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

 

White & Iridescent Blue Wedding

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a wedding card using Creative Medium to create a shimmer.

Weddings are very special occasions and it is important to design the wedding card or wedding invitation with extra care. I wanted to create a card with a special look and feel. I decided to use White Memento Luxe and Iridescent Blue Creative Medium as the base colors combined with a lot of sparkle from different size of rhinestones. The colors are limited to white and light blue shades and are brightened with Sheer Shimmer Spritz to give it that extra classy look. All the embellishments are glued one by one using the On Point Glue that allows precise glue layering for very small details. As a finishing touch, I added the key in the center of the heart shape and weaved ribbon at the bottom then mounted the card onto a blank cardstock. This card would be a great gift to a couple in love on their special day.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Rhinestones – circle, heart
  • White satin ribbon
  • Metallic key

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Mona Lisa is IrRESISTible in Green

by Renee Zarate

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Spring makes me think of greenery which is a refreshing welcome after the unrelenting brown of winter. For this project, I brought out all of my green inks, glitter, embellishments and sprays. I chose to create my own background paper to make a masterboard for continuity among several cards or ATCs. Hope you enjoy this project as much as I did!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Step 1

Create a master board using different types of green ink. Start by spraying New Sprout Fireworks through a stencil onto a piece of gessoed 140# watercolor paper randomly around the page. Be sure to leave lots of white space. Dry with a heat tool. Using a large Sponge Dauber, apply layers of inks using different stencils, moving the stencils around the page until the desired effect is achieved. Keep drying each ink along the way with a heat tool.

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Step 2

When the paper is dry, use rubber stamps to add more texture to the page. Using Olympia Green VersaFine ink is lovely on top of all the shades of green.

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Step 3

Cut the master board into 4” x 6” postcard size.

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Step 4

Create the focal point panel. Stamp using the Mona Lisa stamp and Olympia Green VersaFine ink on white cardstock and emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. Mount on a piece of black cardstock and use Memento markers or a water brush containing a small amount of Green Sprout Fireworks to lightly color in her features and hair.

Step 5

Mount the green panel on a blank white card measuring 5” x 7”, and adhere the Mona panel onto the green paper. Stamp the word at the bottom of the card using Olympia Green VersaFine ink. Heat emboss. Color the flowers with Fireworks Spray. Attach the flowers. Apply small amounts of On Point Glue on the petals of the flowers and sprinkle with glitter. Adhere sequins randomly on the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stamps – Dina Wakley, Stampers Anonymous, Stampington & Co.
  • Stencils – Stencil Girl, Prima
  • Flowers
  • Glitter
  • Sequins
  • Heat Tool
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Watercolor paper
  • Gesso
  • Strong adhesive
  • Cardstock – black and white
  • Water brushes

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Bring in the Spring with Greenery

Greenery March Color of the Month

March brings excitement to the year with the first hints of Spring. The budding fresh green leaves are a unique color inspiring new thoughts and ideas! It is only natural (pun intended) to declare Greenery color of the month.

We are sharing four projects in today’s blog which feature an array of Tsukineko and Imagine products in green, texture, and shimmer. Roni Johnson delights us with a succulent themed card using Kaleidacolor which shows off an ombré color blend. Jennifer Vanderbeek creates a visual effect with Vertigo and Neva Cole creates a dimensional effect with foam tape and die cut star pattern. Last and not least, Alison Heikkila takes cuteness to a new level with a wee green dragon. Enjoy!

Love Grows Here by Roni Johnson. Imagine + Tsukineko products. Memento ink. Green, succulents, spring, greeting card.

Love Grows Here by Roni Johnson

When you hear the word greenery, what comes to mind? The smell of freshly mown grass, the refreshing rain storm and an oasis filled with plants, flowers, and succulents? This was my inspiration for March and how I imagined my greenery card. The succulents were both stamped using the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor which was misted with Sheer Shimmer Spritz prior to stamping on white cardstock and trimmed. The background was made by stamping the succulent using New Sprout Memento Dye Ink. The panel was then spritzed with New Sprout Fireworks! Spray.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ClubScrap.com – succulent, sentiment stamps
  • Cardstock – white, green
  • Sequins
  • Adhesive

Jennifer Vanderbeek Spring Card.

