Published on May 1st, 2013 | by Kristen Swain20
Launch Day! Just for KICKS (Fun Tie Dye Sneakers)
Tie Dye Sneakers, just for kicks, on the blog today. Omgosh! It’s finally here! the very first day, the very first post, the very first project (Tie Dye Sneakers)!! SO EXCITING!
First of all, thank you so much for coming here today, and hopefully, in the next few days as well. This site has been in the works for a while. Tammy and I have been friends for years- like 13+years, we even got together when she was living in Florida, with a mutual friend while my family was on vacation. We’ve been talking off and on, and one day she mentioned that I should just go ahead and create my own site. I was so flattered, and awed that anyone thought my creativity would be worthy of a craft site. But then I thought. Things have been winding down for me in the paper crafts industry. I have been seriously thinking of what I would do when all my design teams dried up. I still work for Northridge Media on the Cricut Magazine team, but my manufacturer jobs have ended. I found myself with a little more time in my week. I still love paper crafting, what can I do to continue on with it? What to do, what to do?
I found Pinterest, and got excited about crafting. Not just paper, but other crafts. stuff I knew I could do if I just found the time. and in my mind, I said YES. I can do this. WE can do this. Tammy is the web genius. I couldn’t do this without her, and how blessed am I to have her. Code, computer lingo, all that stuff just gets stuck in my head. Tammy tho, she’s so good at it. And she’s good at designing too. I came up with a logo, she came up with a logo that blew my logo out of the water. Dead. seriously. So, I give that up to her. She linked us to social media. And when she gets time, she’s also going to jump in with a few posts too! ( she’s really amazing, did I mention that?)
I also want to mention some more people near and dear to me. My hubby, first of all, he puts up with me spending a lot of money on projects, money that he doesn’t know if I’ll be able to return. I do earn my own money, but he’s the bread winner and often I need to borrow from him, long term. He’s awesome and doesn’t complain. He also has jumped in and not only will saw, cut, hammer when I need a hand, but helps me with photo ideas for tutorials. He puts up with my distraction some evenings when I am stuck neck deep on Pinterest. And you know, he’s pretty great as a hubby too. I also have to thank my two great kids. They jump into projects with both feet, make suggestions AND they model for me with no complaints. They help when I am creating recipes, and they tell me when they enjoy a treat. Of course, that’s not too hard a job, is it? Enjoying a sweet snack. But they are great, and I appreciate them so much. So thank you to my wonderful family.
Today, I am sharing a fun fun FUN project with you. But first. I wanted to mark this momentous occasion with a small giveaway. I have some items that I will put into a little gift package, and will draw a random winner from the comments on this post, anyone commenting before Thursday May 2nd Midnight. So PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT, SIGN UP FOR OUR EMAIL LIST AND LIKE US ON FACEBOOK to enter to win a fun package of a varitey of scrapbook goodies.
Now. onto the project. Tie Dye Kicks.
Wanna make fun tie dye sneakers? For yourself, your kids, your grandkids? I got an A++ on this project. Both my girls wore these shoes to school. One is in High School, the other in Elementary School- all their friends and even some teachers were just amazed at them, and many wanted to know how they were made. This is an easy project, and the kids themselves can easily do it. Just make sure you are in a well ventilated room, and remember that when you mix colors, in order for them to stay bright, you need to keep complimentary colors away from each other. No orange and purple, no blue and orange, no purple and yellow, no green and orange, no red and green. These colors will mix into tones of brown. You can use them, just not next to each other. Because you will be blending colors and you want them to stay bright.
a white pair of canvas sneakers
rubbing alcohol( Isopropyl )
Let’s get started. Basically, you can draw on the sneaker in whatever color Sharpie you want. Keep your design simple, because you will then drop alcohol on it, to blend it out.
So I started at the toes, and drew and colored circles. I tried to color solidly.
Now you take your straw, and dip it in the rubbing alcohol. You can cut the straw and put the alcohol in a cup for easier use. Then just put your finger over the top of the straw. It acts like a dropper and picks up some of the alcohol in the straw for you.
Wherever the alcohol goes, the ink will spread out, blending into other colors.
You can add the alcohol at the top of the shoe, or let it drip down. Be creative. I even colored the laces, the top trim and the tongue of the shoe.
thanks for joining us on our very first day. I hope you will continue to join us for new projects!