, I’m just better at showing how thankful I am through actions. And gifts. So I made up this big accordion-fold card to give to my husband, to try to put into words some of the things I’m most thankful for. This actually makes a great gift for grandparents from the kids because there’s lots of space to include photos and artwork, and it’s the perfect style for a group to give so that everyone has room to write a sweet sentiment. I’ll show you how to fold up this easy card, and give you a few ideas to make it your own, too!
Accordion fold pop-up card supplies:
- Three 12 x 12 sheets Core’dinations Chocolate Box card stock (I used Blueberry & Cool Mint Truffle)
- Core’dinations Sand-It Gadget
- Paper trimmer
- Scoring board and bone folder
- Baker’s twine
- Liquid glue
- Photos and embellishments that are meaningful to you such as Silhouette text cuts, heart punches, and Sizzix’s Love Set of Embossing folders
Step 1. Choose three coordinated sheets of card stock, and trim them to 8 inches square. (Keep the scraps close by for making your embellishments.) Score them vertically and horizontally at 4″, and then along ONE of the diagonals.
Step 2. You will be gluing all 3 papers together, with the un-scored squares overlapping. Glue one side of the card to the center panel, and then cut a 3-foot length of baker’s twine. Lay it across the glue, and sandwich it inside when you glue the final panel onto the center panel.
You should have a card that now looks like this. The side (green) panels will fold upward, and the center (blue) panel will fold downward.
Step 3. Embellish it! Fill it up with gratitude. I trimmed photos to 4 x 4 and glued them down the center. Then, I embossed and sanded some heart accents with my Sizzix machine.
I listed 12 things about my husband that I’m thankful for, and trimmed them to fit inside the card on the folding panels. I also used a punch to create heart shapes to glue on.
Step 4. Create a front for your card to finish it off. I wanted something personal for the front of the card, so I created a text file in the Silhouette Studio that said “12 ways I’m thankful for you”. Instead of using the words, I used the outer “stencil” part of the phrase. (Since I wasn’t using the words, I snagged the “thankful” cut and used it inside the card.) I also sanded the edges of the card for a more vintage feel.
Let it dry, then fold it up! Use the baker’s twine to hold it closed, until it’s time to give it to someone special.
I have made cards for my husband before, but this one was far and away his favorite! Part of it was just me saying “thank you” for all the things he does, but he loved that I included pictures, too. It’s like a tiny scrapbook, with some photos of us at some of our best times – one of our first dates, our honeymoon, and some other special memories.
Who do you know who could use a great big card full of gratitude?
Hi friends! Vivian Keh here to share a card project that uses Core’dinations Chocolate Box Collection.The cardstock comes in a range of yummy chocolate hues, and the core comes in a pretty rainbow of colors to choose from.
Step 1: Dry emboss a pretty design onto a piece of Chocolate Box Cardstock and sand to reveal the core color.
Step 2: For a soft framing element, add a bit of intentionally carefree stitching along the edge.
Step 3: Die-cut a label out of another piece of Chocolate Box cardstock. Dry emboss and sand to reveal the core color. Layer coordinating embellishments that vary textures and keep the feeling soft.
Core’dinations – Chocolate Box Collection, Sand It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix – Dot Swirl and Medallion Embossing Folder Set #658286, Jar Labels Die and Embossing Folder Set #659184
Fiskars – small floral punch
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam binding
Prima Marketing – Gems, Wooden Banner
Ranger – liquid pearls
Lindy’s Stamp Gang – pink mist
And next up we have a card from Clare Buswell with another take our Chocolate Box cardstock. LOVE how she chose to use blue to accent her flower!
Hi there, Core fans! Vivian Keh here with a bit of St. Patrick’s Day inspiration for you. My roots are Korean, and so I’ve not been one to celebrate this day much in the past. But the little I do know of Irish culture is fascinating to me and I wish I knew more. At the very least, I know that the clover is significant. In the garden, whenever I find clover growing anywhere, four leaved or not, there are always lots of earthworms in the soil just beneath, which is true good fortune for this devoted gardener. I may even steal a few of the “brown gold” makers from this spot and place them in areas where the soil really needs their good work!
Today I have a card for you that uses Core’dinations Cardstock from a few of my beloved collections.
For my focal image, I used a green hue from the Core’dinations “Vintage Collection” to die-cut these delicate clovers on my Silhouette, using file #32596 by Patty Young Designs. For a soft background, I used our Tim Holtz “Shattered” Kraft Core Collection.
