Vintage Cardstock and some The Crafter’s Workshop LOVE in here!

September 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Helmar Adhesives, Imaginisce, May Arts Ribbon

Today Ava Gavloski created an awesome tag that has a really masculine feel to it. I don’t know about you but I could really use more of these for those last minute gifts for the men in my life!

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Here I used the Ahoy Matey stamps from Inspired by Stamping and paired this stamp set with the Core’dinations Vintage Collection.  
You can really see how well the double sided Core’dinations Cardstock can stretch your options as a designer within the craft industry.  The blue and golden brown tones of this cardstock gives you the sand and sea effect co-ordinating well with the stamp set.   

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I used the Darice Birch embossing folder to give some weathered board texture and the tearing of the Core’dination cardstock gives the feel of waves rolling to shore.

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Supplies:
Vintage Collection Core’dination Cardstock
Darice, Birch 4.5×5.75 embossing folder
Sand It Set, Core’dinations
Imaginisce, Glam Rocks rhinestuds 002272 4mm
Imaginisce, I-rock heat setting tool
Inspired by Stamping, Ahoy, Matey
ClearSnap, Colorbox Black Ink
May Arts Ribbon
         Cuttlebug
Helmar Quick-fix Permanent Adhesive Runner & ZapDots
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I love that we have such a mix of styles on our team!   Designer Jill Lebbin really works the CAS look but don’t let that you fool you. There are some amazing details on this card. Jill used her Crafter’s Workshop stencil so keep reading on how she did it….
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I heat embossed the balloon using my Darice heat tool. I laid down the TCW stencil and used Ferro from Viva with a putty knife on top and smoothed it over … a technique I learned from CHA!  The ferro is charcoal color and I got it from Hobby Lobby.  I wish computers would allow you to touch the card bc the ferro makes the card 3d almost because it dries hard.  It’s like a putty paste . It seriously is THE COOLEST stuff!! 

Using Black Magic Cardstock for your Chalkboard Projects

September 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Hot Topics

Our Hot Topics feature the  greatest tips about using Core and all the latest news about contests and giveaways. If you are here today then you must be receiving our BRAND NEW Hard Core Crafter newsletter. We are hope you are enjoying it so far!

So what is the tip this month?  CHALKBOARD!

Chalkboard projects are all  the rage so keep reading to discover how you can use our Black Magic cardstock to add interest to these projects like this layout from Special Projects Team Member Leica Forrest:

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Tip 1.) Make it look like it’s really chalk by using the Outlining technique. New to outlining? All you do is take some removable adhesive and put your chipboard letters on your craft mat and then sand over it. You can check out the Technique Video HERE.  Lecia used this technique for the “FAMILY” title and then outlined it with her white marker.

Tip 2.) Sand punched pieces and layer them on your layout base so it looks like it is chalk. See that scalloped piece above the Family tile?  Leica punched first, sanded and then adhered it. It looks just like a colored piece of chalkboard! She used the same technique for the banner along the bottom of the photo.  The yellow and blue look JUST like chalk but all she did was and the cardstock so the colored Core comes through. It’s that easy!

Tip 3.)  Use your white gel pen or marker on the Black Magic Cardstock just as you would with any other cardstock. Highlight the title…add some journaling….doodle…whatever you want! Looks awesome, don’t you think?  Lecia used this technique along the right hand side of the layout for her journaling.

Tip 4.) Use white embossing powders on your Black Magic Cardstock.  The white embossing powder looks just like writing on the chalkboard itself. Clare then sanded the remaining parts of the card to really emphasize the look and feel of a real chalkboard.

Tip 5.) Find stamps and other products to core’dinate with your Black Magic, like our team members have done below, to maximize it’s potential. White or opaque heat embossing is a GREAT idea. With Core’s heavy weight it stands up to heat embossing beautifully.

Tip 6.) Don’t be afraid to keep is simple. Yes, the above layout has a lot of detail. You don’t always need to do all of those layers. Designer Tracy Gruber’s example below is a sample. Just some stamping and then background sanding is all you need.

The key is  sanding with the Sand it Gadget.

And we have MORE examples for you.  First up we have Designer Vivian Keh. P.S. Don’t forget ALL of our speciality collections come in 6×6 packs which are PERFECT for cardmaking! Vivian used a mix of stamping with her Hampton Art stamps, embossing and sanding:

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And a close up:  see how the sanding looks like chalk with the colored core?  BRILLIANT!

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Debbie Standard did a TON of sanding on her card and looks fabulous! She used the outlining technique (sanding OVER chipboard) for the title and then used her white gel  pen to outline the letters so they could really stand out like Tip 3.

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Tracy Gruber created a simple card for our next example as we referenced in Tip 6 — keeping it simple.  She used some cute Lawn Fawn Stamps, (heat) embossed, added the scored frame and then did some sanding in the background as well. Easy BUT it looks like much, much more.

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And next is a card created by Design Team Member Clare Buswell. Clare did many of the same techniques that the other designers  some White (heat) embossing with this super cute stamp from The Craft’s Meow then sanded the areas of the cut out.

September Core Tip

See how Clare used some of the Black Magic with the purple base  (Whammy) and then used some Black Magic with the White Core where she stamped and then sanded (Abracadabra)? That adds to the element of different colored chalks.

Follow The Craft’s Meow on Facebook for more cool ideas with stamps!

