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Clearsnap Fluid Chalk Inks

Clearsnap Fluid Chalk Inks

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Clearsnap Fluid Chalks

Clearsnap Fluid Chalks

Kate Pullen
Clearsnap Fluid Chalk Inks are new innovation. The inks dry to a matte finish, resembling artists chalks. They are a pigment ink, however exhibit many of the qualities of dye inks. Fluid Chalk inks have the following features. They are:
  • Quick Drying
  • Acid Free and Archival
  • Resistant to smearing, bleeding and fading
In this review we put the inks through their paces and find out what they are really like to use?

The Fluid Chalk Range

Clearsnap sell their Fluid Chalk inks in five formats. They are available individually and in multi-color packs:

Individual
  • Cat's Eye - 2” x 1”
  • Mini - 1.5”x 2.75”
  • Full Size - 4” x “2.5”
Multiple Colors
  • Queue - 6 x Cat's Eyes
  • Petal Point Options - 8 color blocks
  • Paint Box - 8 color blocks
This is a review of Clearsnap Cat's Eye Fluid Chalk Queue, in the 'Primary Elements' colors.

About the Inks

Image Stamped with Fluid Chalk

Image Stamped with Fluid Chalk

Kate Pullen
Cat's Eye Fluid Chalk Queue, is a stacked unit of six Fluid Chalk Cat's Eye ink pads. Standing at a little over 2.5” tall, and 2” long by 1” wide, this is a handy way to store the six colors, making them highly portable and useful for stampers who are short on space.

Some of the Key Features
  • Each of the Cat's Eye ink pads within 'Queue' are interchangeable, so if necessary the pads can be changed around and reordered. This is useful for people who find working with small Cat's Eye sized ink pads fiddly, using the top pad while clicked onto the unit gives a greater degree of control.
  • Each foam pad is raised. This means that the user has greater degree of control over how much ink is added to the stamp or paper.
  • The shape of the ink pad lends itself to detailed use, for instance inking a stamp with different colors.
  • The pads are re-inkable.

The Inks In Use

Clearsnap market this ink as being quick drying on absorbent surfaces and this is certainly true in practice. On a sheet of standard absorbent paper, a stamped image was rubbed immediately after stamping and there was no smudging or smearing. The same process was repeated on semi-absorbent paper and slight smudging took place, although when given a few minutes to dry the ink resisted smudging.

The inks work well both when applied to stamps and when used direct-to-paper. The shape of the ink pad makes applying inks to large and small stamps easy and they lend themselves to creative techniques, for instance applying different color inks to a stamp without using a brush.

The ink is excellent used on stamps with fine detail on absorbent surfaces, although the slightly soft look might mean that they are not ideal for use with text stamps, however this would depend on the feel of the project and the required effect.

These inks have worked well in the following projects and techniques:
  • Direct-to-Paper backgrounds
  • Coloring the edges of torn paper
  • Applied to vellum when heat set
  • Ink pads stamped direct on paper as stamps
  • Use with shrink plastic
  • Painting and coloring
Fluid Chalk inks are water based and this means that they are easy to wash and clean without the need for specialist cleaning materials.

Conclusion

Fluid Chalk Ink Stamped Direct on Card

Fluid Chalk Ink Stamped Direct on Card

Kate Pullen
These are excellent inks and are good for both stamping and coloring techniques. The quick drying nature of Fluid Chalk inks means that they are easy to use. Beginners and more experienced users will enjoy the level of creativity that the inks allow.

Multi-color ink packs are good for beginners as they provide a selection of colors. The range of colors is impressive.

These Ink Pads are Good For Projects Where:
  • The qualities of pigment inks are required, but with the ease of use of dye inks.
  • Soft, matte shades for stamping and coloring is required.
  • Direct to paper techniques are used for backgrounds.
These Ink Pads are Not Good For Projects Where:
  • Embossing is required on normal absorbent papers – the ink is too fast drying.
  • Deep sharp images are required.

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