I love fireworks! When I retired all the children at school sang Katy Perrys song “Baby you’re a firework’ in the leaving assembly.
When I saw the challenge at A Vintage Journey with the song title I was so excited. However RL got in the way for a while but eventually I created a small canvas. I am always inspired by Tim Holtz products and techniques and have used them in this project.

I began by using TH layering stencils with texture paste to create stars and bursts of light. The foreground was collaged book pages. The blue wasn’t working so out came the black gesso! I highlighted the texture paste with Treasure Gold, sorry I got carried away and forgot to take photos.


The layering stencils I used were stars and snowflakes.



The foreground was inked with these colours to reflect the glow of the fireworks. The Styled Label was inked and spritzed with the same colours. I wired it around the canvas through eyelets.


The Thinlet dies were the perfect shapes for the firework bursts. I used my new Metallic Kraft Core paper in gold.


I edged the canvas with Bronze Distress Paint which made the colours pop. The stamps were inked with black archival then clear heat embossed. I cut out and then coloured the children with distress markers. A touch of gold mica flakes across the ground gave an extra sparkle.


I enjoyed making the canvas, the song title brings happy memories!

wish me luck in the challenge, check out the inspiration from the Design Team at A Vintage Journey.


Jan X

13 thoughts on “Fireworks!

  1. Oh, my Gosh, Jan! This is a wonderfully done canvas! Loving those colors, your amazing fireworks and those sweet children. They look as if they are not really sure they enjoy the loud noises around them! Lovely work here! Hugs!

  2. Wow Jan, you have created a gorgeous scene, the sky is fabulous with the pops of sparkly colour and the foreground with the book pages looks amazing. You have coloured the children beautifully too. Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at A Vintage Journey! Anne xx

  3. What a wonderful creative and fun fireworks creation! love the kids and the lit up sky! what a great sentiment too! Thanks so much for joining us in the AVJ challenge Jan! Julia xx

  4. Hi Jan

    I came over here to tell you how cute I thought your starry hanging reindeer decoration was and then I found this – I adore this – so bursting with life and energy. Earlier this month was the Diwali Celebration here which is kind of a big deal here in the Indian communities in South Africa, for a whole evening – the sky is a delicious mayhem of light and booming fireworks as almost every Hindu household celebrates the festival lights with an intense firework display. It is magnificent to watch. Seeing this just transported me back there. Love it so. (Just as a heads up – it may be just me but I cant seem to find your OCC starry reindeer post on here – but like I say – it may just be me being terrible at internetting!) – much love always – Candice- (aka Tincan Crafter)

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