Easy Mixed Media Cards with Distress Oxides – Tutorial

Hey there!
Selene today on the blog with three variations of a super easy mixed media card using the fabulous Mixed Media Marks 1 stamp set!
As you are surely well aware, every crafter always thinks that the craft supplies owned are never enough and that something’s always missing to be able to make the best card ever!
So I thought… what if I had just one stamps set and a couple of tints of the same colour available?
Let’s see what can we do!

To start I chose Mixed Media Marks 1 set and for the colours… “picked raspberry” and “kitsch flamingo” from my Distress Oxides collection.
Of course, you can pick any colour you like!

I started by creating a pattern with the heart stamp in the lighter tint. At this stage, I used “kitsch flamingo”.
Then, I went in with “picked raspberry” and reproduced a similar pattern, overlapping the hearts. When the pattern was complete, I used a wet brush on the darker hearts of the foreground to move the pigment around and add depth.

I also spread a bit of the ink on my glass mat and added it with the wet brush where the shade was too clear.
Not to waste anything, I splashed the left over on the background to add texture.
I then repeated the same process in yellow/red and blue.
Mixed Media Marks #1 includes “stitches” stamps that I used in the middle of each card to create movement.

When my backgrounds were finally complete, I stamped the same hearts both in Nocturne Versafine ink and in the distress oxides used for the background.
If I had just coloured these hearts, they would have sinked into the background, so I preferred to use the scribbled text stamp included in this set to add both colour and texture and make the hearts pop up.
There’s also a small stamp with the word “Art” that I added on top in black.

Then, time to stamp the scribbled circles of the set in black on white paper. The sentiments, instead, following the same colour pattern of the cards.
I cut the sentiments out and I placed them on the cards to see if everything was ok, but they did not pop out as I expected despite the black border I made with a black liner pen. Therefore I pasted them on black paper and re-cut them out.
Definitely better! 😀

Time to put everything together, and… ta-daaa!!!
I finally “made my mark” 😀 using the fingerprint stamp. To close it all, I added few details on the border with the dots stamps included in this set.

I hope you liked this tutorial!!!
Why don’t you give it a go and share your project with us?

Below the stamps I used:

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