Embossed Christmas Cards With a Twist

The holidays are coming quick Core fans and today I am going to share with you a couple of ideas for Christmas cards to share with your loved ones!  Embossing folders always make for beautiful projects but today I am going to show you how you can take them a step further and add some fabulous dimension!

Christmas-cards-CoredinationsChristmas Card Supply List:

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For the first card I am going to show you how using a craft knife and doing some simple cutting can really change the look of the embossed card.

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Step 1: Emboss cardstock with tree and sand it.  Add it to a cardstock base.

Step 2: Use a craft knife to cut along the bottom of each layer of tree branches so that you can curl them upward.

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Step 3: Embellish with gold glitter, wooden stars, and a bow.

Step 4: Cut a strip of coordinating cardstock and add it to a matching envelope.

My second card uses a similar technique but adds an element of fun!

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Step 1: Die cut a sentiment from white cardstock and emboss the upside down Santa onto the scarlet cardstock.

Step 2: Sand the embossing and add white glitter to Santa’s legs and the snow.

Step 3: Use a craft knife to cut out the bottom three sides of the chimney.

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Step 4: Embellish with punched and wooden stars.

I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t smile if a card like this showed up in their mailbox!

~Christine

 

Thankful Layout with May Arts Ribbon

We are celebrating this week with May Arts Ribbon! Stop by all week long for amazing inspiration and, of course, prizes! CLICK HERE to enter to win this awesome Chalk Core prize pack! And don’t forget to head over to the May Arts blog for more projects and chances to win! Winners will be announced Monday, November 17th, 2014.

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Thankful Layout

I can’t believe that it is already mid-November and fall is rapidly disappearing!  Before it’s gone I wanted to get in another fall layout and Core’dinations combined with May Arts is the perfect pair to do it with!

Core-May-Arts-Layout-2Thankful Layout Supplies:

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Step 1: Cut two strips from the Scarlett Spotted paper that are 3″ X 12″ and sand those.

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Step 2:  Attach those to the top and bottom of the white base.

Step 3: Tear a 1 inch strip of paper from the Neutrals Pad and add that as a border.  Top with May Arts Scallop Border Ribbon.

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Step 4: Use an electronic die cut machine to cut out leaves and attach those to Core Tags topped with a May Arts Burlap Ribbon bow.

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Step 5: Center the picture and add it to the layout with the tags around it.

Step 6: Embellish with stickers and brads.

It’s going to be a great week of inspiration with May Arts & Core’dinations – make sure to visit often!

~Christine

 

How to Wrap Holiday Baked Goods

I don’t know about you, but fall baking season is here, which means I’m planning out some of my holiday baking and my gifts of baked goods this year.  We are blessed with a lot of wonderful friends, and I enjoy giving cookies and sweet breads to let them know how much we appreciate them!  Baking = sharing, and baked goods are a gift that’s easy on a tight budget and are always well-recieved. Today I’ll show you how to dress up mini loaves of bread to make them special gifts for the special people in your life – and this idea will work for any small box of goodies, as well (like 1-lb fudge boxes)!

baked-goods-gift-tags-Coredinations Baked Goods Gift Tag Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Spotted 12×12 sheets - shown here are Tillie Vanilla Cream and Tillie Scarlet
  • Coredinations Core Essentials – shown in Vanilla Cream and Grape Gusto
  • Paper trimmer
  • Paper score board
  • Sizzix Big Shot and gift tags die
  • Rubber alphabet stamps and ink in coordinating colors
  • Baker’s twine
  • Optional embellishments: rubber stamps, small flower punches, mini brads

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Step 1.  Trim 12″ papers in 2 coordinated colors to 2.5″ and 1.75″ wide, by 12″ long.  (I trimmed the vanilla cream to 2.5″, and the darker papers to 1.75″)  Measure and determine the dimensions of your bread tin, treat box, or wrapped loaf, and score a line at each of the corners.  (Tip: Once you score the first one, you can use it as a template for all future wrappers.)

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Step 2. Cut 2-hole tags with your die-cutting machine of choice (mine is my Big Shot).  Any shape or style of tag will work, as long as you can punch it with 2 holes in each side to tie onto your box.

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Step 3. Stamp your tags.  Phrases like “with love”, “for you”, or “happy holidays” are universal and can be prepared in advance of your big baking day, but don’t overlook personal touches like “love, Adrianne” or “for the Smith Family”.

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Step 4. (Optional.) Add embellishments.  Small punches of flowers, leaves, or snowflakes attached with small brads add even more personality to your packaging.

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Step 5. Layer your paper onto your bread tin or treat box, and tie the tag on with baker’s twine.  You can tape it on the bottom if you like; I didn’t bother.  The twine will hold it in place.

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Step 6. Give gifts to special people, and feel great about it!

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Baked goods will brighten anyone’s day, but putting effort into dressing them up makes it even more special to your recipient.  Delicious bread given in tin foil says, ” I was baking, and I thought of you.”  Delicious bread in this sweet and simple gift wrapping says, “I was thinking of you, so I baked!”

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~ Adrianne

 

Happy Friendship Day!

