Wednesday, February 26, 2020

New Chalk Couture accessories from the 2020 Spring / Summer Catolog

Did you hear?!? There are a few new accessories now available! Check them out below! 

SKU: T201107
$5.99 USD
Use for fast paste removal on gallery and boutique surfaces. Spray the board with the Fine Mist Sprayer, let water sit, then scrape—so satisfying! 

SKU: T201105
$9.99 USD
Use to carry squeegees, Chalk Markers, Transfer Trimmers, and other Chalk Couture art tools. 

SKU: T201106
$4.99 USD
Use as a palette with Chalkology Paste and Chalkology Ink. Excellent for small color portions or holding Paste Singles. 

Chalk Markers (Silver, Gold, 2-Pack)

SKU: T201102
$14.99 USD
For customizing and writing freehand on board surfaces. Remove with water and Board Eraser. 

SKU: T201103  $8.99 USD
Display your most captivating creations with ease. See what we did there? Use to display finished artwork. Best with most 5" x 7" and 6" x 18" Chalk Couture™ surfaces.

SKU: T201104  $11.99 USD
Display your most captivating creations with ease. See what we did there? Use to display finished artwork. Best with most 9" x 12" and 12" x 18" Chalk Couture™ surfaces.

What accessories is your favorite? I ordered the Paste Scraper and I can't wait to try it out! 

Wanna shop for some Chalk Couture stuff? Click here to check out all the amazing items! 

And as always, help a sister out by sharing this post, like it and leave me a comment! 

Until then...

Sara ;) 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Paste vs Ink - What's the difference?

This is your go to guide on everything you need to know about Chalk Couture Pastes and Inks!

Are the paste and inks designed to be the same colors (are the reds the same, green, navy, etc.) or are they different?
While some pastes and inks share the same color name, they are intended to be as close as possible but may not be identical. Because of their formulation and unique pigments, they will dry with different intensities.

Can I mix Chalkology Paste and Chalkology Ink on the same project?
Yes, however, do not mix the ink and paste together. Do not heat set the paste. (This means if you are heat setting a project with an iron, do not iron the paste. If you are heat setting an oven-safe surface, do not use paste on the project.)

Is there a different “look” in the dry finish between paste and ink (matte, glossy, thickness, rough vs. smooth, etc.)?
Yes. Paste is more matte and tends to level on its own. Ink dries more glossy and doesn’t level on its own, so you will need to smooth it to get the finish/thickness you desire.

Will either fade in daylight?
Any color will fade over time, but fading is accelerated when exposed to daylight. Avoid exposing your projects to long periods of sunlight and direct sunlight.

Is ink non-toxic?
Yes, but ink is not for human consumption and should be kept out of reach of children. Note that the metallic inks contain trace metals. Any accidental ingestion should be reported to your physician.

Can you mix ink colors together and on a project like you can paste colors?
Yes, no problem.

Can I mix ink and paste together?
No. The ink and paste cannot be mixed together, because the ink needs to be heat set and paste cannot be heated.

Can you still do techniques like marbling and ombré with ink?
Yes. They are trickier techniques with ink, but they do work.

Can I remove the ink from a hard surface project? (Like scraping off a plate/board with a craft knife?)
If you have heat set your project you should consider it permanent. If you haven’t heat set your project, the ink may come off completely, smudge, or smear in water or when rubbed briskly. On hard surfaces, you may be able to scrape off non-set ink with a craft knife. It will not come off cleanly like paste can and should be used carefully as it is not forgiving on surfaces, particularly fabric.

What is the difference in consistency with paste and ink?
With paste, you may see a difference in consistency. Each color has its own unique formula, so paste consistency can vary. You will not experience a significant difference in ink consistency. However, paste is typically thicker than ink.

Does ink dry more quickly or slowly?
Ink dries much slower than paste. You may wish to use a hair dryer to speed drying, particularly if you are making a project with layered colors.

Will ink bleed through fabric?
Yes, ink can bleed through fabric. Use an Ink Mat to protect your surfaces. Ensure you remove the Ink Mat before ironing your project to heat set the Ink.

Can I heat set my project while the Ink Mat is underneath it?
No, remove the Ink Mat first, because it is not heat proof.

Do I need to “seal” ink projects, even after heat setting?
No. The heat setting seals a project.

