For example, in this layout,
I cut squares of pre-embossed Core'dinations cardstock, sanded them and glued them down to a black background. Once I was sure I had wiped off most of the dust I sewed inbetween the squares for a quilted look. Then I punched stars from a white wash color and sanded half of them. The other half I flipped over and layered underneath:
For this layout, I wanted to create a polka dot background (again with some Whitewash Core'dinations):
so, I opened up an embossing folder, placed it underneath the cardstock
and sanded. I continued to move the embossing plate around to different parts of the cardstock.
I highly recommend getting one of these Dust Buddy wipes if you are doing lots of sanding:
After all the sanding and wiping, I was left with a fun polka dot background:
To create this fun worn flower:
I started with a purple and white core Core'dinations cardstock and cut a bumpy spiral:
(yes they make dies to cut out these bumpy spirals but it is easy enough to cut your own!). Then I sanded the edges of the spiral:
and rolled it (just the way you make a rolled rose, starting from the outside going in towards the center. I added a few hand cut and creased leaves from a pre-embossed green Core'dinations cardstock. Even the journaling strips were printed on a Whitewash color of Core'dinations so I could sand the edges and add an additional pop of green.
Finally, for this last layout, I used a tearing technique. Well, not really TECHNIQUE, I just tore the paper lol, but look at how cool strips of Core'dinations looks when it is torn:
And the three hearts were punched and then embossed using my Cuttlebug and a heart embossing folder:
Isn't Core'dinations fun? If you made it all the way through this post and you're still not convinced that you could make something without patterned paper, check out THIS POST, where I made two patterned paper-less cards :)
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