We hope you enjoyed these Core Tips and look forward to see what you can do with your Black Magic cardstock!

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Handmade Paper Roses with Clare Buswell

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Make card from cardstock. Layer spotted cardstock onto pink cardstock, sew border using sewing machine. Emboss border on Core Tag, stamp sentiment and adhere to panel with foam pads. Attach twine and adhere panel to card. Add sequins. Die-cut layers of flowers, shape petals using rounded end of pen on a foam mat. Sand tips of petals. Ink centers of layers with Tattered Rose Distress Ink, layer petals together and glue. Cut leaf shapes from green Kraft-Core, score line in middle and pinch vein lines with needle nosed tweezers. Sand with Sand-It Gadget. Attach leaves and flower to card.
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Swooooooooooooooon!
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Don’t forget to stamp on our Smooth Core Tags!
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Supplies:
Other: Sewing Machine, Jet Black ink pad (Ranger), Baker’s Twine, Foam pads, sequins, Spellbinders Rose Creations dies, Big Shot, embossing folder Anna Griffin Rosa (border) Cuttlebug, Distress Inks – Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Cottage Garden stamp set from The Craft’s Meow.
And how about another one??!?!?!?
Make card from cardstock. Layer spotted cardstock onto yellow cardstock, sand surface and sew border using sewing machine. Emboss border on Core Tag, stamp sentiment and adhere to panel with foam pads. Attach twine and adhere panel to card. Add sequins. Die-cut layers of flowers, shape petals using rounded end of pen on a foam mat. Sand tips of petals. Ink centers of layers with Antique Linen Distress Ink, layer petals together and glue. Cut leaf shapes from green Kraft-Core, score line in middle and pinch vein lines with needle nosed tweezers. Sand with Sand-It Gadget. Attach leaves and flower to card. 

 

 

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Supplies:
Other: Sewing Machine, Jet Black ink pad (Ranger), Baker’s Twine, Foam pads, sequins, Spellbinders Rose Creations dies, Big Shot, embossing folder Anna Griffin Poppy (border) Cuttlebug, Distress Inks – Antique Linen, Cottage Garden stamp set from The Craft’s Meow.

 

Cards ..Cards…and more cards!

First up we have a gingerbread card from Designer Vivina Keh. Keep reading because this isn’t the gingerbread you were thinking of ;)

Vivian Keh here today to share with you a card which uses a technique I came up with awhile back which I call the “Gingerbread” technique.  Perhaps a Hard Core video tutorial is in store for you sharing this really easy technique!  In conjunction with Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock that has been sanded, the patterns really pop off your papercrafted projects!

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LOOK at that GORGEOUS Marvy Uchida punch!

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SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations -
“Sugar and Spice” from Pastels Collection
“Shabby Shutters” from Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection
Heritage Kraft” from Graphic 45 Signature Collection
Sand-It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Marvy Uchida – Floral Paper Punch
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Twine
ki Memories – Decorative Brad
Maya Road – Canvas Tag
Hampton Art – Stamp
Tombow – Stamp Runner
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Next up some cards from Designer Clare Buswell! She gives us some AWESOME step by step instructions:
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Make card from cardstock, round bottom corners. Ink edges with Distress Inks. Deboss cardstock, sand with Sand-It Gadget and ink surface, round bottom corners and adhere to card. Trim cardstock, sand and ink edges, stitch top and attach across card. Stamp flowers, fussy cut, color with Distress Markers and ink edges, attach to card with foam pads. Add twine. Stamp sentiment onto die-cut tag, ink edges, add brads and attach to card.

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Supplies:
Core’dinations: Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection, Core Impressions Jenni Bowlikn Collection, Core Amour Sable Collection Rendezvous,  Core Essentials Neutrals, Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Other: Corner rounder, Spellbinders Grommet Tags, Big Shot, Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger), Distress Inks – Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain, red twine, brads, foam pads, twine, Potted Garden stamp set from The Craft’s Meow, sewing machine, embossing folder Anna Griffin Poppy Cuttlebug, Distress Markers – Barn Door, Fired Brick, Crushed Olive, Tumbled Glass, Broken China.
And one more from Clare!
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Make card from cardstock, round bottom corners. Ink edges with Distress Inks. Trim and sand Clocks cardstock. Ink edges with Distress Ink, adhere to card. Add burlap trim, pierce holes and add brads. Stamp sentiment onto die-cut tag, ink edges, add twine and attach to card. Stamp vintage clock, fussy cut, color details with Distress Markers and ink edges, attach to card with foam pads.
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Supplies:
Other: Corner rounder, Spellbinders Grommet Tags, Big Shot, Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger), Distress Inks – Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain, burlap trim from May Arts, brads, foam pads, twine, Vintage Clocks stamp set from The Craft’s Meow, Distress Marker Antique Linen and Scattered Straw.

David Tutera Celebrate Cardmaking Kits on HSN tonight at 6 pm!!!

September 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

If you didn’t stay (or get) up this morning then you still have one more chance to grab some David Tutera Celebrate cardmaking kits!!!! Make sure you check out Scrapbooking Essentials at 6 pm.

These will be the LOWEST price we have ever offered!

We have the Tags and Embellishment kit:

Thank You and More Kit:

And the All Occasion kit:

Again..these are just SOME of the kits that have amazing prices so make sure you head over there and order yours now or tune in on September 17  for more fabulous scrapbooking deals for under $20!

Here are some samples of what you can create with these kits:

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