Black Magic Birthday Card

Celebrate your next Birthday with a Core’dinations Black Magic card. With some simple sanding and heat embossing you can make it look just like chalkboard!

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Black Magic Birthday Card Supplies:

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Step 1.   Begin by sanding the Black Magic cardstock first. It’s important you sand BEFORE you stamp and wipe dust with Dust Buddy. Removing excess sand will help the clear ink pad stamp clearly to ensure a crisp image when you emboss.

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Step 2. Emboss with Tim Holtz & Ranger heat embossing powder. I like to use my scraps because sometimes it takes a few tries to get a good image.

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Step 3. Add layers of Glitter Silk and more Black Magic along with embellishments.

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Chalkboard Projects with Black Magic

Happy Tuesday! We had some website issues so we are redoing yesterday’s chalkboard post. Unfortunately, I deleted the information from my computer yesterday as well so we don’t have some of the supply lists for these projects. BUT the main thing you need to know is that creating Chalkboard projets is SO EASY with Black Magic Cardstock!

Not sure if you saw our Chalkboard Tips and Tricks post HERE. We did that in conjuction with one of our newsletters. If you don’t get our HCC emails SIGN UP HERE to get access to exclusive content like videos, downloadable project sheets and more!

First up we have Clare Buswell creating a Thanksgiving card for us. Clare combines some hand written details, stamping and chalks. Clare uses her The Cat’s Meow stamps for a lot of her projects and they are so amazing!   This Autumn Borders looks so great stamped in the white embossing ink against the black. A neat break from traditional Thanksgiving and Fall cards.

And a close up of how cool the doodling, stamping and chalks look:

And now for some layouts. First up Kate Nolan-Denham working her chalkboard skills with a city scape. this really has a cool grungey feel to it. That is the great thing about distressing…anything goes!

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Next up scor scor scor!!!!!!! Debbie Standard uses some random scored lines for her background and, of course, her signature hand made flowers from her Spellbinders dies.

Creating with Black Magic with the new rage for Chalkboard projects is just perfect.  What could be better than black cardstock with different colored bases to do this with.  You can use several different sheets of Black Magic and one you have cut them and sanded them they look and adhered them to your page you can’t even see that you were using different papers!  I started this page buy using a sheet of Black Magic with the Blue base – I scored it randomly, sanding over my scoring lines. Hint when you do this it’s much cleaner to sand over the ridges WHILE you have it on your score machine rather than scoring and then sanding afterwards.  Then I used some of the 6 X 6 Black magic pads and cut some leaves and flowers and punched some edges and strips.  Then I sanded them to show the underlying color.  I also used a Crafter’s Workshop template and painted over it to add some random dots to my background.  I also used a white pen and made some random circles.  Then I adhered it all and made some flowers.  I used a Spellbinder’s die to cut my flowers, then I curled them over my piercer and sprayed them with some Maya Road mist – let them dry and added a My Mind’s Eye Brad.  I also used a couple of petaloo flowers which I might add match the Core’dination’s cardstock perfectly!  The photos are some that I luckily caught of my daughter when she didn’t know I was taking pictures!
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Supply List:
Black Magic
Spellbinder’s Die -Rose Creations
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Score It
Cameo
Petaloo Flowers
My Mind’s Eye Brads and tag
Crafter’s Workshop Template
Jillibean Soup frame (just used the today from it)
Letter Stickers:  October Afternoon
Martha Stewart Punch

 

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.

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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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Last Day with Lawn Fawn!

September 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog

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Just because this is out last “official” day with Lawn Fawn doesn’t mean that you won’t be seeing these stamps  here again!

First up make sure you head over to Lawn Fawn for inspiration ever day! Our team loves loves loves loves their stamps so much..make sure you head over to their site to do some shopping, too.  From cards to layouts, we have it for you! Please make sure you head over to the Lawn Fawn blog for more inspiration AND their Facebook page as well. There is a stamp set up for grabs!

And don’t forget…we have a prize up for grabs this week! Some Fancy Pants Core Impressions!

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How about a super fun layout from Designer Suzanna Lee???

This layout was all about technique for me. I hand cut my own solid stamp, matching the outer edge of the strawberry. I colored the stamp with my Gelatos, misted it then printed the image onto a Core’dinations tag. I repeated this several times. I then stamped over that image with the actual Lawn Fawn stamp from Summertime Charm using black ink. Then I used the coordinating die to cut a few strawberries out. I love the little ants crawling around for those juicy strawberries!

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Supplies:
Kraft Core
Core Essentials: Crabgrass
Core Amour
Asparagus Alpha – Core Impressions Jenni Bowlin Vintage Brights
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
David Tuttera Celebrate tag
Lawn Fawn Summertime Charm and Happy Summer stamps
Ink = Colorbox
Rollerstamp = Glitz
Embossing Folder = Sizzix
Punch = EK Success
Washi = Bella Blvd, Prima
Twine = The Twinery
Faber Castell Gelatos
Mask = The Crafter’s Workshop

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IAnd how about these Chalkboard cards from Design Team Member Vivian Lee! ?!??!!? Chalkboard is ALL the rage so make sure grab your Black Magic because it makes it so eassy! All you have to do is sand and you have that cool chalkboard look…add some Lawn Fawn stamps and voila! I mean, you can’t tell the difference between the stamping and the sanding!

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And some close-ups….

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Gorgeous stamping on the Black Magic….

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Ahhhhh….look at all that gorgeous sanding!

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SUPPLIES:

Core’dinations – Black Magic Collection, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy

Lawn Fawn – Flutter By Stamp Set, Interlocking Backdrops Stamp Set

Clearsnap – Frost White Pigment Ink
Viva Decor – Pearl Pens
Fiskars – Small Flower Punch
Martha Stewart – Punch Around the Page

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