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Username Post: Chalking, does anyone still use chalk?        (Topic#1557771)
Cindyckj
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Was wondering if anyone still uses chalks? And if so how do you use yours?

The only chalks I have are those hard making memories ones that were the 3 tier round containers that came with some little fluff ball applicators.

With having upgraded my cricut from a create to and expression and being able to make bigger cuts i'd love to be able to dress them up and add dimension and wondered if chalk would be a good way to do this?

Do you have the hard chalks or cream chalks?

Would you rather use ink? What kind?

My chalks are probably 7 years old. Barely used. lol

Thanks!


 
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I use a blender pen with my chalks - I know that Stampin up has them and I have also picked them up at Michaels or ACmoore. It allows you to color and blend for a nice soft effect!! I also use chalks to color images in using a q-tip.

Hope that helps!


 
Smashley
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I haven't used chalks since I first started scrapping. I mostly use inks now. One fun thing to do with the chalks is use them with Versamark. You can stamp and then chalk over the image instead of embossing. I have also used them to create a soft colored background on plain cardstock.


 
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Smashley, when you use the versamark, what do you use to apply the chalks? I usually use a make up sponge for my chalks, but I am thinking that once used with the versamark, they would need to be tossed? Or doesn't the versamark come off on the applicator?


 
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I use a paint brush to apply my chalks to versamark...a One Stroke Painting, Donna Dewberry flat brush or a stencil brush, but I think any sorta sturdy paintbrush would do.

I still use my chalks occasionally. I love the soft shadowy look they give to the edges of things (diecuts, journaling blocks, whatever) to give them more dimension. Also, I like that I can erase them if I don't like the look or I got too heavy handed with them.


 
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I use mine around edges mostly on ripped edges. It's beautiful on vellum--I do most of my titles & journaling on vellum.

I apply with an alligator clip which holds a tiny pom pom. I keep the pom poms lined up in the box and switch colors as needed. It applies the chalk really nicely!


 
Smashley
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  • ktmracing Said:
Smashley, when you use the versamark, what do you use to apply the chalks? I usually use a make up sponge for my chalks, but I am thinking that once used with the versamark, they would need to be tossed? Or doesn't the versamark come off on the applicator?



I have used those little puff balls that they sell for chalking and never noticed the ink coming off on them. But I was also brushing the chalk on really really lightly.


 
debby_westbrook
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I love using my chalks... I like them mostly for the edges.


 
Cindyckj
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In response to debby_westbrook

See I was thinking of like edging with them or like rosy cheeks on a face and such.

Like I cut a ghost out with my happy hauntings cartridge but he looked so stark white I didn't know what to do with him to give him some dimension.


Edited by Cindyckj on 05-03-11 06:57 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
ktmracing
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Smashley, thanks for the reply. I am so excited to try chalk with the versamark!

Just, thank you too for the brush idea. I plan to try that too since I have a bunch of those.

Thanks guys!!


 
Smashley
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You're welcome!! This thread makes me want to bust out my chalks! Considering I bought them and used them maybe 10 times, I should! LOL


 
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In response to ktmracing

I use mine mostly around edges--I forget about the Versamark technique; learned that from my SU friend last year!


 
madmatter
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I use my chalks on tear bears or other paper piecing people/animals to color in facial features

but I use them very very infrequently


 
Cindyckj
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In response to madmatter

Do you guys use the hard pressed powder chalks or the creme chalks?


 
justowen
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In response to Cindyckj

I have both, but if I had to choose just one, I'd choose to have the powder!


 
gracie713
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In response to justowen

I use the powder, especially is I am using it for edging or blending. I also have chalk pencils that I enjoy using.
I haven't heard about using Versamark, and I will certainly have to try the paintbrush.!


 
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In response to Cindyckj

I have both; the cream ones I have are the Pebbles metallics. I found that it takes alot of any given color when I use them, so they don't go very far. Just my experience. Enjoy your new Expression!


 
SmartyPants
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great ideas - thanks for the inspiration!!


 
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  • Smashley Said:
You're welcome!! This thread makes me want to bust out my chalks! Considering I bought them and used them maybe 10 times, I should! LOL




Me too.....LOL.....I tend to use the Tim Holtz Distress ink pads all the time....it seems that I do better with those, however, there are times when they are just to deep and wish I knew better how to use my chalks also......so this is a great forum for me....thanks for starting it....I am learning a lot!!!


 
runzalot81
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On my blog, I have a labels section on the left. Chalking is one of the labels. In there, I have a tutorial for how to stamp with versamark and color with chalk. I also color images with chalk. I love chalk!


 
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