Does ink “interact” differently with our Chalk Transfer designs than paste? (Will ink stain my Transfers?)
Yes. Ink will likely stain your Transfer, although staining does not harm your Transfer. Some of the darkest colors of ink can stain the silk portion of the Transfer. The staining will not discolor the next project you make with that Transfer. However, wash your Transfers immediately after using Chalkology Ink. Because ink is permanent, it can clog the screen or pull at the Transfer if allowed to dry (and again, it is less forgiving than paste).

How long do you heat set fabric?
You will need to heat set a fabric project for 4 minutes on each side (inked side AND non-inked side) with a medium heat iron. Ensure you use a barrier between your iron and inked surface, such as parchment paper, and keep the iron moving in small circles—don’t let it rest in one spot.

Can you heat set non-fabric items? What about surfaces that can’t tolerate heat (like plastics or melamine)?
You can heat set non-fabric items that can tolerate heat in a medium oven (300-350° F) for 30 minutes. We recommend waiting for the ink to dry before putting it in the oven. Also, wait for the oven to heat before placing your project inside.
If you use ink on a surface that can’t tolerate heat, do not heat set it. If an item can be baked—like many ceramics, glassware, and cookware—then it will likely be heat safe. Please read all surface information about the item you plan to ink before putting in your oven. You can still use ink on surfaces that don’t tolerate heat, just remember they are not permanent, because they haven’t been set.

Can I use ink on dishes?
Ink is designed for décor items, and while you may choose to decorate common kitchen items (platters, plates, mugs, etc.) the ink was not formulated to be in direct contact with food or beverages.

Is the ink dishwasher safe?
Yes. Ink is dishwasher safe once it has been heat set.

Can I put ink on my chalkboard? If so, do I need to heat set it or just let it air dry?
Yes, you can put ink on your chalkboard, however we don’t recommend heat setting a chalkboard. Remember ink is designed to be permanent, so it may not completely come off even if it is not heat set.

What’s the best way to clean up after “accidents” with ink?
Any “project rescue” suggestions?

If it is only a small drop of ink, you can let it dry completely and peel it off (depending on where it has spilled; some fabrics it will soak into immediately). If it is a larger area, and ink won’t pull off, you may need to start over OR try to ink over the mistake. It will depend on the surface, because ink may stain even if it hasn’t been heat set.

How do you clean up your Ink Mat when you are done?
Use water to wipe it clean. Do not use a disinfecting wipe, because it will take the adhesive off your mat.

How do you layer designs?
Heat set the ink between layers. After you let the first layer dry, you are safe to layer on top of it. To speed this process, you can use a hair dryer after each layer.

What’s the life of ink when stored?
Chalkology Ink, similar to Chalkology Paste, will last longest when stored in its jar, tightly sealed and in a cool, dry place when not in use. Cap immediately after use or between projects to prolong life. Both paste and ink are best when used within 3 months of purchase.

Like these pastes and inks but not sure what Chalk Couture is- Click here to read all about it! 

Wanna shop for some Chalk Couture stuff? Click here to check out all the amazing items! 

And as always, help a sister out by sharing this post, like it and leave me a comment! 

Until then...

Sara ;) 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

New En Vogue Chalk Couture Paste Colors!

Yes... you heard that right! New En Vogue Chalk Couture Paste Colors are out and they are the perfect addition for this Spring and Summer! These colors are so versatile and can be added and used for so much!  

Here is the break down of the new colors: 

February Specials:

Preferred Customer—Paste Perfection
Did you know that Club Couture subscribers have a great opportunity to stock up on Chalkology™ Paste at a discounted price. Through February, Club Couture customers (Preferred Customers) can save 20% on full-size Chalkology™ Paste (3 US fl. oz. jars).

Customers must order (and be logged in) through My Chalk Site to take advantage of the discount. All Club Couture subscribers have been emailed the details of the promotion. Remember that February is a great time to shop the new Spring/Summer collection items while you are stocking up on paste and they’ll also save on shipping with their larger order!)

All colors are eligible and there are no maximums or minimums required.

Like these pastes but not sure what Chalk Couture is- Click here to read all about it! 

Wanna shop for some Chalk Couture stuff? Click here to check out all the amazing items! 

And as always, help a sister out by sharing this post, like it and leave me a comment! 

Until then...

Sara ;) 

Thursday, February 6, 2020

New Spring / Summer starter kit is here!

If you have been thinking about joining Chalk Couture, now is the time! 

Catch the High-End DIY Creativity Wave!

