Most places, here in the US, school is out for the summer. If you might be looking for something to do with your children that is relatively inexpensive and will hold their attention for a while, plus have the added benefit of creativity I have a toy for you to play with along with the kids.
I’ve created a couple of card fronts that are in dire need of a sentiment and more embellishing but will do as a sample of how exciting this toy can be in your creative process 🙂
Beware, this is a really messy process. Inks will be spattered in all directions so newspaper, or some kind of protective layer of paper, spread about three times larger than the toy itself is recommended to protect your table top and carpets.
The Spin & Splash comes with four tubes of acrylic paint, two tubes of glitter glue, and four empty tubes to be filled with the colored sand included. Two sort of square unglazed ceramic tiles and two ceramic dish/bowls are in the kit. There is a separate platform for the ceramic pieces to spin on, one more sturdy than the fan type for the paper. There are two protective covers that mount over the spinning mechanism but the ones included in my box were so misshapen they are an utter joke. NOT included in the kit is a “D” size battery to power the unit. There also are pieces of a glossy type of heavy cardstock in sizes of 4-1/4 x 4-1/4 and 3-1/4 x 3-1/4 included in the kit.
I purchased this unit at Hobby Lobby in the children’s section of the store where all the Crayola brand creativity machines are stocked. The cost of the Spin & Splash was $16.99 USD. You may want to check your local toy store or online if there is not a Hobby Lobby near you.
Quite a number of years ago I had seen a product similar to this used with alcohol inks only on glossy paper. A much older version of this toy that the person had “borrowed” from her children was used and the name of the toy was not specified.
I’ve successfully used this with Stampin’ Up!’s Whisper White cardstock, some Club Scrap textured cardstock, Adirondack’s Alcohol Ink paper, and even Kodak photo paper used in your printer. The inks I used were Stampin’ Up!’s ink refills, Ranger Industries alcohol inks, and Ranger Industries distress inks.
Here is a video I made using the Spin & Splash.
Using Nestability dies I’ve cut and embossed flowers and a dragonfly from the creative mess that ensued using this toy. I even tried this toy with paper flowers attached to the spinner base using a pop dot to hold the flower in place.
For the next several months, while I am out with my “Day Job”, I will pop in here to show or tell you about things I’m creating while at home for a brief period of time. You can keep up with all of my other “Foolishness and Mayhem” to see what I do that keeps me from being creative and crafty 🙂
Have fun this summer. Don’t get in a tug of war with your children over this toy but do get sneaky when commandeering it for your own uses 🙂