Faux-Leather technique using Core’dinations

I mean….how INCREDIBLE IS THIS? Clare Buswell created a gorgeous journal notebook using this faux-leather technique she learned along her crafting journing. Gorgeous!
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Trim a 12×12 sheet of Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.20 slightly larger than the size of notebook you want to make, fill a spray bottle with 1 part glycerin to 16 parts water, shake and spray the sheet of Core on both sides, rubbing the surface gently with your fingertips. Scrunch the sheet up into a ball, flatten out and spray and scrunch again. Flatten out, emboss with your chosen embossing folder and leave to dry. The glycerin and water mix makes the cardstock more flexible like leather. Sand the embossed surface with the Sand-It Gadget and wipe with a Dust Buddy. Trim to size and round corners. Using Distress inks and a blending tool ink the surface to highlight the embossing and edges.
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NOTE:  Here’s the video tutorial I used for the Faux Leather technique and here’s the video tutorial for the page inserts/bookbinding.
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I used another sheet of Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.11 for the inside of the notebook cover and repeated the same process as before. Once dry I glued the two sheets together to make the cover. I added a layer of satin varnish to the outside of the cover and left to dry. The second video gives step by step instructions on how to make the page inserts and stitch them in place. I used Vanilla cream Core for the inserts, rounded the corners and stitched them using linen thread. I added some brads to the cover and tied the notebook closed with some leather cord, to finish.
Supplies:
Core’dinations – Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.20 and No.11, Vanilla Cream Core for the pages; Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Other – Distress Inks (Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw),  Cuttlebug Anna Griffin embossing folders (Circular Grid and Wildflower Gate), Big Shot, brads, leather string/cord, linen thread, corner rounder, glycerin, artist’s satin varnish or spray varnish.

Creative punch work with Vivian Keh

April 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Don’t forget only ONE more day to create your card for the Cupcake Challenge Blog! We have one more piece of inspiration for you today from Vivian:

Hi there, Core fans.  Vivian Keh here to share with you some easy techniques to craft the delicate butterflies on this pair of cards.  Paper punches were used extensively for the major element – the twiggy strips and the butterflies. Within seconds, Core’dinations Cardstock plus the right paper punches provide us with spectacular embellishments, don’t you agree?  For the trio of butterflies in the focal image, I used an EK Success Butterfly Layering Punch.  Talk about compact – love that thing.  A flat solid butterfly was punched for the base layer, and a more intricate punch option was utilitized for the top layer.  I haven’t used my Crackle Accents in ages, and I’m glad I picked it up for these projects.  To achieve this delicate glossy texture, simply apply the Crackle Accents and set aside to dry.  Once dry, gently fold the wings upward and adhere to the base layer with a line of glue. I think this little bit of effort here pays off in the end, adding that special something which draws your recipient in for close ups and perhaps a few “ooh”s and “ahh”s.

How cool are these butterflies?

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And a close-up!

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Baby Ribbons for Big Brothers and Big Sisters

March 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Another project I wanted to complete before the baby was born are some pin-on ribbons to give the the new big sister and brother when they come to visit in hospital! Core’dinations cardstock was perfect as it’s sturdy enough for the project, as I *hope* to add these to their scrapbook albums eventually.

First up: for the big sister and of course it had to be pink!

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Lots of layers! Some were punched, some were cut with my Cameo electonic cutting machine and the “ribbons” hanging down the bottom were simply handcut.

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You can see I varied the textures, using some Jillian Dot embossed cardstock and for the heart, I couldn’t go past the subtle glitter of the Core Couture cardstock.

I used the heavy weight 110lb smooth white cardstock to print the labels and cut them into the banner shape.

And here is big brother’s.I kept to the same design but switched the colors:

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You can see the dimension in the bottom layer in the close up photo below. For this I simply cut some strips and folded them before adhering them, alternating the colours.

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I snapped this photo on quickly while I was assembling the ribbons, just to give you an idea of the different layers and how they all came together.

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Finally, I adhered a pin back (bought from my local craft supply store) to the back of the ribbon so they can wear them proudly!

Supply List :

Core Cardstock:
Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick (Tim Holtz Distress)
Stiletto, Blue Diamonds (Core Couture Glitter)
Aqueduct, Jaybird (Jillian Dot Spotted)
110lb White Premium Cardstock

Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Spellbinders dies: Standard Circles Sml & Big Scalloped Circles
Silhouette Cameo
Cut Files: Prize Ribbons and Heart

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

There’s no horsing around when it comes to Core!

February 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

I couldn’t resist! If you follow Jennifer Edwardson’s blog then you will know her daughter shows horses competitively and she is INCREDIBLE!  Jennifer always does such a neat job capturing those special moments like she did for us today.
And of course she used ALL Core’dinations Cardstock! Who doesn’t love that???
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My studio is literally covered in red and pink and white for Valentine’s projects so I took a break and created a different kind of love layout using nothing but fab pieces of Core’dinations Color Core Cardstock !!!
I have endless pics of Em and her horses but her and Ginger are my fave to work with right now.  It’s not a secret that I am completely obsessed with this gorgeous mare !!
 
I started with a pre-embossed creme base and lightly sanded off the top.  I used several embossing folders on the other pieces.  I used a tiny polka dot folder for the blue and clocks for the brown (love this one :) ) ……
I punched 2 different sizes of hearts from (5) different colors of Core and then embossed and sanded each one.  When I layered them onto my layout I adhered the bottom flat and then tucked a piece of 3D foam under the top to raise pit up a little for more dimension.
 
I ran a piece of Kraft Core cardstock through my Silhouette to cut the title ‘enjoy every moment’ …. I say things like this all the time at home – live every day ect … so this title was great for this layout of these everyday pics of my 2 fave girls :) )

 

 I used my typewriter on a piece of creme cardstock for my journaling and then cut it up into a few pieces and rounded the inside edges …. adhered flat and this one is ready for Em’s album !!!
 
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Tag, You’re it!  Well, maybe not you, but this layout is chock full of Core’dinations Core Tags.  Core Tags are such a great way to accent a layout, journal, or frame a photo like I did in this layout.
I used several different technques on the tags.  Crinkling and distressing, debossing and distressing, paper tearing and distressing, embossing and distressing all can be done on the Core Tags, just like you would any Core’dinations Cardstock.    The title Core Tag was even die cut in my Silhouette.  Before you try sending a Core Tag through your Silhoutte, remember to remove the grommet first. I added mine back after die cutting.
By keeping the grommets in the Core Tags before applying any techniques to the tags, it allowed for the gromments to take on a grungy, smooshed look.
What do you do to your Core Tags?  We’d love to hear about it!
Core’dinations Supplies:
Other Supplies:
Couture Creations Embossing Folders
Darice Embossing Folder

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