Tip and Trick Tuesday: Alternate uses for holiday chalk transfers.

It’s Tip & Trick Tuesday. Every Tuesday, I will try and make you aware of a useful tip or trick you might not know about to help you make the best of your Chalk Couture products. It might be about an accessory, or chalk or surface… whatever gem of wisdom and experience my little heart desires to impart to you.

This week we’re talking about how you can think outside the box and use your transfers in a new way or combine elements of different transfers in one design.

Tip & Trick Tuesday

So I’m Baaaaaack! I had such a fantastic time at the Chalk Couture Leadership conference. I truly work with so many inspiring people.

Here’s a pic of my Crafty Chalkers that were at the conference. Notice the coats needed in Arizona. Forties in Arizona while I was there…grr.

What a fine bunch of leaders I have. Here are just some of the 96 leaders in my team that attended. My team is strong and I foresee a fantastic year on the way. (Wanna become part of it? USA here. Canada here.)

So, here are the tips for the week.

Are you hesitant to buy certain transfers because you thing they are so theme-centric that their limited use isn’t worth the price? Not so fast, my friend. Here are just some of the examples of alternate uses of some themed transfers.

Mistletoe Kisses Transfer. Mistletoe is not just for Christmas kisses, at least with this transfer. Isolate that “kisses included” portion of the transfer and you have a perfect item for a Valentine’s decoration, cos who doesn’t like kisses for Valentine’s day? (Need this transfer? Go here.)

Mon Cherie transfer. If you’re not up on your French, Mon Cherie means my dear in English. And Bebe means baby of course. Originally intended as art for a nursery, these items make great Valentine’s day decor too. Just take a look at the pic above and can see how cute they are. How sweet. (Need this transfer? go here) I’ll do a post about my adventure with the tiered trays in the pic above sometime this week.

Good Cheer transfer. Guess what? To be of good cheer is not just for Christmas (or the martini bar). Nope, you can have a Good Cheer coffee bar! You could do a Good Cheer Cocoa bar. And who doesn’t love a nice subway art sign? (Get a Good Cheer transfer here.)

Christmas Story Collection: Gift Tags transfer. This transfer has the cutest collection of embellishments for Christmas. Who’s to say some of them couldn’t be used for other things, like birthday gifts or Valentine’s gifts, perhaps? (Get a Gift Tags transfer here.)

Gnome transfer. This is a great transfer to do all sorts of cute things to. For example, You can turn it into a sweet Valentinesish design like I did in this video. I used parts of other transfers to create a you are my gnome (Need this transfer? Go here.) . Check out the video tomorrow to see how I made this cute project.

In the end, you can just take stock of your transfer collection and think outside the box to use elements of separate transfers together to create an entirely new design.

Chalk Couture Prince of Peace Transfer on Canvas.

While rushing around or wearing out your credit card online, it’s easy to forget the reason for the season. Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. So, Happy Birthday Jesus! Here’s a great inspirational project to celebrate. This would make a great gift (I made this one for my Aunt and Uncle )

So here’s the Prince of Peace transfer on 11×14 Canvas. I used Shimmer Red, Rainforest, Shimmer Gold, and Black Velvet Chalk Pastes. I also used the Self Healing Mat, Transfer Trimmers, Fine Mist Sprayer, Multi Tool, Stir Sticks, and Mini Squeegee.

Pretty nice if I do say so!

Check out the video below to see how I made this beautiful sentiment come to life.

https://youtu.be/IXHRMLdc2QY

Good Cheer chalk transfer

Size E Transfer (18″ x 24″)

Good Cheer – This subway-style Transfer design is all you need to bring the spirit of Christmas into your home. A convenient cut line allows you to place the Transfer design in two pieces or separate the words to create a different look. 

Tip & Trick Tuesday: Transfer Trimmer – Not Just Pretty Scissors.

Tip & Trick Tuesday

It’s Tip & Trick Tuesday. Every Tuesday, I will try and make you aware of a useful tip or trick you might not know about to help you make the best of your Chalk Couture products. It might be about an accessory, or chalk or surface… whatever gem of wisdom and experience my little heart desires to impart to you. This week: the Transfer Trimmer.

The Transfer Trimmer. So pretty in its Couture Teal-ness. But it’s not just another pretty face, oh no. The Transfer Trimmer is the Goddess of Scissors in both form and function.

They’re so pretty…pretty useful!

