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!

Fun and Easy Solution to Add a Festive Vibe to Your Celebration

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

 The napkin rings are full of bright red color, combined with the gold wires and stars to bring a festive and glamorous air on your table.

Setting the table for Christmas can be a big part of this special occasion and having a handmade decoration that also serves a purpose makes it even better. These napkin rings are full of bright red cheer, combined with gold stars, they bring a festive and glamorous air to your table. Vertigo sheets make it easy to craft a functional and beautiful item for your holiday table.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Cut the Vertigo sheet in 3 pieces of 2 x 6 inches

Vertigo Sheet with the StazOn Blazing Red
Step 2

Using a sponge dauber color the Vertigo Sheet with the StazOn Blazing Red. Let it dry and place a coat layer of StazOn Studio Glaze in Claret. Finish with an additional layer of the Blazing Red.

Die cut a star in the center of the Vertigo cutting and punch little stars on the rest of it.
Step 3

Die cut a star in the center of the Vertigo piece. Punch little stars around the larger center star.


Step 4

Glue metallic stars on the Vertigo sheet.


Step 5

Cut wires of 4, 5 and 6 inches long pieces. Bind them together in with extra wire. Using jewelry glue, set some metallic stars and some Vertigo punched stars on the top edges only of each wire.

Glue the long edges of the Vertigo cuttings to form a tube. Add the wires near the large die cut star.
Step 6

Glue the edges of the Vertigo strips together to form a tube. Adhere the wires near the large die cut star.

Step 7

Roll your napkin and place in the napkin ring. It’s festive enough to be placed at the center of each place setting!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Star shape punch
  • Star shape die
  • Gold star embellishments
  • Jewelry wire – gold
  • Jewelry glue
  • Pliers

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Upcycle Freebie Bottles for Halloween Decor

by Alison Heikkila

Learn How to Upcycle Glass for Halloween Decor

Hello! It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas. For me, it’s Halloween. I love the spookiness, the dressing up, the decorations—everything. So I always plan out a lot of projects for this time of year and love to go way beyond the card and make decorations for my home. This month, the Imagine Artists in Residence are creating “Holiday Planning” projects, and this is mine.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

I started off with this small bottle that held syrup from one of my favorite restaurants, Cracker Barrel. I love that they give you these individual bottles when you order pancakes, french toast, etc. I always bring them home to use as storage for sequins, or seed beads. The bottles have these great embossed designs which make decorating simple. I decided to use my StazOn Studio Glaze in St. Valentine, as these shapes reminded me of drops of blood. I laid the bottle down on to a paper towel to keep it from rolling around. But in the end, I wound up just holding it to add the color.


Step 2

I used the taper point Doodlestix to apply Gothic Purple to the triangles at the top. I squirted only a couple of drops on my craft mat. I repeated this process with Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze for the pyramid shapes below the drops. I felt that the bottle needed more to really “scream” Halloween, so I free-handed bats around the bottom of the bottle with Jet Black.


Step 3

The cap was originally brown, so I removed it from the bottle and rubbed it into my StazOn Jet Black ink pad. Some of the brown still shows, but it “aged” it nicely, and I really like the end result.

This was a really fun and simple project, depending on how involved you get with adding things to the lower portion of the bottle. I have a few more of these little guys, and I can see decorating them all differently. I love that the Studio Glaze is permanent on glass, and that you don’t need to bake it on. That’s all for me today. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Small Glass Bottle

 

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Enjoy Your Magical Adventure Handmade Card

by Renee Zarate

Enjoy Your Magical Adventure Handmade Card

Enjoy your magical adventure! This is the phrase used into today’s cardmaking inspiration. Making master boards is always fun and saves time in creating interesting projects. These snippets of a master board designed using StazOn Studio Glazes and are a great launching point for a card, art journal or refrigerator magnet. Now is the time to cut up those extra pieces of paper and turn them into something beautiful!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Cut master board into desired sizes. Use a large background stamp with script and stamp onto the card panel. On a separate piece of Bristol paper, stamp an image of a girl with Delicata Black Shimmer ink, and heat emboss with Imagine’s clear embossing powder.


Step 2

Color in the image with Memento Markers and cut out. The ink from the dye ink in Memento markers should move past the embossed areas and soak into the exposed paper. Wipe off excess ink with a tissue.


Step 3

Glue the image to the panel, add stickers, and detail around the stickers using Memento marker in Tuxedo Black to outline each word. Ink edges with StazOn Midnight Blue and then Delicata Celestial Copper ink. Use gel medium to attach metal wings. From here you have a variety of choices. You can mount this panel to a card base, the front cover of an art journal or attach magnets to hang on the fridge.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Teesha Moore Zettiology – stamp
  • Stampers Anonymous – stamp
  • Idea-ology – Metal wings
  • Strathmore Bristol paper
  • Finnabair – 3D Matte Gel
  • Artistcellar – stencil
  • Cutting tool
  • Heat tool
  • Paper towels

Design Your Own Colorful Art Journal Page

Often if a holiday or event is coming up then there is plenty of inspiration for crafters to be busy! But as creative people, we have to create, craft and get our hands inky on a regular basis. Art Journals are a perfect way for artists and papercrafters to get their creative energy out when there is no specific project with a deadline. In today’s post, we have two art journal pages from Elina Stromberg and Jennifer Vanderbeek. Check it out!

summer lovin art journal page

Art Journal Page: Summer Lovin’ by Elina Stromberg

The long wait is finally over: Summer is here! This blooming time of the year inspires me with its rich and vivid colors, and the lovely warm weather transfers on my projects in glowing hues of yellow and orange. With this art journal page, I express my love for this warm season.

