In today’s blog, Tenia Nelson hand lettered a mini heart and decorated it with Fireworks! While Martha Lucia Gomez experiments with using Fireworks! as the ink in a marbled effect with shaving cream. These projects both use Fireworks! in a subtle way but still with that extra something to their projects.
Tenia Nelson made this super fun tiny Valentine using Angel Pink Memento Marker onto Watercolor paper. She cut using a simple heart die then hand lettered the “Love You” sentiment onto heart using Tuxedo Black Memento Marker. She finished this quick project with a splatter effect using Angel Pink Fireworks! to add some texture and shimmer.
Martha Lucia Gomez loves experimenting with new techniques. In this project, she decided to try the marbled look using shaving cream and ink to create a marbled effect on paper. In this case, the ink is Fireworks! Craft Spray which is water-based and produces a shimmer effect. Martha reports:
“This is really easy to do yourself. Simply take a sizable amount of shaving cream and add some drops or sprays of Fireworks. In my project, I used three different colors of Fireworks: Lilac Posies, Dandelion, and Cantaloupe. Lightly mix the colors with a stick. Pass your paper over the foam and let the mix touch the paper. Remove the excess foam with a clean scrap of paper. Let dry very well before continuing to work on the project. Stamp with any type of ink over the marbled paper.”
Gold is especially an eye-catching color or an element to be more accurate. Gold seems to capture two things at once– a hue (yellow, rose, white) and an effect (reflective, shimmer, metallic). Something inside of us is continually drawn to the lively tension gold creates. In this blog, Mischelle Smith saturates a card with gold and contrasts with black with a Valentine’s Day card that is certainly elegant. Renee Zarate uses gold with a deep red that causes a different kind of saturation. In her gift bag project, the eye is overwhelmed with color creating a rich effect that also demands your attention.
Mischelle started by diecutting a heart and frame for the sentiment. She then embossed over the surface of both pieces using a brayer with VersaMark ink and Imagine’s Gold Embossing Powder. Since the embossed surface is nonporous, Mischelle stamped the heart with Jet Black StazOn ink. StazOn is a solvent ink and is compatible with most nonporous surfaces (perfect for this technique). Mischelle then finished composing the layout with the additional pieces of polka dot cardstock, glitter paper, black ribbon, and embellishments. The end result is an elegant saturation of gold with contrasting black details — an eye-catching take on a Valentine’s Day card.
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Renee explains, “I am a big fan of gift bags. It only takes a few minutes to personalize a gift bag and several could be made up in advance and kept on hand for emergencies.” Taking time to make a matching bag to a gift surely puts the thought of giving to the next level. This project involves using Versamark ink and Gold Embossing Powder to emboss the bag and Delicata to detail the tissue paper. Create a centerpiece with a large heart and sentiment, then choose a medium size heart for the bag border and finish with a small heart for the tissue paper. The beauty of the Delicata Gold ink is that it does not have to be embossed to pop out on a project.
Perhaps Valentine’s Day also needs a touch of home decor to set the right mood for your loved one! Jessica Litman created this shimmery heart banner to add a little pizzazz to the room. We imagine this banner would look great in combination with flowers and a card. Kyriakos Pachadiroglou took a more earthy route and created a wood block piece that expresses sentiments associated with our Heart of Gold theme.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, Jessica Litman felt that creating a banner to decorate would be the perfect fit for the holiday! This project allows a ton of flexibility because the banner can be as long or small as space allows! Jessica started by embossing heart stamps using Delicata White Shimmer and Clear Embossing Powder creating the background on black paper. Delicata is a metallic pigment ink and works great with embossing powders. She then cut the banner shapes and attached the gold heart to the center and finished the banner with a sewing machine. If you do not have a sewing machine then attaching a string to the back with adhesives should also work.
Describe a person with a heart of gold and you will get words likes “believe”, “respect”, “patience”, “care”, “love” and much more. Kyriakos choose these words to convey a person with such qualities. He marked these sentiments on a slice of wood and enhanced it by a golden heart and embossing powder. Words are hand lettered with a paintbrush with the magic of GooseBumps and then covered with Walnut Ink to create a resist effect which almost looks hand carved.
Imagine’s theme for the month of February is “Heart of Gold.” Our artist have met the challenge with bright and vivid colors as well as the narrative element the theme evokes. Alison Heikkia went for a super bright alternative card blending neon pink, yellow and coral with gold shimmer. While Tenia Nelson utilized white space to focus the eye on a gorgeous geometric embossed heart and using the direct sentiment “You have a Heart of Gold”.
Alison started off by dotting 3 Radiant Neon reinker colors onto a palette. She then brayered to blend them, and then rolled the brayer across the cardstock. Using a combination of Fireworks, Lightning Black Brilliance and Delicata, Alison went all in to add shimmer. Notice the gold edging is simply her fingerprints. Gush! Alison’s card base was sprayed with Sweet Plum Fireworks! then edged with Golden Glitz ink and Sweet Plum Memento marker.
Tenia made this super fun card and here is her quick summary of how to do it yourself!
I started by stamping and adding embossing on heart image. Then stamped the sentiment on a piece of white cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. On white cardstock, I added splatter using Gold All-Purpose Ink and Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Then added washi tape and sticker stitches to the image panel.
When I was a kid, trading Valentine Day cards at school was one of my favorite things to do, besides eating the candy of course. The one thing I wish I would have done as a kid was made my own cards instead of buying them and hoping no one else bought the same ones. So each year my daughter and I make her cards. They are so easy and fun to create together.
In my video below I share exactly how I created these cute little cards.
Here is the diagram of how I cut sixteen 2½” x 3½” ATC sizes from a 12″ x 12″ piece of cardstock.
Love doesn’t have colors or symbol’s, it just needs to be true and clear enough to grow everywhere. I created this card using Memento Luxe in three different colors. I used the single colors sometimes alone and other times combined to give a great shadows. The pigment ink is great not only to emboss with it and in today’s project you will see it in action.