Chalk Couture has this one down pat. What a great piece of equipment.

Handles. The handles are very comfortable. They are the same size, cos scissors, but feel smooth and are durable. Haven’t had any rough spots develop yet and don’t expect to so there’s that.

Blades. Sharp. Like Edward Scissorhands sharp. Be careful in handling and using them.

Ooo they are sharp, my friends!

The blades are slightly longer than other scissors, so you can make longer cuts and spend less time cutting. Also, best of all, they are silicon coated. Yea, so what, you ask? Here’s the thing: less to no sticking to your transfers! Cut that transfer with confidence with these babies. You won’t be trying to peel your transfer off like your shoe off a glue trap or shaking like a Polaroid picture in frustration.

And, finally there is that familiar happy teal color and branding we all know and love. Sufficiently logo’d and colored for your Chalk Couture accessories collection.

Have I convinced you? Go get yourself your own. Here.

Tip and Trick Tuesday: The Mask. And Why You Need It.

Tip & Trick Tuesday

Tip & Trick Tuesday. Every Tuesday, I will try and make you aware of a useful tip or trick you might not know about to help you make the best of your Chalk Couture products. It might be about an accessory, or chalk or surface… whatever gem of wisdom and experience my little heart desires to impart to you. This week: the Circle Mask and why you need it.

Nope. It’s not that goofy movie with Jim Carrey. It doesn’t have anything to do with my fave guilty pleasure, the Masked Singer. I really do love it. Who the heck is the Doberman, anyway.

Who are these guys?

What is the Mask? The genius folks at Chalk Couture created a transfer that works as a mask. The 10 inch Circle transfer is a transfer made in reverse, so it blocks out an area of whatever you’re chalking, like a pattern. Why do you need that? Well, to oh so easily do a transfer inside a transfer.

Circler Mask Transfer
This is the circle mask. It’s 18″ and great for blocking areas out for additional designs or blank spaces for other needs.

How do you use the Circle transfer? Here’s a quick show of direction. What you do is place your bottom layer, like a pattern for instance, then carefully add the circle over top. Then, when you chalk, pull the paste from the center, to the outside. When you’ve covered your surface you wish to chalk, remove both transfers at the same time, clean and separate the transfers. This is the recommended method, but I have done it slightly differently with success, so you can probably create in whatever way makes you comfortable.

usingCircleMask

You could, then, use a smaller transfer and chalk it inside the circle. Fantastic, huh?

Here, I created a project with the French Country Transfer as a background with the Circle transfer over and the Ooh La La transfer inside the masked area.

Circle mask over pattern.

Place your circle over your pattern. Then, you can start chalking, being careful around the edges of the circle, so it doesn’t get pulled up.

CircleMaskUse
Chalk over the pattern and into the circle enough to get the inner edge nice and pronounced.

Now, carefully pull off the transfers to reveal your masked pattern.

masked area success!

Once your paste has dried, (or speed it along with a dryer) you can add your inner design.

Add another design inside your masked pattern.

And, Voilà! Your beautiful masked layered creation is done!

Done and trés magnifique!

Other ways to use the circle transfer? Instead of another transfer, you could add a ribbon, ornament or other embellishment in the open space. It’s really up to you and your creativity.

Check out the video below to see how I created this project.

https://youtu.be/ChyVQxrqoIA

Hope you enjoyed this week’s tip.

Happy Chalking!

Mistletoe Kisses transfer on Aiden Frame

It’s a traditional Christmas tradition. Kissing under the Mistletoe. It’s meant different things throughout history, but mostly to bring luck to those that kiss or a long, healthy relationship for devoted couples.

I personally love this tradition, for the most part. I have had one or two that I’d like to forget, but who hasn’t, right? Any-who, the folks at Chalk Couture prefer Christmas traditions too and created a great transfer to show it.

So I created a super cute Chalkboard sign with the Mistletoe Kisses transfer! I used Shimmer Red, Pesto, and Bright White Chalk Pastes. I did this all on our Aiden 9×12 Porcelain Steel Magnetic Chalkboard. I also used the Fuzzing Towel, Transfer Trimmers, Fine Mist Sprayer, Self Healing Mat, Stir Sticks, and a few Mini Squeegees. The magnetic tape I used to stick the ribbon down is from Xyron and is called Magnet Tape.

Check out the video below to see how I made this beautiful project.

https://youtu.be/T90cAZd75XI