Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Core Cards Creative Frenzy

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!


Mara Campbell said...

Great cards Christine! you showcased their paper beautifully!!

scrappin_mom3 said...

Love these cards!! thanks for inspiring me to use up some of that core cardstock I always forget I have!


Alison Day said...

Wonderful cards Christine! My fav is the tri-fold one with the butterfly. Loved the added dimension of the puffy circles and the dotted embossing folder really shows off the C'oredinations card stock!
good luck, hope you make it!!

shamela said...

Hi Christine

I love them all, but my favourite is definitelynthe last one...cool idea to use in your scrap pages too...hope I can remember this so I can 'lift' the idea sometime



Patty Selah said...

Such great project ideas! I love all the different ways you used the c'oredinations cardstock! My favorite is the butterfly card! LOVE IT!

Melissa Elsner said...

Awesome cards! You did a great job showing all that can be done with the Core papers. Good luck with the team! They would be so very lucky to have you. :)

Cathy said...

Love these, great ideas and I love all the way you showed to use the core! Good luck!

Heather said...

I think the birthday one is my favorite, but I love them all!

Ann Jobes said...

Nice work, Christine! The bottom one is my absolute fave. You did a great job of showing off the Core. Best wishes with your submission.

Jenny Evans said...

Fabulous cards, Christine!! Good luck!! :D

Anonymous said...

Great cards Christine! Best of luck with the call .... I'll be rooting for you! We'll be rooting for you!!


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