Personally, I adore greens and purples together, so I set the focal image atop a purple banner piece cut from our Tim Holtz Nostalgic Kraft Core Collection. There is a beautiful muted green hue that’s already pre-embossed in our Basic Grey “Ornate” Collection which I used for my background piece, sanding to reveal the pretty doily shapes.
Core’dinations: Vintage Collection, Tim Holtz Shattered Kraft Core Collection, Basic Grey Ornate Collection , Sand-It Gadget, Dust BuddySilhouette: File #32596 by Patty Young Designs
Viva Decor – Pearl Pen
Ranger – Distress Inks
May Arts – fibers
And Jennifer Edwardson is working that Core today, too! We LOVE using our backsides with our Specialty lines…keep reading to learn how….
- The Chocolate Box – Key Lime
- David Tutera Celebrate White A2 Card Base
- David Tutera Celebrate Step 3 Chip Shape Sentiment
- Misc: American Crafts Ribbon
If you like cards you came to the right place, just sayin’! Today we have some gorgeous cards for you from our very talented design team member, . But first… we wanted to say Thank YOU for an awesome week and weekend of Cropping Hard Core style!
We will post winners as SOON as we can. We hope you had as much fun as we did. Seeing Core’dinations in action is always amazing and I learn so much and see so many new things. So stay close!
Now here are Tracy Grubers two CUTE cards. She always stamps beautifully, don’t you think?
There is no question that I love to stamp and color with Copics. The awesome part? I can stamp on my Core Tags and then color them. They are made with a really heavy card stock, which allows you to color and shade your images without the ink bleeding. I used a Lawn Fawn stamp set to make this cute baby card. The background is made with Spotted Jillian Dot and Vintage Core’dinations papers.
The Chocolate Box Collection has some really cool card stock! I love how one side is brown and the other side has a variety of colors that can be revealed when sanded. I used one of this card that was a tan backing to keep with the “animal/jungle” theme. I paper pieced the leaves with green card stock from the Darks paper pad.
So who was cropping with us this weekend????? We are having so much fun make sure you come chat with us here
Such a beautiful time of year and we are soaking it in on the Core Blog today with some fabulous Fall inspiration pieces! If you were cropping with us then you saw this GORGEOUS card from Vivian Keh that is all about autumn colors! Make sure you check out her challenge and blog HERE for more amazing details!
Creating with Core is easy! For this card, Heather embosed the word “Hello” along the bottom and then added circles and Marvy Uchida punched flowers in the middle. Did you know these Marvy punches actually punch the flowers with embossed designs? SO COOL! Finish of your card with some May Arts ribbon and you are done! It’s all about sanding, sanding, sanding! So get out that Sand It Gadget and have some fun.
And next up a card from Tracy Gruber. I LOVE how she mixed in some Black Magic for her fall themed card.
I love the fall season because there are so many gorgeous colors and fun fall activities! Picking out the perfect pumpkin is always a great time, even when you are 23 ; ) I cut out the pumpkin on my card from the Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge at 3 inches. I used card stock from the Core’dinations Neutrals, Brights, Darks, and Pastels for it. For my background, I used Black Magic with an orange background. I sanded it with the Sand It Gadget to reveal the orange through the black. I added some stitching and natural twine to complete my card!
We are excited to share Xyron projects with you all week long.
And do not forget to head over to the Xyron blog for MORE inspiration AND a giveaway! I heard a rumour that it might be a sticker maker?!??!?!
Designer Shaunte Wadley is up first with some mixing and matching of Tim Holtz Kraft Core Season Impressions, Kraft-Core and Fancy Pants Core Impressions. And see that super cool strip of pumpkins? Shante used her 2.5 Sticker maker so keep scrolling to check out easy it is to adhere that with Xyron tools.
How is easy is that???
It’s like magic…it’s sticky and NO MESS!
Here’s a close up of it finished with the die cut layers:
THEN after you sand with your Sand it Gadget, take your chalks and apply desired color for a really cool look! Not sure if you saw Friday’s post but Designer Kate Nolan Denham did that on her layout, too, but with some Black Magic..super cool!
Sizzix – Fancy & Floral Frames Embossing Folder Set #657197, Brenda Walton “Gift Tags” Bigz die #658730
Clearsnap – PetalPoint Ink Pad Collection in “Provence,” Frost White Pigment Ink
And don’t forget to comment to win because we have some awesome prizes up for grabs for commenting this week. How about some Core AND a Xyron Mega runner? We have more in store for prizes this week so STAY CLOSE!