Sunday, January 22, 2017

So much creativity by Sue Smyth

2 Layouts and a Mini Journal 
by  Sue Smyth 

Well we are off for another year of fun and creativity at Imaginarium designs
And of course I do a clean out of my studio at the beginning of 
each year and I found an old unfinished layout.
It had playing cards on it and a few photos of my son adhered to the back of cards.
I liked the photos, so I decided to use them on a fresh layout( I peeled them of the other one )
I came up with a layout that proves you can use hearts and flowers on a boy page!

Here the Imaginarium chip heart is painted first with white gesso then red paint, then apply dimensional magic and sprinkle liberally with fine red glitter for a smooth
glitter paper look.
I have added 3mm gold pearls to frame the shape and a small funky heart that has been simply sprayed with matt black spray paint.

The Photo frame is embossed with aged gold embossing powder
but only once so the aged effect can show up at its best.

The same powder has been used for the corner but this time I have embossed twice, you can see the difference here.

The rest of the chipboard is sprayed with matt black spray paint, to highlight the edges
simply sponge or paint with a little metallic gold paint.

The playing cards have been adhered directly to the cardstock, 
then it is painted with gesso and sprayed, but I avoided covering the images completely, I wanted some of it to show through.

I left some of the Ace showing as well.

This is how the base of the page looked, before I rubbed 
gold paint over the raised areas and added black accents.

Next is a mermaid/ sea layout, I was playing with Dylusions and 
a fan brush and just loved the sinuous movement of the ink.
It begged to be made into a sea page.

Here I have altered a flower to look like an anemone
with lots of ink and spray, I have painted gold paint onto the edges for a gilded look. 

Here is my happy mermaid, but she was not very large so I made her appear bigger by adding wings with ID chipboard butterfly, altered and coloured to match

My Happy Days chip is simply painted with White gesso and then I have dabbed 
dylusions over to with a fan brush. Each time I have dipped the brush in water, so I have a 
variety of tones on the surface. Then I have dry brushed gold paint over top for a metallic sheen.

I have added some stamped images and die cut starfish to complement the theme.

Lots of lovely layering.

Next is an artists journal, this is only a small A5 book so 
does not have a lot of room to decorate and I wanted it to be useful so have gone for a simpler look.

After I have altered the surface I glued the chipboard frame directly to the front along with the letters ART. And even the pearls are adhered down at this stage to form a base of texture rather than shine.

Then I have painted the entire book with black gesso, then a coat of teal dylusions paint.
To finish add spots of colour with Inka Gold paints, using the colours of your choice.

Finish with a layer of gold metallic paint or inka gold to highlight all of the texture.
This will accent the frame and the letters as if they are almost embossed without the fuss of embossing. Then just decorate with Imaginarium trinkets and in this case a resin frame.

Happy Crafting 
From Sue Smyth 


  1. Aaawwww Sue ... The colours in all of these are just STUNNING! I learn something from your posts everytime :) xo

  2. Sue is a color magician! LOVE what she has done with the colors on all of these absolutely stunning creations! I am awe struck!!!! TFS!