Hi everyone, Laurel here. Want to hear a secret…? Mixed media scares me! Yep it does. If someone asks me to create a mixed media project, I say yes, it stresses me out but I am always up for a challenge. I’m here today to tell you, if I can do it… so can you.
You see, one thing that makes mixed media projects easy(ish) for me… are Unity stamps… are you surprised? 😉 So many of them are all ready collage’y’ so the hard part is done for me.
Today I am sharing how I go about creating a mixed media project and have a couple of cards with the same basic supplies, one just more advanced than the other.
For the first card, I kept it simple(ish). When I do mixed media, I start with the papers and for me – I like a ‘shabby chic’ kind of feel. In this case I have used some KaiserCraft papers. I then pull out the elements that will go with the papers (burlap, twine, denim etc) and then go through my stamps and dies.
Both cards today use the Vintage Ledger stamp set as the main panel. As I have said before… definitely one of my favorite stamps. I then just went to work layering bits and pieces of items until I was happy with those that would carry out my theme.
The French Kiss Life stamp set was my next choice… I love this one too as it is so versatile! I stamped it onto the vintage ledger background in a subtle gray (light gray and light brown are my go to colors for mixed media/shabby chic).
Butterflies… such an easy addition and Unity has so many different butterfly designs to choose from. My go to butterfly stamp set is Today is a Lovely Day. I have stamped, cut out and then stapled on for some dimension and interest. The sentiment is from the Moving Forward stamp set… I use my Angie Girl sentiments all of the time!
My final touch on most of my projects is stitching… and on mixed media for me it is a must… especially messy stitching!
Next up, same basic stamps and sketch, I just added more details. In this case I also stamped the butterflies from Today is a Lovely day onto the Vintage Ledger background in a coordinating color for some interest along with the French Kiss Life.
Most of the rest is the same only this time I have added some denim and stapled it on.
My favorite cards to create are ones like this that can be for any occasion and I hope that some of them are kept as little pieces of art for the recipient to enjoy.
Now what about you… do you do mixed media?