Painting your cards and more with Kate!

Kate Nolan Denhame here and I am all about the Tim Holtz Distressed Cardstock from Core’dinations.  Did you know this line of cardstock coordinates perfecly with most of the Distress Paints?  It sure does!

I started this card by pulling out the colors I wanted to use from the Distress Collection Cut & Emboss Series, Bundled Sage and Chipped Sapphire.  Then I found the matching Distress Paints in my collection and went to work.
I love how the texture of the cardstock shows through even with the Distress Paint!  I loved it so much I made another card using the same technique and a simple tutorial for you.
1) Start with a 4.5″ x 6″ card base made with Snowflake Core’dinations Cardstock (Neutrals Collection)
2) Cut, sand & dust colored cardstock mats from Distress Collection Cut & Emboss Series:
    a) 5.5″ x 4.25″ in Rusty Hinge
    b) 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″ in Wild Honey
    c) 5.25″ x 4″ in Spiced Marmalade

3) Cut a 5″ x 3.75″ piece of Snowflake Core’dinations Cardstock.  This will be your canvas for the matching Distress Paints.

4) Place the cut piece of Snowflake on a Splat Mat with a wave stencil at the bottom.  *I used Cascade Trails by Kiwi Lane.  I also recommend taping the stencil so it doesn’t slide (believe me, it will!)

5) Run your Distress Paint along the top of the wave stencil.  *Some hints on this one…test your Distress Paint before you use it on your cut cardstock &  make sure do not use too much paint.

6) Delicately lift the stencil off of your cardstock.

7) Immediately clean the paint off the front and back of stencil.  The best way I found to do this is just with a dry paper towel.
8) Reposition the stencil over the last wave you painted.  This allows the waves to line up.

9)  Repeat steps 7 and 8.

10)  Allow the paint to completely dry before adding a stamped sentiment in the bottom right hand corner (if you want it like my first card). For my second card I trimmed the painted mat by 1/2″ and split the sentiment.

11)  Mat the painted cardstock onto the mats you created in step 2.

12)  Glue the matted cardstock on to the center front of your card base.

13)  Add simple embellishments around the sentiment.

14)  Give to someone to enjoy!

Core’dinations Supplies:
Tim Holtz & Ranger/ Sizzix Distress Collection: Cut & Emboss Series
Neutral Collection 12″ x 12″
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Tim Holtz Distress Paints by Ranger
Um Wow Studio Chipboard
Kiwi Lane Stencil
PaperTrey Ink Stamp & Die
Kelly Purkey Stamp

 

Make an impression with Core’dinations

….that is with our CORE IMPRESSIONS! Debbie Standard is rocking the layouts for us today. ENJOY!!!!

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Creating with the Core Impressions line is SO MUCH fun! For this page I wanted an embossed background in a soft color so I chose a sheet from the Pink Paisley collection as my base which I sanded with my Sand It Gadget and then dusted with my Dust Buddy. Then I just went through my scraps (and yes I keep all reusable Core’dination’s scraps) and picked colors from the basic core colors that went with my photo and background paper.  To tie them all together I used a neutral beige to back each square.  I embossed each square with Darice embossing folders, sanded them and then matted them with the Neutral beige.  I added my title and some embellishments both hand made and pre-made to compete the page. The beautiful girls are my daughter (left) and her bff.

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Supply List:
Pink Paislee Core Impressions
Core Basic Colors – a variety
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Cuttlebug
Darice Embossing folders:  1218-28, 1215-62, 1215-61, 1216-68, 1216-64, 1217-59, 1215-60
Spellbinder’s Die:  S4-328 Foliage,S5-050 Rose Creations, andS5-114 Spectacular Spin

AND another layout from Debbie Standard working that Core Impressions…this time the Cosmo Cricket Woodgrain cardstock.  Debbie uses these for her CSI case files. The colors are always amazing!

