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Core’dinations / Petaloo – cards, cards, cards!

 Day 1 – May Arts /  Core'dinations / Petaloo Blog Week!


Jen here with a fun swap with Core’dinations and Petaloo Flowers!! I’ve got a few cards to share with you today- first up:



I’ve created a Halloween-themed card using Core’dinations Black Magic collection. I embossed the cardstock with a wood grain plate (Papertrey Ink), and then used the Core’dinations Sand It gadget to reveal the orange. I had so much fun sanding to see the texture!



I’ve used May Arts 5/8” sheer ruffle edge ribbon & combined it with 1/8” solid/stitched center for a fun Halloween look!



Next up is another Halloween card. This time I debossed the Black Magic paper using a text plate (PTI). When I sanded the paper the text remains black.



I used 2 of Petaloo’s Color Me Crazy in Nightfall, adding some lime stickles to the top flower. I tied 5/8” textured lines with some 1/8” velvet in a simple knot.



This one is a fall-looking card using the Core’dinations White Wash line. I embossed with a damask plate (PTI) and sanded to reveal the core color.



The flower is from Petaloo’s Color Me Crazy in Snowflake white. I used a combination of chalk and ink to alter the color. The brad is from Joann’s and bittersweet burlap string is tied in a bow around the brad.



Now for a couple of holiday cards! On this card I used the Core’dinations Core Essentials paper and debossed it with a cuttlebug folder. When I sanded the paper the great canvas texture and lighter color are revealed.



I used ¼” solid/iridescent ribbon for the accent, layered with silver metallic string (possibly my new favorite!). I used an embroidery needle to pull them through the Petaloo Mantis Green flowers.



I created my own banner, stamped ‘JOY’ using inkadinkadoo stamps, and applied stickles to the edge.



Using the same paper and embossing folder I embossed, giving a raised image.  By reversing the paper in the folder you get a completely different look! I used the sheer box pleat and topped it with the silver metallic string. I also used hot glue to create the center of the Petaloo flower with the silver metallic string.  I again created a banner with a stamped sentiment (PTI) and added stickles.



You may have noticed that all of these cards use the same layout, but by changing the colors & elements they each have a very different look!

Thank you to Core’dinations and Petaloo for providing me with such fun products to work with!!! Thank you for your time, I hope you’ve been inspired!


Blog post by: Jen Shears

  1. Tricia

    So lovely and look like fun to make. It is hard to find beauty like this that also looks like fun. Thanks for making the eye candy available to drool over.

  2. Team Craftwell

    WOW! all the cards are so beautiful!

  3. jhann

    Gorgeous cards, i admire your style and gift for carding with striking results! It’s helping me learn.

  4. Melinda Wilson

    Wow! Awesome cards!

  5. Donna

    This is so cool! The cards all look fantastic.

  6. Nichole Bruno

    Im loving the Coodinations Black Magic! Such pretty cards and I love how they all look so different yet the same. Ill have to do this to get all my holiday cards done. Fab post!

  7. Denise Bryant

    Beautiful array of cards! I love all that textured goodness with the Core’dinations, May Arts ribbons and Petaloo flowers! Yummy!

  8. Jingle

    GREAT cards! I love the top one!!!

  9. Kathy P

    I never think about embossing or debossing my Core’dinations, so thanks for a reminder—looks fabulous! And combining two May Arts ribbons makes for a beautiful look! Love these cards!

  10. Joy Hager

    Love all the cards!

  11. Regena

    Great cards! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. Margie Visnick

    I love the sanding and embossing, and the ribbons are the perfect touch!

  13. Pam

    Love, Love these cards, really like the embossing… great job!!! Great stuff…

  14. SuZeQ

    Same Same. Different Different. I love that you shared this with us. LOVE that silver string. Endless possibilities, for sure.

  15. Sue McRae

    What a lovely group of projects! I really like the idea of sanding the debossed side of an embossing folder!

  16. sue wisniewski

    all the cards are terrific. I am really liking the velvet ribbon need to find some of that in a local store. using the embossing folders with the core’dination papers is perfect.
    stamping sue


    gotta love the glittery ribbon!

  18. Marcia D

    Beautiful cards! I love the embossing.

  19. Sue D

    Fabulous cards–my favorite is the joy card.

  20. christi

    i love the merry and bright with the tinsel effect.

  21. Kristie Maynard

    What a wonderful bunch of cards! I love how this paper sands up, I just used some last night for a card. Love it, just love it!

  22. Janet L.

    I love all these cards! Embossing and sanding sure makes a terrific background. Then adding the ribbons and flowers make them sensational!

  23. Cynthia B.

    Wow – that Core really takes on a new look when sanded – looks amazing with the ribbon and flowers!

  24. Karen B.

    Fun cards, and really interesting to see how many beautiful and different cards you can get from one layout.

  25. Annette A.

    aww great cards… Love halloween cards..

  26. Charlene

    super way to make a quick stack Jen!

  27. Sandra ltb

    love this look!
    Sandra ltb

  28. nancy d

    Gorgeous! it’s amazing how these all look with just a bit of sanding-looks like hours of work!!

  29. Erin

    These are great way to get a jump on your holiday cards.

  30. Kim H

    Beautiful cards, I love how you used the products together to allow all of them to shine. thank you for the inspiring works.

  31. Sharon Gullikson

    I like the twine with flower look.

  32. Holly Tolman

    These all turned out gorgeous.


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