Core’dinations Design Team Call

Hello everyone!  I hope your all good and well on this slightly chilly summer Sunday.  Where did the sun go?!   I think it must have packed up and gone on holiday!  I’ve got a  slightly different post for you today as I’m applying for the fabulous Core’dinations Design Team.

Core’dinations ColourCore Cardstock were one of the first products I was hooked on when I started crafting a few years ago as it really suits my layering and textured style.  I love the way you can treat them really badly and they still look utterly fabulous on your projects!  Being a cardmaker, the card is perfect for backgrounds and for adding that subtle textured look to your projects.  I would say the three cards I have made are typical of my style and the amount of effort I go to to make each card, as regular readers of my blog know, I don’t do clean and simple styles very well!

The three cards I have made are each aimed a different occasion: a female birthday, a male ‘sorry your leaving’ and a large 8×8″ aperture Christmas card.

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The ‘Best of British’ card was made with a colleague in mind who is taking some time off and heading to France for a few months.  I’ve made a couple of leaving cards recently but having recently bought the union jack embossing folder I wanted to incorporate that.


1.  I started by covering an 8×6″ card blank using red/white gingham (‘Justice’) paper from Pebbles ‘Americana’ range.  I’ve then trimmed a rectangle of ‘Cityscape’ Core’dinations Cardstock and embossed with Xcut’s A6  Star embossing folder.  The Core’dinations card embosses beautifully and when lightly sanded, the image shows through in the lighter grey colour core the card has.


Once embossed, rub lightly with sandpaper to reveal the lighter grey core

2.  I’ve distressed the edges to really rough them up and slightly tear in places.  Adhere this to the card blank so that the edges aren’t fully secured in place.   Next, trim a strip of the gingham paper and a slightly larger one of the painted (‘Land of the Free’) paper also from Pebbles.  I have cut the long edges but ripped the shorter to soften the overall look, I’ve also inked the edges using my absolute favourite ink pads by Tim Holtz, ‘Tea Dye’ and ‘Vintage Photo’.


Sew round the edges using a zig-zag stitch for extra texture

3.  With the strips stitched in place, I added the union jack. I embossed it onto ‘Cardinal’ and ‘Jaybird’ Core’dinations Cardstock, tore the ‘Cardinal’ red in a few places and glued in place over the blue image.


Try adding clear gloss over part of the union jack to add a glossy sheen

4.  Before adhering to the card and to add to the sheen, I’ve added Artiste gold spritzing ink over a honeycomb stencil. I found the stencil in a bargain bin at a craft show and I just love it!


Place the stencil over the union jack and spritz away!


5.  Once dried you can begin to build up the card. Add some strips of wash tape to the edges to beak up the stars.


I’ve used a male themed tape but you could adapt the tape to match the colour way or theme.

6. The ‘Au Revior’ sentiment is cut using Xcut‘s Alice die cut from Core’dinations ‘Nightfall’ card stock. Once cut, I’ve scratched around the letter edges with a craft knife.


Secure the letters on star embossed ‘Jaybird’ card stock and gloss using Anita’s 3D Clear Gloss

7. Add Tim Holtz Label Letters to add the top sentiment and attach to the same gingham paper used previously and finally, add some sparkle with Papermania’s Adhesive Mirror Mosaics in Red.


Add the mosaic square around the edges to add extra glitz!

My next card is a lovely girlie pink butterfly card using ‘Fuchsia Fizz’ and ‘Concerto’ by Core’dinations.


This is such a simple card to make uses very few elements.

1. Take a 6×6″ kraft card blank and cover with one of Papermania‘s ‘Wild Rose’ papers and ink the edges with a soft pink ink pad.

2. Trim the ‘Fuchsia Fizz’ card to fit in the card blank and using Xcut‘s tartan embossing folder. Gently sand to reveal the lighter pink tone underneath. Emboss the ‘Concerto’ card with a polka dot embossing folder and also sand over the dots.

3. Using Xcut’s nesting butterfly dies, cut a large butterfly from the centre of the tartan card. Attach the polka card behind and stick both on the card blank.

