Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sanding Cardstock with a White core (Enabler alert!! New nifty cardstock)

This technique operates similarly to making a rubbing. I bought this hand-carved wooden block (stamp) from India at Maiwa on Granville Island ages ago, figuring I'd try my hand at block printing to do batik. My Mom used to do it and I love how it looks. I haven't gotten around to it, since I've yet to figure out how those gorgeous blocks are really supposed to be used. :0)

However, I did find another use for the beautiful wooden stamp. It involves cardstock from Close to my Heart which has a snifty white core, and a nail file. Of course, this doesn't capture all of the detail, but it makes an interesting texture. And it gives you an idea of where to add doodling. :0)

It's EASY! I just did this schtuff:

1) Printed and Cut a mirkwood flower
2) Laid it over the block
3) Sanded it
4) Doodled in marker

  • Mirkwood flower template
  • Cardstock with a white core
  • Batik stamp
  • Nail file or sandpaper/block
  • Marker (I used a Chocolate Chip Stamp'n'write)
  • Clear button (this is an S.U. button sanded)
  • Waxy flax/hemp/embroidery thread
  • River Rock Cardstock
  • Basic Grey paper (Bordeaux from Periphery)
  • SU Boho blossoms punch
  • dream stamp from Bella Brush (fancy pants)
  • K & Co Life's Journey 6x6 paper pad

This button is a plain clear Stampin' Up! button. I sanded it with a nail file and rubbed in Very Vanilla craft ink to give it some colour.

I'm so glad you stopped by &
I hope your crafting is a blast!

P.S. Here is what the Close to my Heart Cardstock looks like after you run it through the cuttlebug & sand it:

Close to my Heart has textured cardstock too (also with a white core--I think, though I haven't tried it yet.) Love the variety of stuff out there, hey? :0)

P.P.S. Speaking of white core paper, Check out Kim Hughes's blog Paper Hugs for an innovative cardstock & a design team call for Core'dinations Card Stock. Great video on it at their site (complete with cheesy announcer voice.) ;0) It's textured & available here. Their Black magic collection is unbelievable (It's black that reveals colours with sanding/tearing...) I think they have a million colours.


  1. What a cool technique. I am aways amazed at what you do Mel! I wish I had an ounce of your creativity!

  2. You're TOO sweet Crissy. You are PLENTY creative. Thanks for the killer compliment tho' :0) Grin! You made my day, :0) Mel

  3. Cool! That's super cute! I'm actually directing a friend to your blog since she's always looking for ideas for scrapping her recent trip to India and I think the embossing technique you demo-ed in an earlier post would be perfect! :o) TFS!

  4. Wow! What great ideas you have! I have a ton of the white core paper and I was cursing 'cause I can't fold it for a card! duh!! I never thought of sanding it for other uses! Thanks!


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