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CRAFTING ESSTENTIALS: CHALK PASTE VS PERMANENT INK- WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Are you ready to take your crafting to the next level? Whether your a seasoned DIY enthusiast or just starting on your creative journey, understanding the difference between chalk paste and permanent ink is crucial. In this blog post, we'll dive into the world of crafting materials to help you make informed choices for your next project!





CHALK PASTE

Our chalk paste is a specialized formula that is a wet paste, but once applied to a surface and dries, it creates a beautiful semi-permanent design. Don't like the design? Want to try a different color? On non-porous surfaces, such as a chalk-board, the paste can easily be removed by washing with water. Porous surfaces are difficult to remove all traces of the paste color because the paste gets in every nook and cranny. We do not recommend using chalk paste on fabrics or projects that can be washed. Our reusable stencils work in harmony with our chalk paste to give you a beautiful design every time. Get creative and layer with different colors, add glitter, try blending, or add embellishments for unique pieces.


HOW TO USE CHALK PASTE

Mix the paste well with the multi-task tool or stire stick. You will want the paste consistency to be similar to cake frosting! If the paste is dry, add a little distilled water and stir. Once you have the right consistency, apply teh paste evenly with a squeegee to cover the stencil design. Apply a little paste at a time. A small amount goes a long way. Once the design is covered, scrape away the excess paste with the squeegee, and before the chalk dries, pull back the stencil. Remove the stencil before the paste is completely dry. That's it! Pretty easy right?!?


CHALK PASTE CARE

When your project is completed, we recommend scraping the sides of the jar and gently clean the tops of the jars before tightly securing the jar lid. By keeping the chalk paste jar rim clean and tightened when not in use, you will preserve the lifetime of your paste. A helpful tip is, after you use your paste, spray the top layer with a small amount of distilled water before replacing the lid back on. Paste should be stored in a cool environment. Life expectancy is approximately 6 months.


PERMANENT INK

Our permanent ink is a specialized formula that is wet when applied but once applied to a surface, dries to create a beautiful permanent design. We recommend the use of inks on fabrics and projects that are heat resistant, such as ceramics. Our ink has a thinner consistency than the paste. The ink is a little more unforgiving when working with designs. We recommend using ink mats to help secure your project. Staining of the stencil may occur when using inks, however, this does not compromise the stencil.


HOW TO USE INK

Start by applying a small amount of ink to your stencil. Using your squeegee, you will want to evenly spread the ink to your design until all parts of the design are covered. Remove excess ink and remove the stencil quickly. Wash the stencil immediately after use to prevent screen clogging and staining. After your project has completely dried, you will need to heat set the design with an iron on a medium setting with no mist. We recommend using parchment paper as a barrier between the iron and the design. Iron front and backside of the design for 4 minutes each. If you're using a heat press, set your machine for 305 degrees and press front and backside for 30 seconds. If using ink on glass dishware, place finished dishware in a cold oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes total.


INK CARE

When your project is completed, we recommend scraping the side of the jar and gently clean the tops of the jars before tightly securing the lid onto the jar. By keeping the ink jar rim clean and tightened when not in use, you will extend the life of your ink. Ink, like chalk paste, should be stored in a cool environment. There are many surfaces available for purchase from Creating Memories with Casey, but you are not limited to those items. You can use most surface types paired with your design to make your very own personalized creation. Some examples include; wood, mirrors, glass, ceramic, and fabrice just to name a few. When using porous surfaces, like glass or ceramic, you will want to fuzz the stencil prior to placing it on the surface to remove some of the stickiness. If you do not fuzz the stencil it will want to stick to the surface and will be difficult to remove. To fuzz your stencil, place the sticky side of the stencil on a towel and peel it back up. Repeat this fuzzing technique a couple of times before placing stencil on your surface.


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