Mixed Media – My Way!

Hi Everyone

It’s funny isn’t it,.. how we think we can’t do something,.. until we have a go. (this is a long post, but hey, it’s the first one I’ve done for ages! ha ha)

That’s just like me and ‘mixed media’,.. I NEVER thought it would be ‘my thing’, although I do use lots of different products in my card making like paints, waxes, ink misters, pastes and so on… and there are no rules that say ‘mixed media’ has to be dark and gloomy,.. which you’ll never really see from me,.. even when I do my collage stamps,.. they’re pretty ha ha

So, I’m going to take you on a little mixed media journey with me, as I learn how to apply all the skills I already have (and learn new ones!) into what we call ‘mixed media’, but done my way.

Mixed Media – in my mind, is quite simply using different textures, products, materials, techniques and styles to create something unique.. there’s no right or wrong, just what you want it to be,.. for me,.. that’s pretty 🙂

I have created 3 canvasses now, two that I created for my Crafternoon Tea Workshops in our Nottingham and Sheffield Honeypot Crafts stores and one that I finished yesterday, that I have lovingly spent a long time getting right (it will be part of my festive dining room decoration for years to come!)

You can see my Crafternoon Tea Workshop ones over on My Pinterest page, these are 8×8 canvasses, which felt ‘safe’ to start with as it’s my favourite size of card!

This one I’m going to show you is a 20″ x 12″ canvas,.. see, I got brave after the first two and went bigger!

I found that preparation really is key, getting the base textures right and planning (you know I like to be organised!) my embellishments etc

I have two textures on my base, one created from Soft White Texture Paste (absolute must have)(the woody look, done first) and the other from our White Crackle Paste (added after), here’s a little close up of them both..

Once both layers were dry, I painted with White Gesso – twice, to make sure it was covered thoroughly 🙂

Poinsettia Canvas 2Poinsettia Canvas 1

You will also notice the fab little white balls, these are artsy stones by Crafters Companion and fab for adding texture, even easier to paint your chosen colour! These were dropped into the texture paste when it was still wet so that they set into it as it dried,.. I did lose a few on the painting stage, but it didn’t matter 🙂

Then came the familiar part,.. die cutting loads (as you’d expect from me) of poinsettias,.. I used one of my older Spellbinders sets as it gives me a single petal that I can build up to make the large poinsettia in the middle..

I’ve used my own brand pearls (love these!) for the centres of my poinsettias and gave the red pearls a little whitewash too 🙂

Poinsettia Canvas 3

Now, and I will admit this, I am slightly (ok, not slightly) addicted to the air dry clay and moulds, which is how I created the baubles and holly and letters for this project.. it’s amazing! Honestly, if you have never tried it, please treat yourself to a pack of clay and a mould and have a go,.. it’s so easy and they are so light!

So, clearly I had fun with the moulds, but more importantly, it meant I could use our Cosmic Shimmer Chalk paints to make them whatever colour I wanted.

For the letters, I painted them red and washed some white over that after they had dried,.. the white baubles are also painted white, then I made a pva glue wash (water and glue mix), painted them with this, then covered them in Diamond Frost glitter,.. by doing this, it meant I kept all the detail of the holly leaves 🙂

Now, you wouldn’t believe how much trouble I had finding the pine cones!, but I did,… on the park where we walk Rufus ha ha, these were given a light whitewash too with the white gesso (must have!) as opposed to chalk paint (it’s just a little bit stronger in colour)

The layout took some getting right,.. I did (if I’m honest) have to make 5 more poinsettias!) and then just played around until I was happy where everything went, then stuck everyhthing on (little tip for you – take a photo of your layout before you start sticking it together, you can check the photo as you go along)

(I used my trusty Cosmic Shimmer PVA Glue for everything except the pine cones (used my hot glue gun)

And here it is (finally, I hear you say)

Poinsettia Canvas

I really hope you like it,.. I absolutely love it, love the techniques, love the products, love the style, love the whole process and finished result!

