Watch a Video on How to Create a Stunning Mixed Media Layout

by Mischelle Smith

This month is all about gorgeous Delicata inks. These shimmery, delicious inks gave me an opportunity to work with soft palette … something very difficult for me (I LOVE vibrant and bold color). I challenged myself to try and create a journal layout that whispered to me… instead of slapping me in the face with the energetic colors I adore. This truly was a challenge and made me so happy for stepping outside my box.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 60 minutes + dry time

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up! – Lighthearted Leaves
  • Stampers Anonymous – Dina Wakley Media Cling Mount Stamps: Scribbly Small Birdies
  • Gold sequins
  • Natural binding ribbon
  • Carabelle Studio – Cutting and 1/58 stencil
  • The Crafters Workshop – Halftone Circles, Tile Texture stencil
  • Metallic gold thread
  • Recycled tea bag
  • Alphabet stamps
  • Date stamp

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Do you Love all the New Colors of Delicata?

by Renee Zarate

Most mixed media artists have many separate art journals for different projects or products, depending on the type of art work that they do. I love the Delicata inks so much, I needed a journal specifically for experimenting with all of the Delicata inks! It is fun to decorate art journals with other unused experiments or bits and bobs of supplies left over from other projects. When using up the leftovers not only does it produce an interesting project but it also prevents waste and hoarding. This one is pretty enough to set out on a coffee table for guests to look through.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2 hours + dry time

Directions


Step 1

To begin, paint the cover of a Strathmore Mixed Media paper art journal with black Gesso and allow to dry. Cut a piece of navy blue card stock to measure 4 ½” by 6 ½”. Cut a second piece of the same paper to measure 6 ¾” by 5”, set this aside. Take the smaller piece of the navy paper, choose a stencil with a lot of open space and use a palette knife to apply a small amount of Creative Medium Iridescent paste. Let dry.


Step 2

With a small dauber for each separate color of Delicata ink, apply Rose Gold, Emerald Green, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Golden Glitz onto the stenciled panel. Blend the inks while applying. Dry with heat tool.


Step 3

Using Tear It Tape, mount the stenciled, inked panel onto the larger piece of navy card stock, then black cardstock, cut to measure 5 ¾” by 8 ½”. Adhere entire panel to the note book.


Step 4

Choose different elements to adhere to the cover panel using a strong adhesive. The spoon has been decorated with Delicata Rose Gold ink applied with a Fantastix, sprinkled with Clear Embossing Powder and melted with a heat tool. Stamp Rose Gold polka dots around the navy panel and add ribbons to the spiral binding. The metal roses have been enhanced with Delicata Rose Gold, Silvery Shimmer and Ruby Red inks. It is easy to get into the tight spots by using the pointed end of a Fantastix. By using a separate Fantastix for each color it eliminates the risk of contaminating the ink pad with other colors. White ribbon for the binding can be colored with ink from the Delicata pads to keep everything in the same color scheme.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Strathmore Mixed Media notebook (6.25” x 8.5”)
  • Liquitex Black Gesso
  • Waffle Flower – Pattern Play collection
  • Stencil Girl – Mary Beth Shaw Private Collection stencile
  • Prima – Resin Frame, Rhinestone crown and strips of rhinestones,
    spoon, metal chain
  • Idea-ology – metal phrase
  • Michaels – ribbons, burlap fabric and metal flowers
  • E6000 adhesive
  • Heat tool
  • Cutting tool

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Learn How to Personalize a Moleskine Notebook

Can you ever have too many notebooks? I think not! I love to add more to my collection (and even get around to using them sometimes) but sometimes the best quality notebooks fly under the decorative radar. This gives them all kinds of great potential on the outside, just like the blank pages are inside. For the Moleskine notebook, I’ve used Fabrico and All-Purpose inks to decorate it with some cute monkeys, designating this notebook for future cute and cheeky thoughts!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Moleskine notebook
  • My Favorite Things – Cheeky Monkey stamp set
  • Acrylic block
  • White gel pen

Make a Fairytale Layout in Your Journal with VersaMagic

by Elina Stromberg

Fairytale Layout in Moleskine Journal Sketchbook
When working with layers you normally start with the background and continue with adding elements on top of it. However, when layering stamped images, you need to work in reverse order. First, you place the foreground elements on your project and then continue building layers in the direction towards the back. This all may sound bit tricky but when you start working you’ll soon realize that the masking stamping technique is not hard at all. You will love the depth and dimension it gives to your project, and in addition, it gives you many new possibilities to use your stamps and extend your stash!

Masking stamping technique can be used for several types of projects. It’s perfect for cards, but can easily be used also for larger projects like art journal pages. Your imagination will be the only limit!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour +

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the foreground image i.e. the element that you want to appear on the top. Repeat the step by stamping the image on a post-it note. Cut out.


Step 2

Place the post-it note image on the stamped foreground image. This self-made mask will protect the top layer image. Stamp the element you want to appear on the next layer, (partly) behind the first element. If you want other elements to appear behind the second layer image, stamp it on a post-it note and cut out.