When choosing the stamping ink for a coloring project the basic rule of thumb is: water-based ink for alcohol markers, and pigment ink for watercoloring. When this rule is followed, the stamped images stay crisp and don’t dissolve. But when you want to color with both alcohol markers and water-based colors (like Fireworks! inks) the answer is masking fluid. Stamp the image with water-based ink (Memento Tuxedo Black is always my no. 1 choice), cover the edges of the image with masking fluid, and paint the background with water-based color. Once dry, remove the masking fluid and color the image with alcohol markers. Works very well!

Example of how the masking fluid works to protect the areas you are not ready to color.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous stamp
  • Wycinanka stamp
  • Winsor & Newton – Masking fluid
  • White mixed media paper,
  • Cardstock – black
  • Watercolor brush
  • Alcohol markers: ProMarker
  • Silhouette Cameo

Recycled Art Journal Seascape by Jennifer Vanderbeek

I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to potential craft supplies. Since pretty much anything goes in mixed media work, almost everything is a potential craft supply. Take, for instance, what would normally be trash: the wipes we use to clean our stamps, our craft tables, and our fingertips. Once dry they’re just fabric. That’s what comprises the majority of this art journal layout, along with a healthy dose of clear Creative Medium. It creates masses of texture and paints a beautiful background that only needed a few details added to complete the scene.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Art Journal
  • Used Wipes stained with inks and sprays
  • Darice – Heat tool

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Turn Heads with this Amazing Agate Project

by Roni Johnson

faux agate with blue lapis rings and gold edge

Blue is my favorite color so when I found out that the Imagine color of the month was Lapis I was thrilled. Not just because I like blue but because I had been experimenting with how to make my own Faux Blue Agate Slices. I had tried all sorts of combinations using various materials for the base and mediums to color it. Recently, I found an excellent combination with mica slices, Imagine IrRESISTibles and Tsukineko products. These gems are perfect to use as accents on scrapbook layouts, journal pages, cards, and even as a necklace. This project takes 2 full days to complete, so without further delay let’s get started!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 30 minutes + extended 2-day dry time

Directions

Gold embossing powder used to decorate mica slices.

Step 1

Select a piece of natural mica and split it into multiple pieces. Mica comes in all shapes and sizes. You will need two pieces for each agate slice. Keep in mind that the slices you select should be fairly thin and translucent. Select a thicker piece for the base and a thinner secondary piece for the final cover. Once you have selected these pieces, ink the edges with the VersaMark inkpad, dip into Gold Embossing Powder and heat emboss.

tsukineko blue hawaii stazon studio glaze

Step 2

Apply IrRESISTibles and StazOn Studio Glaze to create the rings inside the faux stone. Starting with one color and one ring at a time, apply Danube Blue, Electric Blue and Wedding Dress irRESISTible Pico Embellishers as well as Blue Hawaii, Midnight Blue, Cotton White and Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze. Work quickly to prevent the mediums spreading.

moving ink with a pick on agate piece

Step 3

Continue until all the rings are filled toward the center. When you reach the center of the piece, fill it in with Clear irRESISTible Pico Embellisher and silver glass glitter. This will give the illusion of crystals in the center of a geode type agate.  If desired, you may choose to swirl the mediums around a bit to imitate more intricate blue agate designs. Let the mediums dry overnight.

StazOn ink on mica slice

Step 4

Trim the second piece of mica so it fits inside of the gold embossed ring.

on point glue used to seal backside of Faux Agate stone

Step 5

Apply a layer of On Point Glue over the various mediums and place the second piece of mica over the top. Let this dry 24 additional hours. 

Finished Faux Agate piece. Blue Hawaii, Midnight Blue, Black and gold Tsukineko inks.

Once the piece has dried the resemblance to a real piece of blue agate will be amazing. Since mica was used as the base material you also have the option of choosing which side to call the front as you can see from the photos of a single Faux Blue Agate Slice above. These pieces can be used for necklaces but due to the fragile layers of the mica, the back of the slice will need to be stabilized. I applied a layer of Clear irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to the entire back of the slice and let it dry for 48 hours. I have found that the thinner consistency of the Pico Embellisher finds its way between the layers and binds them together. Other mediums will work for this process as well. Creating these faux agates was a time-consuming project with 2 full days of dry time, but the finished result was well worth the wait!

Supplies

Imagine
Other

 

learn how to make your own faux agates craft tutorial.

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