Saturday, February 13, 2021

Love - Black Magic Cardstock with Dry Embossing


 Hi, Friends.....

I am here with an entry for the current Let's Squash It! Challenge where the lovely hostesses, Jo and Gail, ask us to use a Love-Themed Embossing Folder + Red or Pink.  

 In searching through my rather generous collection of folders, I was surprised to find only one with a love theme or hearts!  It is the sweet Couture Creations - Smooch folder.  It is so cute that I made several cards with it.  I hope they are sufficiently unique to qualify as three separate entries....but if not, I totally understand!

Remember when sanding the surface of cardstock was super-popular???  I had not sanded a dry embossed surface for quite some time so I decided to use that technique for each of my cards.  It always gives such a soft velvety texture to the design.  I hunted through my Core'dinations cardstock stacks for pinks and reds with contrasting or coordinating colors beneath the surface that would be exposed by the sanding.

I rediscovered a pad I had not used old Core'dinations Black Magic stack.  It has a thin layer of black paper fibers over a colored core.  How fun is this???  I used a glitter gel pen to add accents onto the black surface and embellished with ribbon and some charms.  LOVE!!

Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired
Couture Creations - Smooch embossing folder
Core'dinations Black Magic 6x6 Cardstock
Core'dinations Sand-it Gadget
Sakura Glitter Gel Pen
Ribbon and Charms from my stash

Hope you liked this fun card!  Stay tuned for a couple more posts using this same embossing folder!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Let's Squash It! Challenge #5 - Love themed Embossing Folder + Red or Pink
2. Unstampabelles Challenge #108 - AG with no stamping
3. WordArt Wednesday Weeks #477-478 - AG
4. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #134
DL.Art February Linky
Double D Challenges - Valentine Love


  1. Adorable card! Pretty colours and great embossing.
    Valerija xx

  2. Dear Janis
    Love your colour combo. Pls explain the sanding technique.Tc Stay safe and blessed

  3. Very pretty ... beautiful embossing! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Valentine LOVE’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

  4. It is a fun card. The embossing is great. [Bunny]

  5. Great fun - what a cute folder! Love the kitty humour. This is so us at the moment as Custard is getting pickier and pickier about his food as he gets older. Thanks for playing at Let's Squash It! Jo x

  6. Beautiful card and love the sanded embossing
    Carol x

  7. Great interpretation of the challenge! Love the way you enhanced the core of the black cardstock!

  8. Cute card. I like I have some of the black magic cardstock in my stash too.

  9. Great technique! It really hi-lights and lets that Embossing Folder shine! Great colors too! Perfect little Valentine! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Double D, Valentine Love Challenge. Donna, DT Member.

  10. Your three card all look great Janis but I think this one is my fave - the sanded black cardstock looks fabulous and I love your little embellishing touches!

  11. OOOOOh. A stash buster! Love it! Great challenge and you took it on well. Thanks for playing along this month at Unstampabelles.

  12. Oooh nice. Haven't seen this folder but I do like CC's random designs. The black is gorgeous and great technique with the core card. Thanks for joining the fun at Let's Squash It! Hugz

  13. Great card. Thanks for sharing with us at Unstampabelles.

  14. Lovely card. I love how you used your embossing folder. I don't use mine often, so maybe I should give it a try again soon. Thank you for sharing your card with us at Unstapabelles. Keti (DT)


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