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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Welcome to the Core Tip of the Month!
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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!
We have a random winner!
Thank you so much for a GREAT week! We hope you enjoyed yourselves and got loads of inspo for your Core and Tombow to use in the future. You can’t do much without quality adhesive, right? RIGHT!
So, again, we THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for your continued support of Core’dinations Cardstock. We love our Hard Core Crafters!!!!
So we pick our winners randomly by blog and then by comments. The random blog was Clare Buswell’s and the winner is…..
Very pretty card. Love the textures and embellishments.
MaryLou email ellen_sosnoski@core’dinations.com with your full name, address and phone number with Tombow Winner in the subject line.
And how about another card from Design Team Member Heather Kaesgan? A super cute card using some Marvy Uchida punches and Glitter Silk, Core Couture, Core Essentials and a Darice embossing folder for the buttons. What a great mix don you think? Love how the ribbon that she created with the punches pops off the top a bit. Oh of cours..Tombow adhesive!
Anyone up for some winners????????
First up let me show you this awesome pool party that Heather Kaegsen put together using loads of Core and Imaginisce goodies! How stinkin’ cute is this??? That is one party I want to go to for sure!
We sure are! We have a big list for you today because we have our week with Imaginisce Winner and our 10k Likes Facebook Celebration Winnners! If you don’t like us on Facebook you should. We do fun stuff over there, too!
So first up…our random winner from this week with Imaginisce is…..
Christi Conley said…
Never really thought I “needed” an I-Rock – now I know I need it – I have never seen the raindrops
Christi, email Ellen_Sosnoski@coredinations.com with your name, address, country and phone number with “Imaginisce Winner” in the subject line.
and make sure you head over to the Imaginisce blog to see who won their giveaway.
Next up is our list of winners for the $100 prize packs of Core, Cardmaps Vol. 3, May Arts Ribbon, Xyron goodies AND Stampendous stamp set. PLEASE check your in box and junk mail if you see your name below. Please note that we are sending to the email you used to enter. Winners have 7 days to respond with their information. If we don’t hear from you we will pick other winners. Prizes will be sent once we hear from all the winners so please allow three to four weeks for processing and delivery.
Emails were successfully delivered so they should be in your inbox or check your junk folder. The subject line reads, ” Congratulations! You’ve won a $100 Prize Pack from Core’dinations!” Please follow the directions in the email carefully.
We are updating the list as we go…the names in RED we still need to hear from so if you know them let us know!
Donna L. United States
Terri M. United States
Colleen F. United States
Kathy G. Canada
Angel C. United States
Janet C. United States
Sylvia S. United States
Diana F. United States
Cheryl D. Canada
Susie H. United States
Welcome to the Core Tip of the Month! If you are here then you are receiving our BRAND NEW Hard Core Crafter newseltter! We hope you are enjoying it so far. Not on the list? Sign up HERE !
This month we want to share some tips with you about designing our Core Tags. We love, love them here at Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock. They come in a variety of sizes and colors to match our Pastels, Brights and Darks collection packs, not to mention individual packs of all white. They have a great texture, a metal grommet and you will find they are great for journaling, adding titles and much, much more!
For more tips on tearing Core’dinations Cardstock, make sure you check out our Technique videos HERE.
And a close-up of that detail:
But keep in mind you don’t always need to tear them…you can just stack your tags on your layouts for journaling, too. April Derrick did just this and added some doodling to her tags to personalize them a bit, too! The white tags are perfect for this…
Make sure you check them out in Pastels and Darks, too!