My Core'dinations Creative Frenzy

Happy Monday everyone! Today I am sharing the layouts I created for the Core'dinations Design Team Call. I created all three layouts using cardstock from the CoreImpressions Pink Paislee Collection: Modern Prints as the background/base for each layout.  What I really want to share with you today though is how I used three different techniques on this cardstock to achieve three unique and different backgrounds.  Each technique brings out the fabulous embossed designs that are present in this collection. 

For my first layout I used a simple technique that Core'dinations Carstock is famous for...sanding. I used a simple flexible sanding block, like what you can find at a hardware store, to gently remove some of the color. 

My title was created with a piece of cardstock from the Tim Holtz Distress Collection using my Silhouette Cameo.  (The font I used is called Lobster font from I again used the same sanding idea, but this time I tried to only sand the edges of the letters. I recommend holding each letter down on the table and sand one section of one letter at a time so that you don't tear the letters.  Change directions as needed to sand every side of each letter. Once I had completed the sanding I layered the images and adhered them to my layout using double sided foam tape.

Cardstock: Coredinations CoreImpression Pink Paislee Collection, Tim Holtz Distress Collection
Patterned Paper: Jillibean Soup
Wood Veneer: Freckled Fawn
Silhouette Cut File: 4 Leaves and 3 Fall Leaves by Lori Whitlock

On my second layout, I used the technique of heat embossing to bring out the gorgeous design in this particular piece of cardstock. I applied Versamark Watermark Ink to the raised areas of the embossed cardstock using a brayer.  I then poured gold embossing powder over the ink and heat set it with my heat gun. As you can see, I did not cover the entire background with ink.  To help determine where I wanted the image to stand out more, I first temporarily placed my photos on the background to get an idea of where I wanted them positioned. I removed the photos and then rolled on the ink just out from where the photos were going to be placed. The brayer applies the ink in straight lines, however I did not care for this look when I poured the embossing powder on the ink. To remedy this, I used my finger to remove some of the embossing powder to soften the edges before I heat set it.

Cardstock: Coredinations CoreImpression Pink Paislee Collection
Patterned Paper, Die Cuts, Buttons, and Brads: My Mind's Eye
Sequins: Hobby Lobby
Stamps: Laina Lamb Designs for My Favorite Things - Right This Way
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain; Versamark Watermark Ink
Embossing Powder: Stampin' Up!
Floss: Hobby Lobby
Gold Marker: Faber-Castel

For my third and final layout, I used another simple technique...inking. I applied an ink color in a slightly darker shade than the cardstock. I again used the brayer, however, this time I applied ink to the entire background.

The title was cut using my Silhouette Cameo with a piece of cardstock from the Tim Holtz Distress Collection.  (The font I used is Housegrind available at

Cardstock: Coredinations CoreImpression Pink Paislee Collection
Patterned Paper, Stickers: Pebbles
Letter Stickers: Jillibean Soup
Twine: The Twinery

I hope you enjoyed the techniques and layouts I shared with you today and that you are inspired to try them on your next Core'dinations Cardstock creation!!!

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  1. Gorgeous LO' the different patterned leaves on the first one!!

  2. Oh wow! Gorgeous layouts... I will have to try that heat embossing technique.

  3. These are all so beautiful, Juliana. Way to rock the Core'dinations. :-)

  4. Okay... I must try to post again... not sure if they are not showing up. :)
    Anyway, beautiful assortment of pages, girl. I think the heat embossing turned out super nice. Love the colors too. Best of luck, Juliana!

  5. Love these--awesome techniques and such eye-catching colors and overall designs. I pinned ya! :)

  6. Forget about your layouts....I want that TURTLE CAKE!!!!!! lol! Wonderful layouts, Juliana!! Good luck with the DT call...I'm sure you'll make it!!

  7. Beautiful work Juliana!!! Love your pages - best of luck with the DT call!

  8. Good luck Juliana!! Your layouts and techniques are all amazing! But I will agree with Kelly... I want the cake!!!

  9. These are all fabulous Juliana!! Love the different techniques you used on each one! Good luck making the would be a great addition!

  10. Good Luck, love your embossing technique!!

  11. Fantastic LOs Juliana!! Love all of them!!!

  12. Each is gorgeous, and I adore how you completed the sanding to bring out the detail. Your LO's are each gorgeous....

  13. Wow, Juliana! These are all so gorgeous! Really great techniques.

  14. I meant to thank you for the font name. It's one I've been searching for! Yay! :)

  15. Fantastic work - sure you are in with a massive chance! And blog lovin' ya already!!

  16. Uh, you ROCKED these! I LOVE the fall themed layout. So cute. Good luck, you would be a great addition to their team! Hugs, Katrina

  17. Wow, such fabulous creations. Wishing you the best for the call!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  18. Great job on these, and fabulous techniques! Wishing you much luck!


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