If you love Halloween, you came to the right place!

September 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, May Arts Ribbon, Provocraft

 
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First up we have a layout from Designer Kate Nolan-Denham:
Halloween is one of my favorite times of year!  Definitely a time to for me to be imaginative and have fun.  The Halloween layout I am sharing today shows a fun way to use Core’dinations Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions as a fantastic background.
To make the words POP on the background, I not-so-gently sanded all the words on the Halloween Seasonal Impressions Cardstock and theen added some chalk.  I really wanted the Kraft-Core to absorb the color in the orange and blue Chalking Inks so giving it a good sanding is the key.

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The title work was super easy!  I cut the title out of a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Black Magic with my Cricut and then sanded it like crazy so the blue background would play on the title.

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Next time you are creating a seasonal layout grab some of the Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions!
Core’dinations Supplies:
12 x12 Kraft-Core Seasonal Impressions 
4.25 x 5.5 Black Magic
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Other Supplies:
Quick Quotes Chalking Ink
Dymo
American Crafts Thickers
Making Memories & October Afternoon Brads
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And next up we have card from Designer Clare Buswell:

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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. 

SuppliesCore Black Magic (Warlock), Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy.
Authentique Thrilling Collection, Distress Inks (Ripe Persimmon, Antique Linen, Scattered Straw), SRM Stickers – Sticker Stitches, Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Reflected Damask, Big Shot, flower from Wild Orchid Crafts, black seam binding, tinsel twine, broom embellishment, corner rounder, enamel dot, foam pads.
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And next up we have a super simple card from Debbie Standard. All she did was emboss two colors of cardstock with two different folders and then added an EK Success sticker. And don’t forget  that May Arts ribbon…it’s actually cord that is PERFECT for Halloween with the black, orange and purple!
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Core’dinations – Darks and Brights collections
Cuttlebug Embossing machine
EK Success Sticker
Emossing Folder:  Lifestyle Crafts

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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Vivian Keh…a gorgeous mini AND a layout!

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!

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A distressed crumpled look is so so easy with Core!

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Layer your scalloped edges for a “gingerbread” look! Ya know, like the roofs of gingerbread houses..cute, huh?!??!

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SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations -
“Sugar and Spice” from Pastels Collection
“Worn Lipstick” from Tim Holtz and Ranger Distress Collection
Jillian Dot Collection
Snowflake” White Cardstock
Sand-It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Sizzix – “Mariposa” bigz die, embossing folders
Hampton Art – stamps
Fiskars – scallop edger punch, small butterfly punch
Tim Holtz – tiny attacher
EK Success – floral punch, circle punch
Memento – Dye ink
Gems
Decorative Brads

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Next up a layout….. How cool are those torn squares?!?!

Vivian Keh with a layout that’s about as clean as I go – lots of white space, featuring graphic design elements created entirely with torn Core and paper punched blossoms from Marvy Uchida.  I sanded the blossoms to reveal the embossing that simultaneously occurs when you punch these pretties.  I must say, this paper punch was a pleasure to handle, cutting cleanly and embossing with a single, very easy press of the palm.
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And yeah for the cool embossed punches from Marvy Uchida!!!  How cool are those torn squares?  First layer the torn paper on some scrap paper and adhere.  Then cut out any shape you like and you have your very own embellishment!
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SUPPLIES:
Core’dinations -
Pastel Collection
Tim Holtz Distress Collection
“Snowflake” White Cardstock
“Heritage Kraft” from Graphic 45 Signature Collection
Sand-It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Sizzix – Sizzlit “Typeset” Alphabet Strip Die
The Paper Studio – Self-adhesive pearls

Core Impressions…to sand or not to sand…

Happy Monday everyone!

Today we have two layouts from Designer Suzanna Lee using our Core Impressions.  The great thing about these lines is that you can sand them or not sand them. So we thought we would give you to examples  of each. The first one uses the BasicGrey Core Impression Whimsy collection not sanded. 

The fun thing about Core is you can sand some …and not sand others ..all in the same  layout like Suzanna did here. She sanded the tone on tone stars and scallop shape in red to make them pop off of each other and then left her Core Impressions as is. Don’t forget to get out your Sand it Gadget when you decide to sand ;) It’s repositional sand paper pieces make it so easy to use!

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Patterned paper-less (or primarily cardstock) layouts are so easy to create with Core’dinations! Especially when you throw some Core Impressions in the mix – the printed design and embossed images really add some fine detail to the layout. Just because the cardstock is embossed, it doesn’t mean you have to sand it. I like the subtle texture of the unsanded Core.

Supply List:

Core Impressions:  BasicGrey
Coredinations Tim Holtz  Distress

Sand it Gadget

Dust Buddy
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Washi: unknown (Japanese)
Twine: The Twinery
Brads: American Crafts
Letter Stickers: Simple Stories SNAP!
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The Sanded Layout:
Next up we have a layout from Suzanna where did quite a bit of sanding on the BasicGrey Core Impressions.  We LOVE the look of BOTH and are happy we can give you that creative option!

