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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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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!

Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint

Please welcome Jess to our Craft Critique family… this is her first article for us, and we hope it inspires you to rock your old-school supplies just as hard as they were designed to rock!

Reported by Jessica Ripley

Flash back to some of your very first craft projects. Did you use felt? Glitter? A hot glue gun? Of course we all still use those now. What about when you began making your own super-styling t-shirts to wear, complete with your own design, name, and maybe even graduating year? What was the one product that you couldn’t do that without?


That’s right! Puff paint!

Puff paint is a product that has been around for (without dating myself here) decades, and it is one that I have re-discovered as one of my favorites when it comes to crafting, scrapbooking, or altered art. It is both versatile in color choices and applications, not to mention extremely affordable.

In particular, Tulip offers a pack of ten 5/8 oz bottles called the “10 Piece Value Pack”.


It is available in craft stores (I got mine at Joann Fabrics) for about $10.00. Complete with basic colors such as red, blue, green, and yellow; this set also includes two pastels in pink and purple. My favorite feature of this particular pack from Tulip, is that it includes two bottles each of both black and white, the colors I tend to go through more quickly.

I’ve used this same set on many projects to add dimension to my designs. On layouts and altered items, it is an excellent choice to add texture. For example, on the layout below, I used it to add pop to a few paper flowers:

And on this altered birdhouse, I used it to actually draw the stems of the flowers to add a quick and easy touch.

It can also be used for its intended purpose of course, to draw designs on fabric (which remains washable once it dries). One of my favorite craft projects when I was younger, was to use puff paint in dots around a cut out pattern (like a kind of backwards stencil) as shown in these holiday gloves below:

(Instructions for these gloves can be found here).

It can also easily be used on acrylic, which was such a fun discovery. I tried it out on a few acrylic album pages in the attempt to make a “no-bake” sun-catcher, and was very pleased with the results.

(Instructions for this project can be found here)

What made the above projects so much easier? Not only do the bottles fit easily in your grip (meaning not too big, not too small). The nozzles on these bottles by Tulip provide for easy flow of paint, yet are small enough to allow for detail work. When you are a bit of a “two-thumbs” like me, ease of use is a big bonus.

There are a few minor drawbacks to consider. On occasion, it is necessary to trim the nozzle down slightly with a pair of scissors in order to increase the flow of paint, however this is easily remedied by storing the bottles upside down when not in use. Also, while fabric projects are machine washable after the paint dries, you must wait at least 72 hours according to the packaging prior to washing, and then should only use the gentle cycle. Still, for the ability to wash your fabric projects at all, this is a very minor inconvenience. Finally, when using the paint on a layout, I found that after storing the layout in an album, the paint does smash a bit. It does not stick to the page protector however, but does lose some of the height of the original application after being flattened between other pages.

In summary…

Pros:

  • The 10-Piece Value Pack is an excellent bargain considering how many colors are included.
  • Nozzle provides easy flow of paint, and yet is small enough for details.
  • Uses are endless, and can be applied to crafting and altered art, scrapbooking, or fabric projects.
  • Paint dries quickly, and is completely dry within a few hours
  • Fabric items made with this set will be machine washable about 3 days after paint is applied.
  • Paint is non-toxic, according to the package.

Cons:

  • Flow of paint sometimes slows (though storing upside down and trimming the nozzle helps.
  • Washing must be done on gentle cycle only for fabric projects.
  • If used on a layout and stored in an album, the height of the paint will smash down a bit when flattened between two pages. Keep this in mind when decided exactly how much paint will be applied to your design.

You can find Tulip Puff Paint online at Joann’s, A.C. Moore, and Amazon, and at any local craft store.

All in all, I am sure you will find this product a versatile addition to your crafting supply stash, and I do highly recommend it. We’d love to see what other fun uses you can come up with for this “oldie but goody” as well!

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