Make an Ordinary Soap Dispenser Extraordinary

by Alison Heikkila

See How to Upcycle an Ordinary Soap Dispenser using StazOn Studio Glaze

I love making handmade gifts, and of course, this is the perfect time of year for that. I decided to decorate a plain foaming soap bottle. Truth be told, I didn’t make this as a gift. It was for my house. But I will get a few more of these soap bottles and make them as gifts for people! StazOn Studio Glaze is a perfect craft product for this project because it adheres to non-porous surfaces like glass. To take it a step further, you can easily make your own foaming soap and add it to the bottle before giving it as a gift. Wouldn’t it make the perfect for a housewarming present? See my favorite recipe for soap at the end of the tutorial!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + drying time

Directions


Step 1

I bought this foaming soap bottle for about $6, and I knew right away that I wanted to use StazOn Studio Glaze to decorate it. Wash the bottle down and chose colors of StazOn Studio Glaze.


Step 2

Turn the bottle upside down and apply lines of Claret Studio Glaze, allowing it to have a nice big drip at the bottom. Vary the lengths of the lines and keep plenty of room in between them to add the other colors. TIP: I worked on a scrap piece of cardboard so that I could easily turn the bottle around without touching it.


Step 3

Continue to add colors with the same drippy, varying lines all around the bottle’s base. Make sure to not put any of the Studio Glaze directly on the bottom of the bottle so it will still sit flat on a counter. I made sure to not have a pattern. Some lines touch, while others have room in between them.


Step 4

I added four colors total. Keep in mind, the colors will look different (more translucent) once they are dried. Fill in any gaps with Cotton White. This process only took about 15 minutes to complete.


Step 6

After the Studio Glaze has dried, repeat the process along the top of the bottle as well.

As you can see, when dry the colors are deeper and more translucent, but are still quite vibrant. I love the drips going in both directions, and my family thinks it looks great in our bathroom. You can easily do this technique on an inexpensive set of drinking glasses or a mug. They could all make great gifts. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
  • Studio Glaze – Claret, Gothic Purple, Midnight Blue, Emerald City, Cactus Green, Cotton White
Other
  • Glass Foaming Soap Dispenser (you can find these at department or home goods stores)
  • Foaming Soap

Alison’s Favorite Foaming Soap Recipe

  • 2 Tbsp Liquid Castile Soap (Dr. Bronner’s is my go to)
  • 3 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
  • 4 Drops of fragrant essential oils of your choosing (Bergamot, Peppermint, or Lavender work very well)
  • Enough water to fill bottle. Shake to mix!

Share A Little Heartfelt Sympathy

Share A Little Heartfelt Sympathy with two handmade cards using tsukineko ink

Textured Heartfelt Sympathy Card by Neva Cole

Sympathy cards are a gift given to comfort the bereaved, in this instance, it is for a family member who now lives overseas. I wanted to create something soft and beautiful to deliver a message of condolences and love. The textured background is created with Amplify! and the shimmer of Brilliance Graphite Black sets of the Radiant Neon Electric Pink.

I started by applying the Radiant Neon Electric Pink Amplify around card base. I added drops of Amplify in white and smaller drops of Amplify in black. I used a rubber brayer to move the Amplify around on the card base, and used a heat gun until the texture puffed up. I used the scraps to die cut mini hearts with Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Journaling Card set.

I applied Brilliance Graphite Black ink with an InkBlusher to my die cut Decorative Elements. I die cut the center from the Amplify! textured card base to use between the inner and outer decorative pieces. I stamped the sentiment in Radiant Neon Electric Pink to match the Amplify medium. I had forgotten to clean the stamp before this step so the “mistake” became a creative choice instead and matched the distressed card base! I also gently inked the sentiment with Brilliance Graphite Black to add a bit more black low-lights to the image.

I finished the card with the DeNami Design white ribbon around the Decorative Element outer frame, and added the mini hearts. You could add other embellishments as desired.

And you are finished and ready to add your own personal message!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White
  • Spellbinders – Labels 54 Decorative Elements
  • Unity Stamp Company – Heartfelt Sympathy
  • Lawn Fawn – Stitched Journaling Card die
  • DeNami Design – white ribbon
  • Rubber Brayer
  • Heat Gun

Blue Roses Sympathy Card by Roni Johnson

Blue Roses Sympathy Card by Roni Johnson

It’s not a fun part of life but with beginnings comes endings. It’s always hard to create a card when that time comes so why not make a bit of beauty to help us all through those rough moments. I created this card with those tough times in mind. I also wanted to share a technique I discovered when I was making this card that can be used to create an amazing background for not only this card but so many.

Trim a piece of watercolor paper to the desired size. Choose 2-3 colors of VersaMagic Ink you would like to use for the background. Apply the inks to a stamping block in any pattern you desire. Mist the ink with a bit of water. Place the inked block on the watercolor paper and let it set. As the block sits on the paper you will notice how the paper begins to absorb the water moving the ink around creating a lovely pattern and texture. When you can’t take the wait any longer, remove the stamp block to reveal the design created by the ink, water, and paper interaction. Once the ink has dried you will be left with a beautiful matte design perfect for any project.

Here you can see just how lovely that design is. I did try this technique on regular cardstock and compared the two side by side. The regular cardstock didn’t create the depth and design of the watercolor paper. While it is pretty and very usable, it just doesn’t yield the same effects.

