Camp Scrap is coming to an end soon – but don’t despair!! For a few reasons.
- This is my blog and lovely readers, I have HUGE plans for its future and the continued sharing of tutorials and inspiration!!
- You can always take a class from me for more – including the FREE ones at scrapbook.com (affiliate links used in this post) like my new mixed media class.
- You can always access the archives! This blog has YEARS of projects, my YouTube has over 400 videos – I’ve got you covered!
All that said, I want to use today’s Mixed Media post to share some techniques you wanna use no matter what kind of paper crafting you’re into. So enjoy this round-up!
1. Distress ink (on a gesso surface) + water
This one above is shown off in my mixed media free class. Basically applying assorted distress inks then stamping into them with water is always a good idea. SO FUN! But add in some gesso and a lot of times the surface takes better. Play around and enjoy – great technique for any craft.
2. Stencil + Paste, Embossing + color
One of my all time favorite cards (it has a video) I made as a guest post for Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. You can check it out here and I hope you enjoy. I love mixing different techniques and this card was so easy – and it reminds me it is a good idea to combine, mix, and match simple techniques like these.
3. Test your surface
Gesso vs no gesso, smooth vs textured… it all matters. From gel smoothness to rough pastes – play with how materials look on various surfaces. You might be surprised how much better (or worse) techniques get.
4. Color all the things
This might sound silly… but keep the stash simple and light, and add your own color! Ribbons to cardstock, flowers to leaves I can’t tell you how much lighter my stash of things is since I basically color my own ribbons, flowers, and more now. So often I even die cut plain white paper then work out the coloring later.
5. Put it all down… then cover it in paint.
I do this a lot. Maybe too much but who cares it’s crazy fun. Throw down all your embellishments glue them good. Then coat in gesso or paint. Then add more paint.
This is actually a lesson I do cover in my mixed media class – that class has a TON of inspiration! (here’s that link again) But truly from journal covers to tags to décor items – it’s super fun because you can use up a hodge podge of things in any color you have and then reimagine the colors. It’s all about texture, baby!
Want more? Here are some past favorites that might get you creating! Including:
I hope I’ve inspired you to worry less about “what that does” and jump into creating with whatever materials inspire you. What are YOUR favorite techniques? Do share!