Mixed Media Fireworks Journal

 by Mischelle Smith

Art journal featuring a sailboat and ocean waves.

When it comes to journaling, I’m a beginner. It’s been a fun transition going from die-hard stamper to the mixed media world and now into journaling. I’ve been able to bring many of my skills with me and I’m learning new skills daily. I wanted to do a spread in my journal that used Imagine’s color of the month Greenery and the artist challenge “You Feeling Me?” If you happen to be new to journaling, like me, then I’d recommend starting with a simple spread like this. I’ve discovered that my Memento Markers are the best journaling pens I have and they coordinate with the ink pads what I’ve used on my pages … LOVE that!

Directions


Step 1

Stamp Pear Tart onto Imagine’s mat several times. Using a palette knife, add shimmer Creative Medium to the ink and mix gently. Do not mix the entire color so several shades of Pear Tart show through the Creative Medium.


Step 2

Stamp Bahama Blue onto the craft mat and add into the Creative Medium mix. Again, don’t over work the mix.

Step 3

Adhere stencil to journal page with washi tape. Use a palette knife to apply the Creative Medium mixture. Apply the mixture onto the left page at the bottom and top. Set aside and let dry completely. Adhere Travel Notes stencil to page and color with Bahama Blue Memento. Repeat using a mottled circle stencil. Stamp randomly on the pages using VersaFine with travel theme stamps.

Step 4

Sketch a boat onto kraft paper and cut out. Wade pieces up and then flatten out. Distress boat with VersaMark ink. Set aside. Place a hard craft mat behind the right-hand page. Cut along the edges of the waves to create a niche for the boat. Place the boat in between the waves. Attach with On Point Glue. Use Tear It Tape to attach the right-hand page to the page behind it. Hiding the cut in the page and the back of the boat. Use Memento Markers to doodle and journal around the pages. Use Memento Markers to doodle and journal around the pages. Flick New Sprout and Bahama Blue Fireworks on pages. Spray pages with Frost Shimmer Spray.


 

The steps above can serve as dozens of variations on the inside pages of a journal. One could stay busy with these ideas for days! To transition to thinking of the front cover, I thought I’d break it up a bit. I love green and as soon as I sprayed a touch of New Sprout Fireworks on leftover canvas I knew I wanted to make a journal. The combination of green with aqua blue’s is a favorite of mine so adding Bahama Blue Fireworks with the New Sprout worked perfectly. Creating this cover was super easy … filling up the pages is what takes time and thought.

Directions


Step 1

Spray canvas scraps with New Sprout and Bahama Blue Fireworks. Let dry. Tear pages from old books, hymnals and dictionaries to add as pages. Modpodge the front and back of each page. Let dry.

Step 2

Lay canvas and pages in the order you like. Secure the center with a pin. Stitch the album together with a needle and thread. Draw a line down the center with a ruler and stitch on this line. Decorate the cover with washi tape, stamped sentiments, and hand-drawn elements. Personalize with your favorite quotes and phrases. Add any additional items. In the photo above, I included a butterfly stencil. Finish by flicking Fireworks onto canvas to match the base.

Supplies

Imagine

Memento Luxe – Pear Tart, Bahama Blue
Creative Medium – Shimmer
VersaFine – Tuxedo Black
Memento Marker – Tuxedo Black, Sky Blue, Rich Cocoa, Bahama Blue, Teal Zeal, Nautical Blue, Pear Tart, Danube Blue
VersaMark 
Fireworks! – New Sprout, Bahama Blue
Sheer Shimmer Spray – Frost
Daubers – Sponge and Jumbo
On Point Glue
Tear It! Tape
Palette Knives
Craft Mat

Other

Stencil Girl – Whimsical Waves, Travel Notes Mini
Close To My Heart – Stamps
Cardstock
Mottled Circle Stencil
Craft knife
Washi tape
Journal
Canvas Scraps
Old book pages
Modpodge
Foam Brush
Adhesive
Scissors
Needle
Thread
Ruler
Pencil

 

Shabby Chic Embossed Glitter Banner

by Mischelle Smith

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.

I love touchy, feely things and wanted to create a project I could use both as a decoration and a gift. This little banner fits the bill. The gold Embossing Powder works so well combined with the texture of the corrugated cardboard. You can easily personalize this by adding a name or sentiment to the chipboard scrap.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 60 minutes

Directions

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.

