Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Whitewashed and Chocolate Box

Core'dinations new Whitewashed and Chocolate Box collections are not your ordinary cardstock. Each piece has a coordinating color core which when torn or sanded turns ordinary cardstock into extraordinary.

The Whitewashed collection is just like the name implies. The textured side has a whitewashed appearance but when sanded the true colors shine through giving each piece a soft but subtle look. The Chocolate Box collection is various tones of browns that conceal the many vibrant colors found on the reverse side; and just like the Whitewashed, when torn or sanded the colors shine through.

As I began to experiment with the many ways to use this unique cardstock, I found that sanding with a light weight sandpaper was the most versatile way to create texture and patterns. A ruler could be layed under the cardstock to create lines; chipboard set underneath the cardstock created patterned shapes; the cardstock could be run through an embossing plate then lightly sanded to highlight the pattern; and if you sanded the cardstock hard enough you could remove the whitewash or chocolate color all together to reveal a shabby or distressed version of the core color.

On this layout I placed a metal edge ruler about a 1/4 inch inside the edge of the cardstock and began to sand creating a frame around the page. I then used a paper distresser along the edge of peach strip and then began to sand along some of the edges. As I did this the paper began to tear somewhat giving my piece a whole new look that I really liked. As I began to sand in various other places I was able to create distressed holes giving the strip even more dimension. I laid my chipboard bracket embellishment underneath of the blue cardstock and sanded around the shape that would then become a shadow for the actual embellishment when I placed it on my page. The butterflies and flowers were cut with my Wishblade from the Whitewashed cardstock and then run through an embossing folder. I then lightly sanded each piece to highlight the texture and used a pen to outline each shape. Lastly I cut my title using my Wishblade from the reverse side of the peach Whitewashed cardstock.

Bluebird-Nest-1 Bluebird-Nest-2

Bluebird-Nest
Title: Bluebird Nest
Whitewash Cardstock (Core'dinations)
Flower Die Cut (BGlad Papercrafts)
Buttons (Hobby Lobby)
Atyou Spica Glitter Pen (Too Marker Products)
Embossing Folders (Cuttlebug)
Chipboard Bracket
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

Several years ago my boys were raising rabbits and they thought it would be fun to take some pictures of our kitten with the baby bunnies. I decided to use these pictures with the Chocolate Box collection. I cut a piece of cardstock that had a light peach core and used my embossing folder to create texture which I lightly sanded. I then used the other half of the cardstock (peach side showing) and attached it to the left side of my layout. To hide the seam I chose a coordinating Chocolate Box cardstock with a blue core and also embossed it with an embossing folder and lightly sanded it to bring out the blue. My layout needed some neutral color added so I used a piece of Whitewashed cardstock that had a neutral beige core. I used a border punch then lightly sanded it to complete my border. Then I used the core side to print my journaling on to and on the Whitewashed side I tore it and added it as a small mat behind the lower two pictures. I chose a coordinating brown to cut out my title; I added a few buttons and I had completed a very easy layout!

Flipper-and-the-Bunnies
Title: Flipper and the Bunnies
Products used: Cardstock (Core'dinations Whitewashed and Chocolate Box collections)
Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)
Buttons (Hobby Lobby)
Embossing Glitter (Twilight, PK Glitz)
Border Punch (Fiskers)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

My son was arriving home from his first big 4-H state competition where he had placed 11th out of 26 participants. It was quite an accomplishment but since we are a pretty competitive family, we jokingly decided that 11th place was actually the same as two first places put together! Also, ribbons were only awarded through 10th place so I got the idea from a friend to make him these two ribbons for when he arrived home. The Core'dinations Whitewashed collection was the perfect cardstock for this little project. I used the same technique around the edges of the ribbons as I did in the Bluebird Nest layout and I used a chipboard star and sanded over the top to create the darker blue star at the top of the ribbons. I ran the bottom portion of the ribbons through an embossing folder and lightly sanded. I cut out the stars and the numbers using a piece of Whitewashed cardstock that had a gold core. The stars were run through an embossing folder and the number ones were crinkled and sanded to create the texture. I also used the Whitewashed side of the cardstock to print out the captions and used a paper distressor along the edges. To finish off the ribbons I added some glitter and punched a hole in the top of each and added gold ribbon. The project took me less than 30 minutes and my son was really surprised when he arrived home to see his 2 first place ribbons!

Ribbons
Title#11 = First Place, Twice
Products used: Cardstock (Core'dinations Whitewashed collection)
Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)
Glitter (PK Glitz)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

Most scrapbookers are stumped when they are challenged to create a layout using only cardstock. I will admit that it can be intimidating because we are all so used to using patterned paper in our projects. The Core'dinations Whitewashed and Chocolate Box collections makes "cardstock only" layouts and projects easy and fun!

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