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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