Step 3

Continue building stamped layers until the scenery is ready. Post-it masks can be used several times, so if one image is used several times, probably only one mask per image is needed.


Step 4

Color the images using VersaMagic and Brilliance inks. Press the ink pad against the craft mat to create a paint palette. Pick up the color with a water brush and color the images.


Step 5

Color the entire scenery. Stamp blades of grass, branches, and flower stems on the page. Before stamping protect the colored images with the self-made post-it masks.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Moleskine Sketchbook
  • Art Journey – ‘Fungus Fairy Tales’ stamp, ‘Crows’ stamp, ‘Fairy Tale People’ stamp
  • IndigoBlu -‘Wild Meadow’ stamp
  • Water brush
  • Post-It notes
  • Scissors

Enjoy Your Magical Adventure Handmade Card

by Renee Zarate

Enjoy Your Magical Adventure Handmade Card

Enjoy your magical adventure! This is the phrase used into today’s cardmaking inspiration. Making master boards is always fun and saves time in creating interesting projects. These snippets of a master board designed using StazOn Studio Glazes and are a great launching point for a card, art journal or refrigerator magnet. Now is the time to cut up those extra pieces of paper and turn them into something beautiful!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Cut master board into desired sizes. Use a large background stamp with script and stamp onto the card panel. On a separate piece of Bristol paper, stamp an image of a girl with Delicata Black Shimmer ink, and heat emboss with Imagine’s clear embossing powder.


Step 2

Color in the image with Memento Markers and cut out. The ink from the dye ink in Memento markers should move past the embossed areas and soak into the exposed paper. Wipe off excess ink with a tissue.


Step 3

Glue the image to the panel, add stickers, and detail around the stickers using Memento marker in Tuxedo Black to outline each word. Ink edges with StazOn Midnight Blue and then Delicata Celestial Copper ink. Use gel medium to attach metal wings. From here you have a variety of choices. You can mount this panel to a card base, the front cover of an art journal or attach magnets to hang on the fridge.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Teesha Moore Zettiology – stamp
  • Stampers Anonymous – stamp
  • Idea-ology – Metal wings
  • Strathmore Bristol paper
  • Finnabair – 3D Matte Gel
  • Artistcellar – stencil
  • Cutting tool
  • Heat tool
  • Paper towels

Show Me the Way Monochromatic Journal Layout

by Mischelle Smith

I absolutely LOVE the Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray by Imagine! These inks have a beautiful shimmer that kisses your paper with a soft, subtle sparkle. It was this kiss of color that I wanted to capture for my Inspirational Journal. I wanted to create a layout that I can add to effortlessly when the time allows. We all know that feeling! {smiles}

This layout features the Faux Gelli Printing technique I’ve shared in my other projects this month. This time, however, I utilized my Fireworks sprays to create a monochromatic background and I’ll also show you how to use Fantastix with Fireworks for doodling and detailing.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 60 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Generously ink the craft mat with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Rose Bud. Add Fireworks in Lilac Posies and allow the colors to blend. Both these colors are an intense pink with slightly different hues. Lilac Posies is a bit darker. Lift one side of the craft mat and allow ink to run and create new patterns.


Step 2

Spritz ink with Ink Potion No. 9 which will dilute the mix and create a cool effect.


Step 3

Lay watercolor paper on ink and lift off. Repeat with more paper. Heat set. The paper on the right, in photo above, shows the first pull of color. The paper on the left shows the 2nd pull of color. Both create cool textures to work with.


Step 4

Spritz craft mat with Lilac Posies and Ink Potion #9. Lay stencil on top of spritzed ink. Place watercolor paper on top of stencil and press gently with your fingers around the stencil.


Step 5

Remove paper and heat set. As the paper continues to dry more variations of color and shimmer will appear – adding depth to the pink tones. Repeat steps 1-5 with any additional colors or stencils you wish to add to the faux gelli print. Splatter Fireworks onto paper using a fan brush mixed with Grape Jelly and Ink Potion #9.


Step 6

To use Fireworks with a Fantastix is super easy. Since Fantastix has such an absorbent fiber barrel, it readily soaks up both the dye color and the shimmer into the barrel. So, remove the lid from Fireworks and dip a bullet tipped Fantastix into the ink for 5-10 seconds. The Fantastix should have enough ink to work with the project and more. Continue with detailing by making dots using the tip of the Fantastix.


Step 7

Use a brush tipped Fantastix to draw lines in a brick pattern or a pattern of your choosing. Add lines and let dry, or heat set. Reapply color for more depth.


Step 8

Stamp flower images in the corners, as desired, using Grape Jelly Memento ink. Use white pen to dot the centers of stamped flowers. Use Grape Jelly Memento Marker to continue doodling on the layout. Add random ‘doodle text’ with white marker.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up! – Peaceful Petals
  • Watercolor paper
  • White Posca Marker
  • Prima – Circle Stencil