Monochromatic projects using tearing and sanding

April 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

A little goes a long way with Core’dinations! it is amazing how easy you can make monochromatic projects with just a few sheets of cardstock!

 

Vivian Keh has so many small yet incredible details on this card.

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SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – Tim Holtz Kraft Core, Gemstones

Sizzix – Floral Die

Ranger – Crackle Accents

Viva Decor – Pearl Pen

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A great way to add interest to your projects is to cut an image from the same color cardstock as your layout or card base.  It is visually interesting and, in some instances, even looks like faux embossing! Plus…I am a sucker for fur baby layouts!

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Hi there, Core’dinations friends! Vivian Keh here to share a layout of one of our furry babies, Jujubee. This past Christmas Eve, sadly, we lost her to cancer so I wanted to honor her in a layout.

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Here are a few close ups of the details:

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I die-cut these pretty birds using Core’dinations Core Essentials in Burgundy, sanding the edges for an elegant, subtle effect. For a bit of dimension, I propped the birds’ wings up on a small pop dot.

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The pretty flourishes were crafted the same way, creating nice movement without being distracting.

To soften the horizontal lines of the composition, I added some Sizzix die-cut branches in a softer hue, “Concerto,” and paper punched some dainty blossoms in “Snowflake.”

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This butterfly in the softest tint, “Rose Embroidery,” was dry embossed and sanded to further the natural theme of this layout.

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Thanks so much for visiting with me here on the Core blog. Looking forward to next time!

-Vivian

SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations – Core Essentials in Burgundy, Concerto, Rose Embroidery, and Snowflake, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix – Dies and Embossing Folders
Fiskars – Small Floral Punch
My Mind’s Eye – Patterned Paper
Prima – Self-adhesive Gems

Creating a Lego inspired layout with Suzanna Lee

April 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Basic Grey, Core Blog

With Core’dinations, it’s all about the technique! The beauty of Core’dinations IS, the core. The core of the paper, getting to the core of the matter. You can do so much with it!

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Emboss it, crimp it, sand it and run it through your label machine it! These are the things I have done on this layout. If you haven’t already visited, be sure to check out the technique videos on the Core blog. There are many more techniques to see there too!

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Crimp it! Running your Core’dinations cardstock through a crimper with some sanding provides not only a neat texture but a striped effect depending upon the color core you reveal with your sanding.

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Sand it! I used the Spotted Tillie cardstock to create my own Lego bricks! Cut each brick to size using your paper trimmer and sand! Dead easy!!

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Label it! I created the sub title of my layout by running an appropriate sized strip of cardstock through my label maker and sanded it! Simple yet so effective!

Happy Easter Layouts

April 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Spellbinders, Tim Holtz

With Easter this week, we thought some layouts for you today would be a great way to get those creative juices flowing for all those photos!
First up Kate Nolan-Denham:
Believe it or not, I built this layout around the bunnies.  I couldn’t help but notice that the pastel colors in the Core Couture Glitter Collection looked like Easter Peeps.
I created the peep scene by cutting green, yellow, pink and blue bunnies out of Core Couture Glitter  with my Silhoutte.  I crimped their ears a bit to give them dimension.
The green grass was cut out of a 12″ strip of the green in the Light Graphic 45 Collection, matching the background green cardstock.  I just randomly snipped the top 1″(or so) of the strip and sanded afterwards.  Sanding after I snipped made the individual blades of “grass” stand out more.  Don’t forget to use your Dust Buddy after sanding to give it that finished look!
Other Supplies:
Scor-Pal
American Crafts Thickers
Chic Tags
Silhouttte File “Bunny”
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And Debbie Standard has not one but TWO layouts for us today using all kinds of Core’dinations Cardstock.
This first one is has a Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions base and tons of flowers cut from Spellbinders dies and a Pastels Core Essentials pack.  Just cut and sand!
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Supplies:
Spellbinder’s dies
BasicGrey and My Mindy’s Eye brads
And another layout from Debbie with a Fancy Pants Core Impressions base. She cut these hexagons and embossed each one with a different design.
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Darice Embossing folders
Core Couture Embossing folders

What goes perfectly with Easter?

April 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Chocolate, right?  Well we have the next bext thing today… Chocolate Box cardstock!

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Mary Pat here with a fun layout all about corrugating! For a video on how to do this technique with your paper crimper click HERE to view our Technique videos.

Playing with the Chocolate Box collection is really fun!  Just take the Chocolate Box and run it through a paper crimper.  When you lightly sand the paper the blue core comes through  and it is just amazing!
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Next, tear the bottom in order to really expose more of the colored core.  Continue to add layers like the Spotted Core Cardstock  and sand.  Add a photo, some sewing and fun embellishments  and you have a great layout.
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Supplies:
Core’dinations ( Chocolate Box, Core Impressions JIllibean Soup, Spotted Cardstock)
Pattern paper- Imaginisce
Stickers – Imaginisce
enamel dots- Glitz
Lawn Fawn Star Dies
Sewing Machine

 

And we have Ava Gavloski  here with a  cute little shaped card for Easter.

Sometimes it’s a refreshing change to make a shaped card.  Here I used the Core’dinations Core Essential’s Pastel Collection. Just Emboss and sand the card to show the inner core.

I embellished my card with a die cut from Spellbinders, May Arts Ribbon and ScrapFX chipboard to give the card some layers and texture.  The Core’dinations Pastel collection colors core’dinate so well with each other!

Core’dinations Supplies:

Core Essentials Pastels Collection
Sand It Set
Other Supplies
May Arts Ribbon
Spellbinders Die
ScrapFX chipboard
Unity Stamp Co.
Clearsnap Colorbox Ink
Tombow Adhesive, Liquid Mono and Foam Tabs

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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