I have already started my next one and will take photos step by step so I can do a step by step post for you next time, if you’re like me, you like to see how things look as we go along… 🙂

You’ll also notice, there is no metal on this canvas,… that was by design, but the next one… well,….

Now (I’m off to play with my new stamps,.. my last new release of 2018 and they are AMAZING!!!)

(you will see them at Ally Pally if you’re coming or on Hochanda at the end of September)

Happy Crafting!

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Sentiment Cloud and Ovals

Hello crafter!

Here is our latest blog post.

This card uses Phill’s Sentiment Cloud Stamps and Rubber Background Stamps, along with Sue Wilson Double Pierced Ovals, Orange Blossom Petals and Whimsical Leaves.

The Full Card


Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cut pieces needed as follows:

  • Base Card – 21 x 15
  • Layer 1 – 20.5cm x 14.5cm (inked)
  • Layer 2 – 20cm x 14cm (embossed)
  • Sue Wilson dies:
    • Double Pierced Ovals Set A
    • Orange Blossom Petals
    • Whimsical Leaves

Stage 2 – choose two coordinating Distress Oxide Ink Colours. Our sample card uses Ripe Persimmon and Tea Dye.  Using a Smoothie, ink the 1st layer and middle oval alternately with the two colours. Ink your flowers in the lightest of your two colours. On our cards we have also added colour to the leaves, but have kept it quite pale.

Stage 3 – choose a rubber background stamp and ink alternately with the two colours onto the largest oval, making sure you come in enough. Our sample card uses Leafy Background Stamp.


Stage 4 – Use the darkest ink colour to stamp the background stamp onto your flowers.

Stage 5 – choose a sentiment cloud and use one or two colours to stamp the smallest oval.  Apply Clear embossing Powder if you want a shiny finish!

TIP – to get the sentiment in the right place we have inked the sentiment cloud stamp and pressed the oval layer down onto the stamp and rubbed it gently.


Stage 6 – assemble your layers and use foam tape and glitter where you wish!

Here’s what we have used with links to our website if you wish to purchase any items…

We hope you enjoy making this card!

Karen Signature

Other card samples….

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Distress Inks and Aperture Stencils

Hello Crafter!

Here is a card made at by crafters at our regular workshops. Remember, all our featured cards are made by people from our classes.

It uses Phill’s new aperture stencils with normal Distress Inks and his DL Verse Collection on the inside and outside of the card.   The dies we have used are Sue Wilson Starlight Daisy and Curly Fern.

This is a simple, but lovely card!

Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cut shapes needed as below

  • Base Card – 19cm x 19cm
  • Black Layer x 2 – 18cm x 18cm
  • White Layer x 2 – 17cm x 17cm
  • Sue Wilson Dies:
    • Starlight Daisy – all three flowers
    • Curly Fern

Stage 2 – choose three Distress Ink colours and one of the aperture stencil shapes.  On our main card we have used the Oval Aperture.  Use Scotch Tape to hold the Aperture Stencil in place on the white card layer.   Start with the middle colour first and ink across the aperture, taking off the excess ink, and blending the colour towards the upper and lower sections a little.  Then use the other colours and blend towards the middle ensuring that the colours overlap to keep the edges soft.

On our sample card we have then splashed the ink with water to add some texture and interest to the background.  If you do this make sure it is really dry before you stamp the image and verse.

TIPS – If you start your blending off the aperture this prevents any hard lines from the smoothie.  Colour the inside aperture much paler than the front as this will have a verse stamped on it and we need to read it! We have also used the darker colour on the bottom section so that we can see the image if we accidentally ink too dark!


Stage 3 – colour the flowers in the same three colours.

Stage 4 – Stamp your chosen image slightly off the aperture shape with Archival Jet Black Ink.   This means we can paint inside the image if we need to.  We have used Chocolate Baroque or Lavinia Stamps on our cards.  Then stamp the sentiment on the front and matching verse on the inside aperture.

TIP – to paint the image tap the ink pad onto a blending mat and pick up the colours with a waterbrush.  On our main sample we have continued the same colour from the aperture into the image.