Catch the wave of the hottest, hippest trend in high-end DIY home décor that’s sweeping the industry—start your Chalk Couture Designership! To get you started, we’ve put together the big kahuna of products in your Starter Kit. It contains the perfect ensemble of products to get you making, selling, and growing your Team! These items are always the hottest seasonal trends and colors and the easiest way for you to get inspired. Join us today—your wave is waiting!

-Designer Start-Up Guide Spring/Summer 2020 Catalog Thank You Cards (12-Pack) 

-Chalk Couture Apron Small Squeegee

-7 Chalk TransferTM Designs (various sizes)

  • Love Brings Us Home (A) 
  • Bold Brave Brilliant (A)
  • Hello Spring (B)
  • Better Together (B)
  • Business Builder—Ask Me How (B)
  • Business Builder—Join My Team (B)
  • Club CoutureTM Transfer of the month (B)

-5 ChalkologyTM Pastes (3 US fl. oz.)
  • -Bright White
  • -Guava
  • -Bumblebee
  • -Couture Teal
  • -Raspberry Sorbet

-Couture Gallery Board Aiden White Frame (9" × 12")
-Couture Boutique Board & Base (51⁄2" × 71⁄2")
-Couture Boutique Chalkable Chips (Black, 12-Pack, 3", Round)

This kit has a retail value of more than $250 USD/$340 CAD.*
* Contents subject to change and may vary from images shown.

Want to see a video of everything included- Click here!

Like this project but not sure what Chalk Couture is- Click here to read all about it! 

Wanna shop for some Chalk Couture stuff? Click here to check out all the amazing items! 

And as always, help a sister out by sharing this post, like it and leave me a comment! 

Until then...

Sara ;) 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

What's new in the Spring/Summer 2020 Catalog

New Catalog for Spring & Summer 2020 is here! There are so many great new transfers, pastes and surfaces! 

What’s New?
It’s an exciting time for new beginnings, and as the weather promises to warm up, we’re releasing hot new designs and products! Creativity is an unlimited resource, so we’re committed to rolling out a zillion fresh, high-quality products to suit the spring and summer season.

Chalk Transfer Designs
Whether your style is farmhouse, boho, or just plain sassy, this season has something for you and your customers! We’ve added two new Chalk Stories Collections to explore, more designs than ever, and projects that meet all skill levels and interests.

Our selection of paste and ink just keeps getting better and better. We’re expanding our Paste Singles offering to include all core colors. Updated En Vogue colors include Pink Grapefruit, Citrus Splash, Spring Zing, Blue Jay, and Wisteria. Go ahead and add that splash to your stash!


Seasonal Finds
New seasons bring new cutout surfaces! What art adventures will you have with new Egg Cutouts (3-Pack, 31⁄4" × 4") and House Cutouts (2-Pack, 5" × 7"). Made with coordinating Transfer designs in mind!


Tool Time
Just call us handy dandy innovators. We’ve added so many new tools to make life easier for you! 

-Check out our Paste Scraper. On a Chalk Couture reusable surface, simply spritz water on the design you want to remove, let it sit, then run the scraper across damp Chalkology Paste and watch it glide off. Follow up with the Board Eraser to remove any remaining paste.

-Chalk Markers sparkle in metallic Silver and Gold (2-Pack, one of each color included).

-Color Trays (24-Pack) will make using smaller amounts of paste and ink a breeze. They’re perfect for using Paste Singles, especially in a workshop setting.
Display Easels have arrived in two sizes (91⁄2" and 14") to display your captivating creations with ease.

The new Basics Bag is exactly what you need to bring those couture tools together. It’s made to hold precious cargo like squeegees, Chalk Markers, Transfer Trimmers, and more.

Our heartfelt mission continues with a new Transfer design for Watts of Love; Follow Your Heart. As always, for every Transfer sold Chalk Couture donates $2 USD to Watts of Love. Bring love and light to the world when you promote this Transfer! 

How do I get my hands on new items?
A full-color printed catalog is included with Designer’s February Club Couture Transfer mailing. Plus, all new Designers receive a Spring/Summer Collection catalog in their Starter Kits starting on February 1 (at 12:01 am MT). Designers can purchase additional full-color printed catalogs in packs of six ($12 USD/$16 CAD).
The Spring/Summer Collection products are orderable starting February 3, 2020 at 9:00 am MT.

Not sure what Chalk Couture is- Click here to read all about it! 

Wanna shop for some Chalk Couture stuff? Click here to check out all the amazing items! 

