Get the Chalk Look without the Chalk Mess!

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Ever want to write or draw on a dark piece of paper without having to add a white paper mat? The trusty Chalk Marker is your answer! It works on paper and most non-porous surfaces, and, much like the name implies, the results are vibrant, opaque, and chalk-like.

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Chalk Marker #ctmh #closetomyheart #ChalkMarker #chalk #marker #scrapbooking #scrapbook #papercrafting #cardmaking

As most of you know, we’re of the memory keeping variety at Close To My Heart and it is our aim to preserve things forever and always, therefore this Chalk Marker is permanent, archival, and lightfast. It is not filled with liquid chalk and will not wipe off (so do not use it on an actual chalkboard unless you want permanent results! 😉 ).

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The intention of the Chalk Marker is for it to mimic the appearance of written chalk. It writes in a thin white line and the color of paper that the ink is being used on will show through a little bit, as you can see here:

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The ink is also designed to build on itself as you layer it. The more coats you apply the more vivid and rich the ink will appear.

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Unlike most other markers, the Chalk Marker needs to be stored horizontally for best results. The ink inside is a special blend that, if the marker is stored upright, will shift to the end pointing down and it will take a good while for it to shift back to where it needs to be. Storing this marker horizontally will help you get the steady flow of ink to the tip that is necessary to achieve a smooth application.

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The Chalk Marker is very user friendly when you know what to expect from it and how to take care of it. It is an awesome (and inexpensive!) tool to add to your crafting arsenal. Keep in mind the tips that we’ve shared with you today and give it a try!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Oh the Places You’ll Go Page
X7231B Central Park Paper Packet, X7234B Documented Paper Packet, X5962 Goldrush Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock, X5966 Pansy Cardstock, X5963 Poppy Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, X5980 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Paper, X7234C Documented Complements, Z4171 Documented Titles, Z4178 Central Park Sequins, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z1767 Chalk Marker, Z4182 Thin Cuts—Stitched Hearts, Z3318 Thin Cuts—Basic Circles, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Die-cutting Machine, Sewing Machine

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Artistry
9″ Icon-2 <h> ( p. 26, #M418F74)

12″ x 12″ First Day of School Page
X7231B Central Park Paper Packet, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5982 Canary Cardstock, X5962 Goldrush Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, X5980 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z1767 Chalk Marker, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Sewing Machine

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Bask in the Fun of Masks!

You already love creating artwork to preserve memories, but what about using artwork to make memories? We’ll show you one of our favorite ways to do just that: handcrafted masks!

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Kids will love donning these masks for costume parties, impromptu plays, and games of dress-up. And why should they be the only ones? The masks make us want to waltz to the orchestra music at a masquerade ball, too! They’d be perfect for a last-second costume, as you can choose papers that coordinate with your favorite outfit to craft a mask that will unify the whole ensemble! Whether for special occasions or everyday moments, these masks will add some flair to your fun!

Ready to find out how to replicate these masks? You can create a mask of any color with your favorite paper or cardstock. Then make it unique—pull out your stash of accessories and decorate to your heart’s desire. The possibilities are infinite! If you’d like, you can start by replicating one of the masks pictured above. Let’s take a closer look at the cat mask first:

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Are you wondering how our artist got the white designs to show up, even on the Black cardstock? The answer: our chalk marker! It may take a few coats, but this ink will decorate even your darkest papers. What a cool tool, eh? Just “chalk” it up to our passion for exciting products!

And did you notice the darling curls at the end of the cat’s whiskers and the butterfly’s antennae? You can thank the wonderful quilling tool for that! For those less familiar with the technique, the quilling tool is a stylus with a small slot at the top. Slip a strip of paper into the slot and the tool will grip it as you twist the paper around the quilling tool. Twirl it as tightly as you like, and enjoy the resulting curls!

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Doesn’t the butterfly mask look like it’s ready to take flight? The credit for that goes to the three-dimensional effect our artist used on this mask. To create this look, she first cut two identical shapes from the Pomegranate ombre B&T Duos™ paper featured in Sangria. Next, she decorated the top layer with the chalk marker and bitty sparkles. (That was the fun part!) She finished by attaching the embellished layer to the bottom one with some 3-D foam tape. Beautifully simple, right?

So bring back the make-believe days filled with princesses and pirates, and give those days to the next generation of dreamers by creating paper masks like these for your children and grandchildren. And don’t forget to take pictures—you’ll want to scrapbook those later! 🙂

Recipes

Cat Mask
X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5760 Cotton Candy Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3095 Whisper Extra Thick Twine, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1767 Chalk Marker, Z1795 Quilling Tool

Butterfly Mask
X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3040, Thistle Extra Thick Twine, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1767 Chalk Marker, Z1795 Quilling Tool, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

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