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Core’dinations looks great cut in your Silhouette or any die cutting machine!

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Love the bits of sanding….

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Just because you have the ability to sand it, tear it and emboss it, doesn’t mean you have to. Sometimes, less is more. That’s the highlight of this layout. Pure, simple unadulterated Core! LOL!! Okay, I did sand the Core Impressions, but of the 5 types of Core I used, it’s the only one I “did” something to. One teeny tiny strip of patterned paper, that’s all! And a few embellishments.

Supply List:

Core Essentials: Darks
Core Impressions Basic Grey Whimsy
Tim Holtz/Ranger: Distress
12×12 Crabgrass
Whitewash 6×6 pad
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Patterned Paper and stickers: Pebbles
Decorative bag: Fancy Pants
Ink: Memento
Stamp: Cocoa Daisy
Wood pin:Little Yellow Bicycle
Wood Veneer: Studio Calico
Tag: Chic Tags
Die: Lifestyle Crafts
Dot: Q&Co

We’re BACK!

July 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Helmar Adhesives, Scor Pal

Wahoo! Our site is up and we are ready to rock-n-roll! But we did lose a few blog posts from earlier this week so today is one of those posts. Unfortunately they were some Fourth of July posts so it may seem a little  late so sorry about that!

BUT the good thing is that you can make these stars ANY time of the year! They look SO good on layouts, too.  Keep on reading for some great step-by-step directions from Designer Kate Nolan-Denham!

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1)Create a card base, A2 size, made out of Red Rose Core’dinations Cardstock.

2)Cut a piece of White Glove CoreCouture Glitter Cardstock to 4″ x 5.25″. Glue to card base.

3)Deboss a piece of Navy Cardstock from the 4.25 x 5.5″ Darks collection and layer it on top of the white mat. I used Craft Concepts Solid Stars embossing folder for this card. The debossing is a GREAT contrast to the raised stars, don’t you think?

4)Die cut 3 larger stars in different sizes and 2 small stars out of the Red Rose cardstock leftover from making the base of the card.  I used Sizzix Star Framelits.

5)Score each large star at each point.

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6)Scor the stars along the scored lines and sand them with the Sandit Gadget to give them a 3-D effect.

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7)Die cut a label shape out of the White Glove CoreCouture Glitter Cardstock, trim the bottom of it so it will be flush with the White Glove mat already on the card.

8)Stamp the sentiment on the label you die cut in #7. I used Spellbinders Label.

9)Add the stars and sentiment label to the card using 3-D foam. I used Helmar Zapdots.

10)Give to someone.  This card is bound to brighten anyone’s day!

Core’dinations Supplies:

Core’dinations 12×12 Darks – Red Rose

Core’dinations 4.25 x 5.5 Darks – Navy

Core Couture  6×6 – White Gloves

Sand it Gadget

Dust Buddy

 Other Supplies:

Scor-Buddy by Scor-Pal

Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive & ZapDots

Spellbinders & Sizzix Dies

Stampin’ Up! Stamp

Fabulous Friday

…..with Vivian Keh!

In order to create the luxurious feeling in this card project, I turned to the beautiful pearlescent hues of our Gemstones collection.  While the sheen on the die-cut rosebuds showcases the elegance of the Gemstones cardstock as is, I dry embossed a bit of Sapphire colored cardstock, sanded  and distressed the raised surfaces with Distress Ink to infuse my card with a sense of nostalgia.

Ah…you can never have too many close-ups, right? Here is a shot of the inking on the embossed Gemstones cardstock.

Gemstones does NOT have a sandable finish like our Specialty collections so when you sand, you will lose the sheen. This is a GREAT alternative…sand it so you loose the smooth finish and your ink will be more intense.

SUPPLIES

Core’dinations:
Gemstones ColorCore (4.25 in x 5.5 in) – Sapphire,Rose Quartz, and Opal
Sand-It Gadget
Dust Buddy

Sizzix - “Moroccan” Textured Impressions Embossing FolderFlower Bloom w/ Leaves 3-D Sizzlit, Big Shot Machine

Hampton Art – “Abundance” Stamp Set IC148
Viva Decor – Pearl Pen

Tim Holtz – Distress Ink

Tsukineko – Stazon Ink

Really Reasonable Ribbon – Metallic String Iridescent

And another card for you!

I love the organic patterns in every sheet of our “Shattered” Collection.  For this card, I kept a rustic, muted palette, creating very easy blooms by paper-punching and sanding petal shapes from a sheet of Shattered cardstock, taking advantage of the kraft backsides for some interesting variation in my blooms.

SUPPLIES:

Core’dinations – Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered; Colorcore in “Latte”

Sand-It Gadget

Dust Buddy

Martha Stewart – Ornament Punch

Recollections – Self-adhesive pearls

Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam Binding and Paper Ribbon   Tim Holtz – Distress Ink

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