Step 1

Cut a banner shape from a cardboard box flap. Tear off top layers to reveal corrugated inside. Paint front and back of banner with gesso and let dry.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 2

Rub VersaMark pad across the front of the banner. Emboss with Gold Embossing Powder. Repeat as needed.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 3

Using a DoodleStix – apply Golden Glitz and Silvery Shimmer Delicata in the creases of the banner.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 4

Using a foam brush and Modpodge add glitter to the banner. Repeat as needed. Set aside to dry. Use a DoodleStix to apply Golden Glitz Delicata to pink tulle ribbon.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 5

Spray Angel Pink Fireworks! to white doily and gold and white ribbon.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 6

Rub Golden Glitz and Silvery Shimmer Delicata onto glitter tipped white feather and chipboard banner scrap.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 7

Rub VersaMark onto chipboard scrap. Emboss with Gold Embossing Powder.

Step 8

Now most of the inking is finished,  it’s time to assemble the whole design.  Layer the feather and small gold banner scrap. Add a loop of gold metallic thread, pink tulle ribbon, silver pipe cleaner,  gold and white tulle, pink floss, bells, metallic thread, bows, gold metallic thread, and flowers.  If needed, layer dried banner under a stack of books to flatten. This banner can be re-created in multiple sizes, and colors, to fit any occasion.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close To My Heart – Gold & White Ribbon, Gold Polka Dot washi tape
  • Chipboard flag
  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Silver dipped white feather
  • Bells – gold, silver
  • Gold metallic thread
  • White doily
  • Page from old hymnal
  • Tulle ribbon – pink stretch, white, gold
  • Glitter –gold, silver, large stars
  • Modpodge
  • Foam brush
  • Paper flowers
  • Eyelet and snap punch
  • Pipe cleaner – silver metallic
  • Embroidery floss – pink
  • Gesso
  • Eyelets

Electric Neon Hello Card

by Mischelle Smith

I’m so excited with Imagine’s new On Point Glue and wanted to test drive it with one of my favorite trends – stacking die cuts. I’m very pleased with this glue and my results. On Point Glue is easy to use and the fine-tipped applicator works great for applying glue exactly where I want it!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Step 1

Attach “Entangling Thread” stencil to card front with washi tape. Using Jumbo Dauber apply color. Remove stencil. Attach Bittersweet Mini stencil to card front using washi tape and repeat technique to create the layered effect.

Step 2

Die cut ‘hello’ four times. On one ‘hello’ die cut apply Radiant Neon ink directly to the ‘hello’ cut. Apply On Point Glue to the backside of one ‘hello’ die cut and attach to card front as shown. Continue to layer ‘hello’ die cuts until you have finished. Make sure the die cut with color added is the last layer attached.

Step 3

Remove applicator from irRESISTible Texture Spray and use it to flick drops of spray on the card front. Finish the card with Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz to add that extra bit of sparkle and shine.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close To My Heart – Notecard, White Daisy cardstock
  • Stencil Girl – Entangling Thread Stencil, Bittersweet Mini
  • Lawn Fawn – Hello Die
  • Die cutting machine
  • Washi tape

Colorful Teal Dream Card

by Mischelle Smith

Mischelle Smith creates a handmade Dream card. teal, green, red, butterflies, birds, texture, flowers, washi tape.

Springtime is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than a beautiful card to express the theme of renewal. This card uses Fireworks! Craft Spray, Creative Medium and a pattern paper series from KaiserCraft—all materials that can be used  to make different designs and layouts. See how Mischelle dreams up a card design!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Creative Medium and stencil to create texture.

Step 1

Stencil on Creative Medium at the corner of a 4 ¼” x 5 ½” card front. Cover the upper portion of the untouched card front with paper.

Creative Medium and Fireworks Craft Spray create color and texture on this dream card.

Step 2

Spritz New Sprout Fireworks! on top of the stencil. Remove the stencil. Carefully repeat steps at the top, left corner of the card front. If you’d like to add more Fireworks! remove the nozzle and flick on with spray pipe. Set aside card front to dry.

Birds, butterflies, pink, green, black.