Stage 5 – re-apply the aperture over the shape.  You then have two options… 1 – you can go around the aperture with a black fine liner pen or 2 – go around the aperture with a quickie glue pen, remove them stencil and add Diamond Frost Glitter.

Stage 6 – assemble your layers and flowers.

Card Samples

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We hope you enjoy making this card

Karen Signature

Paper Pads, Daisies and DL Verse Collection.

Hello Crafters!

Here is our latest card made in our regular workshops.

This card uses Phills 8×8 Paper Pads, new DL Verse Stamps, Colour Cloud, Shimmer Shakers and Sue Wilson Dies (Daisies and Curly Fern)

Our main sample card uses the Decadent Damask Paper Pad and Decadent Teal Colour Cloud, but as always we have included examples made with other colours.

The Full Card 

Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cut shapes needed for the card as below;

  • Base Card – 21cm x 21cm
  • Layer 1 – 20cm x 20cm (coloured)
  • Layer 2 – 19.5cm x 19.5cm (white)
  • Layer 3 – 19cm x 19cm (Paper – front and insert)
  • Die Cuts
    • Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies Complete Petals
    • Sue Wilson Curly Fern
    • Sue Wilson Double Pierced Squares

Stage 2 – Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the reverse side of the front paper layer (Fig 1), then place a 9.5cm x 9.5cm square on the centre (fig 2) and draw around it (fig 3)  Cut along the centre lines out to the square corners with a craft knife. Turn the paper over the right way and gently fold back the flaps and stick down with a little glue. (fig 4).  When the glue is dry stick the paper layer to the white layer.

TIP – Only gently fold the flaps and keep a slightly curved inside edge.

Stage 3 – Colour your layers with coordinating Colour Cloud Inks to give a soft blended colour.  We have used Decadent Teal Colour Cloud.

Stage 4 – Colour your flowers with either the Colour Cloud or cordinating Shimmer Shakers. On our main sample card we have used Teal Ocean and Sparkle Snow Shimmer Shakers. Shape your flowers and glue together layers where you wish.


Stage 5 – Stamp your chosen Sentiment in either black or a coordinating Distress Oxide Ink.  On our sample we have used Peacock Feathers.  We have used the Achievement Verse Stamp; main verse inside and smaller sentiment on the front.

Stage 6 – Assemble the card layers, using foam tape and glitter where you wish.   We have also added Porcelain White 8mm Pearls.

TIP – add coordinating Pearl PVA in the centre of your flowers for more interest.

Card Samples

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We hope you enjoy making this card!

Karen Signature

Gatefold Card with Gilding Polish

Hello crafters!

Here is a card made by crafters at our regular workshops.

It uses Phills new DL Verse Stamps, Sue Wilson Octagon Dies and the lovely Chrysanthemum Die, with gorgeous Gilding Polish and Shimmer Shakers to add the colour.

Our main sample card uses colours Golden Olive and Silver Hessian, but all the colours are gorgeous!

(the ink is Peeled Paint)

The Full Card


Stage 1 – Cut out all the layers and die cut pieces needed for your card as below:

  • Base Card – x2 17cm x 17cm card blanks -front cut to 8 1/2 cm panel
  • Front Panels – x2 16.5cm x 8cm (use the off cut from above)
  • Embossed layers – x2 16cm x 7.5cm and x1 16cm x 4 cm for inside
  • Die Cuts
    • Sue Wilson Lavish Accented Octagon
    • Sue Wilson Double Stitched Octagon
    • Sue Wilson Chrysanthemum

Stage 2 – Choose x1 or x2 Gilding Polish Colours for layers as you wish from the photos.  This stage will take the most time, so be patient!  These colours all match beautifully, so deciding on your colours will be tricky!

TIP – if the sponge is a little dry rinse under the tap and blot the excess.  Use a blending mat to help the Gilding Polish go on more easily.  The colours will overlap, but be careful with the darker colours to make sure there’s not too much.

Stage 3 – To apply Gilding Polish to the embossed layers ensure the sponge is quite dry, by taking off all the excess polish.  Very lightly apply the polish over the embossed pieces, being careful not to apply too much pressure as this will make the polish go into the de-bossed parts.


