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

 

Embossed Celtic Knot Card

by Roni Johnson


Happy St Patrick’s Day! On this day, many are wearing green, eating corned beef and (if you are of drinking age) having a green beer! I decided to make a card featuring a Celtic knot, texture, 4-leaf clovers and a gold ribbon. It is so much fun to experiment with the supplies I had on hand which is exactly what I did to create this highly textured card. I had never heated the Creative Medium but I thought it would be worth a shot to see how it performed under high heat. As you can see from the photo it looks amazing and bubbles through the embossing powders to create a lovely hammered texture look. Perfect for Gold Embossing!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours + cool-down time

Directions

Step 1

Tape black cardstock panel to work surface. Position stencil and tape in place. Use a spatula to spread Gold Creative Medium over the entire card panel.

Step 2

Carefully peel off the stencil. Wash the excess Creative Medium off immediately (very important).

Step 3

Sprinkle Verdigris and Gold Embossing Powders over the Creative Medium. Shake off excess.

Step 4

Heat the embossing powder and Creative Medium until the embossing powders melt and the Creative Medium begins to bubble up. You may continue to heat until satisfied with the texture. Set aside to cool. Do not touch until cool!  The Embossing Powder and Creative Medium will be extremely hot at this point.

Step 5

Die-cut pieces to be added to the card.

Step 6

Use Sponge Dauber to color the clover with Pear Tart, Bamboo Stalk, and Ivy Cottage Memento Ink. Sponge Delicata Golden Glitz on the leafy branches. Bend the small hearts in half and affix to the darker clover pieces using On Point Glue.

 

Step 7

Bend the small hearts in half and affix to the darker clover pieces using On Point Glue.  Mount bubble embossed panel on a plain black card. To finish the overall design, affix the ribbon to the card using Tear It Tape and glue on die-cuts on the embossed panel using On Point Glue.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ClubScrap.com – Stencil
  • Ribbon
  • Die cuts
  • Cardstock – black, copper

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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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Gorgeous Wintergreen Art Journal

by Jowilna Nolte

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New Year, New Beginnings and a New You bring with it so many possibilities. This year is a great year for new color combinations and new adventures. To celebrate, I created a fun art journaling page in Wintermint Green. It’s a fresh color with a myriad of opportunities to be creative and several reasons to be inspired.

 

Directions

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Step 1

Paint art journal pages with wintermint green chalk based paint. Leave paint to dry and then stencil images on the background using Pearlescent Jade Brilliance ink and a sponge dauber.

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Step 2

Add Mint Green All-Purpose ink drops onto the stenciled background. Lightly mist with water and let the ink run. Heat set with a heat gun.

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Step 3

Mix a small amount of Pearlescent Jade Brilliance inker into embossing paste. Mix the paste until it has a consistent color and no more white is visible. Apply the colored paste through your stencil using a palette knife. TIP: Work in a single direction when applying paste to avoid the paste running underneath your stencil and causing smudges. Leave the stenciled images to dry completely. The Brilliance gives the paste a nice shimmer.

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Step 4

Spray scrap white cardstock with Electric Green irRESISTible Texture Spray and leave to dry. Punch 5mm circles out of the cardstock.

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Step 5

Adhere the textured dots to the center of your stenciled firework sprays. Unscrew the nozzle from the bottle and splatter small drops of irRESISTible onto the background. Leave to dry. Add definition to the stenciled fireworks images using a graphite pencil and White All-Purpose Ink applied with a small paintbrush.

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Step 6

Splatter Copper irRESISTible onto the background. Unscrew the lids for the irRESISTible Texture Sprays and use the applicator tubes from the bottles to color in chipboard numbers and leave to dry. Adhere the numbers and patterned paper strips to the journal page.

wintergreen art journal page by Imagine Artist Jowilna Nolte

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Art Journal
  • Echo Park – Fireworks Stencil
  • Hole Punch
  • Paintbrush
  • Simple Stories – Patterned Paper
  • Anna Griffin – Embossing Paste
  • Chiswick – POP Paint
  • Hole Punch
  • Chipboard Letters
  • Adhesive
  • Heat tool

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Studio Glaze on Paper

StazOn Studio Glaze Techniques for Backgrounds in Paper Projects

by Mary Prasad

Project samples from using the Studio Glaze on Paper

StazOn Studio Glaze is a translucent pigmented medium that works well on non-porous surfaces. In this video I show you how to make beautiful background papers with Studio Glaze.

Supplies
Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – glossy and regular
  • Gesso
  • Stencil – dots
  • Dies – alphabet, word

Pocket Full of Posies…and Money!

By Roni Johnson

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This little flower pot holds more than posies…pull up on the flowers and you’ve got a nifty little hiding spot for a gift card. I’ve included the template for the flower pot in the tutorial for easy assemblage!

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