8 Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Mixed Media Card Making

Beyond Paper: 8 Techniques for Mixed Media Card Making

Are you bored of the same old paper-based card making techniques? Well then, it’s time to shake things up! For today’s post, let’s dive into the wonderful world of mixed media card making! 

Why Delve Into Mixed Media Card Making?

First things first, though: why mixed media? 

For one, mixed media unlocks a whole new level of creative freedom! Mixing different materials and techniques adds depth, texture, and personality to your projects in a way that traditional methods can’t match.

Moreover, with mixed media, you’re not limited to just one medium. You can combine paints, inks, papers, fabrics, and more to create something truly unique and eye-catching. Plus, it’s a great way to use up all those odds and ends in your craft stash!

But perhaps the best part of delving into mixed media is the sheer joy of experimentation. There are no rules here—just endless possibilities waiting to be explored. Sure, regular paper crafting is still an awesome hobby in its own right, but sometimes, you’ve got to mix it up and let your creativity run wild!

Here’s a DIY mixed media card making tutorial to get you started:

8 Mixed Media Card Making Techniques

Grab your supplies, shake off the mental cobwebs, and let’s get creative! Here are 8 techniques to take your card making to the next level:

1. Watercolor Wash

A watercolor wash involves applying thinned pigment on watercolor paper to create a slightly see-through layer. It’s often used to create a fast and impactful background for handmade cards, scrapbook pages, and other small paper crafts.

Use watercolor paints or watercolor markers to create a beautiful wash of color on your card base. Add splatters or drips for extra pizzazz.

2. Texture and Embossing Paste

Spread texture or embossing paste through a stencil onto your card to create raised patterns or designs. You can leave it as is or add color with ink or paint once it’s dry.

8 Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Mixed Media Card Making

3. Ink Blending

Blend different colors of ink onto your card using blending brushes or sponge daubers. You can create ombre effects or blend colors together for a unique look.

4. Mixed Media Stamping

Combine stamping with other mediums like embossing powders, watercolor, or alcohol markers to create intricate designs with depth and dimension. Learn more in this DIY mixed media card making tutorial:

5. Die-Cut Inlays

Cut out shapes or patterns from different materials like patterned paper, cardstock, or even fabric, and layer them together on your card for a dynamic look. You can even make 3D designs with die-cuts, too! Learn more about it here: How to Create 3D Elements for Cards With Die-Cuts

6. Heat Embossing

Stamp your design with embossing ink, sprinkle on the embossing powder, and heat it with a heat gun to create a raised glossy effect.

Pro tip: You can use a glue pen to embellish your mixed media designs! After tracing the outlines, sprinkle gold embossing powder over the wet glue and heat set it. The texture of the embossing powder will be stunningly different due to the glue. Try this technique and add special heat-embossed highlights to stamped images!
8 Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Mixed Media Card Making

7. Mixed Media Collage

Combine various elements like paper scraps, buttons, sequins, beads, and ribbons to create a whimsical collage on your card. You can also cut out small pieces of fabric or lace and adhere them to your card with glue or double-sided tape!

What materials can you include in mixed media art collages?

  • Magazine clippings
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Ribbons
  • Pieces of fabric
  • Stickers
  • Paint
  • Strips of colored papers
  • Snippets of other artwork or texts
  • Photographs
  • Other found objects

8. Alcohol Ink Backgrounds

Apply alcohol inks on glossy cardstock for stunning, vibrant backgrounds. You can blend colors or use an alcohol blending solution to create cool effects.

Pro tip: Take it one step further by making the alcohol inks “glow” using a piece of acetate! Check out the tutorial below to see this technique in action.

So there you have it—8 techniques to inspire your mixed media card making adventures! Don’t be afraid to experiment and mix things up until you find what works best for you. Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and let your creativity shine.

Dive into mixed media and unleash your inner artist today. Happy crafting!

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