Using Black Magic Cardstock for your Chalkboard Projects

September 20, 2013 by  
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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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December Guest Designer….

December 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Provocraft, Tim Holtz

Leeann Pearce!
We are so excited to have Leeann designing with us for the next few months. AND…HAVE YOU HEARD???
Leeann just earned the amazing title of Scrapbook Master from Scrapbooking Memories! And we have her all to ourselves today.
PLEASE check out her  blog here for more gorgeous creations.
Here is a little bit about these cards from Leeann:
Hello… My name is Leeann Pearce and I live in a small country town called Capel in Western Australia with my darling husband Quentin and 3 gorgeous girls, Holly, Storm and Jorja. I have been scrapping for nine years and I love it! It has taken me on this amazing creative journey that makes me strive for. I have a massive love for all crafting products and I love playing with all the new stuff. But I also like to mix it up with the older stuff as well. Because it’s all still so cool to me. I scrap for a lot of reasons not just to record. I love the creative outlet it gives me – the freedom to create!
I really Love my core cardstock. There is so much you can do with it. Today I want to share two cards I made using Tim holtz kraft-core from the nostalgic collection. I simply trimmed my Kraft core to size and using a Christmas number embossing folder and ran this through my Cuttlebug, lightly sand the top, revealing the Kraft colour. It certainly makes the cardstock pop and adds great texture at the same time. Then I simply finished each card of with a sentiment and buttons and some hand folded leaves.
If you were at our Hard Core Crop you saw these gorgeous leaves!
Here’s an extra for you – if you would like to know how to make these leaves follow these directions.
Special Note: I am NOT the original creator of these leaves…
Here is a close up. I tried this myself and LOVE it! SO much fun especially with Core.
MATERIALS: Tim Holtz Kraft-core nostalgic collection, Core cardstock neutrals, Core Sand It Gadget, Cuttlebug and numbers embossing folder, epiphany crafts star 25 tool and star 25 bubble cap, Webster’s  Pagessentiment royal Christmas sticker tags, basic grey buttons, Prima pearls, machine stitching.

It’s Hauntingly Scary here….

October 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Jenni Bowlin, Tim Holtz

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.

AND she paired it with some of our Core Essentials and Vintage Cardstock.  Have you seen the label technique that Lydia used here on her layout for her journaling?  Check it out HERE!  Awesome!

Guest Designer Rebecca Keppel

September 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog

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.

Designing with Core Cuts

September 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Provocraft

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.

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Day Four!

July 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Happy Thursday!

We are here with some inspiration for you with Scrapbook-Adhesives by 3L!

Design Team Member Melissa Oliveira used the Thin 3D Foam Squares were used to pop up the “TWO” title banner which was hand cut and embossed using Whitewash cardstock, as well as the “backyard fun” subtitle sticker.
Dodz Adhesive Dots were used to adhere the flower embellishments along the left corner of the photo.
The My Stik adhesive dispenser was used for the other paper-to-paper mounting.
For all of these adhesives check out the Scrapbook-Adhesives by 3L HERE!
Don’t forget to sand that Cosmo Cricket Core Impressions for that  beautiful look, too!

NOW…make sure you check out the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog HERE and head over to Like them on Facebook here…you don’t want to miss any of that inspiration, do you?

Make sure you comment here to win an AWESOME Core goodie pack AND over at the Scrapbook Adhesives blog as well because they have an awesome giveaway of their adhesives, too! You have ALL WEEK LONG!

In that goodie pack from us you will see some of our awesome Glitter Silk cardstock.

Please note we will be posting winners from our online Crop this weekend FRIDAY ..so stay tuned for that!

Thank you for your patience. It was NOT easy. And that is a GOOD thing!

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