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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.
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We hope you enjoyed these Core Tips and look forward to see what you can do with your Black Magic cardstock!
I just love this time of year!
BOO! Ah…just love this time of year, don’t you? And Halloween isn’t just for grown ups.
And if you haven’t grabbed some Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions than you must! Check out how Design Team Member Lydia Jackson just sanded certain details like the spiderweb in the corner and the “haunted” text.
So we had a BIG week here at Core’dinations!
First, PLEASE head over and make sure you are entered to WIN OUR $300 GIVEAWAY FROM THE BRAND NEW DAVID TUTERA CELEBRATE LINE!!! Contest ends 10/19 so not much time left! And check out the new David Tutera Celebrate Facebook page, too!
If you have been here this week you will have seen some great techniques on Monday’s and Tuesday’s AND Thursday’s Post. Today is the last day Michele is cookin’ up designs for us in her labratory (or you could call it a craft room). And today we are switching it up using something other than Black Magic cardstock but don’t worry…you can still win some!
SO…if you were here earlier this week you will know there are a few ways to win: We are giving away a pack of Black Magic here at the Core blog or on our Facebook page AND the KNK Blog or their Facebook page HERE! (Winners chosen this weekend) So head over there NOW!!!!!!
AND there is a $50 KNK USA gift certificate from Team KnK, too! Can you believe it? All winner will be random so make sure you get those comments posted! We will pick winners Monday.
AND…we aren’t done yet! Make sure you head over to the Team KNK blog for the Grim Reaper, Frankenstein, AND Dragon Eye freebie file all week long, too!
NEXT………………….Guest Designer Rebecca Keppel is here again. We love having her here with us…she can work that Core!
Tone on tone has never been easier than it is with Core. Just emboss and sand it and it just POPS right off the page!
And how much do you love how Rebecca used the negative images from the fish she cut? Brilliant and NO waste.
How much do you love those fishies!?!?! Rebecca cut them, embossed them, sanded them AND added some clear embossing powder, too! Love that fabulous detail.
Have you had time to play with our Core Cuts?
Are team is having fun with it! Make sure you check out the Core Cuts page HERE for more idea AND some videos!
Design Team Member Char Dobson created these beautiful projects for us today! Char added some bits and pieces of her embellishment stash that matched perfectly BUT the rest is all cardstock from the Core Cuts pack. You don’t need much else, do you?
Char embossed the card base with a Provocraft Embossing folder. LOVE the contrast of the chevron print with the doilies.