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Polka dots surprise soap and TANGER swirl

I've unconventionally used two techniques for the swirl in the inside of the bar: tilted tiger stripeswirl and + hanger swirl or, as I call it, TANGER SWIRL! 

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Teardrop rosemary and lavender soap

The teardrop technique allows you to create a sort of multi-stratified drop inside your soap bar.
Like the one below (please be fair folks! That's my first teardrop soap ever)
Chevron swirl on top! 💖

Looks complicated, uhm? At the end of this post I've shared a video from Kapia Mera Soap Company showing how to properly do it.

I initially thought to use the same recipe as for the Fire Vibe Soap (high olive oil content, slow moving trace). I've then considered that this design is even more complicated and that I am not fast and experienced enough to leave things to chance... 
I therefore formulated a recipe with a Saturated:Unsaturated fat ratio of 28:72...this trace is moving soooooo slowly that you have the feeling you can work with it forever 🤣🤣
Recipe (super slow moving trace):
Olive oil (pomace) 39.25% Canola oil 31.25%
Coconut oil 12.50% Palm oil (organic) 17%
Note that the palm oil I buy from The Soap Kitchen carries Organic Certification and comes from Columbia. It is not pro…

How to create card backgrounds with sentiment stamps

This is a post to show you how to use sentiment stamps in a unconventional way.
I am sure you all know what sentiment stamps are, but, just in case, let me remind you that they are that little sentences you can add onto cards to wish HappyBirthday, to congratulate someone, to encourage or simply to say I love you to the card's recipient.
Well, after some months/years of crafting you start accumulating sentiments from different stamp sets and with different fonts and size... a cool way to use several sentiments at the same time is to combine them tocreate a nice background.

I stamped the sentiments using dyeinks, rather than pigments, because they dry very fast.

Wild Rose, Celery Stick, and Doe dye ink cubes are from Lawn Fawn while Lavender Fields is from My Favorite Things .

I picked sentiments and tiny shapes (butterflies, flowers, candies, etc) from different stamp sets and arranged them on the acrylic block (see picture below for an example).

I repeatedlystamped the sentiments…

Creating striped backgrounds for cards

All you need is: a ruler, colored markers (I've used the Stabilo Swanos), white cardstock and lot of patience 😅. It's a cheap and funny way to create card backgrounds and I find it interesting because you can match the color of the stripes with the image or embellishments you already have and not the other way around that usually implies buying more expensive crafting paper (not sure I'm explained myself properly.... 😔😕) Anyways, I made diagonal stripes for three different cards, but you can choose the pattern you prefer: vertical, horizontal and, if you have a curve ruler, you can go for something even fancier!
For my own sake, I changed color every 4 or 5 lines. For example, I drew 4 or 5 parallel lines with the yellow marker and then moved to the orange one and so on. If you are brave and patient enough, you can try the one line/one color approach (good luck with that! 😂)

This is totally optional, but once you're done making the stripes you can stamp, ink and e…

Fire vibe soap: recipe, tricks and links to technical videos

I have mixed two techniques in order to obtain different patterns, one on the inside of the soap bar and one on the top.

Here you have the links to the original videos showing the techniques: 1) Tilted tiger stripe swirl 2) Multi-mica Taiwan swirl
Since I run out of castor oil, I had to modify the recipe shown in video 1) as follows  😅
Recipe (slow moving trace):
Olive oil (pomace) 70% Coconut oil 22.25% Palm oil (organic) 7.75%
Note that the palm oil I buy from The Soap Kitchen 'carries Organic Certification and comes from Columbia. It is not produced on land that has been taken from the Rain Forests, nor are there any Orangutangs made homeless. Our suppliers do use 'ethical' methods in their production (we have actually visited the site). Our Columbian suppliers are members of the RSPO (Round Table for Sustainable Production ofPalmOil).'
Scent:Orange EO (10X) from The Soap Kitchen 
⚠⚠⚠  Use only glass jars/containers to prepare and blend essential oils! (I felt like I had to re…

Color layering (where to buy material + test of color combos)

I've been dying to buy some of the Hero Arts color layering setssince months. Each set includes layering stamps and a matching 4-ink cube pack, especially created by Hero Arts artists (seeHERE for the color layering guide). 

Here you have a table with some considerations about buying in U.S. or in EU if you are a EU-based customer...

Comparative table a) U.S.A EU (multiple retailers) EU (single retailer) Color layering bundles (stamps + inks)b) c) Available Not always available Not always available Color layering bundles (stamps + inks + dies)b) c) Available Not always available