Dragon’s Eye Designs from KNK

September 27, 2012 by  
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We are living it up here with Team KNK!

BUT before we get started. 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!

It is the perfect time of year to bust out some Black Magic and do some Halloween projects. If you have been here this week you will have seen some great techniques on Monday’s and Tuesday’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!

We have a really cool technique to share with you today AND all week long from the team over at KNK.   Here is a little bit more about the Klic -N- Kut:

Klic-N-Kut computerized cutting systems are top-of-the line digital die cutters. KNKUSA.com has a great selection of machines to choose from. These machines can cut everything from vinyl to rhinestone rubber, from paper to chipboard, from thin cotton fabric to stiffened felt.  Each machine comes with the choice of KNK Studio or Make The Cut!, two vector designing programs rich in functionality. For more information check them out HERE. And make sure you stick around for a chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate!

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!

Here it is without the back lighting. Cool, huh?  Now…you will see that it looks a bit rough when she peeled it. That is okay. Michele was going for this look BUT you can sand it away with your Sand It Gadget to smooth it out. It really is about which look you prefer.

And the reverse image:

Remember to comment all week long for a chance to WIN!

Winning on Wednesdays!

September 26, 2012 by  
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We are living it up this week with TONS of chances to WIN!


First up we have  OUR $300 GIVEAWAY FROM THE BRAND NEW DAVID TUTERA CELEBRATE LINE!!! Contest ends 10/19 so not much time left!  And remember…if you are already a Hard Core Crafter you are entered to win!

If you are already entered we ask that you head over the the BRAND NEW David Tutera Celebrate Facebook  page and Like it. We have BIG stuff planned over there …just sayin’ ;)


Not a Hard Core Crafter? ENTER HERE to win!


It is the perfect time of year to bust out some Black Magic and do some Halloween projects. If you were with us yesterday and today then you have seen  some really cool techniques this week from the team over at KNK.   Here is a little bit more about the Klic -N- Kut:

Klic-N-Kut computerized cutting systems are top-of-the line digital die cutters. KNKUSA.com has a great selection of machines to choose from. These machines can cut everything from vinyl to rhinestone rubber, from paper to chipboard, from thin cotton fabric to stiffened felt.  Each machine comes with the choice of KNK Studio or Make The Cut!, two vector designing programs rich in functionality. For more information check them out HERE.

YOU CAN STILL WIN ALL WEEK LONG! Just comment on Monday and Tuesday’s posts on both blogs AND both Facebook pages.

SO…if you were here yesterday 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)

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!

AND…we aren’t done yet! Make sure you head over to their blog for the Frankenstein  freebie file all week long, too!

It’s a SPOOKtacular week here at Core’dinations!

September 25, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog

We are living it up here with Team KNK!

BUT before we get started. 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!

It is the perfect time of year to bust out some Black Magic and do some Halloween projects.

We have a really cool technique to share with you today AND all week long from the team over at KNK.   Here is a little bit more about the Klic -N- Kut:

Klic-N-Kut computerized cutting systems are top-of-the line digital die cutters. KNKUSA.com has a great selection of machines to choose from. These machines can cut everything from vinyl to rhinestone rubber, from paper to chipboard, from thin cotton fabric to stiffened felt.  Each machine comes with the choice of KNK Studio or Make The Cut!, two vector designing programs rich in functionality. For more information check them out HERE. And make sure you stick around for a chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate!

SO…if you were here yesterday 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)

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!

AND…we aren’t done yet! Make sure you head over to their blog for the Frankenstein  freebie file all week long, too!

So today’s design comes from the very SPOOKY Frankenstein.

It’s all about the cut.

