September 9, 2016

A Year of Card Techniques ~ September Blog Hop ~ Mixed Media

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It is month nine of our year long journey to explore different techniques and we're mixing things up this month with a few mixed media techniques and products. It's not to late to hop and comment to be entered into out prize drawing. If you missed any of the previous months, you can click on the month to be taken directly to the start of that month's hop.

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So what is mixed media you might ask? It is as simple as it sounds: you take different techniques, materials and mix them up. Yes, that easy!

No matter if you use dry embossing, heat embossing, glitter glues, metal elements, wood pieces, ribbons and rhinestones and mix them up with card making, boxes, albums and any other display form ... any of these and more combined will be considered mixed media.

I have to admit, I was very short on time this month, but I didn't want to miss out on the hop, so pardon me for using some items that I created over the past year to show what you can do. Promised, next month will be back to new creations. 

Let's start with some card samples, shall we?

In this card for example I dry embossed vellum with some dots, added glitter papers and silver thread to the card.

The silver thread is meant to be used for sewing, but I think it is a great material for cards and other items too.

Did you know that paint can be a great mixed medium too? I mixed just a few drops of pearl shimmer paint with water and flicked them over my background paper. Not only does it create a wonderful shimmer, but it also makes for a super snow background. 
The foreground snow is made up with white pigment ink and white embossing glitter... 
 An even simpler way to create mixed media ... I used white embossing powder to create the flower background on watercolor paper and on the phrase flag.

Watercolors create the green and blue shading and little rhinestones add dimensions.

Yes, mixed media can be as simple as this! Combining two mediums...

Here are some 3-D displays for a change.

I created these wine bottle sleeves for a craft show. 

Beside the cardstock and design paper I added some wooden elements, ribbons, greens form a wreath and Christmas ornaments to decorate the sleeves. I also used some glitter glue to enhance the dots on the one design paper.

Last but not least a little decorate lantern for the season. Place a LED light inside and the stars shine.

Here I used a combination of embossed cardstock, vellum stamped with white pigment ink, glitter paper for stars (which I cut with different star dies), crochet ribbon and some linen string...

Again, sorry for the "old" examples, but mixed media really gives you a ton of opportunities to use any product you have in your stack. Create a card, a page, a photo frame, an album, boxes and on and on it goes. The possibilities and the items you can create are endless.

I hope you enjoyed our little excursion into the world of products and hopefully we could inspire you to be a little more experimental with the things you have on your desk. Enjoy crafting and as always we love to hear from you. So please leave a comment along the way and have a chance to win a gift certificate. 

Up next are the wonderful creations of Debbie!

Keep on crafting and don't forget to comment!
Have a wonderful day
Here's today's line-up in case you get lost along the way


  1. Claudia, I'm glad you did use old stuff because I would have missed them otherwise and they are all awesome. The hop wouldn't be the same without you, so I'm glad you could participate. Always a pleasure hopping with you and always inspirational, too!

    1. Thank You so much Kim... I would have missed hopping with you too :-)

  2. Old or not, these are awesome. Love the acorns!!! Beautiful work, and hope things settle down for you. I know how that goes. Always great to hop with you.

    1. Thank you Debbie, love to hop with you too. Yes things are getting back to normal, so next month I should be back on track.

  3. great projects! even if they are older they really represent the theme!


  4. Great projects, Claudia. They may be old to you but they are all new to me and I love them all. It was fun hopping with you.

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  5. Love all the elegant examples. The wine bottle holders are a great inspiration for making those gifts special.