The cool thing about Core Impressions, in addition to the fact they come embossed, is that you can add layers and layers of sanding and inking and sewing like Debbie did here:

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Cosmo Cricket Neutrals Core Impressions
Ink:  Tim Holtz
Stamps:  Fancy Pants, Cornish Heritage Farms
Flowers:  Prima
Papers:  Webster’s Pages
Lace:  Webster’s Pages
Brads:  My Mind’s Eye
Rubons:  Basic Grey
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Creating with the Impressions lines is SO MUCH fun!  There are some really cool textures in these lines.  This is one of the My Mind’s Eye Impressions lines. This photo is of my daughter, Brandy, with her bff since College, Megan.  The cardstock is pre-embossed so all you have to do is sand it to create this fabulous background.

Supply List: 
My Mind’s Eye Impressions
Core’dinations Basics – white

Core’dination’s Smooth 110 cardstock
Patterned paper:  3 bugs in a rug
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Clock:  Tim Holtz
Flowers:  Prima, Recollections
Martha Stewart Punch
Letters:  Heidi Swapp
Ribbon:  Stash
My Mind’s Eye tags

Let’s warm up today with some SUNNY layouts

January 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Basic Grey, Core Blog, Sizzix, Tim Holtz

Suzanna here to share with you a layout of those distant yet approaching warmer, summer days! We all need a bit of sunshine right now to cheer us up.

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Have you noticed the increase of projects on an angle lately? I thought the slight tilt to this layout was only fitting for these pictures of the kids at the water park as they slipped and slid through the slides. The embossed cardstock adds to the water park feel.

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Stamping on the textured cardstock can be tricky but don’t worry, Core’dinations has just the solution for that; 110 pound smooth cardstock! Just perfect for stamping on AND better yet for those stamped images that have a corresponding die like these letters from Lawn Fawn!

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Not all of your cardstock needs to be self embossed. I mixed Spotted, Core Impressions and Core Essentials that I embossed myself and left just as it is. Check out the “rolled” edge that running the 110 pound cardstock with a die through your die cutting machine leaves. It’s not that abrupt ending of the edge.

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I created a sketch of this layout for you so you can adapt it for your own scrapping pleasures! If you create something based on my layout and/or sketch, please do share! I would love to see what you were inspired to do!

Supplies

Core Impressions, BasicGrey Whimsy

Core Essentials, Darks

Vintage, Oasis

Spotted Jillian, Aqueduct

Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic, No 10

Sand It Gadget

Dust BuddyLetter Stamp and coordinating die: Lawn Fawn

Ink: Momenta

Enamel shape: My Minds Eye

Sticker: Jillibean

Die: Lifestyle Crafts

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And Kate Nolan -Denham has an awesome two page layout today with some amazing photos. LOOK at all that green grass!!! Here is a little bit about this layout from Kate:

Sharing my love of Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Cardstock today!  I used nothing but Kraft-Core for paper in this double-page layout.

It is so easy to add interest to a layout chock full of cardstock only by using simple techniques like embossing and sanding.  You can see where I sanded the papers and the Kraft-Core pops through.

Die cutting is another great way add interest on a cardstock only page.  The picture wheel and heart die cuts are focal points for the title work.  Check out the hearts…they are embossed and debossed with the same paper.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Other Supplies:
Couture Creations Embossing Folders
EK Success Punch
Sizzix Dies
American Crafts Thickers

Stepper Cards with Clare Buswell

January 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Tim Holtz

Happy New Year!   Hard to believe we are working our way into January already! Let’s get this month started off right with some Stepper Cards from designer Clare Buswell. Now, I have seen these kinds of cards a lot but never make them.  They are gorgeous and it amazes me how much detail you can get with ehse kinds of layers! So….I headed off to Pinterest and searched “stepper cards” and found a TON!  None of them are as gorgeous as Clare’s cards ;) but you will be able to find a simple tutorial on how to make them like this one here. You pretty much just make folds where you want layers.   SO COOL!
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Make stepper card from cardstock. Emboss Kraft-Core using Anna Griffin embossing folder, ink edges and adhere panels to facing sections. Add strip of embossed Kraft-Core across facing back panel. Die cut labels, stamp trees on large label and ink edges. Stamp trees, frame and sentiment on small label. Attach large label to back. Add seam binding to front section and add small label. Cut deer and trees using silhouette machine. Add trees to background using silicone glue. Add deer and smaller trees using silicone glue to front section, to finish.
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Supplies:
Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Poppy embossing folder, Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Circular Grid embossing folder, Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Five, Big Shot, Waltzingmouse Stamps – (Vintage Labels 25, Man of the Hour), Marianne Design Eline’s Huis stamps Jingle Bells, Distress Inks – (Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain), StazOn Jet Black Ink, silicone glue, seam binding, Silhouette Portrait, Silhouette files #22748, #23251, #14718.
 
