Day Two with Bella Blvd–Tips and Tuts

June 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Provocraft, Sizzix

We are here ALL WEEK LONG with Bella Blvd and couldn’t be more excited.  Our team has create some really gorgeous   projects showing off just how great Core’dinations Cardstock goes with the beautiful Bella products. From fabulous patterned papers …to alpha letters …to super fun decorative tape…Bella Blvd. has  products for every paper crafter.

So sit back, relax, and get ready to be inspired. Our Design Teams have worked hard for you! If you were here yesterday than you saw some gorgeous layouts from Design Team Member Shaunte Wadley.

We would LOVE it {and I know they would, too} if you could head over to their Facebook page and give them a great big “HI!” from us and the Bella Blvd blog is looking mighty fine, too! Head over there and check out all the gorgeous projects their team has been cooking up this week. You won’t be disappointed.

And are you ready for our FIRST giveaway?  Get commenting on THIS post to win a Core Prize pack including some of this silky smooth cuts like butter Glitter Silk cardstock….

Tuesday’s Tip comes from Design Team Member Lydia Jackson. Lydia pretty much created an entire baby album with Bella and Core. What is so great about this is that it EASY! You have all of your coordinating Bella Blvd embellishments, papers, and alphas AND now you know that our Core Cardstock matches PERFECTLY! I don’t know about  you, but having all of that at my fingertips makes creating a unified (and super cute) baby album EASY! Not to mention I have always LOVED Bella Blvd chipboard shapes and pieces.

Let’s check out what Lydia did…she created her own patchwork background with different pieces of Core Essentials and different embossed patterns. Don’t forget to print right on that Core! Gosh this baby boy line is SO CUTE.

And another layout for this super cute baby boy album…Lydia used some Fancy Pants Core Impressions along with some Core Essentials and Core Tags. LOVE that piece of tape right over the photo.

And next up we have a Tuesday Tutorial for you from Design Team Member Andrea Amu using the very cool Designer Tape from Bella Blvd that we have all fallen deeply and passionately in love with here at Core. She cut it on her Cricut…SO COOL!  Here is a little bit about this project in her own words, “I added a strip of the yellow chevron designer tape from Bella Blvd to a scrap of yellow Brights Core Essentials and I used my Cricut to diecut 1/2″ alphas (Lyrical Letters Cricut cart – Jack Sprat font).   I also folded some of the paper tape into tabs and used them on the neck of the giraffe diecut which was cut from some yellow WhiteWash Core.  I embossed the giraffe (Cricut New Arrival cart – cut at 6″) with a Sizzix animal print folder, sanded the spots and went in and added some extra brown tones with a Ranger ink pad and the Ranger blending tool.”

LOVE it! What do you think?

The blending looks so great on the giraffe. By embossing, then sanding and then adding the ink really makes it look realistic and adds another layer of depth. But remember…emboss, sand and THEN ink.

Fall Bliss

Want to make these cool leaves?  Well then make sure you enter to win our Tim Holtz Kraft Core give-a-way!!! This contest only runs until DECEMBER 6th so don’t wait.

Design Team Member Leica Forrest created these gorgeous leaves using Kraft Core and a Tim Holtz die, embossed them with a Tim HOltz Texture Fade and Ranger Distress inks.  Add some Tim Holtz accessories and you are good to go!  Using a sponge, Leica lightly inked the Pink Paislee Core Impressions with the Ranger Distress inks as well, the perfect touch to help the white blend with the distressed colors.
Spread YOUR love of Kraft Core!!!!

Ranger Tuesday Tip from April Derrick

April Derrick is at it again!

Check out her blog here for a super cool tutorial on how to make a cool background with Core’dinations, Distress Stains and WATER!

You don’t want to miss this…

It’s super easy and effective and, of course, it looks awesome with My Mind’s Eye Core Impressions. The pre-embossed patterns

pick up the Distress Stains beautifully. And don’t forget that Sand It Gadget for all your sanding needs.

So click here to go to April’s blog to see how THIS…

BECOMES THIS!

Have a GREAT day!!!

Tutorial Tuesday with April Derrick

We have an awesome tutorial for you today from Design Team Member April Derrick.

Let’s get started!

Step 1 - To create the background for my layout, I started by gathering the following supplies: Ranger Distress Inks in Weathered Wood and Broken China, two Ranger Foam Applicator Tools, Core’dinations Sand it Gadget , and of course a beautiful sheet of Core’dinations Core Impression Cardstock. The particular sheet I used was from the Jenni Bowlin Studio Collection: Vintage Brights!

Step 2 – I started by applying some of the Weathered Wood Distress Ink along the bottom of the cardstock.


Step 3
- Next I added a layer of Broken China Distress Ink and I made sure to blend the two colors together where they meet so it would having a flowing effect.

Step 4 - I continued to apply the Broken China distress ink all the way up to the top of the cardstock, however I didn’t apply as much towards the top because I wanted to make sure that some of the whitewash coat and stunning red core would show through! This picture shows a close up of how the colors blended beautifully.

Step 5 – I grabbed my Core’dinations Sand it Gadget and started distressing away! I sanded various areas of the cardstock making sure to leave a few un-sanded patches to add visual interest!


Step 6
– I also sanded along the edges of the cardstock to help create a beautiful red border. You can see what my completed layout background looked like before I began adding embellishments.

Step 7 - I completed the layout by adding pictures I had created in a free online photo editor, and various patterned papers & embellishments!

Supplies:
* Supply list for Project:
- Core’dinations Core Impressions Cardstock
- Distress Inks: Ranger
- Stickles: Ranger
- Patterned Paper: Jenni Bowlin
- Rub on: Jenni Bowlin
- Tissue Tape: Tim Holtz
- Tools: Ranger Foam Applicator tool
- Mini Staples: Tim Holtz
- Other: Baker’s twine, Photo booth pictures made in Big Huge Labs

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