Stage 4 – Choose co-ordinating Shimmer Shaker colours to add interest to the Chrysanthemum Petals.  Leave to dry naturally for as long as you can, but if you get impatient dry carefully with the heat gun!

TIP – as this flower is quite delicate its best to wet the flowers first and then add the Shimmer Shakers


Stage 5 – Stamp your chosen sentiment from the DL Verse Collection, using Distress Oxides or Detail Embossing Powder  This stamp set has matching verses and a smaller sentiment, which is perfect for the topper ans insert on this card.

Stage 6 – assemble your card layers and foam tape and glitter where you wish

Card Samples

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We hope you enjoy making this card!

Karen Signature

Nina Frame & Tag

Hello crafters!

Here is our latest blog post.

This card was made by crafters at our regular workshops.  It uses the pretty Nina Frame & Tag Die, Distress Oxides/Chalk Cloud Inks, background stamps and small sentiments from Phill’s Daisy, Blossom or Timeless collection.

Our main sample uses Cracked Pistachio and Broken China Distress Oxides


Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cut pieces needed as below:

  • Base Card – 21cm x 14.5cm
    • Layer 1 – 20.5 x 14cm (background stamp)
    • Layer 2 – 18.5 x 10.5cm (inked)
    • Layer 3 – 18 x 10cm (embossed)
  • Sue Wilson Dies
    • Nina Frame and Tag
    • Petite Butterflies
    • Complete Orange Blossom Petals
    • Delicate Daisies

Stage 2 – choose two co-ordinating colours from either the Distress Oxides or Chalk Cloud Inks.  Using a smoothie, colour the plain layer from the Nina die and Layer 2.  You can colour the butterflies at this stage.

TIP – apply the lightest colour first on the Nina layer taking off all the excess colour. T go over the edges with the same colour a little darker and finally add the darker colour over the outer edge to create a nice, faded look.


Stage 3 – choose a rubber background stamp and using both colours work around layer 1 to create a pretty background.

TIP – you will need to ensure the stamping comes in about 2.5cm

Stage 4 – colour your flowers by either using the same background stamp or simply using a smoothie for a full colour.


Stage 5 – stamp your chosen sentiment on the topper in either one or two colours.

Stage 6 – shape your flowers, assemble the layers and add glitter if you wish!

Card Samples


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Pretty Border Card

Hello crafters!

Here is another beautiful card made by crafters at our regular workshops.

It uses Phills new DL Collage stamps or Sentiment Clouds, with a pretty embossed border and a delicious spattering of flowers!

Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cut pieces needed as below:

  • Base Card – 21 x 14.5 cm
  • Layer 1 – 20.5 x 14 cm (inked)
  • Layer 2 – 20 x 13.5cm (stamped)
  • Layer 3 – 19 x 10 (embossed)
  • Sue Wilson Dies:
    • Pierced Flags
    • Delicate Daisies
    • Camellia

Stage 2 – choose 2 coordinating ink colours. On our main card we have used Faded Jeans and Evergreen Bough Distress Oxides. Ink the edges of the 1st layer about 1 cm in. Then ink the larger pierced flag.

Stage 3 – using the same 2 ink colours, stamp your chosen image onto layer 2. To do this we applied both inks to the stamp and stamped the image in the middle of the card layer first, then stamped above/below to fill in the spaces.

TIP – some of the DL Collage stamps are vertical stamps, so make sure you line the image up and fill in top and bottom. Make sure you re-ink every time. This card looks fab in Landscape too! (See slideshow below)


Stage 3 – colour your flowers! We have used a couple of methods on the flowers in the main sample.

  • One uses Phills new Shimmer Shakers with 2 coordinating colours.
  • The other is done with ink and water. This lightens the ink colour first, so that the same colour can be stamped over and seen. To do this stamped the ink pad directly onto a blending mat to add colour. Then spritz with a little water and run the flower into the colour. Leave to to dry and stamp your image over.

Stage 4 – stamp your chosen sentiment onto the pierced flag. On the main sample card we have the Chalkboard Stamps.


