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Chalk Couture vs Oracle 813

Before I learned about Chalk Couture, I absolutely loved Oracle 813! Don’t get me wrong, I still love Oracle 813 for the personalized signs; however, Chalk Couture is SO much easier! In case you missed the live comparison, check out this cute 30 minute video where our 4 year old demonstrated Chalk Couture while I work with 813.

In the video, there were a few questions and products I wanted to address *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. It does not cost anymore to you, but I do get a small profit for you using my link.*

What is Oracle 813?
Oracle 813 is a stencil vinyl. Instead of weeding everything on the outside of the design like you do with other types of vinyls, you weed the actual design. When you place this on your board, it gives you a stencil. Some people use this method with Oracle 651, but it is so much easier with 813! You can get Oracle 813 here.

What type of transfer tape do you use?
I use to use the clear transfer tape that typically comes with a starter pack of vinyl. Then I found Paper Transfer Tape! This stuff is amazing! It is so much easier to work with and adheres to the vinyl better. If you are interested in using Paper Transfer Tape, you can get it here.

What kind of paint do you use on wooden boards?
I started out using acrylic paint until I tried chalk paint for the first time. Chalk paint is seriously amazing. It dries faster than acrylic. It is thicker than acrylic so it can be used with Chalk Couture templates. It gives cleaner lines when you paint with it. You can get Waverly Chalk Paint from your local Wal-Mart. You can also get a combo sample pack of FalkArt Chalk Paint here. or Americana Decore Chalky Finish Sampler Set here.

What do you use to paint the stencil?
Makeup sponges are where it’s at! Seriously, they work so well! You don’t need a lot of paint to do it. You can see how I use the makeup sponges in the video above. When you are finished painting, you can rinse them out and re-use them or throw them away because they are so cheap! You can get 100 pack here for less than $10!

How do you seal your signs?
If the sign is going to stay inside on the wall and not be touched much, I typically don’t seal it. However, if it is going outside or it is a holiday sign that will be moved to the attic, I like to seal it with Annie Sloan wax. You want to make sure you get the clear wax. This link is for a bigger jar so it will last you awhile.

Do you use any of these products? What are you most interested in trying?

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What is Chalk Couture?

Silhouettes (and Cricuits) are fun. You can design basically anything and cut vinyl or stencils. The craftiness is limitless – time, however, is not! The process of cutting vinyl requires you to design it, cut it, weed it (ugh!), and then use it on whatever you are working on. Talk about time consuming! What if I told you there was an easier way? How would you like to make that sign, shirt, bag, gift, whatever in less than 10 minutes?

We are designers for a new company called Chalk Couture. I know, you hate direct sales – I do, too! But this is different! Chalk Couture sells silk screen vinyl that can be reused! The vinyl has an adhesive back that will give you up to 50 times use. The designs are insanely detailed – something way too detailed for you to attempt to weed.

When you sign up to be a designer, you get 40% off. The starter kit is $99 and includes One magnetic Framed Chalkboard, one round magnetic white chalkboard, 3 jars of chalk paste, 6 silkscreen transfers, a chalk couture apron, one large angled squeegee, small squeegee, 25 thank you cards and starter guide.

If you want to try it without committing, we are offering a Sample Kit on our VIP Facebook Page. You can also purchase straight from our Chalk Couture website.

Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

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Chalk Couture Sample Kit

We are so excited to announce that we are now offering Chalk Couture Sample Kits! Many of you have seen our Facebook Lives and have heard us talk about Chalk Couture but you have not had the opportunity to experience it for yourself. You’re not ready to sign up to be a designer because you don’t want to spend $99 in case you don’t like it. I get it. I was the same way! You want to test the product, but you haven’t had the opportunity to come to a party, or you are not local. This kit allows you to try the products without coming to a party or being local!

What is included?
You get a small template (3×6-4×5 depending on the design), a full jar of paste (choose black or white), and a small squeegee! In order to get this exclusive offer, go to our VIP Facebook group to see the sale price and get free shipping!

What designs are you offering?

You can use this template as many times as you want and the paste will last a long time since the template is small. Don’t miss out on this offer! Click here to join our VIP Facebook Group!