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Make stepper card from cardstock. Emboss Kraft-Core using mistletoe embossing folder,  ink edges and adhere panels to facing sections. Add strip of embossed Kraft-Core across facing back panel. Die cut label, stamp foliage on back label, ink edges and adhere with silicone glue. Die cut oval label, stamp frame and ink edges. Add ribbon and attach oval. Die cut foliage and adhere with silicone glue. Cut cardinal using silhouette machine, sand edges and attach to card using silicone glue, to finish.
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Supplies:
Crafter’s Companion embossing folders – (Mistletoe, Snowflakes), Big Shot, Spellbinders – (Decorative Labels One, Classic Ovals Large, Fall Foliage)Waltzingmouse Stamps – (Ovals Classic Frames, Festive Foliage), Distress Inks – (Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain), silicone glue, satin ribbon, Silhouette Portrait, Silhouette file #13950.

Off the page Holiday inspiration in here!

December 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

We have some amazing projects from Gail Lindner for you today! If these don’t inspire you to get that Core and take if off the page onto some Holiday home decor projects than I don’t know what will!

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I have officially started creating projects for Christmas!  You might recall I created a cute Christmas countdown a little while back (see it here). Well . . . I loved using the embroidery hoop as my “frame” and have been wanting to do more to create a cluster on my wall for Christmas. A trip to the craft store was in order and I purchased a few different sized hoops.

Here’s my next one:

 

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This is a great project for using up scraps of Core’dinations! I dug through to find a few colours to work together, cut strips and started assembling my “tree”!

Of course, this being Core cardstock, I couldn’t leave it plain! I had to emboss and sand the strips in various designs to add even more interest.

 

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The background is from the fabulous Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions collection. Instant Christmas!

The starts were die cut from Core Couture Glitter Cardstock for a bit of sparkle!  This little tree was so easy and fun to make – here are a couple more ideas:

  • For the front of your Christmas cards! These will be easy to mass-produce.
  • Get the kids involved – maybe adding the stars or other embellishments to the pre-made trees. 

Thanks for popping by and please pop by my blog for more inspiration!

 

Supply List:

Tim Holtz Kraft Core Seasonal Impressions: Holiday No 14
Tim Holtz & Ranger Adirondack: Pool
Chocolate Box: Cool Mint Truffle
Core Essentials: Sugar’n'Spice
Graphic 45: Lemon Chiffon, Spring Green
Core Couture Glitter: White Gloves, Oscar
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Big Shot
Darice & Cuttlebug embossing folders
Fiskars star punch, SSS star die

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It’s just typical of me to be creating Christmas projects so close to the actual day! But my decor items get brought out each year so I know they will get plenty of attention in the long run!

Inspired by an image I saw online, I wanted to create a sort of looped wire wreath, accented with stars. Sorry about the vague description! How about I just show you my project so you know what I mean?

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I decided to create mine on a smaller scale and pop it into a shadow box frame. Honestly, I was really wanting to use the kraft coloured Seasonal Impressions cardstock! Isn’t it a fantastic, subtle background???

I chose three shades of Gemstones cardstock for the stars, so they would have a slight sheen, and scattered them around my wire wreath.

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Simple but cute! I can honestly see me creating more of these for different occassions such as Valentines or new babies. Just think of the color combinations and die cut shapes you could use!

 Supplies:

Tim Holtz Kraft Core – Seasonal Impressions No 23
Gemstones Collection - Peridot, Yellow Topaz, Red Ruby
Silhouette Cameo
Christmas Tree Cutting File (star only)

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