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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY- I Love to Create: Tulip Fashion Kits

Reported by Christina Hammond

So, it’s summer.  Have your kids shouted from the other room “Hey Mom!  I’m bored!  I am sooooooooooo bored!” ?   Or do you have a group of girls coming over for a slumber party and you’re at a loss for entertaining them?

To help combat the summer “boredom blues,” we were sent I Love to Create by Tulip’s Tie Dye Kit in Moody Blues, Body-Art Glitter Stencil Set, Bright Fabric Markers and 3D Color Changing Paint.
We had a blast using all of these kits.  Of course, the first kit the wanted to try was the Glitter Body Tattoos.    IMG_0480The kit has everything you need to get started.  9 stencils, glue, brushes and tons of glitter.   IMG_0482

The glue comes in a bottle with a nice soft applicator.  There is a slight odor to the glue, but it dissipates quickly as it dries.  My kids have a ton of allergies, and it didn’t bother them at all. 

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Check out that bling!  It’s fine, super shiny and pretty! 
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The stencils are easy to use, and stick well.  Be careful with the more detailed designs because you can tear them while removing them with the paper backing.   Voila!  Butterflies!
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We mixed colors with great results.  The LittleLady won’t let us wash it off, but it does come off pretty easily with soap and water.  If you want to make sure it really comes off fast, use a wipe with rubbing alcohol in it – swipes it right off!  I can see using this kit at camp or for Halloween.  A Glitter Fairy!  How cool!
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“Hey Mom!  Daddy keeps calling me David Bowie and Ziggy Stardust.  I don’t get it!”

Next we used the Tie-Dye Kit in “Moody Blues” to create some shirts.  The box says that the kit includes enough dye to make 8 shirts, but we only got one toddler shirt and some of an adult XL shirt.  Probably not a big deal, because I am known for overdoing these things!
IMG_0496Everything you need is in the kit.  Rubberbands, gloves and premeasured dyes.  When added water to the bottles of dye, be sure they are closed all the way before shaking.  Ask my counters how we know this!  🙂
 IMG_0497I would maybe pick up better gloves next time.  The kits are meant for the younger set, but they were too big even for my big hands. IMG_0498The instructions didn’t say to presoak the shirt, so we gave it a spiral spin and secured it with rubberbands.  IMG_0499
After applying the dye in alternating colors, I simply wrapped the garbage bag we dyed on around it and tossed it out in the yard in the sun for the day.  Once ready, I rinsed it and laid it back out in the sun to dry.  Once dry, I gave it a run in the dryer on HOT to really try to set the colors.
We have a Buzz LightYear freak in our house, so I used my YUDU to silk screen an image of his hero on the shirt.IMG_0547 I think it came out really well and can’t wait to make more!
Next we tried out the 3D Color Change Paint.  Being a child of the Eighties, I have memories of Hyper-color t-shirts.  The color change paint is similar, but it changes with UV exposure, not heat.   IMG_0501Before UV exposure

IMG_0502Can you see that?  It’s subtle, but the colors have changed!
Admittedly, I only made a handful of t-shirts with this paint because it was so cool. 
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First up I drew out the name of a certain little Blue-Eyed Blondie named Haley.  I used Tulip’s 3D Puffy Paint to outline and then filled in each letter with a different design.  IMG_0507
Next I drew out my favorite cartoon character, LittleMiss Sunshine.  UV paint, sunshine…  Get it?  I kill me! IMG_0538 IMG_0539Can you see the difference?  It’s there – subtle in the case of LitteMiss Sunshine because we painted it on with a brush rather than in “3D”
Here’s a silly little video I shot this morning showing the Chaos Twins wearing the shirts, going from indoors to out and just how quickly they change.  There’s no sound because… well… we live in the WindyCity and it was windy.  Go figure.

Finally, we tried out the Fabric Markers in “Bright” colors.
IMG_0549 IMG_0286This sweet little tote was created completely by the 4 year old for her preschool teacher, Miss Mary.  As you can see, the colors show up really well (even on the taupe fabric) and are easy enough for the little ones to use.  Just remember, they are permanent!

Here are my creations- I had a couple of silk screened totebags on hand that I use for groceries.  They needed a little more…something.  So I added a “Peace, Man!” to them.  The colors set really well.IMG_0550 Remember to put something between layers because the colors will bleed.  I can see myself using these to label our pool towels, gym bags and backpacks for school.  Oh, and plain white canvas sneakers!  How cool would that be?

Pros:

  • everything you need in one kit or set
  • easy to use
  • well written instructions
  • fairly affordable

Cons:

  • the stencils in the tattoo kit are a bit fragile, so be careful
  • the tie-dye kit didn’t dye as many shirts as it said it would
  • they can be messy, but that’s the fun part, right?

