I love crafts of most kinds. There are a few that I've never tried yet, and there are some that I've tried once and never done again. But for the most part, I have my irons in a lot of fires when it comes to crafting. I know that many of you don't realize that I also teach courses at an art school in southern Vermont - The Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts. This is year 6 now.
I've taught stamping, scrapbooking, altered books at this school, but that's not really a surprise to any of you. You all know that I love those art forms. What might surprise you, though, is that I also teach two other classes: Soaps, Scrubs, Salts and Balms and Lotions, Potions, Creams, Massage Oils & More! I've been making my own soap for 16 years now and I also make other bath and beauty products, as well. I used to sell them at the farmers market when my kids were babies, but now I just teach and enjoy bringing home all sorts of things that I make in these classes.
Last month, I taught the Soaps, Scrubs, Salts & Balms class and came home with some of the Fizzing Bath Salts that I made. I love to spruce up my packaging, so tonight, I sat down and used a GinaK set to decorate my packaging.
First off, here's the simple recipe if you'd like to make your own Fizzing Bath Salts:
1 lb. Epsom Salts
1/4 cup citric acid (can be found at Wholesale Supplies Plus)
1/4 cup baking soda
10 drops essential oil
(ground herbs/flowers and food coloring optional)
* Mix all ingredients, making sure to mix any food coloring in well. Herb/flowers should be ground well in a coffee grinder. Pour into a jar, salt tube (can be dfound at Wholesale Supplies Plus) or ziplock baggies.
I used Rupa Shevde's Perfectly Polished set to stamp on GinaK's waterproof labels. I love those waterproof labels especially for things like this. Since this tube will be sitting on a friend's bathtub soon, I want to make sure that the label doesn't come off.
I colored the image in with two different shades of blue Copic markers and then went around the outside of the image with the Cool Shadow Copic to soften the edges. The word, "Relax," is also from Rupa's set.
I trimmed the waterproof label with scalloped edge scissors on either side and since it's self-adhesive, it was very easy to apply to the tube. I used a fine point black marker to write the words, "Bath Salts" underneath the image.
I finished off the tube with a length of brown and turquoise striped ribbon tied in a double knot.
In case you're wondering, I scented these salts with Eucalyptus essential oil. They make for a great foot soak, especially after a session of jogging or a day working in the garden.
-Erika (Stampin' Mama)