Step 3

With scissors, cut bird and butterfly images for the card from a piece of UV coated pattern paper. Set aside.

Step 4

Punch out a scalloped border that comes with pattern paper. Set aside. Cut out the word ‘Dream’ from pattern paper word sheet. Set aside. Distress the edges of the stenciled card front (piece with Creative Medium and Fireworks!).

Step 5

Cut 3” x 4” rectangle from floral pattern paper and trim off the portion that overlaps the card.

Step 6

Distress the right side to match the card and attach dovetailed turquoise shimmer ribbon. With foam tape add scalloped border and ‘Dream’ sentiment, silver metallic thread and large bird. Arrange so that the thread is behind the bird. This will create a dynamic look.

Step 7

Attach butterflies, bitty sparkles and add finishing touches with Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

finished Dream card. Birds, teal, pink, green, shimmer.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close To My Heart – White Daisy cardstock, notecards, Bitty Sparkles, Turquoise Shimmer Ribbon
  • KaiserCraft – Fly Free 6 ½” Pad
  • Stencil
  • Washi tape
  • Metallic thread – Silver
  • Adhesive
  • Foam tape
  • Scissors
  • Paper trimmer
  • Tweezers

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Loved By God Mixed Media Canvas

by Mischelle Smith

Mischelle Smith creates this wonderful mixed media project with two lovely ladies.

Mixed media projects have the potential to go into any direction. One can build up layers with texture and create a design that looks 3-D, mix different mediums to create a luster or build layers that draw the eye inward to a 2-D surface. In today’s tutorial, Mischelle Smith goes through a process of coloring, blending, and layering to achieve a dense and soft texture layer over text and images. This dreamy canvas would work great with any sentiment theme and for many occasions.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 15 minutes

Directions

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Step 1

Paint canvas with gesso. Let dry.

using an old bo
Step 2

Use tape to begin removing the copy from an old page. Be sure to remove enough copy for an image to stand out on a page. Stamp image of two ladies onto the page. Color the faces and skin using Memento Markers (colors of your choice).

Two ladies stamped image on book page
Step 3

Cut out a portion of the image and color dress using Brushstix, Pink Grapefruit VersaMagic and Turquoise Gem VersaMagic. Color hats with Desert Sand Memento and Toffee Crunch Memento markers.

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Step 4

With Mod Podge, cover a canvas with paper scraps, washi tape, old book pages, etc. Add the ladies as a focal image to the canvas. Cover again with Mod Podge and let the canvas dry. Spritz canvas with Goosebumps to add texture.

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Step 5

Spritz saying and old papers with Goosebumps. Let dry.  Soften edges of the canvas with Cloud White VersaMagic ink.

Mix Creative Medium with VersaMagic
Step 6

Stamp Turquoise Gem VersaMagic onto Imagine Craft Mat and blend color with palette knife into Creative Medium. Apply the Creative Medium to your canvas using a stencil and palette knife.

stencil with Creative Medium
Step 7

Continue to layer pieces of  paper scraps, spritz the canvas with Angel Pink Fireworks! Let dry. Seal Fireworks! with Mod Podge and let dry. Ink the edges of words using a Jumbo Dauber, Turquoise Gem VersaMagic, and Pink Grapefruit VersaMagic.

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Step 8

Layer various Imagine sprays such as Sheer Shimmer Spritz, Walnut Ink Cornflower, and Walnut Ink Cherry Blossom and seal each layer with Goosebumps and allow to dry.

Mixed media project using Goosebumps and Creative Medium.
Step 9

Finish any detailing with top layers of texture with White Wedding Dress IrRESISTibles which will block anything underneath and act as top paint splatter look. This tutorial helps show how to build a dense beautiful shimmery effect that will cause the eye to wander around the canvas. The theme and text are subject to change which opens one up to explore these layering and coloring techniques over and over again.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 6” x 6” canvas
  • Foam Brush
  • Gesso
  • Craft Knife
  • Printer
  • Vintage Clip Art
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Waterbrush
  • Acrylic Block
  • CTMH – washi tape, pattern paper, white cardstock
  • Old books/hymnal pages
  • Stencil
  • Black fine writing pen

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Fireworks Extravaganza!