Head to the nearest craft store and pick up one or all of these kits by Tulip.  The kits are all reasonably priced so you can pick up a few of each and have enough for everybody.  Best of all, I can totally see the Bright Fabric Markers and Body Tattoos being used at Vacation Bible School, Cheerleading Camp or even Scouts gatherings.


GIVEAWAY
The folks over at I Love To Create are giving away a Tulip kit to one lucky reader. To enter simply answer any of the questions below in the Comments section of this article on our website. One comment per person, please.

Have you tried any of the I Love to Create by Tulip kits?  Which ones would you like to try?  Be sure to come back and show us what you make with them, we love to see it!

Winners are chosen at random. Contest closes Sunday, June 12th at 6pm CST. Good Luck!


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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: I Love To Create -Tulip Fashion Kits

Reported by Michael Dolan

I had the opportunity to work with my two nieces, (ages 6 and 10), on three products; Tulip Tye-Dye kit, Tulip fabric markers, and Tulip Color-changing paint.  We had a great time making some customized tops for Summer!

The Tye-Dye kit was the first one we tried.  Since, of the three of us, there isn’t a single one of us who is neat, we opted to make the shirts in the laundry sink, instead of covering the table, walls, floor and ceiling with plastic. That was a fantastic idea, highly recommended.

We also strayed from the instructions in that the kids put the rubber bands on dry shirts, which we wet afterward.  It seemed more logical, (and less messy), and that worked beautifully too.

The dyes are pre-loaded in the bottles, so we added water and shook as instructed.  That would have worked well, except the bottles leaked by drips, so be careful when mixing the dyes.
The process for getting the die on the shirts couldn’t be easier.  It is extremely messy, but easy.  Aim and squirt, ever so gently.  The kids were surprisingly careful when doing this, possibly because they saw the purple stain on my wrist from shaking the bottle up.  The problem is that to get the quantity of 8 shirts dyed they advertise on the front of the box, (in a starburst, no less), you’d have to be dying baby shirts.  We got two children’s shirts done, half of one more, and luckily, the younger one wanted to use the dye at the bottom of the tub to “soak up” a splotchy shirt design.  If she hadn’t been so unknowingly easy-to-please, there could have been a sibling rivalry tantrum that Oprah couldn’t have fixed.
Tulip suggested wrapping the shirts in plastic wrap.  I’m not so much for wrapping wet, dyed fabric rolls with seamed plastic.  Plastic wrap –> plastic bags?  Bingo.  They don’t leak, they seal, and they are easier to deal with.  Word to the wise.
 The process takes 6-8 hours, for the dyes to soak in.  We left it overnight, to ensure the best possible color development.
A good rinse in the washing machine with a tiny bit of soap resulted in these:



The 10 year old’s worthy effort

  

The stylings of the 6 year old

The secondary efforts, not less cool, but certainly less dyed:


The leftover dye from the bottle
The “soaked” shirt from the leftover dye in the sink.

Next, we looked at the color changing paints.

The 10 year old was so enthralled about the markers, that she wanted nothing to do with the color change stuff.  The six year old could barely speak when she saw it.  “Uncle Michael, WHERE did you GET THESE?!”  Ahhh, to be young.

To show off the coloring capabilities better, I bought two Disney shirts, that were black and white drawings only.  The color paint comes out a bit like white “school” glue; there is no color at all, until it is out in the sun.  It also doesn’t spread on it’s own.  If you spread it too thinly, it will not show up as a color, and you won’t know that until you get it out into the sun. These were tough concepts for the six year old.  The technique we finally agreed on was to touch the tip of the bottle to the fabric, at an angle, and gently squeeze.

Brushing, it turns out, often makes the paint too thin.
Take care in your application!



Awwww.   So cute!

Overall, the paint is very easy to apply, it takes a little finesse to work out the details.  I think the results are cool in the sunlight!

The 10 year old took on the fabric markers, as she like to conform to established color lines and is more conventional in her thinking.
 
The markers are pretty self-explanatory.  They work like markers on paper, and the colors were nice and vibrant.  There was a bleeding problem with the colors, which my niece was NOT impressed with, but that might be avoidable if the colors are allowed to dry before the color next to it is applied. 
Adding just a little color
She decided that it would be “cooler” to leave some of the characters without color, and some with.
The very cool “rainbow bone” was the real bleeder.  She wasn’t happy with the running color!

Who can argue with an artist?  🙂



Pros:

Color Change Paint: 

  • Bright colors 
  • Cool product that really works

Fabric Markers: 

  • Vibrant colors 
  • Easy to use
  • Fun for most ages

Tie-Dye Kit: 

  • Great colors
  • Fun to make
  • Finished projects are popular with kids

Cons:
Color Change Paint:

  • Takes some finesse that younger kids have trouble with
  • Applying paint is a hard to do consistently.