Stage 5 – assemble the first two layers. To create the pretty embossed border, hold this layer over the card and decide how much of the image you want to see. Then tear the embossed layer carefully from top to bottom with some wavy edges to add interest. Lift with foam tape on your card.

TIP – you could ink the edges of the embossed layer if you wish

Stage 6 – shape your flowers, add to your card and add glitter, pearls or pearl PVA as you wish!

Card Samples

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Oxide and Tag Card

Hello Crafters!

Getting up to date with our blog posts….

Here is a lovely card made at our regular workshops.  It is uses the ever versatile Distress Oxide ink pads, DL Collage Stamps, Sentiment Cloud Stamps and a selection of background stamps.


Stage 1 – cut all the layers and die cut pieces needed as below:

  • Base Card – A5
  • Layer 1 – 20.5 x 14 – Inked
  • Layer 2 – 20 x 13.5 – Plain
  • Layer 3 – 19.5 x 13 – background
  • Pierced Flag
  • Pierced Tag
  • Petite Butterflies

Stage 2 – choose 3 co-ordinating oxide colours. Using a smoothie apply the 3 colours to the background layer, working from the outside inwards until all the card is coloured.  Colour the edges of the 1st layer with the same 3 inks.  On our main sample card we have used Cracked Pistachio, Seedless Preserves and Broken China.

TIP – take off all the excess colour, so that this layer is more subtle.

Stage 3 – using the same 3 ink colours stamp up the background layer with the following each in a different colour:

  • Sentiment cloud
  • Background Stamp
  • Splat or DL Collage Stamp

Stage 4 – using the same 3 ink colours stamp up the pierced tags, working with 1 tag at a time.  On our main sample card with have also used Clear Embossing Powder over the top of the Oxide Inks to add extra shine.

Stage 5 – stamp you chosen sentiment onto the pierced flag.  Again we have used Clear Embossing Powder

Stage 6 – layer up your card, using foam tape to lift the 3 tags up.  Glitter the edges of the tags and flag with Twinkles Glitter Glue and add the 3 butterflies.  We have also added some seam binding or twine to our tags.

The Full Card

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Texture Paste, Stencil and DL stamps

Hello crafters!

Here is a Card made by crafters at our regular workshops.  It uses Phills new 8×8 Stencils with glittery Sparkle Texture Paste! It also features his gorgeous DL Collage stamps with three different colours of embossing powders.


Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cut pieces needed as below:

  • Card Base- 18x18cm
  • Layer 1 – 17x17cm coloured/Texture Paste
  • Layer 2 – 14 x 14 plain
  • Layer 3 – 13.5 x 13.5 colour
  • Layer 4 – 12.5 x 12.5 plain
  • Layer 5 – 11.5 x 11.5 colour/embossed
  • Maggie Die and Topper
  • Oak Leaf Swag
  • Succulent Garden

Stage 2 – choose your 8×8 stencil and 2 or 3 sparkle texture paste colours. Our main card uses the Summer Meadow stencil and platinum, new gold and copper sparkle texture paste. Tape down the stencil over the card layer and apply the texture paste, using smooth strokes in the same direction. Set aside to dry.


TIP – Be careful to wipe your spatula when you change colours or blend so as not to contaminate the other pots.

Stage 3 – choose your DL Collage stamp and co-ordinating detail embossing powder to use on the top layer. Wipe with an anti static dust bag. You need to tackle this layer in two halves! Apply perfect medium to the stamp and stamp the image on one half. Apply the detail embossing powder one colour at a time in separate areas. When all three colours are applied use a heat gun to set. Repeat on other half.

TIP – make sure you apply the embossing powder one at a time and tip the excess powder back into the pot after each colour!

Stage 4 – if you wish to stamp your flowers use the same method above with the anti static bag etc. Work with a couple of flowers at a time to apply the embossing powder. Choose your sentiment for the topper.

TIP – you can apply the embossing powder to all the flowers first and then heat them all at once


Stage 5 – apply the layers, using foam tape where you wish. Shape the flowers and assemble!

The Full Card

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We hope you enjoy making this card!