August 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Helmar Adhesives, Xyron

National Friendship Day is the perfect excuse to make a cute card for a friend!
Core’dinations Supplies:
Misc. Core’dinations scraps
Other Supplies:
Couture Creations Embossing Folder
Papertrey Ink Button Dies
EK Success Corner Rounder
Xyron Sticker Maker
Helmar ZapDots
How To:
1) The white card base is 4.5″ x 6″ of Core’dinations Neutral Snowflake with the top right and bottom left corners rounded.
2) I embossed the Core’dinations Whitewash background (4.25″ x 5.75″) with a Couture Creations Embossing Folder.
3) The embossed piece was then sanded with Core’dinations Sand It Gadget and dusted with the Dust Buddy to let the blue core show through.
4) Then, I printed my sentiment on Core’dinations Smooth Oval Tags.
***Tip: When using Core Tags in your printer, it is  best to print the sentiment out on a piece of paper first to make sure that your sentiment will fit on your tag.  Then attach your Core Tag with semi-permanant adhesive over the already printed sentiment and print the sentiment again.  Always perfect placement when done this way! 
5) Colorful ribbon was then added to the printed tag was glued with ZapDots 1/3 up from the bottom of the card.
6) The colorful die cut buttons are made from scraps of Core’dinations Cardstock.  Once cut, I ran them through my Xyron X Sticker Maker and sanded/dusted them before adding them to the embossed circles.
7)  Give the card to a friend and you are sure to make them smile!
Design by Kate Nolan-Denham

Tim Holtz Multi-Media Layout

July 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Core’dinations Cardstock is such a great weight to use with different mediums!  Today I am sharing a tutorial for the simple and pretty multi-media layout I made with lots of Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection.
Other Supplies:
The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Cloud & Poppies Stencils
Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Snow Cap Mixative
Dick Blick Modeling Paste
To create this 12×12 layout:
1).  Sand & dust 1/2″ border around the 12×12 Kraft-Core No. 15 background
2).   Cut, sand (especially distressing the edges) & then dust with Dust Buddu:
     a) Two 10″ x 2″ and one 10″ x 1.5″ pieces of Kraft Core No. 6.
     b) One 10″ x 2″ and one 10″ x 1.5″ pieces of Kraft Core No. 2.

3) Flip to the backside one of the 10″ x 2″ pieces of No. 6 cut in Step 2.  Using a cloud stencil, outline the clouds using a score tool from the back.  Sand and dust the clouds embossed on the front side.

Core Tip: When embossing cardstock using a stencil and score tool, use a rubber mat underneath the stencil.  This allows you to get a deep scored image without ripping the cardstock and always score from the back so the raised image is on the front.

4) Using a paint brush, paint in the clouds with a white wet medium.  I used Ranger’s Snow Cap Mixative because I liked that looked like different densities in the clouds.

5) To create the “be true” part of the title, use a stencil with acrylic modeling paste to the left side of the 2nd piece of 10″ x 2″ piece of No. 6.  Apply evenly with a popsicle stick.  When removing stencil, be sure to lift the stencil up straight so you don’t smudge the title work.
6) “To you” is added to the 10″ x 1.5″ piece of No. 6 after the cardstock has been adhered to the background using the same technique and placement in Step 5.
7) Alternating the colors, add the cut & embellished pieces of cardstock to the background in a slightly angled manner.
8) Mat three wallet-size photos with Kraft-Core No. 15.  Making sure to sand and dust the edges before adhereing the photos.
8) Finish off by adding lots of Darice Sequins with a dollop of Liquid Pearl in the middle.
Multi-media layouts do not need to be complicated.  Just by using a couple of wet mediums to Core’dinations Cardstock, you can create fun titlework and painted embellishments! ~Kate

Quick and easy Thank You cards with Gail Lindner

Hi Everyone! Gail Lindner here…. I had a simple design in mind using ONLY Core’dinations cardstock and looked to Pinterest for some fun color combinations! I came up with four combinatons and made several of each in one big creating session!

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I cut the sentiment “Thanks” out using my Silhouette Cameo but wanted it to stand out from the background. I saw the trick of cutting out several and layering them during some blog hopping and it really was a quick way of adding dimension that you can see in the following close up photo.

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Because the writing is quite detailed and fine, using pop dots would not only be time consuming but would also not be sturdy enough. I simply cut multiple words out of a full sheet of white cardstock and ended up adhering four layers to give it enough dimension.

I’ve also used techniques such as embossing, sanding, distressing and folding to add interest and dimension.

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It sure feels good to have a nice collection of thank you cards handy again!

Supply List – Gail February Project #3 – Thank You Cards

Core Cardstock:
Pool, Lemonade, Stonewashed, Sunset Orange (Tim Holtz Adirondack)
Snowflake, Cityscape (Neutrals)
Navy (Darks)
Rusty Hinge, Tumbled Glass (Tim Holtz Distress)
Spring Green (Graphic 45)
Aruba (Pastels)
110lb White Premium Cardstock

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folder
Silhouette Cameo
Thirsy Script Font

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It’s Gail here again!  I’m putting some creative energy to work to create some layouts and things for our sweet baby #3. Here’s a layout documenting some thoughts on late pregnancy, using one of my favourite color combinations of Core cardstock!

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For this layout, I started with the idea of placing different colored squares of Core’dinations cardstock over my background, varying the size and texture of each one.

I started by just cutting some squares in various sizes and playing with the placement. You can see I’ve created a few visual triangles to balance the layout – mainly with the three squares of the navy and light pink cardstock.

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You can see a couple of fun embossing folders that I’ve used on the squares! As usual, a quick sand to reveal the core brings them to life!

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For the title and accents on my layout, I put my Silhouette Cameo cutter to good use and cut a variety of hearts and arrows in the same colours as the squares and scattered them, raising some on pop dots.

My title was also cut with the Cameo using my favorite font: Thirsty Script. You’ll find it works wonderfully with the Core cardstock!

Supply List – Gail February Project #1 – Almost Layout

Core Cardstock:
Snowflake, French Roast (neutrals)
Navy (darks)
Love Potion (brights)
Spun Sugar (Tim Holtz &Ranger Distress cardstock)

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Cuttlebug & Darice embossing folders
Silhouette Cameo
Cut Files: Arrows, 8 Thin Arrows, Echo Park Heart
Thirsty Script font

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