Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Chalk Clouds

Hi Bloggers.

I thought I would spend today's post telling you a little more about the new Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Cloud Inks.

Chalk Clouds are a new Pigment based blending ink. They come in the same tub as the popular Colour Cloud Blending Inks. As the name suggests, they are a chalk ink so can be seen on Black Card creating a fabulous chalk board effect - ideal to use with Phill Martin's Chalkboard Essentials Collection. You can stamp with them, ink through your dies with them, paint with them and create fabulous backgrounds with them.

The background on yesterday's card was stamped using Chalk Clouds. In this post, I'll show you a couple more samples I've made using them.

I stamped the Woodware Cosmos Flowers and sentiment onto Coconut White Card using Jet Black Archival. Using a Smoothie, I popped some Blue Lagoon Chalk Cloud onto my Craft Sheet. I used a Water Brush to pick up the ink and colour in the flowers. I popped some Terracotta Chalk Cloud onto my Craft Sheet and used this to colour the centre of the flowers. I used Sweet Apple Chalk Cloud to colour the leaves. I edged the piece with Blue Lagoon using a Smoothie and matted onto Black Card.

I matted a piece of patterned paper from Sue Wilson's Elegance 8 x 8 Paper Pad onto Black Card. I wrapped some Black Satin Ribbon and Guipure Lace around it and then popped onto a Coconut White Card Blank.

I completed my card by adding a 5mm Black Pearl to each corner.

Here's a background with the inks -

I've stamped the Woodware Long Tall Flowers Stamp and the sentiment onto Coconut White Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with CS True White Detail Embossing Powder. I added 3 colours of Chalk Cloud using Smoothies - I used Blue Lagoon, Misty Grey and Sweet Violet. I used a piece of Kitchen Roll to rub the excess ink off the embossed lines. I then misted some water into my hands and clapped over my piece to create water splats. I poppped a new piece of Kitchen Roll over to stop the water moving further.

I bleached out some of the colour from the flowers using watered-down bleach in a Water Brush.

I cut out using Sue's Double Pierced Background Rectangles and cut a mat out of Coconut White Card using the next sized die in the set. I popped onto a Coconut White Card blank and added some 5mm White Pearls.

I hope you've enjoyed this glimpse of what you can do with the Chalk Clouds.

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  1. Morning Julia, two beautiful cards really love the effect on the second card with the chalk inks. Looks like another purchase on the way.
    Nancyd xx

  2. Morning Julia, lovely creations for us today, I am very tempted to get the new inks....what am I like.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  3. The new inks look fabulous and the second card is lovely. You have such a good eye for colour and these look great together. I bet this would look brilliant and quite different on black card. Have a good day.

  4. Hi Julia
    Wow what a lovely look.Great stamps.
    Jan x

  5. Two really lovely cards.


  6. What lovely samples. The effect of these inks looks fabulous.

  7. Fabulous. Love that second card.

  8. Good morning Julia the cards today are gorgeous. I love the look of those inks. Have a great day today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  9. Good morning Julia, two great cards and I love the look of the new inks.
    Marion S xx

  10. Morning Julia,
    Love the cards. I need to win the lottery, so many new things coming out.

  11. Morning Julia,

    Wow! Beautiful card samples using the chalk clouds.

    Looking forward to getting some. X

  12. Love today's cards thank you
    June horrocks xx

  13. Good Morning Julia, I love the chalk cloud look on that second card, and both the cards are just gorgeous. hugs Shirleyxx

  14. Good Morning Julia.. Sorry I have not been a round for the past couple of weeks as I was in Japan. Looking forward to having a peep at your creations that I missed. Two stunning cards to day and as always I love how you have created the cards... .Love the effect of the Chalk colour cloud, not seen these before.... Wendy

  15. Morning Julia

    Both cards are gorgeous, the second one in particular for me! I love how you've created both

    June x

  16. Thanks, Julia for showing us how to use the new products. It is always very helpful. Love the cards you have made, I wishlist is getting so Long!

  17. Lovely cards.

    Aren't the chalk colour clouds great? I loved them doing swatches and then to use them as paints as we did in the Make and Takes at the Ally Pally showed how versatile they are. And you have shown this with your great samples.


  18. Good morning Julia Two beautiful cards I love the colours of the inks they look amazing

  19. How beautiful, love these colour clouds and their finish, also your techniques are wonderful, if ever I am stuck for a technique or background idea, Julia is the one I turn to, your inspiration is just so great and I am grateful...luv Ursula xx

  20. Wow these chalk clouds look fantastic julia and love the cards x was intrigued yesterday so thankyou for sharing these today x
    Theresa w x

  21. Two lovely cards Julia, as ever, we are going to the Stables Emporium at Habrough on Sunday to see Phill doing a demo. Hope he demos these chalk inks there. They look great. Thank you. X

  22. Two lovely cards Julia. Think these inks will have to go on my wish list. Thank you for sharing these.

  23. Hello Julia.

    Great Cards. I like your layout on the first Card and the stamp and colours are very pretty. The second card really shows the colours and I like the stamp and technique. Thanks for sharing.

    Best wishes

  24. Some great ideas with the chalk colour clouds I especially like the second one

  25. Hi Julia
    The chalk inks look lovely I love both your cards great technique & your cards are beautiful.
    Hug's Lynda Brock xx

  26. Hi Julia, These chalk inks look gorgeous, I'm loving the colour of the blue on the flowers.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  27. Fanstastic cards Julia the colours look stunning I am sure they will make their way into my craft room soon lol xxx

  28. Love the card Julia. hope you have a good week
    Maria x

  29. Gorgeous cards Julia. Beautiful colouring with the chalk inks. X

  30. Hello Julia, just playing catch up on the blog posts, these new inks look fab, and so do both cards here. A new product collection to start. Take care. Bx


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