There is no place better than the beach! And not just during the summer, during those non-summer months, when it’s a little rougher to get to the beach due to the lack of time and return to regular routines. Here is a great way to remind yourself of just how great the beach is and what’s around the corner!
Die – EllenTina Cutting Dies/Tessler Crafts
Cut Files – Kolette Hall Studios (Design ID #43142 and #61944), Hero Arts (Design ID #40428)
Buy yourself a lovely weathered frame and dress it up with some Core’dinations cardstock cut with beachy dies and cut files!
The Kraft Core Shattered collection adds that perfect weathered feel to a beach themed project. So too does sanding add a sand worn effect.
Tucking things between the background and the frame adds a 3D dimension and some added depth to your project. Note how the texture of the Core’dinations cardstock really makes this sea star that much more realistic!
Design by Suzanna Lee
We are excited to share Xyron projects with you all week long.
And do not forget to head over to the Xyron blog for MORE inspiration AND a giveaway! AND we have a giveaway for our Facebook Fans, too! CLICK HERE to enter to win over there and keep reading on how to win on our blog, too.I heard a rumour that it might be a sticker maker?!??!?! So day TWO…hmmmm….how about some cards and a treat bag today?
Designer Clare Buswell worked her Xyron adhesive with a card and treat bag. I just loooooove me some Halloween projects and these are so awesome! You can do a lot with some Core, Authentique and a Xyron Mega runner.
Cover card base with black Core’dinations Color Core cardstock, sand edges with Sand-It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy. Trim patterned paper, round corners, ink edges with Distress Inks and machine stitch border. Adhere to card using Xyron Mega Runner. Cut spider’s web file from Core using Silhouette, attach to card and trim edges. Wrap seam binding around card and tie bow. Die cut labels from Core’dinations Color Core cardstock, stamp sentiment, ink edges and adhere to card using Xyron Mega Runner, to finish.
We are excited to share Xyron projects with you all week long.
And do not forget to head over to the Xyron blog for MORE inspiration AND a giveaway! I heard a rumour that it might be a sticker maker?!??!?!
Designer Shaunte Wadley is up first with some mixing and matching of Tim Holtz Kraft Core Season Impressions, Kraft-Core and Fancy Pants Core Impressions. And see that super cool strip of pumpkins? Shante used her 2.5 Sticker maker so keep scrolling to check out easy it is to adhere that with Xyron tools.
How is easy is that???
It’s like magic…it’s sticky and NO MESS!
Here’s a close up of it finished with the die cut layers:
THEN after you sand with your Sand it Gadget, take your chalks and apply desired color for a really cool look! Not sure if you saw Friday’s post but Designer Kate Nolan Denham did that on her layout, too, but with some Black Magic..super cool!
Sizzix – Fancy & Floral Frames Embossing Folder Set #657197, Brenda Walton “Gift Tags” Bigz die #658730
Clearsnap – PetalPoint Ink Pad Collection in “Provence,” Frost White Pigment Ink
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Love this card? Here is how Clare did it:
Make cardbase from cardstock. Emboss Black Magic cardstock, sand using Sand-It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy. Ink edges using Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink, adhere to card and round bottom corners. Add patterned paper (Authentique Thrilling Collection) panel and adhere sticker stitches. Add ribbon, bow and twine. Adhere Authentique Thrilling Collection stickers to cardstock, ink edges and fussy cut, attach to card using foam pads. Adhere flower, enamel dot and broom, to finish.
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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!
Hello, Core friends! Vivian Keh here with an accordion mini album that I made for one of my three closest high school friends, all of whom were able to visit me recently for an amazing reunion, just as we all hit the big Four Oh! I crafted this album to house small photos from our long weekend together, using a monochromatic palette, which is extra fun with all the lovely tones and tints of cardstock that Core’dinations has available!
Check out the Core Essentials part of the website for color families so you can create your very own monochromatic look like this!
There’s some die-cutting, dry embossing, stamping, and of course my current favorite – tearing!
A distressed crumpled look is so so easy with Core!
Layer your scalloped edges for a “gingerbread” look! Ya know, like the roofs of gingerbread houses..cute, huh?!??!
Fiskars – scallop edger punch, small butterfly punch
Next up a layout….. How cool are those torn squares?!?!