Field Flowers Mask & Sanded Core’dinations Background

Sometimes I like my own projects.  Sometimes I don't.  But, sometimes I really, really LOVE a project I create…and this is one of those projects!

Core field flowers - two cool

I love the colors and the textures and the images and the techniques and the details…I just LOVE these two cool cards! 

The cards feature the Field Flowers stamp set combined with an easy masking technique, beautifully contrasted against the embossed and sanded Core'dinations card stock background. 

Core field flowers - wood

Let's start with the background made from the Early Espresso Core'dinations card stock (also available in Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green).  It's contrasting core makes it perfect for doing a sanded texture embossing technique. 

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I ran this piece through the Big Shot with the Woodgrain Impressions Folder, then very lightly sanded the texture with the new Sanding System.  The new sanding block comes with removable sandpaper in fine and very fine grits, and you can buy replacements, too. 

Embossed Core'dinations Sanding Tip: You only need a very light touch when sanding to reveal the contrasting core color.  The texture embossing will weaken the fibers of the card stock, so any rough sanding will cause the card stock to tear apart easily.  My best results came when I rubbed gently in one direction.

I highly recommend getting the Core'dinations Dust Buddy to help with clean up.  This tacky cloth quickly gathers up all the debris from sanding…and you'll have a lot of it!  Worth the price!

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The focal point was fun and simple to create with the help of the Labels Collection Framelits and a masking technique.

How To Create A Sponged Window With Framelits

  • Start by die-cutting a mask with the size of Framelit that you want to be colored.  I die-cut the middle of a piece of 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Whisper White.

Core field flowers - mask

  • Next, you'll lay that mask over a piece of card stock that is not yet die-cut.  Make sure it is large enough, and that the mask is positioned correctly, to be die-cut in a larger size later.
  • Sponge on ink around the edges only.  I used Crumb Cake.  TIP: Rub the sponge in small circles and always start on the mask first, working your way onto the card stock, so there's not an abrupt ink mark. 

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  • Add a little or a lot of ink, depending on your preference.
  • Die-cut the sponged piece with the next largest size of Framelit.

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  • Finish by adding paper piercing using the coordinating Paper Piercing Template.  The Festive Paper Pack has the template that matches the Labels Collection Framelits.

Core field flowers - flourish

You can either stamp the Field Flowers images with the mask on, which is what I did on the first card, or after taking the mask off, like I did here. 

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Field Flowers is a two-step stamp, so I stamped the stems in Always Artichoke, then colored the flowers with Baja Breeze and Not Quite Navy markers before stamping those.  The teeny tiny Pearl Jewels add some subtle, feminine texture to the "woodsy" look of this card.

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The cards were finished with the Not Quite Navy Taffeta ribbon.  Although I used a Petite Pairs sentiment next to the flowers in the first card, I made the sentiment separate on this version.  I used the Itty Bitty Banners stamps, die-cut with the Bitty Banners Framelits.  Nice touch!

The Lacy Brocade Impressions Folder looks terrific as the sanded background, too!

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