3 Mixed Media Projects for Beginners!

by Tania

Hi, friends!

Today, I will be focusing on the newly released Calming Reverie Stamp Set. This has just been released in the June Stamp and Die release! Be sure to check out the inspirational projects that the design team members have created for the blog hop. I made 3 mixed media projects, perfect for beginners, made with the Calming Reverie Stamp and Die Set.

I love the vintage feel of the Calming Reverie Stamp Set because it reminds me of botanical engravings! Just by changing techniques, you can get very different effects, from very grungy to clean and simple!

The stamp set is very classy because of its high and fine detail. The one-step stamping creates a lovely shaded look on the flowers and the leaves with ease. Needless to say, I am quite happy with my minimalist mixed media projects because of how easily they came together!

Mixed Media Art Journal Page

I’ve been consistently making 6″x 8″ art journal pages with Altenew products, so I can add to my mixed media scrapbook. Once I have enough layouts ready, I will do a flip through to show what I’ve made and collected so far.

For more detailed instructions with voice-over, watch how I made this mixed media art journal page in the video below! Feel free to watch it on Altenew’s YouTube Channel HERE:

This was a pretty simple journal page to put together, and as a result, not too bulky at all. I kept the white space in the background intact, which I am finding is a design feature I am preferring more and more these days because it gives my projects an uncluttered feel, even though there are a lot of elements! I love that the finished flower which I made using the “kiss-stamping” technique makes it look like fabric.

When working with dye inks, always keep in mind that unless they are sealed in some way, they will continue to react with any other inks or liquids applied over them. You can use this property to your advantage to create some fabulous effects which I hope to demonstrate more of over the next few months.

Graphic Mixed Media + Ink Blended Background Card

I love to incorporate a lot of typography into my projects because I find graphic design very inspiring. This means that I usually have a lot of die-cut “waste” which I, for instance, would put into the bin or into recycling. I like to use these die-cut waste pieces as embellishments or even as tools! Anything that can do double duty automatically makes it more useful!

Here, you can see that I used some Embossing Paste through some die-cut waste that I had left over from using the Fine Alphabet Die Set. To start off, I used the Patchwork Kite Stencil with the new Ink Blending Brushes to create some softly blended corners using Fresh Lemon Crisp Dye Ink.

After stamping just the “engraved” version of the flower from the Calming Reverie Set over the stenciled corners, I then added some light splatters with an old toothbrush and Jet Black Ink Spray.

Stitched + Textured Card

I cross stitched on the card stock panel a couple of weeks ago using the new Metallic Threads set by piercing some holes with the help of a ruler that had apertures in them. This ensures that I get straight and even holes to make my cross-stitch look neat!

While making these projects, I had a brainwave and decided to make a monochromatic black, white, and gold card. I added the engraved flower stamp onto a piece of heavy weight vellum with Antique Gold Pigment Ink. Do make sure that you let the pigment ink dry completely before handling the stamped image or it might smudge!

I cut out the stamped flower and then set to work on my card stock panel. I stamped the word “hello” from the set with Obsidian Pigment Ink for that crisp sharp contrast in the corner. Add Embossing Paste through the Mixed Sprinkles Stencil, avoiding the corner where the sentiment is stamped. I was naughty and my stencil wasn’t 100% clean which resulted in some shading in my paste, but I ended up liking it in the end! To finish off, I glued down my flower with a clear drying glue to the card stock panel and added it to a card blank.

I hope that you all enjoyed the video tutorial and my projects. Take care and have a great day!

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