Sunday, July 29, 2012

Core Cards Creative Frenzy

Just a note to anyone at Core'dinations: You had me at "Hello".

"We are looking for talented and dedicated cardmakers that can not only create cards but other projects that can show the creative use of pre-made card bases."
Yup, I make cards and love to do it. Yup, I like to make "other" things out of pre-cut card bases and envelopes. Here's three of my favorites:

Make a Card: (um, yea, no brainer, right?)
Blossom Card

Pre-cut 5"X 6.5" white card base. Green patterned paper (Hot off the Press) covered the front. Black magic: Spell Caster cardstock in pink, torn around all edges. Small flowers lined along side (punched from same Black Magic cardstock set, peach color). Die cut large flower and layered after inking edges. Adhered stem and flower with tape runner and glue pen. Added small pink Dazzle circles for centers. (Hot off the Press). Added Dazzle sentiment "Blossom" (HOTP).

What to do with Envelopes
Delight Card

This "card" is actually made out of envelopes. Directions for the process can be found on this blog under the entry; "The Amazing Envelope Book". I used some Core'dinations cardstock to cut out flowers and layer them throughout the card. Tag is "die cut" from patterned paper and attached with a brad.

For this card, I attached three colored envelopes together to make an accordian style card. It's basically gluing the flap of one envelope to the bottom of another envelope.

 Best part? The envelope is already a pocket! Leave it open and use it to put in a hidden message, a tag, a gift card, a bookmark, a ticket, or anything that will fit!

Next best part? You can use the back side of these as well to decorate for a two sided card and you'll have a pocket back there, too! (Or you can just put paper over the pockets and not use them as I did on the cover of this one. But really, where's the fun in that?)

 If I use all those envelopes for cards, what do I do with the cards? Use it as cardstock with a fold.

Lucky Cards: Matchbox
These little boxes perfectly hold anything the size of a playing card. Whether it's a little gift, a gift card, small greeting cards, ATCs, or a regular deck of playing cards, this sturdy box can be personalized however you want.

The cover (shown left) is just a sleeve to fit over the box (shown below it).

I used a template to cut both pieces from cardstock. They would easily fit onto an unfolded pre-cut card. Just line up the fold with one of the folds you need to use anyway!

After gluing the sleeve and box, you can decorate and embellish. I used stamp images from Crafty Secrets; Clear Art Stamps. Once the box is completed, add your gift and all done!

Core'dinations cardstock works great for these little boxes as it's so sturdy and easy to score and fold. Regular white glue holds it together beautifully so no need for special adhesive. Best of all, the cardstock is double-sided! You've got color inside and out so no need to line the inside of the box!

Thanks for your consideration!
Angela Ballou

Bonus Frenzy:

All Boy Card

Used Pre-cut 5" X 6.5" white card as base. Die Cut many circles in varying sizes out of Black Magic: Spell Caster cardstock. (I used a blue, brown, and grey.) Arranged circles in a flower formation spiraling out from a center circle. Center circle was black-side up. All other circles were adhered color-side up. Some were stamped with matching color inks in different background patterns.

I added a brad to a "bull's eye" of circles that would allow it to swing away from a hidden message.
Gear embellishments (Tim Holtz) were attached with small brads.

With the last card, I wanted to just see if I could make an interesting card with a single simple shape and different colors of cardstock.

Thanks for reading!
"All good things are wild and free."

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