Welcome Spring Card by Jennifer Vanderbeek

When starting a card, I sometimes struggle with the materials and embellishments to create a balance. With a stamped Vertigo background, adding too much to the card would take away from the dreamy movement quality of the specialty sheet. To that end, I opted to let the background command pride of place on the card and add only a bit of patterned paper in a strip along the base of the card and a simple, hand-written sentiment. Balance achieved!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close to My Heart – Leaves stamps
  • Acrylic block
  • DCWV patterned paper
  • Cardstock
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive

You are so kind by Neva Cole. black cardstock, green, stars, spring, sparkle.

You Are So Kind in Green by Neva Cole

Green is a wonderful color to celebrate the coming of spring!  To jump start the spring feeling, Kaleidacolor ink is used to create this quick thank you card. The brushed look is created using a soft sponge brayer on white cardstock. Die cutting stars from the frame and through the black backing to show off the multi-hued nature of the Kaleidacolor ink pad.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, black
  • Soft rubber brayer
  • Sizzix – Framelits Drop-Ins Stephanie Barnard 661563
  • Dimensional foam adhesive

I Believe in You by Alison Heikkila. Dragon stamp by Lawn Fawn. Blue, green, brick, stars, pink, galaxy.

I Believe in You by Alison Heikkila

I’ve always found dragons to be very special. When I found out that the Imagine’s Color of the Month for March was Greenery, I was excited! First, it’s a beautiful color. Second, I knew I would use this adorable dragon from Lawn Fawn’s Critters Ever After set. Dragons certainly don’t have to be green, but I thought this guy would look fabulous in this shade.

I colored the dragon with Memento Markers. I wanted to have a starry background, but I didn’t want him to float in mid-air so I made a wall using the Stone Background Stencil from Stampendous. The sky was created with watercolor paper and Fireworks! Sprays. To add a few stars, I used Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher. My sentiment (from the Believe in Yourself set) was stamped with VersaMark, and then heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Lawn Fawn – Critters Ever After stamp and die sets, Believe in Yourself Stamp set
  • Stampendous – Stone Background Stencil
  • Spellbinders – Lacey Ovals S4-314

 

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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

Tangram Chinese Puzzle On a Tote Bag

by Elina Stromberg

Elina Stromberg creates a tote bag with Chinese puzzle using Memento Luxe.

Are you familiar with ’Tangram’? It’s a Chinese puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which are put together to form specific shapes. I got my Tangram book from my mother when I was a little kid, and yet today those black geometric puzzle pieces keep inspiring me. This time I did not play with the puzzle itself but instead used a Tangram stamp set to decorate a plain canvas tote bag. Stamping on fabric is as easy as it is on paper; just remember to iron the fabric first, and to use stamping inks suitable for fabric. Memento Luxe pigment inks are the perfect choice for all fabric projects.

For keeping the fabric flat, I suggest placing a piece of cardboard underneath the fabric. Especially when using thin fabrics, a sheet of cardboard inside the tote (or a T-shirt) will block the stamping ink from blotting and messing the fabric layers underneath.
Once the ink is dry the stamped image is heat set with ironing. Then the colors will remain vibrant even if repeatedly washed.

Elina Stromberg creates a tote bag with Chinese puzzle using Memento Luxe. Geometric shapes create the art. Elina Stromberg creates a tote bag with Chinese puzzle using Memento Luxe.

Supplies

Imagine

Memento Luxe – Tuxedo Black, Danube Blue, Lilac Posies, Rose Bud, Pistachio, Pear Tart

Other
  • Canvas tote bag
  • Altenew – Simple Shapes Stamp Set
  • Acrylic block
  • Piece of cardboard

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