Thursday, July 17, 2014

Busy As A Beaver Birthday Card

I am sure you are never late sending a birthday card, but I am!  My sister is the lucky recipient of this fun belated birthday card made with Core'dinations Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic and Shattered Collections.  


To create this card:
1) Emboss a 4.25"x 5.5" card base made with Core'dinations Kraft-Core Nostalgic No. 15.
2) Sand embossed cardbase with Sand It Gadget and dust with Dust Buddy.
3) Round bottom corners of card base with corner rounder punch.
3) Cut a 4.25" x 1" and 4.25" x 2.5" of Core'dinations Kraft-Core Shattered No. 20s, corner rounding the 1" piece.
4) Using the backside of the 2.5" piece you cut in step 3 (Kraft side), stamp your sentiment on the right lower side of this piece.  
5) Glue down the stamped Kraft piece and the 1" piece (with the Shattered side showing) 1/2 inch from bottom of card).


5) Stamp the critter image two times, once on Core'dinations Kraft-Core Nostalgic No. 23 and once on Kraft-Core Shattered No. 20s. Stamp the tree stump onto the Kraft-Core Nostalgic No. 23. ***

***Tip: Be sure to sand & dust both of these pieces before stamping your image.  By sanding and dusting before stamping, you get a sharper image and keep dust particles off of the stamp.

6) Fussy cut out both images stamped on the Kraft-Core Nostalgic No. 23.
7) Cut out the tail, belly and nose from the critter image stamped on the Shattered No. 20s and layer onto the critter image you cut out in Step 7.
8) Using double-sided foam tape, adhere the tree trunk and critter to the right side of the card, next to the stamped sentiment.
9) Give to someone.  It will certainly make them smile!

Core'dinations Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Darcie's Heart & Home Rubber Stamps
Spellbinders Embossing Folder
Ranger Archival Ink
WRMK Crop-A-Dile

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Welcome Little Squirt Card

Core'dinations has a sea of colored-core cardstock to create the perfect ocean scene for any card or layout!  Today I am sharing an ocean themed baby card made with Core'dinations Graphic 45 Lights and Tim Holtz & Ranger Adirondack Collection. 


Core'dinations Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Darcie's Haert & Home Rubber STamps
Scor-Pal
Ranger Versa Mark & Archival Ink & Super Fine Embossing Powder


Stamping on Core'dinations Cardstock is so fantastic because you get a sharp image and texture!  


Technique Tip:  When heat embossing with clear embossing powder on Core'dinations Cardstock, be sure to sand and dust the cardstock before stamping the image with Versa Mark.  This allows for the colored core to show through clear embossing.  I did this on the waves and I love that it gives different hues to the waves, just like you would see at the ocean! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Be True, Be You

Core'dinations Cardstock is such a great weight to use with different mediums!  Today I am sharing a tutorial for the simple and pretty multi-media layout I made with lots of Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection. 



Core'dinations Supplies:

Other Supplies:
The Crafter's Workshop Mini Cloud & Poppies Stencils
Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Snow Cap Mixative
Dick Blick Modeling Paste 


To create this 12x12 layout:
1)  Sand & dust 1/2" border around the 12x12 Kraft-Core No. 15 background.
2)  Cut, sand (especially the edges)& dust:
     a) Two 10" x 2" and one 10" x 1.5" pieces of Kraft Core No. 6.
     b) One 10" x 2" and one 10" x 1.5" pieces of Kraft Core No. 2. 


3) Flip to the backside one of the 10" x 2" pieces of No. 6 cut in Step 2.  Using a cloud stencil, outline the clouds using a score tool.***  Sand and dust the clouds embossed on the front side.

****Tip: When embossing cardstock using a stencil and score tool, use a rubber mat underneath the stencil.  This allows you to get a deep scored image without ripping the cardstock.


4) Using a paint brush, paint in the clouds with a white wet medium.  I used Ranger's Snow Cap Mixative because I liked that looked like different densities in the clouds.


5) To create the "be true" part of the title, use a stencil with acrylic modeling paste to the left side of the 2nd piece of 10" x 2" piece of No. 6.  Apply evenly with a popsicle stick.  When removing stencil, be sure to lift the stencil up straight so you don't smudge the title work. 

6) "To you" is added to the 10" x 1.5" piece of No. 6 after the cardstock has been adhered to the background using the same technique and placement in Step 5. 


7) Alternating the colors, add the cut & embellished pieces of cardstock to the background in a slightly angled manner.

8) Mat three wallet-size photos with Kraft-Core No. 15.  Making sure to sand and dust the edges before adhereing the photos. 


8) Finish off by adding lots of Darice Sequins with a dollop of Liquid Pearl in the middle.  

Multi-media layouts do not need to be complicated.  Just by using a couple of wet mediums to Core'dinations Cardstock, you can create fun titlework and painted embellishments! ~Kate

Friday, July 11, 2014

Camp Games

Today I am sharing my "Camp Games" Layout. It is on Core'dinations Blog today, too!  Core'dinations Tim Holtz & Ranger Distressed Collection was all the cardstock needed to create an earth-toned camp layout!


I used some basic techniques to give this layout dimension and show off the color-core.  The Chipped Sapphire was embossed, sanded and dusted to make the giant blue banner in the background.  

The simple journaling reads "Jeff made some serious ladders for ladder ball @ camp."  


The Vintage Photo Cardstock was crimped, sanded and dusted to make the photo mat.  


I scored, sanded and dusted the two ends of the banner made with the Dried Apricot Cardstock.  This gave it a bit of texture that was needed for a finished look. 

Tip:  When making banners, you do not need to have a die cut. Just gently fold the cardstock in half (do not fold so much that there is a crease) and snip from the end into the center at an angle.  

 Core'dinations Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Scor-Pal
Fiskars Crimper
Spellbinders Embossing Folder
Imaginisce Patterned Paper & Sticker
Alphas: American Crafts & Fancy Pants Designs

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Fun This Way...

Sanding is key when using Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock! Sanding isn't just about letting the ColorCore show, it is about showing off the ColorCore to add dimension and design.

The obvious areas I sanded with my Sand It Gadget were my embossed yellow flowers and splashes at the top of my layout.


The not-so-obvious areas I sanded were the arrows and waves.  Sanding these elements helped give a 3-D effect without adding height. 


After sanding your Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock, don't forget to dust with your Dust Buddy!  It really does clean up the dust and keep the colors true.

Core'dinations Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Darice Sequins
Sizzix Dies
Cart-Us Embossing Folder
Elle's Studio Tags
American Crafts Sticker
EK Success & Epiphany Crafts Punches
Jillibean Soup Alphas