“Core’dinating” a Birthday Card

Core'dinations Paper Birthday Card

Core’dinations Paper Birthday Card

This brightly colored birthday card is made with Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock.  Maybe you are not familiar with this product so I will explain.  This cardstock has a core color that “coredinates” with the surface color.  You can choose to keep the core hidden or add your own creative touch by sanding, tearing, or antiquing.

I ran three colors of the cardstock through my Texture Boutique Embossing Machine using the Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls embossing folder.  I also embossed a rectangle with the Happy Birthday mini embossing folder.  I used a Sand-It sanding block to lightly sand away the top layer of the cardstock to reveal the lighter color core of the paper.  After sanding I wiped each piece of cardstock with a Dust Buddy tacky cloth to remove any residual paper dust.

Then I cut them vertically into three equal panels and mixed and matched the panels so each card had one of each color.  I learned through trial and error to be careful how I placed the paper in the embossing folder so that the patterns would match up seamlessly.  I mounted the panels on piece of blue cardstock and tied three coordinating pieces of Baker’s twine across the card, and I mounted the Happy Birthday sentiment on yellow.  The assembled card front was placed on a piece of orange cardstock, and I used three paper flowers to add a little embellishment at the sentiment.

This technique was wonderfully messy with lots of paper dust, but I like getting my fingers dirty while crafting.  Somehow, it makes me feel more creative.

3 Cards, 1 Weekend

As I promised in my last post, here are the cards I worked on during our weekend at the Crop-A-Doodle-Do. 

 First is a masculine card using my new Stampin Up set “Clockworks.”  It is an A2-sized card with a dark green panel dry embossed with a Tim Holtz gear embossing folder.  The middle panel with the stamped images is 2-3/4 x 3-3/4, and it is outlined with brown cut to the size of 3 x 4-3/4 then edge punched with a Martha Stewart paper edger.  I used a bit of baker’s twine to tie at the bottom of the panel.  I stamped the “splotches” with Memento Desert Sand ink, and the dark green is Versafine Olympia Green.  I love Versafine ink pads especially when stamping detailed images.  I love using a general celebratory phrase like “Let’s Celebrate” because then the card can be used for any happy occasion.

Stampin Up Clockworks

Stampin Up Clockworks

Then I decided to break out the Cricut and use my Create A Critter cartridge, one of my favorites, as well as Elegant Edges which I find to be the most versatile Cricut cartridge I own.  I actually received the sentiment stamp as a freebie from Unity Stamps when I placed an order with them.  I used the Elegant Edges and cut an image that looked cloud-like (Eyelet3-s, oblong and shadow).  I cut a 3-inch moon and simply added a square of black behind the facial features rather than cutting out an entire black background shape.  I cut out 1-¼-inch and 1-½-inch stars from yellow gingham paper as accents, and they look perfect on the background paper that was dry embossed with the Stampin Up Cloudy Day embossing folder.  I cut one 2-½-inch cloud from the gingham blue and playfully tried to use it as a pillow for the moon, while the sentiment is his blanket.  What a sweet, gentle card for one of our OWH recipients to send home to a child.

Love You to the Moon and Back

Love You to the Moon and Back

Lastly I cut out thirty 3-inch kitties (Cat2) and shadows from Create A Critter.  I tried to use color combinations that would make the cat look neither masculine nor feminine, and I love the pattern play of the small Swiss dots on the 2-inch pillow bed in contrast with the larger dots on the background paper.  The separation with the bright yellow strip makes it all work.  Again, I selected a “punny” sentiment that would be applicable for any occasion or just to send home to say hi.  

Purr-fectly Wonderful

Purr-fectly Wonderful

I made approximately 30 of each of the above 3 cards, so I had to finish up the cat cards after I returned home from the CADD.  Currently I am working on 30 cute skunk cards (a prototype of which I gave to my mother-in-low who seems to enjoy puns as much as I do) and a special-request First Communion Card for my Mom to give.  I have made First Communion cards in the past and am researching something new and improved on Pinterest and other favorite websites. 

Thank goodness I have my creative outlets to go to when the world seems turned upside down.  Please send good thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the events in Boston today.