Mixed Media Made Simple

The term Mixed Media can intimidate some people, but really it’s just layering multiple products (or mediums) on your project. Something you might do without even thinking about it.

For example, this Birthday card, uses Artful Watercolor Papers (which feature watercolor and stamped backgrounds). Next, I added a small numbers stencil from 301 Mixed Media Stencil Collection and Rose Postcard Stamp, which is stamped once on Artful Watercolor tan paper and once on pink. I smudged a little green chalk to color the leaves and then I cut out the pink stamped image and foam taped it over the tan image.

After stenciling large numbers, from 301 Mixed Media Stencil Collection, using Amethyst Purple Nuvo Glimmer Paste, I added “happy birthday” Card Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers, purple Jute Twine and Mixed Berry Sequins to add more sparkle!

Journals and binders are so popular right now, and I thought why not use a Sara’s Surfaces 8″x8″ Album to make by own custom binder, using Mixed Media? First I colored the album cover edges with the surface of a Brown Ink Pad. Then I glued blue and teal torn Seaside papers to the cover.

Next, I made some custom colored embossing paste by mixing Pthalo Green Color Burst with White Embossing Paste (using my favorite Mini Squeegee).

I placed the “Inspire Your Self” stencil, from 303 Mixed Media Stencil Collection, angled on the cover and smoothed the green paste over the words. Remove the stencil and let the paste dry.

Next, I made more custom colored embossing paste by mixing Ultramarine Blue Color Burst and White Embossing Paste and applied it over All Over Swirls Stencil on both the cover and on ivory cardstock (to make pages with later).

Before the embossing paste dries, use a baby wipe or moist paper towel and rub over the stencil and paste to soften the edges. Remove the stencil and place it on a different area of the cover. Use the same baby wipe to rub excess color over the stencil and onto the cover for a softer stenciled image. Stamp Sea Turtles onto ivory cardstock and color with green and blue Brights Spectrum Noir Pen Set. Cut out and glue to the cover along with blue and green Party Time Sequins.

Turn clear sheet protectors, included with (8″x8″ Sara’s Surfaces Album) into storage pockets, use Cosmetic Sponges to sponge Timber Brown StazOn® Ink Pad over the surface on 303 Mixed Media Stencil Collection images. To keep things in place, Hole Punch the sheet protectors near the top edge, load up with all types of memorabilia and thread with Seaside Ribbons. To make pages, cut cardstock to 9 1/4″x 8 1/8″ and repeat the techniques used on the cover to stencil page corners and stamp turtles directly onto the pages. Embellish with blue and green Party Time Sequin.

You see? Getting that Mixed Media look you’ve heard so much about isn’t difficult at all. Just play and have fun using your favorite products! Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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10 Responses to “Mixed Media Made Simple”

  1. Sharon says:

    Wow! Love all the colors in this mixed media, sure going have to get some of Nuvo paste soon.

    LeNae thanks so much for another great Blog, learn new ideals all the time sure will have to give it a try.

  2. Valerie Breingan says:

    Fantastic mixed media.I love the different elements.

  3. Jo-Anne says:

    Thank you LeNae for that blog! I agree – I think the words “mixed media” are very “intimidating”!!! At first – it is!! But after a few tries, it’s fun and easy to do and really makes you feel like you are creating and using all our products we have in stock!!!!! And you can’t really make any mistakes!!! Love your projects!!! Thanks, Jo-Anne

  4. Diane Lynne says:

    Beautiful mixed media piece. My paste technique does not quite come out as nice as yours. I must be doing something wrong.

  5. Carol says:

    These cards are beautiful!

  6. Patricia says:

    Thanks for the tip to add color burst to the embossing paste and using baby wipes to soften the edges. Your journal page is outstanding! Love the turtles too.

  7. Carol Jones says:

    Great job LeNae! I’ve been doing mixed media a long time and I still learn something new from you. Like softening the edges with a baby wipe, I would have never thought of that. What a lot of papercrafters don’t realize is that they’re already doing mixed media when they use a variety of products on their projects. So I think it’s wonderful of you to share this & show how easy it is. Thanks!

  8. Becca Sadler says:

    I love all these ideas shared about mixed media!!! It is like mixing patterns of fabrics within a room of your house: you have to balance the patterns by changing the ratio or proportions and keeping the same 3-5 colors repeated throughout the mix.

  9. This is absolutely gorgeous. I don’t do nearly enough mixed media and I love the look!! What is your favorite embossing paste?

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