And as always, help a sister out by sharing this post, like it and leave me a comment! 

Until then...

Sara ;) 

Monday, February 3, 2020

February Club Couture

February is finally here which means a new transfer! I can't wait to get it and try it out. But I wanted to let you see it ASAP! Once I get and and chalk it up, I will do another post to show how I used the transfer. 

Supplies Needed:

Club Couture Transfer: 
Welcome to Our Home

Chalkology Paste Singles: 
Raspberry Sorbet

Small Squeegee
Mini Squeegee
Transfer Trimmers
Fuzzing Cloth
Self-Healing Work Mat
Permanent Marker

Box Frame (9" × 12")

Color and Placement for Club Couture: Welcome to Our Home 
1. “welcome to our”: Raspberry Sorbet
2. H,M,E letters: Mauvelous
3. Wreath “O”: Eucalyptus

4. Berries: Raspberry Sorbet

Follow these instructions to complete the Club Couture project:
1. Prepare your Chalk Transfer by removing it from the packaging and cut apart the individual elements. Label the backer papers with marker to correspond with the image. This makes cleanup easier.

2. When you remove the backer from the Transfer screen, be sure to “fuzz” each element to gentle the adhesive by sticking the adhesive screen to a Fuzzing Cloth or terry cloth towel to pick up a bit of lint before applying it to your surface.

3. Position your Transfer elements on the board and smooth them out to adhere to your surface, ensuring there are no bubbles.

4. Prepare your Chalkology Pastes by kneading the packets, tearing off corners, and squeezing desired amounts onto a dish or other palette surface. Stir paste if using 3 US fl. oz. jars.

5. Use a generous amount of Chalkology Paste on the desired squeegee and smooth it over the Transfer (see color and placement suggestions above).

6. Once the screen portion of the design is completely covered, scrape the excess paste off as evenly as possible and wipe unused paste back onto the palette or into the jar. The more excess paste you remove, the better the result.

7.Carefully peel back the Transfer before the paste dries and immediately put it in water to clean thoroughly. Once clean, let dry with sticky side up.

8. For best results, wash and dry each Transfer element and the squeegee before reusing. 

9. Allow sufficient dry time of your surface (or use a hair dryer to speed drying) before layering subsequent steps; especially when placing the berries on your wreath.

10. Repeat these basic techniques with all elements of your design.

11. Once all the Transfer elements are clean and dry, reapply all backers and store flat.

Want to watch a video on how it is done- Click Here!

If you need to add a Kick Start Kit- Read all about it here. 

Wanna shop for some Chalk Couture stuff? Click here to check out all the amazing items! 

And as always, help a sister out by sharing this post, like it and leave me a comment! 

Until then...

Sara ;) 

Sunday, February 2, 2020

What is Club Couture?

Heard of something called Club Couture but not really sure what it is? Well I'm gonna break it down for you! 

While being a member of  Club Couture, at the start of every month you ill get an exclusive transfer that you can ONLY get if you are a member of Club Couture.

What does Club Couture really mean?
With this subscription program, you will get an exclusive B-sized (8 1/2" x 11") Chalk Transfer™ designed to be on trend, in season, and available ONLY through Club Couture, PLUS three coordinating Paste Singles and step-by-step instructions—everything you need to create a darling finished project. You also get in on exclusive discounts, bounce-back opportunities, and secret sales.
Club Couture is just  $19.99 USD per month plus FREE shipping. Sign up for an initial 3-month commitment (you will not be billed today, you will be billed on the 5th of next month) and then you will be billed month-to-month.
Once you click subscribe, you’ll see two additional purchase options appear below, but these add-ons are only available when you initially enroll in Club Couture™, so don’t miss this!
  1. Current month’s Club Couture™ for  $19.99 USD (plus shipping, pending availability).
  2. Kickstart Kit at a discount price of  $69.99 USD (plus shipping). This kit contains additional supplies to make life easy when creating an entire project and includes: Small Squeegee, two Board Erasers, Multi-Tool, Bright White paste and a couple of darling surfaces.

What is the kickstart Kit?

This kit has everything you need to make starting your creative adventure easy. Grab it now, because it's available at this price only with your initial Club Couture™ subscription. Small Squeegee Multi-Tool Board Eraser (2-Pack) Chalkology™ Paste Bright White (3 oz.) Couture Gallery™ Board (9” x 12”) Couture Boutique™ Board & Base.

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