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Mixed Media Cardmaking: A DIY From the Heart

Mixed Media Cardmaking: A DIY From the Heart

Hello, Sizzix friends!  Vivian here today to share with you a great assortment of new stamps sets Sizzix has come out with.  The quality of these clear stamps is awesome!  Today I want to show you how I used some of these stamps on some mixed media cards that I recently crafted.

Before digging into a new stamp set, I enjoy taking some time to let the designs influence how I craft my project.  This You Are Loved stamp set designed by Lindsey Serata has a carefree, bohemian feel to it, so I decided to take out my Clearsnap ColorBox Spritzers mists and go for a loose, grungy effect.

Mixed Media Cardmaking: A DIY From the Heart

My favorite stamp in the set is the simple rosette.  For this project, very intentionally forgetting about coloring inside the lines, I simply pooled some pretty hues of mists along with a bit of water in the areas where I intended to stamp.

Mixed Media Cardmaking: A DIY From the Heart

I also used the tube inside my mister as a pencil to draw/score more lines into the paper that would echo the design in the stamp.

Mixed Media Cardmaking: A DIY From the Heart

When my surface was dry in some places and not quite dry in others - as you can see, some spots are still quite wet - using distress ink, I stamped into the vibrantly colored areas.  I enjoy using this type of ink when I want the lines to blur.

Mixed Media Cardmaking: A DIY From the Heart

This is probably my favorite way to stamp - loose, imperfect, vibrant, and kind of messy.

Mixed Media Cardmaking: A DIY From the Heart

I made another card using Lindsey Serata's Mom stamp set.  The designs in this set are very decorative and remind me of stained glass.  I thought it would be perfect colored in to create a stained glass effect.  But folks, I'm not very good at coloring inside the lines.

Mixed Media Cardmaking: A DIY From the Heart

To make my task immensely  easier, I stamped using Clearsnap pigment ink, which is great for heat embossing as it stays wet longer than other types, giving you plenty of time to sprinkle embossing powder on top, tap off the excess powder, and heat with a heat tool to give a glistening, raised design as you can see above.  Much easier for me to color!

Mixed Media Cardmaking: A DIY From the Heart

Love how the embossed design shines in the sunlight!

Mixed Media Cardmaking: A DIY From the Heart

Spritzing heavyweight paper with a little water first, then tapping some droplets of mist into the pools of water, and allowing to dry is a really easy way to create a mixed media effect with little effort.  One mist will actually give you many different tints depending on how concentrated or dilute it is.

Mixed Media Cardmaking: A DIY From the Heart

Add in another color as the moisture absorbs, and you'll find the pigment moves in a beautiful, natural manner, all on its own.

Mixed Media Cardmaking: A DIY From the Heart

I used this technique with stamps from Jen Long's Owl & Feathers stamp set to create the background for the card above.  If you love owls, you must check out the other stamps in this set!

Mixed Media Cardmaking: A DIY From the Heart

Jen Long has another stamp collection in this release called Aloha that is all about sun and fun.  In addition to the lovely understated sand dollar designs in this card...

Mixed Media Cardmaking: A DIY From the Heart

There are other sea creatures in this set, including a sea horse, turtle, fish,crab, and other tropical motifs!

I hope you will check out these new stamp sets from Sizzix.  There are several more in this new release that are sure to please.

-Vivian

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