We have a bunch of winners for you!
First up TWO Xyron winners of the Fancy Pants Core Impressions:
Julie A Shearer AND
And our WCMD Winner!
They were all SO GOOD that we had to go with a random winner and that is…..
Check out her card…looove it!
Thank you thank you thank you for all of the awesome entries. Seeing Core in action is THE BEST EVER! Did you you know that we do a Fabulous Facebook Find in our newsletters? If you want to be featured in a one of them make sure you share away over on our Facebook page!
Winners please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name address AND phone number with what you won in the subject line. Winners have two weeks to claim their prizes. Please allow for 3-4 weeks minimum for shipping and processing.
AND if you didn’t win here make sure you check out our Hard Core Crop. We have tons and tons and tons of inspiration AND prizes up for grabs it is sooooo much fun! We chat over on Facebook and each designer has a challenge on their blog. More details sooooon just SAVE THE DATES! We post full details here on the blog at the end of October.
Happy World Cardmaking Day 2013!
Who’s ready for a challenge? Our World Card Making Day 2013 challenge is out of this world! What do you think about celebrating our Hard Core Crafters from around the world together today & get crafty at the same time? AND do it ONE challenge? Any ideas as to how we might do that? I would keep reading if you wan to win THIS:
Here’s another hint from designer Suzanna Lee? Hmmm….well I definitely see some Core’dinations…..the world…a plane…some embossing and sanding….
Another hint? This time from designer Tracy Gruber….I see the United States….sanding….
Okay….I guess we can let you know now! Our challenge is to create a card that has to do with the World. Since it is World CardMaking Day, we want to celebrate all the papercrafters from all over the world coming together for this amazing hobby!
So…the challenge? Create a card using Core’dinations cardstock (must be visible) that focuses on the World theme. Use your imagination ….our first few examples take the challenge pretty literally but the rest of our design team created some examples, too. They are so creative and really went with the world/travel theme. And don’t forget to SAND!
LOVING Kate Nolan-Denham’s version of using the whole world! She used her Silhouette Cameo and used the negative image of the globe…how cool is that?
AND we have a bonus for you! This card from designer Mary Pat Siehl has a video! CLICK ON THE IMAGE AND IT WILL TAKE YOU TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL TO VIEW. Her videos are GREAT! She takes you through the process to make this card step by step.
And loving this interpretation from designer Debbie Standard…yep! Hot Air Balloons work as well!
And Designer Vivian Keh has a super cool idea…she used her Sizzix embossing folder that is all about travel. See the plane and the post card images? Yep…that works, too !
And how FUN is this card from Designer Jill Lebbin???? FUN STUFF!
And Ava Gavloski stamped her sentiment about sailing….you can sail around the world, right?
So..what do you need to do? Let’s recap: 1.) Create a card using Core’dinations Cardstock. 2.) It must follow the theme of the world…traveling…visiting….across the miles…flying…be creative! 3.) Sand and use technique on your Core card 4.) Link up using Mr Linky by Monday, October 7th at Noon EST. 5.) HAVE FUN!
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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:
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:
And a close up: see how the sanding looks like chalk with the colored core? BRILLIANT!
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.
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.
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.
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!
WOW..what a week last week! We had so so much fun last week….we hope you did, too. With almost 400 comments, we couldn’t pick just one winner so we have TWO winners of our Fancy Pants Core Impressions.
I love that card. Absolutely fantastic design.
This paper is simply incredible. It is always my “go to stack” for simply the best quality in paper. Love these projects!!
Winners email email@example.com with Fancy Pants Core Impressions winner in the title ASAP so we can get your prizze packs out to you! Please allow 3-4 weeks for shipping and processing. Winners have two weeks to claim their prizes. Email name, address AND phone number to above email address.
And now it’s time for the SAVE THE DATE! We have a date for our third Hard Core Crop! If you haven’t participated in the past you better put this on your calendar! It is fun fun fun fun..We have TONS of challenges and prizes! We post challenges during the weekend and then you have an entire week to complete them. The only requirement is you use Core’dinations cardstock so make sure you stock up!!! There will be layouts, cards, tags and more….so something for EVERYONE! We will post rules as we get closer but the first challenges will be posted on November 1st and continue through the 3rd.
Oh and one last thing! Make sure you head over to HSN TUESDAY because there are some David Tutera kits for sale!!! They will be featured in the Scrapbooking Deals under $20 @ 4 am, Scrapbooking Essentials at 6 pm.
These will be the LOWEST price we have ever offeredf!
We have the Tags and Embellishment 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!
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This month we want to share some tips with you about designing Ombre.
It’s so EASY with our Core Essentials color families like this layout using the Cobalt Blues. From dark to the light the colors are:
Klondlike Blue, Evening Sky, Celestial and Blue Lilac. We sell all of our Core Essentials cardstock in open stock so ask your favorite retailer to get some of your favorite colors. And we have some in 8.5×11 as well!
Just emboss different patterns, add hand cut or punch embellishments and sand using your Sand It Gadget to create texture.
Here is a layout from Tracy Gruber using the yellows from our Core Essentials Collection pads. They come in 12×12″ pads or 6×6″ pads.
Tracy only used three colors in her layout. The darkest is from the Darks Collection pad, the middle one is from Brights Collection pad, and the lightest is from the Pastels paper pad. She embossed each of the 1 inch circles with the Darice Circles embossing folder and sanded them with the Sand It Gadget.
Then, just add different embellishments from your stash and you are good to go!