Last year at CHA I was just about done- the show was closing, my dogs were barking, and I had a plane to catch. Just as I was taking my last lap I ran across the Quick Quotes booth and stopped in for a chat.
Quick Quotes is a scrapbooking kit company that also offers layout kits, albums, chipboard, and embellishments. And Powder Puff Chalking Inks, too! These babies caught my eye and the owner graciously offered me a set to review AND a set to give away! (But more on that later. KeepÂ reading.)
The Powder Puff Chalking Inks are sold individually, in sets of 6, or the complete set of twelve. I cracked a few open, and took them for a test spin.
First off….it’s an unusual size and shape. It’s about 1/3 smaller than the regular full size stamp pads that I have, and about twice the size of the small “eye” or “drop” shaped ones. This size makes it so easy to hold- no fumbling with little pads- and gives you plenty of surface area for stamping too. It’s the best of both worlds.
While we’re on that topic, I should mention price point. These pads retail on the site for $2.15 USD each, or $26.99 for a set of twelve. Compare that to $1.99 for the much smaller “Eye” or “Dewdrop” version. It’s like getting twice as much for fifteen cents more!
But let’s face it- all the savings in the world don’t mean a fig if the product doesn’t work well. So let’s take a look at the pad, some swatches, and a few projects and you can decide for yourself then.
Here you can see that the pad has a linen-type finish on the pad. Personally, I like these better than foam because I feel it distributes the ink better and is more durable. Also I took a good whiff, and found a faint, pleasant odor to the ink. Nothing that is intrusive or offensive.
Now let’s see how it performs on different papers. I chose 4 colors- mocha, blue, green, and orange and applied them to different surfaces:
On the glossy surfaces, it took a second to dry- you might see some blue fingerprints on my samples because I stuck my finger on a pad without realizing it! However, the dry time was really good and the papers took the ink well- even the vellum! However, it never did dry on the transparency- even after 24 hours. It’s not surprising, though- these are labeled for porous surfaces.
I also stamped with the ink:
I was pleasantly surprised to see the lighter ink showing up on black paper. A plus!
Next, I tried some “direct to paper” technique, first on canvas paper:
(Did you know you can blend or soften your chalk inks with a baby wipe? Handy!)
I thought the colors were lovely and vibrant, and provided good coverage.
Now, the packaging says that they unique shape is so that you can “color” with the stamp pad and use the pointy part to get into little areas. So I did just that:
Another packaging plus- the clear base made it easy to see just where I was applying ink. Nice. Little things count, you know?
So after playing with these inks for a few hours, it’s my personal opinion that they are just as good as the other name-brand chalking inks at a MUCH better price- that makes them craft-tastic!
The color palette is nice, if subdued-Â I really hope they add some more vibrant, rainbow colors to this collection, because I’d snap them up in a minute.
By the way, Quick Quotes has a Facebook Page – go show them some love and tell them I sent you!
So now for the good stuff- our first giveaway of 2011! I have a set of these yummy chalk inks to a lucky reader! Please leave a comment with how YOU like to use inks in your projects. I’ll draw a winner via Random.org on Friday, January 7th around noon EST.
This giveaway is now closed. Please see the winner here.
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