I decided to throw my hat in the ring with the Core'dinations design team call for cardmakers. The call asked us to create three projects and specifically mentions using traditional card bases and die cuts. I tried to use as much C'oredinations cardstock as I had on hand and then a wide variety of die cuts. I did a lot of scoring, embossing, and sanding to bring out the core on my cardstock. This is what really makes C'oredinations shine and I think it adds a nice, subtle touch to cards. Here's what I came up with!
For this first card I started off thinking I was going to take a tradtional card base and make it look like a ticket. But as I progressed in making it and laid the rectangular pink cardstock on it, I decided I really liked the feel of the sharp corners versus the curve. Here is how I created those curved corners:
*I punched a one inch circle and folded it in half and then in half again.
*I then set it in each corner and traced those and cut them out.
Very simple, but completely alters the look of the card! You can see that I used a die cut piece that mimics that shape underneath my words.
My second card has a similar color scheme. For this card I wanted to take a traditional base again and this time make it look like a banner piece with the inside of the card peeking thru at the bottom.
I scored one line across the top to add some interest. To the bottom of my banner I added scallop die cuts along with a heart peeking thru. I used brads and twine to tie it so it would stay shut. The top pieces are all die cuts from Momenta and Echo Park.
Here's how I created the banner shape:
*I simply cut a sheet of scrap paper down to 4.25" X 5.5" and folded it in half
*I cut from the bottom corner up at an angle towards the fold...it is symmetrical because you have folded it, so you don't have to worry about that part!
*I then set that up against my card to see if it was about the size I wanted and then used it as a template
Again a quick and easy change to a regular shape!
Now for my last card
It is again a traditional shape, I simply folded the top cover in half. I love the dimension this creates. I used some simple tags and punched circles to add to this simple card. The circles add an interesting dimension and if you are interested in seeing how I created those, you can find the tutorial here.
I had so much fun challenging myself to think outside the box a bit with these! I hope you've enjoyed the post and would love to hear which is your favorite of the three cards!