The remainder of the card was finished by stamping the layered flowers with the same VersaMagic blue inks; leaves were stamped using a combination of VersaColor and Memento Dye inks and all images were then die-cut. The sentiment was stamped over the VersaMagic background using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and the stamped die-cuts were then affixed to the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock
  • Cardbase
  • Stamping block
  • Altenew – Vintage Roses 

Make a ‘Thanks a Latte’ Hand Painted Card

by Jowilna Nolte 

Make a 'Thanks a Latte' Hand Painted Card

Create a beautiful shimmering coffee colored background for cards using a few essential inks from the Imagine and Tsukineko stable. Work on a piece of recycled cardstock and create a fun checkered effect.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Use a medium-sized paintbrush and paint a criss-cross pattern onto a piece of cardstock using Truffle All-Purpose Ink. Leave the painted background to dry naturally.


Step 2

Once the All-Purpose Ink is dry, use a larger paint brush and paint a layer of Creative Medium in Shimmer over the background. Leave to dry to reveal a gorgeous shimmer effect.


Step 3

Stamp your “Thanks a Latte” sentiment and coffee cup onto smooth white cardstock using Memento Rich Cocoa ink. Trim into tag sized strips.


Step 4

Attach the stamped sentiment onto the background card using a heart-themed brad. Finish off the look by adding another smaller brad and small diamanté.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today! If you liked this cute and quick tutorial then please comment below or share!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardstock – White, Recycled from photo packaging
  • Brads
  • Diamanté

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Make Your Fall Leaves Projects with Vertigo and Embossing Powder

Make Your Fall Leaves Projects with Vertigo and Embossing Powder

Vertigo Sun Catchers by Neva Cole

What a fun challenge this month, a children’s craft project. Vertigo Leaf Sun Catchers are a fun way to spend some quality time with the child in your life. Simply place a leaf under a Vertigo Sheet and trace with a complementary color Fabrico pen. Younger children can make simpler leaf shapes which are easy to cut out with scissors and older children who are more competent with scissors can complete the more complex maple leaf shapes. After the leaves are cut out, StazOn inks can be added with ink blushers. I would recommend gloves to keep fingers from becoming too inky! Additional veins can be traces with Fabrico Pens. Apply a few glue dots and adhere to your window for eye catching fall décor!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Leaf
  • Scissors
  • Glue dots

 


Gold Gilded Greenery by Mischelle Smith

Gold Gilded Greenery by Mischelle Smith

The theme at Imagine this month is ‘Heartfelt’. Heartfelt is the perfect word to sum up the Thanksgiving table that is lovingly prepared every November. No matter which family member hosts Thanksgiving – we all love the opportunity to thoughtfully welcome our guests. Our kid filled families mean that our décor often reflects kid friendly projects created by and with our kids. This is one of those projects. Send the kids out to gather leaves and let the fun begin!

Collect enough leaves to work into a decor piece. Apply VersaMark to leaves by using inkpad directly on leaves. Add Embossing powder in Gold. Heat gently with heat tool. As soon as the polymers melt then they will secure to the leaf. Add to any home decor piece such as name tags, garlands or wreaths.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Leaves

Learn How to Stamp on Glass with StazOn Ink

by Elina Stromberg

Learn How to Stamp on Glass with StazOn Ink

In November there are days when the rainy weather keeps your kids inside. It’s a good idea to have a few crafty project ideas that you can pull out from your sleeve when the boredom tries to sneak in. The best ideas don’t require too much preparation nor special tools; for this decorated glass jar you will only need a short list of things every paper crafter has in her stash.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

 Stamp on Glass with StazOn Jet Black Ink
Step 1

Remove the paper label and wash the glass jar carefully. Wrap masking tape around the jar for easy alignment of the stamped images.


Step 2

Decorate the jar with stamped images, using StazOn ink. Use a rich amount of ink, but press the stamp gently on the glass for preventing the stamp from sliding on the glass. Should you not be happy with the result wipe away the stamped image with nail polish remover.

Mama Elephant - ‘The Cat’s Meow’ Stamp Set
Step 3

Continue stamping until the decoration is finished. Use different ink colors. In addition to regular stamps, you can use cotton swabs or various tubes for creating patterns on the jar. Once finished, remove the masking tape.

Glass jar with lid stamped with Mama Elephant and StazOn ink
Step 4

Decorate the metal lid with coordinating accents.

Thank you for checking out this tutorial today and if you like what you see then please comment below or share on social media!

Supplies

Imagine
  • StāzOn – Jet Black, Blazing Red
Other
  • Glass jar with lid
  • Masking tape
  • Mama Elephant – ‘The Cat’s Meow’ Stamp Set
  • Cotton swabs, plastic tubes  for stamping texture elements

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Teach Your Little Ones How to Make a Glittery Reindeer Ornament

by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a kid-friendly Christmas Reindeer ornament project. My son Theo and I had so much fun with this project using Tsukineko Memento markers, die cuts and googly eyes. You can create a bunch of fun ornaments for your Christmas tree or to give out as little gifts as well!

Time: 30 minutes
Skill: Beginner

Directions


Step 1

Punch a hole through wood piece using a Crop-O-Dile.


Step 2

Color wood piece using Memento markers.


Step 3

Die cut a piece of glitter paper using Reindeer die and Big Shot die cutting machine.


Step 4

Adhere reindeer shape onto the wood piece, adhere eyes and add other embellishments onto the wood ornament. What is great about this easy project is that you can create multiple ornaments or just the one!

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Woodpiece
  • Die Cut machine
  • Reindeer die (Kaisercraft has a great option)
  • Glitter Paper
  • Twine
  • Enamel Dots and/or other embellishments
  • Googly Eyes
  • Crop-O-Dile

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