Mixing it all up…SOA Style

So, you’ve probably seen the five projects I posted in the last two days, right? All clean and simple, great, fun projects. Now I’m going to mix and shake it all up! I’m going to take the dies from yesterday’s feature – Enchanted Garden and several of the same greetings you saw from All about You on Day One…and we’re going to create some Mixed Media fun today!

Now mixed media may or may not be your thing, but read along with me. My good friend Kylie asked me to be on a mixed media team a few months ago. I’ll be honest – I was scared to death. BUT, not one to be afraid to try something new…I found myself saying yes…feel familiar? Do you also have a problem saying no…lol?!! Well let me tell you – it was the single best decision I’ve made, as it opened an entire new art form to me and allowed me to put my creative juices to work. Many more than I even realized I had.

You may think you’re not an artist – but I have the same doubts and questions about myself that you do – trust me! So when I decided to make a few mixed media projects for the Stamp of Approval collection, I thought…okay – I’ll stretch myself. The point I’m working toward is that you can take any kind of image or die and turn it into any kind of art form you want. Just let the creativity flow. With that in mind…here’s what I have for you today:

Mixed Media SOA – Day Three

Project One – Enchanted Monoprint

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m addicted to monoprinting – a print that can only be made once. I started off by brayering my Gelli Arts plate with some various colors of Acrylic paint, laid down some paper die cut images from the Enchanted Garden collection and the Enchanted Butterfly and then went to work pulling layers of prints and ghost prints. I then layered some of the heart vine die cuts from the same collection with a little Cobalt acrylic paint mixed in with a little Paynes Grey. the end result was just stunning. I trimmed it down and added one of the awesome saying fromt he Beautiful World stamp set, a few sequins and there you have it!

This was a quick little project that is just so cool to look at. I love how the paint colors when layered took on some very cool tones. Now wait till you see the next one!

Gelli Plate Monoprint

Project Two – Mixed Media Garden

I’ve been playing around with simple mixed media techniques, just building my base of knowledge until I let loose on this project. I was finally ready to dive right in. This card measures 5 3/4 x 5 1/2″ tall, and the photo doesn’t do it justice. To give you an idea of what the layers looked like leading into the final piece, I put a six step shot below.

SOA Mixed Media Garden

I started with several distress layers – inks and stains, followed by some acrylic paints in the corners, applied with a fan brush. Once I had the layers looking like I wanted, I began to layer some textures on using things we all have hanging around – bubble wrap, the inside of a starbucks cup holder, some drywall mesh. Okay – not everyone has that last one, but my dad’s garage has a treasure box of cool textured items I use in mixed media…lol. I added each with more acrylic paint and distress inks.

Before moving on to the dies, I added a little white gesso randomly in the middle to give me a light source in the distance. Then you’ll want to go to work on some deeply layered wrinkle free distress pieces in the most vibrant colors you have. Die cut them out using the Enchanted Garden Dies and grunge them up with some Tea Dye and Ground Espresso inks.

Add them along with the greetings from All About You, add a little doodling around the edges with a pigment liner and white gel pen and you’re all done! Okay, that made it sound like it takes just a few minutes. Not quite, but it was a relaxing time and this is a special project that anyone would just love.

SOA Mixed Media Garden Six

So what did you think? Do you see projects like these when you see the stamps sets I’m talking about? Now go look at your stash, what can YOU use for cool projects?!!

You’ve heard me talk about Stamp of Approval for the past few days…if you aren’t sure what it is, be sure to check this page out – Click Here to find out More.

When you decide to get the Stamp of Approval Beautiful World collection – April 20th is coming up quickly, you’ll also get a PDF with more projects than you can imagine. Included…are full written tutorials on both of these projects, my first five and the rest from the next two days! 🙂

Stamp of Approval Beautiful World

So be sure you’re on the wait list for Stamp of Approval – that’s the only way to get the link first before the public. It sells out quick! To see what all the products look like, visit Catherine’s Blog and check out her videos. And don’t forget to keep checking the other great designers blogs too. Here are some quick links for you:

And just in case you missed them – there are the first five projects from the first two feature days – just click which day you want to see.

