Watercolor – Mixed Media

Hi Friends! Hope this post finds you doing well and healthy! I love to set crafty goals for myself and one goal I have this year is to learn more about mixed media! I have a long way to go and today’s card is my first attempt! I made mistakes along the way, but in the end I had fun creating! So let’s get started!

Stamping & Coloring

For today’s card I am using the beautiful Floral Heart stamp set from Simon Says Stamp! This heart is stunning and it is a large stamped image! It fills up an A2 card base very nicely! I inked up the image using my WOW embossing pad and stamped the image on Canson XL watercolor card stock. I used my Misti stamping tool as this paper has texture and I stamped it 3x to ensure I had a clean impression. I then used a gold embossing powder for the heart image. I taped down my image to my board to help with warping. For the image I chose to use liquid watercolors from Brutus Monroe, as well as shimmer spray from Tattered Angels. I added the color to my glass mat and wet the heart image and then applied the ink to my card stock. It was fun to see how the colors mixed together. I chose 2 shades of pink, purple, and a yellow. I let the panel dry in between my color layers and reapplied the ink once dry. I repeated this process 3 times to ensure a bright heart image.

Once my heart was complete I used my Gansai Tambi watercolor set to add the blue around the heart image. I chose 3 different shade of blue for the background of the panel. I followed the same process as shared above and allowed it to dry in between layers. I also added some gold as well to the image for added shine and interest!


Once everything was dry it was time to add some more design elements to the card. This is where my mistakes started to happen…. but this is what I love about card making! I love to try new things and when they don’t go as planned, see how I can “fix” it! I wanted to add some texture to the background panel, so I chose to use a background stamp, as well as a stencil and texture paste! For the background stamp I used the Sketchy Lines background stamp from Simon Says Stamp. I initially stamped them in black and I didn’t like the “feel” of it. So I decided to emboss them in gold. This was mistake one, but in the end I liked the gold! I stamped a few heart images in the background using Picked Raspberry Distress Ink from the Mandy’s Flowers stamp set! I then added some texture using a Tim Holtz Stencil set – Mini Layering Set 43. I chose the splatter stencil and used clear texture paste with the stencil. I decided to add a bit of glitter to the paste for added shine. This was my 2nd mistake… I added too much! But I still went with it! What do you think? I trimmed down my panel using a double stitched rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs.

Putting it Together & Sentiment

For my card I chose to use the Love You die sentiment set from CZ Designs and Simon Says Stamp! I love these dies! The font is AMAZING! I doe cut this using both black and white card stock. I adhered these together and added them to my panel. I then chose a sentiment from the All Things Happy – sentiment set. I love these pre-printed sentiments too! The card stock is super thick and these are so easy to use!

Thank you for stopping by today! I can’t wait to learn more about adding mixied media elements to my cards!

Crafty Hugs!


Smile You are Loved – Mixed Media Style

Hi friends! I am excited to stop in and share a beautiful new release with you from Unity Stamp Company – Smile You are Loved. I used this beautiful new floral stamp kit to create a mixed media style card! I hope you like it! Let’s get started!

Stamping and Coloring

Today’s card features a simple mixed media style! This year I am hoping to learn more about mixed media and adding these techniques to my cards! I started by stamping the large floral image onto Neenah 80lb cardstock. For today’s project I wanted to use my alcohol markers! I don’t use these very often, as I am not as comfortable with these! To be honest, I get a bit nervous with them! Once I stamped my imaged, I practiced different blends on scrap paper before I started working with my flower image. Once I built up my confidence a bit, I started to color my flower image! I always admire card artists who color with Copics, so wanted to try again! I love the “flicking” method, the details and the realistic appearance this gives to floral images! I don’t own many Copics, but I do have the full set of Ohuhu brush markers and used these for today’s card.

I worked from darkest to lightest and build my color this way. Overall as I continued I started to relax and had fun with the coloring! Maybe I will try it again! When my coloring was done I went back in with a gel pen to add white highlights. Next time I will add colored pencils to the nooks and crannies! I used my brother scan and cut to trim the image and set it aside!


Once my floral image was colored and cut out, it was time to start my background. To create the background I chose a stencil from Altenew – Sketched Lines Stencil. I adhered the stencil to an A2 card panel with tape and then used Ranger Texture paste with my stencil. Once I completed the texture paste I used a gold glitter from my stash on top. I thought this would be a fun way to add a bit of shine on the white background! I set this aside to dry!

Once the panel was dry, I trimmed down the card panel using a double stitched rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs. I added a few splatters as well using both black and gold.

Putting it Together/Sentiment

This kit has 3 beautiful sentiments, I chose the sentiment Smile you are Loved. I stamped the sentiment and then trimmed it down with my paper trimmer. I added foam tape to both the floral image and the sentiment. I wanted to add a bit more gold to my card. I chose a gold thread from my stash and wrapped it around my hand about 10 times and then trimmed the thread. I then adhered this behind the floral image and my card was complete! I added a few gold accents onto the floral image using Stickles.

Unity Stamp Company also released several other stamp kits this past weekend! I did share these cards on social media, but wanted to attach them here as well!

I created a card using the ADORABLE Love Puppies stamp set designed by Graciellie Designs! Isn’t this set so cute! It has 2 adorable puppy stamped images! If you love these puppies, Unity also released a CUTE paper pack that coordinates with these pups – Love Puppies paper pack

Unity Stamp Company is loving gnome stamp sets and I am too! They just make me smile! I created a fun and bright card using Shenanigan Gnomes. I paired this with the AWESOME Kawaii Rainbow kit which was a recent Unity release too!

Be sure to check out the AWESOME sale too! All Friendship and more stamp kits are 50% off – add them to your cart to see the discounts appear!

You can click on any of the links I have shared if you are interested in purchasing the products. The products listed are a compensated affiliate link, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I really appreciate your support.

Thank you for stopping by! I will be back tomorrow to share the new monthly kits that will be releasing over at the Unity website! You don’t want to miss these beautiful kits!

Crafty Hugs,