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:
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!