Here are some tips for cut settings:
Use  vinyl settings as a starting point on both the Maxx and the Zing,
with your blade protruding slightly less than the thickness of the paper.
This, combined with the low pressure, results in cutting only through that
top layer of the card stock. Then use a piercing tool to peel away the
black where I’d cut the design. See above.
KNK Maxx:  250 v and 38 f
KNK Zing:  10 v and 15 f
So you can see from this shot, the key is not going through the cardstock all the way. Just cut that top layer and using a cut like you would for Vinyl ( a much thinner medium) will only allow the blade to go through the top layer. Again…if you are using a different cutting machine than you will need to experiment.

Here are a few sneaks of the pealing process.

See that little piece that is kind of rough?  Well just sand it and it will smooth it out so it looks just like the rest of the green core.

Yesterday we got a comment about how do you dislpay these when they are back lit? So if you don’t have a black light of sorts than you can put them on your window! How cool is that?!?!?

Here is the look Frankenstein all spoooooky with his back light. And don’t be afraid to sand the part that is black like Michele did here with his neck.

So to recap:

So….how do you win this week?

BOTH the KNK blog AND the Core blog will be giving away a pack of Black Magic to one lucky winner! So comment here and there all week long for a chance to win.

AND they have FREEEEEEEE  Halloween files  created specifically for use with Core’dinations card stock available in AI, GSD, KNK, MTC, SVG, and WPC !!!!!!!!!!!!  HOW COOL IS THAT??!?!?!  You need to head over to their blog to get those.  These are the images you will see on the blog this week.

AND…yes…there is MORE…

a Team KNK- $50 KNK USA gift certificate, too. Can you believe it?  All winner will be random so make sure you get those comments posted!

Do you love Black Magic?

September 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog

WE DO!!!!!!!!

It is the perfect time of year to bust out some Black Magic and do some Halloween projects.

We have a really cool technique to share with you today AND all wee long from the team over at KNK.   Here is a little bit more about the Klic -N- Kut:

Klic-N-Kut computerized cutting systems are top-of-the line digital die cutters. KNKUSA.com has a great selection of machines to choose from. These machines can cut everything from vinyl to rhinestone rubber, from paper to chipboard, from thin cotton fabric to stiffened felt.  Each machine comes with the choice of KNK Studio or Make The Cut!, two vector designing programs rich in functionality. For more information check them out HERE.

SO…we will have some very cool designs for you this week from Team KNK AND we there will be more..just keep reading! AND don’t forget to check out their Facebook page HERE!

So the grim reaper is the first design of the week! Again..we will be here all week showing you some cool designs PERFECT for this time of year. (Head over to the KNK blog for this freebie file…more details on that below)

So can you see how it is all about the colored Core. SO COOL!

NOW..are you looking for a super cool decoration piece?

Use a spotlight behind it!!!

Now…how do you create these works of art?  Start with the outer point of smaller pieces and peel toward the center or where it joins a larger section. Look very close..you can see the cut lines.

And continue that process….

If your blade has penetrated far enough into the paper, the black layer will peel off easily.

Hold your paper piercing tool at a very low angle to the paper so you don’t pierce the colored layer, but slide just under the black layer.

Isn’t that crazy cool?!?!?!?!?!?

Here are some tips for cut settings:
Use  vinyl settings as a starting point on both the Maxx and the Zing,
with your blade protruding slightly less than the thickness of the paper.
This, combined with the low pressure, results in cutting only through that
top layer of the card stock. Then use a piercing tool to peel away the
black where I’d cut the design. See above.
KNK Maxx:  250 v and 38 f
KNK Zing:  10 v and 15 f


BOTH the KNK blog AND the Core blog will be giving away a pack of Black Magic to one lucky winner! So comment here and there all week long for a chance to win.

AND they have FREEEEEEEE  Halloween files  created specifically for use with Core’dinations card stock available in AI, GSD, KNK, MTC, SVG, and WPC !!!!!!!!!!!!  HOW COOL IS THAT??!?!?!  You need to head over to their blog to get those.  These are the images you will see on the blog this week.

AND…yes…there is MORE…

a Team KNK- $50 KNK USA gift certificate, too. Can you believe it?  All winner will be random so make sure you get those comments posted!

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