4. Cut two medium butterflies from vellum, one from the tartan card and a small butterfly front he polka dot card. Add clear embossing powder to the tartan an polka dot butterflies to bring out the pattern on the card. When cool, bend all four butterflies in the middle, down their centres, and glue down the spine of each one, adhering the two vellum ones together, then the tartan and finally the polka dot butterfly on top. Wrap pink/white twine around eh butterflies and secure in a small bow. Glue in place.


Fan out the butterflies for a 3D effect

5. Emboss a strip of vellum using the polka dot folder and cut into a pennant shape. Take another strip of the ‘Concerto’ card and emboss ‘Celebrate’ on it using a Sissex folder. Sand lightly and cut out carefully. Glue onto the vellum an place on the card.

6. The bunting was made by embossing all four types of papers and cards using Embossalicious Bunting Folder and cutting them out and attaching each triangle with 3D foam dots.

7. To finish, add adhesive pearls to the bunting, butterflies and edges of the card.

My final card is a Christmas card as it’s all about Christmas in crafting land at the moment.  I really enjoyed making it as I was able to layer up the card stock and get dirty wight he sanding and inking and heat embossing (I even managed to get gold embossing powder on the dog!?)  I’ve mixed Tim Holtz‘s Kraft-Core ‘Nostalgic Collection’ by Core’dinations with Papermania’s new ‘Letter to Santa’ range and I am loving the finished card!  It will be a very special recipient that finds this on their doormat this year!


1. Start with an 8×8″ card blank and cover with sanded green card. I’ve used No.12-the deep green but you could opt for a lighter colour way.


*Top tip* Sand on newspaper as it can get quite grubby!

2. Trim a smaller section of the cream holly paper from the ‘Letter to Santa’ range, roughen up the edges but do not attach to the card blank yet. Using Xcuts Large Scallop Circle dies, cut an 11cm circle from the centre. You may have to roll it through your die-cut machine a few times as it will be quite thick. Ink the scallop edges with a gold ink pad.

3. Take the No.4 paper from the Tim Holtz pack and trim to fit inside the holly paper and round off the corners using a corner punch. Emboss using the same tartan folder as previous and die-cut a 14.5cm scalloped circle from the centre.

4. For the small pennants on the side, emboss the folders and sand as before. Back them onto contrasting papers secure to the side of the card. Dig out your Christmas palm punches as they are ideal for this.

5. To make the bauble in the centre of the aperture, heat emboss in gold powder, a large bauble stamp. I have used one that came free with a magazine last Christmas but is just perfect for this card I thought!

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6. Once cooled, ink over the top of the gold in black ink to add detail. Cut out the middle part of the bauble and stamp “Merry & Bright’ onto acetate and adhere to the bauble. Attach the bauble top using 3D foam dots. Thread gold ribbon through the top of the bauble and glue to the top of the aperture on the card blank, repeat with the bottom of the bauble. Before attaching the papers to the cardblank, make 3 gold loops out of different ribbons and glue to the side of the tartan scallop on the inside.


Adhere the tartan card to the card using 3D foam dots. I have used the dots ‘outer’ to add more coverage

7. Add a sentiment below the gold ribbon loops. I have used Papermania’s ’12 days of Christmas Banner’ Urban Stamps.


Heat emboss the sentiment and then scratch away using a craft knife to reveal the kraft core

8. For the inside of the card, emboss the Tim Holtz red kraft-core card with the star embossing folder. Sand gently and run the gold ink pad over the embossed image. Tear the card in two and ink the edges using the same pad. Glue a strip of gold glitter card down the centre and secure the red card on either side.

9. Finally, as it is Christmas (well, it will be soon!) as some sparkle using adhesive gems scattered around the finished card, sit back and admire your work while sipping a cup of tea!

So there you have it.  All three Core’dinations cards in all their loveliness.  Keep your fingers crossed for me as I would really enjoy part of the Core’dinations Design Team.

Catch up again soon folks x




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