Fabric Markers: 

  • Colors tend to bleed.

Tie-Dye Kit: 

  • Very messy process. 
  • Does not make as many “normal sized” projects as they show on the front of the box




GIVEAWAY
The folks over at I Love To Create are giving away a Tulip kit to one lucky reader. To enter simply answer any of the questions below in the Comments section of this article on our website. One comment per person, please.

Would you have your kids try these products?  How would you tailor the prep based on your situation at your home?  Would the minor limitations of the products deter you from them, or would you push ahead with these fun projects?

Winners are chosen at random. Contest closes Sunday, June 12th at 6pm CST. Good Luck!

Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!

Glow-in-the-Dark Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint

It is no secret to you, if you’ve read my reviews here on Craft Critique… I love fabric paint! Especially dimensional fabric paint (i.e. puff paint). Specifically Tulip’s brand, because I find it so versatile and easy to use (I think their soft fabric paint rocks too). Those experiences in the past are exactly why I didn’t hesitate to pick up the glow in the dark version of Tulip’s Dimensional Fabric Paint the moment I ran across it in the store. How cool I thought!

Darn it if I wasn’t disappointed this time.

I had a hard time with this review, at first thinking it was just my mojo that was suffering and it was I that wasn’t using it right, etc… but after committing to the project below, I just couldn’t quite get my vision across. Was it me? Was it the product? I’ll take you through what I did and then hope you take a moment to leave a comment below with some pointers or even better experiences than I had so I can try again.

I decided to design a black ball cap with a simple shooting star, in particular to wear to the golf course. I just knew I’d be the coolest gal in the four-some when the sun started to set and my hat was all a-blaze. I started off with what I consider my tried and true method for using puff paint which is to trace a pattern using only dots of the paint around an object to make the design stand out.

Right away I noticed that the paint was for some reason just not the same consistency as the others I have used, and my dots were running together.


So I decided to for-go the little dots and just trace a design using plain old lines. This didn’t turn out wonderfully either unfortunately. Still runny.


You can see in the photo above some attempts at just making lines as well with the different colors. Honestly I have a pretty light and steady hand, but I just couldn’t get the paint to not look lumpy or runny. A big part of me thinks this is due to the size of the paint and nozzle on the 4 oz size that I used. It was difficult to keep the paint consistent and ‘clean’ as opposed to the smaller 1.25 oz bottles of dimensional paint that in turn have a tinier nozzle (which this glow-in-the-dark version is available in too).

The glow in the dark paint is available in 4 colors; green, orange, yellow, and natural. The “natural” color, though it appears white in the bottle, does have a slight green tinge to it (especially when it dries). However, if I wanted to add a little ‘glow’ to a fabric project it would be the most versatile to have on hand as it would blend in with other colors the best. The green, yellow, and orange colors are fun, but very neon in regular light.


And speaking of the colors, what they show in regular light is not quite what they look like when in the dark. For example, though you can clearly distinguish the different colors here:


It’s a bit difficult to distinguish green from natural from yellow here once the lights are off:


So between those three colors, it’s important to keep in mind what you want your project to look like in the dark, don’t add detail with green next to detail with yellow and expect them to be clearly seen in the dark.

Incidentally, I was only able to achieve a glow effect after holding the dried hat under a lamp for several minutes. After I had let it sit for the 4-hour drying time and came back to check on it in the now dark room, it was not glowing at all. All glow-in-the-dark objects are “charged” by lights of course, and there is no reason to think this paint would be any exception, but that’s just something to keep in mind depending on your project. If you make a t-shirt or a hat for example and keep it in a dark closet, you’ll need to “charge” it before it will glow when you decide to wear it.

Pros:

  • Really glows after charging in light.
  • Like other Tulip Dimensional Paints this version too is washable after 72 hours, and that is always a plus for wearable projects..
  • I find the MSRP of around $3.79 for the 4 oz size to be very reasonable, as a little goes a long way.

Cons:

  • The consistency is really runny, which made it hard to get clean “dimensional” effects (again, I could blame this on the nozzle size of the bigger bottle).
  • It comes in different colors, but those colors aren’t very distinguishable from one another (except orange) in the dark. Which means it may not be as nifty in the dark as you might like.
  • I had a hard time coming up with ideas for its use, which makes it a less versatile addition to my crafty stash than I would like to have (but the glow-in-the-dark bottles on my paint shelf is kind of cool).

So what do you think? What are some projects you could see trying this out on? Or have you used it with great success? Or mess? Share away with us!