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Mixed Media Greeting Cards

If you're thinking mixed media sounds a bit daunting, fear not!   As card makers you are most likely using mixed media already in your card making.

So, what are mixed media greeting cards?

They are cards that use a combination of mediums.

mixed media greeting cards
  • Gel print background embossed with an embossing folder
  • Distress inks used on the debossed side of the embossing folder
  • Die cut leaves and sentiment from gel print backgrounds

Lots of items you already use are mediums for example...

  • Stamping ink
  • Watercolour and Acrylic paint
  • Collage papers or left over scraps from other cards
  • Texture paste, glimmer paste or stencil butter
  • Embellishments for dimension such as fabrics, ribbons, buttons and gems
  • Pens for doodling

In fact, the list is endless! When it comes to mixed media anything that adds interest or texture is a medium.

So why not give it a try? You'll be surprised at what you can create.

mixed media greeting cards
  • Patterned paper background
  • Shimmer powder background
  • Stencil butter for leaves using a stencil
  • Heat embossed sentiment
  • Die cut hedgehog
  • Coloured with alcohol inks

Don't worry if you don't consider yourself an artist or like me you're struggling to let go of perfection.

With these cards, there are no strict rules. Just let your creativity flow and enjoy every step of the process.

mixed media greeting cards
  • Lined patterned paper background ink blended with Distress inks
  • Layer ink blended with Distress inks. Stencil butter for leaves through a stencil. Cooper stencil butter for edges.
  • Sentiment and butterfly from embellishment set.
  • Stamped with pigment ink.

Steps to a Mixed Media Greeting Card

Everyone had a different process to mixed media.  Did I mention there are no rules!

For me with my perfectionist hat on I need guidance. So, I've put together some steps to help get you started....

  • Decide colour scheme and layout
  • Choose materials and mediums.  Depending on the mediums you may need a heavier card stock to normal card making.
  • Choose a background.  This can be a previous prepared background from your stash or create a new background. This could be with watercolours, acrylic paint, shimmer powders, gelli prints and stencils etc.
  • Add Layers. Layers may be more patterned paper or stencilling with distress inks, sprays, acrylic paint or texture paste.
  • Add a Focal Point.  It could be a digital image, a hand-drawn picture or even a simple cut-out shape.
  • Add embellishments.  Doddle some extras such as a border with a pen or marker or make marks with a crayon to fill blank spaces.  Or add glitz with sequins or glitter glue.
  • Add a Sentiment.  This could be hand written, printed sentiment from your computer or a sentiment from a stamp set.  The sentiment completes the card.

Other Optional Extras...

  • Add collage.  Collage adds texture and pattern to your background. It is a great way to use up paper scraps.  Adhere to your background.
  • Cover collage with Matt Medium on top to protect the paper.
  • Add Gesso on top to mute the colours.

mixed media greeting cards
  • Patterned paper background.
  • Gel print background.
  • Stencil butters used through a stencil to create holly leaves.
  • Sentiment from an embellishment kit.
  • Die cut from stencil butter background for holly.

Mixed Media Lingo

Gesso is a primer to provide a surface for painting and to seal your paper or card.  It helps when you are layering different mediums.  Gesso can be white, black or clear.

Matt Medium is a liquid acrylic that can be added to acrylic paints for a matt finish.  In card making it is often used as an adhesive.

More Mixed Media Greeting Cards...

The next collection of mixed media greeting cards was created with the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Botanical college paper.

This was my first time using collage paper and I was pleasantly surprised. It was easy to use and a great way to use up various backgrounds from my stash.

mixed media greeting cards

  • Embossed background with embossing folder
  • Shimmer spray background layered with collage paper
  • Watercolour painting of flower
  • Acrylic painting of flower stamen and pistil
  • Die cut with deckle die

First I covered the background with Matt Medium and gently laid the collage paper over the top.  It lifted easily for me to press out a few creases.

Once the college paper was in place I cut round the edges and then coated it with another layer of Matt Medium.

When the Matt Medium dried I set about painting some of the images with a mixture of watercolour and Acrylic paint.

mixed media greeting cards

  • Embossed background with embossing folder
  • Gel print background layered with collage paper
  • Watercolour painting of leaves
  • Acrylic painting of flower 
  • Die cut with deckle die

The watercolour paint laid better onto the collage paper while the acrylic paint gave more intense colour.

Once dry from the painting I die cut each collage panel and mounted onto a background layers before gluing to the card base.

mixed media greeting cards

  • Gel print background layered with collage paper
  • Watercolour painting of leaves and stems
  • Acrylic painting of flower heads
  • Die cut with a deckle die

Each panel was mounted onto a background layer and glued to a card base.

None of these cards have sentiments as I decided to leave them blank.  It's always useful to have some spares.

Final Thoughts....

The process helped me find out what I liked and didn't like about mixed media.

I'm not into ribbons, buttons or fabric flowers.  I prefer my embellishments to be paper based.

I discovered I like the Tim Holtz collage paper and will be using more of this in the future.  In fact, I have my eye on the Christmas roll as it will be great for making batches of Christmas cards.

What type of mixed media do you use or enjoy? Let me know in the comments box below.

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