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 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

Do Something Fun! Create Fingerprint Memory Tree

by Roni Johnson

Since my boys are older now I have missed crafting with them but with ages also brings grandchildren so I was ecstatic when we were asked to create a project that we could make crafting with kids. As a mom with adult boys I realize now how quickly those childhood years pass and you really should capture them while you can. With Christmas just around the corner I thought it would be nice if Cole and I could make something memorable for his parents to capture this fleeting moment in time…hence our fingerprint memory tree.

Directions


Step 1

Trim a piece of watercolor paper to the desired size.


Step 2

Rough in a pencil sketch of the tree trunk so you know what areas to fill in with fingerprints.


Step 3

Pull out desired colors of Memento DewDrops and let the fun begin!

I’m not going to kid you…taking pictures of this and corralling a 2 year old AND the ink pads was no easy task! So, I hope you’ll understand the sporadic photos of our crafting time. I simply opened up a bunch of DewDrops and let him go. At first ,Cole was unsure about getting inky but after our first color he was having lots of fun. It was so funny; he wanted to share the colors his fingers were turning with me and my camera. After we were done adding fingerprints, I filled in the trunk of the tree with additional ink and texture using the Doodle Stix. The ground was rubbed with a few colors of green and I added some “grass” using the tips of the DewDrops. I wrote his name and age for posterity’s sake. The print was then trimmed and framed. I did manage to get him slowed down enough after we were finished for probably my favorite photo of our craft time….aren’t these precious little inky hands adorable? Of course I may be a bit partial but it makes my heart swell with love.

If you liked this post then please share on Facebook, Pinterest or leave a comment below!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor Cardstock
  • Picture frame

 

*Memento is a water-based acid free dye ink that has not been tested for use by children. Memento Ink may temporarily stain skin.

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Learn How to Make Rosettes with Fabric and Sheet Metal

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Make your own embellishments that can be uses in various projects like paper crafts, home decoration projects, fashion bags, gift wrapping and more. It is easy to make them using canvas and satin as main fabrics and add lace or ribbons and decorate with a cameo or other embellishments. The fabrics have the desired design by stamping them with your favorite stamps and ink pads. For these rosettes, Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa is used matching the ivory colored fabrics. The rosettes are glued on Sheet Metal (round) from Imagine that make the ideal base to be placed on many surfaces.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Cut 1 ½ inch wide and 15 inch long stripes of canvas and satin fabric and stamp them with the Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa and the clear stamp.
Step 1

Cut 1 ½ inch wide and 15 inch long stripes of canvas and satin fabric and stamp them with the Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa in a repeating pattern.


Take a 1.25 diameter Sheet Metal circle and start gluing the canvas fabric in a circular way creating pleats.
Step 2

Take a 1.25 diameter Sheet Metal circle and start gluing the canvas fabric in a circular way creating pleats.

Repeat the same with the satin fabric.
Step 3

Repeat the same with the satin fabric.


Step 4

Use a tea light candle wrinkle the satin fabric on edges.

Take a small piece of the satin fabric and distress with the help of a sponge dauber and the Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa. Cut circles and repeat the previous step.
Step 5

Take a small piece of the satin fabric and distress with the help of a sponge dauber and the Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa. Cut circles and repeat the previous step.

Make layers of lace and fabric by gluing to the center of the rosettes. Decorate with cameo and metallic embellishments.
Step 6

Make layers of lace and fabric by gluing to the center of the rosettes. Decorate with cameo and metallic embellishments.

Place cuttings of the Tear It Tape (double-sided tape) at the back side of the metal circles to easily attach to projects.
Step 7

Place cuttings of the Tear It Tape (double-sided tape) at the back side of the metal circles to easily attach to projects. (Or use the hole and back of the pleats to sew onto other fabrics.)

If you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on Facebook!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Viva – Peacock Feathers stamp
  • Lace
  • Canvas fabric
  • Satin fabric
  • Metallic embellishments
  • Hot glue gun

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Learn New Tips and Tricks with Fabrico Markers

by Roni Johnson

Fabrico Markers are a great product to keep in your color and crafting toolbox. They are superb for coloring on fabrics and other dense surfaces like wood or canvas. Available in 35 colors which can be used separately or blended together to create amazing depth of color. This dual tip water-based pigment ink marker has a bullet tip that allows you to write, draw or trace text and images; and a brush tip that allows you to color larger portions of a project.

Today I am going to share a couple of unique ways I use Fabrico markers. Check it out!

Stamping

Line images are fun but sometimes you want something more than just a single color from an inkpad. This is where Fabrico markers can really help breathe life into an image.

Color your stamp with several marker colors. It’s easy to get into the details of the image and the markers won’t damage your red rubber or clear stamps. Simply apply color, press onto fabric, cardstock or wood. This technique gives you a lot of control in how the image will turn out. You could also go back in and fill in the outline to get a no-line coloring look too!

Resist

Stamp various images onto a piece of plain fabric using VersaMark ink, add embossing powder and heat to melt. Use the Fabrico Markers to color and highlight the designs. Fabrico is water-based pigment ink so it will not adhere to polymer surfaces. It does not spread or bleed into the fabric like a dye ink would. The areas where the embossed images will stay the color of the fabric and exposed areas will absorb the ink at a mild rate. You can repeat the emboss technique to lock a color down and continue to color with different Fabrico colors. In no time you’ll have a work of art on your hands. Because embossing powder will melt with heat – this technique is not recommended for fabric that is meant to be laundered. I adhered mine to a card base to look like a miniature canvas piece.

Watercolor Fun

Bet you didn’t know that you can watercolor on fabric with Fabrico! This seems like a tricky idea since you are working with fabrics that are potentially going to be laundered. It’s easy to assume that adding water to the ink will make it lose its permanence, but it won’t. Fabrico is water-based and yet permanent on fabric once dry. Once it dries, the color is set, so be sure to work somewhat faster than you would on watercolor paper. For this apple I simply started by coloring the image with the markers directly with a few different shades of red, apple green and yellow. Working quickly while the ink is still wet, take a water brush and pull the colors where you want them. Don’t forget that adding water makes the pigment a bit more mobile, so bleeding along with blending should be expected. Once you are happy with the design then let dry. Once dry, it is best to heat set if the fabric piece you are working on is meant to be laundered. Just use the iron settings recommended for the fabric.


The colors stay vibrant even after they have been watered down and create such a cool dye effect. Doesn’t it look like a watercolor background you would see on paper?

Hope you enjoyed this quick review of what you can do with Fabrico markers. If you enjoyed this post, then please share or comment below!

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cotton, Natural Muslin, Linen Fabrics
  • Fabric Editions – Fabric Elements – FE Specimens FQ
  • ClubScrap.com – Apple, Aster
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Mason Jar, Paint Brushes

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