Day One                        Day Two

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  1. janet gillen/auntbubbels says:

    What does deeply layered wrinkle free distress pieces mean?

    • I wish I had taken a photo of those pieces before I die cut them. I think I had 10+ layers of distress/smash heat repeat. That’s what I mean by deeply layered. The flowers have this amazing texture to them created by all those layers. Does that make sense? I have a similar piece (the wfd technique) in the first video for the release on Day one. Linking that post right below for you. 🙂
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  2. janet gillen/auntbubbels says:

    I am just beginning with MM and I love how you designed your card with stamps and dies – very very clever.

  3. Beautiful cards


  4. Cynthia CrusanNoble says:

    Great cards. Love your work.

  5. Debbie McKelvey says:

    Very cool and trendy cards! I am starting to like the mixed media on cards.

  6. Love your fantastic use of colors-so bold and beautiful.

  7. WOW! I love yhis, Ingrid. The colors and background are stunning, the flowers and quote are sweet.

  8. Hetty Prins says:

    love your mixed media card, so playfull !
    Let every body dare to get durty hands

  9. Absolutely beautiful!!! I love mixed media! This turned dour gorgeous. Gelli printing is amazing.

  10. WHOA! That’s incredible!!!
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  11. Melissa Reed says:

    Love the mixed media!

  12. Ericka Strange says:

    Beautiful projects love the textures and colors. So unique and fun.

  13. Kathy ness says:

    Wow Ingrid, those are beautiful works of art.

  14. Whoa! I looked at this and thought, “I could never do that”! Your pictures at the end of how it looked as you created helped to make it look not so mysterious and scary. As always, GREAT JOB!

    • I’m so glad it helps to visualize it Sherry – I actually filmed it, but it was too much to edit down for this event. I will definitely make one start to finish in the future to show if I can do it…so can you! Thanks for always stopping by and brightening my day! Have a great one. 🙂
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  15. Beautiful mixed media! I have to get out my gelli and give it a shot!
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  16. Teresa Doyle says:

    A great card Ingrid and a TONNE of ideas here! Thanks for sharing all of this!

  17. JoAnne Ferguson says:

    Hi Ingrid, your card is beautiful. I am new to mixed media and still a little afraid to jump in with both feet. But I like the way you gave us the steps, it’s helpful. Wow, your card just pops.

  18. Maggie B says:

    Wow Ingrid!!! Absolutely wonderful creations you’ve shared with us. I love the looks of layers without adding a lot of bulk and you’ve done a spectacular job on both of these projects! Can’t wait to see what else you’ve got coming our way.

  19. Oh my gosh Ingrid!! These are stunning! Mixed media is definitely where you shine my friend. WOW!!!
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  20. Kim Botello says:

    Wonderful job, I love your work. It’s a very fun piece & it looks like you had a blast creating it.

  21. Oh my goodness! What GORgeous creation! That garden one…be still my heart!! LOVE!
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  22. I totally enjoyed reading all about what you created, I love everything you did. I love trying new techniques, I think I have to try it.

  23. Sue Smith says:

    Love the variety of colors. Great cards

  24. Christy Borfitz says:

    Amazing, Ingrid! I am going have to try it!

  25. Teresa Rawnick says:

    I love mixed media and these are absolutely great! Can’t wait for the Stamp of Approval Box.

  26. Oh, Ingrid, I think I need to give this a try! It sounds like a fun relaxing way to create our own piece of art. Thank you for the instructions. Can I come play in your dad’s garage and look for texture making treasures too?

  27. Jan Martin says:

    Gorgeous! This isn’t a card…it’s frame able art!

  28. Absolutely beautiful Ingrid! Love all the layers and colors!

  29. Roberta Eldridge says:

    Ingrid, I am new to cardmaking, having just started just about a year ago, and just having dipped my fingers and mind into mixed media starting this past February. I am a total newbie and just love your cards, especially number two! And I read that you used Tea dye and Espresso inks! I actually use coffee in some of my projects so I can really relate to the coloring and effects generated by those types of products. They really enhance projects! Love the sentiments and the freedom they are added on your second card.

  30. Love your projects. So colorful and fun to look at. Thank for sharing.

  31. Ingrid, beautiful prints. I love the colors and the scene you created. Fantastic.

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