Pop and sparkle are two things that real fireworks do when we light them. We watch them burst and expanding and there is really nothing else like it. This is why we named this craft spray Fireworks! It gives life to a project with a color and a shimmer burst that delights the eye. The following post is an extravaganza of projects from five Imagine artists. Tenia Nelson uses Fireworks! as a splatter compliment to her simple style. Roni Johnson gets creative by experimenting with Fireworks! on different surfaces. Neva Cole creates an ocean scene with die cuts and highlights how shimmer expresses the sparkle of the underwater world. Mischelle Smith brings the volume back down and uses Fireworks! as a subtle compliment.

Tenia Nelson uses Fireworks Craft Spray to add sass to this cute and simply greeting card.

Abstract Flowers by Tenia Nelson

Tenia stamped images with Memento Lilac Posies, Pear Tart, and Cottage Ivy onto white cardstock. She then stamped a sentiment with VersaMark, heat embossed and cut into a thin strip. To give the card a little pop, Tenia sprayed Fireworks! Lilac Posies, and Rose Bud onto the card as larger ink dots. Then she finished by adding the sentiment onto the card using foam dots, added washi tapes, sticker stitches and finally adhered the whole art panel onto a folded card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew Stamps
  • Cardstock
  • Washi Tape
  • Heating tool

Roni Johnson uses Fireworks to color a Vertigo surface.

Wonderful Fireworks! Canvas by Roni Johnson

Fireworks! can be applied to a project using a variety of methods. This canvas project shares 3 surfaces to create entirely different looks with each. The first technique was on the canvas base where a piece of corrugated cardstock was dipped into a pool of ink and stood up to allow the inks to gently flow down the channels of the corrugated paper. The second technique used to apply Fireworks! Spray is a sheet of Vertigo Film. The ink is sponged on the surface using an Ink Blusher. Additional colors were immediately added to the film, sponged, and blended with previous layers. The third method was used to color paper die cut foliage. Fireworks! Craft Spray can be applied to nearly any surface. Jennifer Vanderbeek uses Fireworks! to expand the visual appearance of a stamp.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Club Scrap – Sentiment Stamp
  • MyFavoriteThings – Foliage Dies
  • Oval Die X-Cut – Heart Dies
  • Prima – Large Flower Canvas
  • Twine
  • Gemstones
  • Flowers
  • Adhesive

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Seascapes by Neva Cole

Last summer, Neva purchased a set of dies she just had to have, without really knowing when she would use them in the future. Every crafter has those shopping moments! When the Fireworks! challenge was announced, she had the perfect way to showcase both the dies and the wonderful color palette of the Fireworks! sprays with this under the sea diorama. Fireworks! can be used as watercolors with watercolor paper and a little water spray. It was so much fun to create a multilayered scene with just die cuts, Fireworks!, and a Pico Embellisher. The Fireworks! adds just the right amount of shimmer to make the fantasy come alive!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Spray bottle
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs—Shells Small, Shells Large, Turtle, Seaweed, Stitched Rectangles

Mischelle Smith creates a cute card using Memento Luxe and Fireworks Craft Spray.

Whooo’s Your Valentine? by Mischelle Smith

Mischelle started by spraying the card front with Angel Pink Fireworks! She then cut a heart pattern paper to 3” x 3” placed on card skewed and trimmed off the remainder. She then arranged the top elements — white shimmer ribbon, white twine, a strip of pink pattern paper with polka dots and the cute little owls.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close To My Heart – Whooo’s Your Valentine
  • Cardstock
  • Pattern paper
  • Acrylic blocks
  • White shimmer ribbon
  • White twine
  • Embellishments
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Paper Trimmer

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Flower Burst by Jennifer Vanderbeek

One of the downsides to stamps is their size is fixed. For instance, the main image Jennifer used in this card is a little on the small side for what she had in mind. Her solution was to spray Fireworks! close to the page, creating bursts of shimmery color, and stamping over them, visually enlarging the image. How clever?! A few swipes of Memento markers to add some details and it created a fun background for a card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, green
  • My Favorite Things – Whimsical Wishes stamp set
  • DieNamics Pierced Oval STAX dies
  • Acrylic block
  • Ribbon
  • Sticky back rhinestones
  • Scissors