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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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

The Secret Ingredient is Love

by Jowilna Nolte

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

The best and most beautiful things are felt with the heart and cannot be seen – a favorite saying of mine and also the inspiration behind my themed tag this month. I used inks and paste to create a shimmering background for this beautiful tag.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 Minutes + dry time

Directions

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

Step 1

Add some texture to a tag using a stencil and texture paste. Once the paste is dry, use a brayer and roll Delicata Golden Glitz onto the tag randomly and leave to dry.

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

Step 2

Start by inking some Blue Hawaii StazOn ink onto the tag over the gold texture background. Add color in 2 or more areas using a jumbo dauber.

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

Step 3

Use a clean jumbo dauber and ink your tag using Orange Zest StazOn ink in the open areas, overlap the ink onto the blue inked areas too, so the colors blend seamlessly into each other.

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

Step 4

Now add some brown Ganache StazOn ink around the edges of the tag using another jumbo dauber.

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

Step 5

Mist the inked tag using Gold Shimmer Spritz and leave to dry. The shimmer gives the StazOn inks a beautiful look. Finish by adding the sentiment and any additional embellishments with foam tape. I choose to staple the sentiment and add three hearts with gold thread in the back.

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

Tip: To clean the StazOn ink on my craft mat I use StazOn stamp cleaner and then wipe it clean, otherwise, the ink will permanently stain your mat.

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stencil
  • TCW – texture paste
  • Tag
  • Dina Wakeley – stamp
  • Gold thread
  • Stapler
  • Foam tape
  • Adhesive

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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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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