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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
I love to make clean and simple layouts that really focus on the photo and cardstock. For my layout I started with my Core Essentials Snowflake and misted it lightly with a light teal color. I then used my Silhouette and cut some winter trees. I then tore the edges to expose the wonderful Core. I then took a green color and tore that and layered the colors making a border at the top and bottom. Next I took the green and embossed it and lightly sanded it with a snowflake pattern to frame mat my photo. Finally I cut out a 3×4 card with the title and to carry the theme of trees I cut out a tree. I then added some snowflake wood veneers. I just love the Clean and Simple look!
I love to make my own Christmas cards and Core’dinations is just perfect for them! For my first card I used Core Impressions and lightly sanded. Next I cut my Tim Holtz Distress collection and cut the word Believe and a circle using my Silhouette. I then lightly sanded it. Next I cut my snowflake out using my Silhouette and placed it in the center of my card. Then typical to my style I added a touch of bling to the center. To finish it off I added some yummy solid twine from May Arts.
My second card I wanted to bling it up using the Core Couture Glitter andGlitter Silk collections. Did you know that these two cardstocks work perfectly in the Silhouette. Yup, they do and I made this card using the Silhouette base. The glitter collections ROCK for making a Christmas tree. To add a touch more of bling I added some sequins.