Mixed Media Cards, sounds impressive doesn’t it? You may be wondering exactly what are mixed media cards. The answer is simple, they’re the cool cards you see in the card section of your local Halmark or discount stores. The ones that cost $5 or more because they’re “fancy”. Yup the ones that sparkle, shake, or have lace, ribbons, and other types of embellishments.
In visual arts “mixed media” refers to art that is created with different types of media. In the card making world it’s the same definition. In short cards or art that is made with watercolors and ink, and other types of media.
Now why on earth would you want to create a mixed media card? Because they’re pretty and fun!
I love those pretty cards but hate the price tag they come with. That’s why I make my own. It’s very easy to DIY mixed media cards, and very inexpensive too.
I usually use my Cricut Explore Air (affiliate link) to print and cut, but if you don’t have an electronic die cut machine you can use scissors. All you really need to make them are cardstock, scissors, glue, ruler, printer (optional), and different types of media (watercolors – the ones in your kids’ school box works!, markers, acrylic paints, dyes, washi tape, ribbons, lace, or whatever you have around).
I love making these cards because I can get real creative. I love experimenting with different media, it’s quite addictive!
The basic thing you need to make mixed media cards is your card base, it’s your “canvas”. You will be gluing everything on it. So start out by making your card base, or you can get some blank ones at the craft store. Keep these measurements in mind:
To make a 4×6 card cut card stock in this dimensions: 6″ in length and 8″ in width – score and fold at 4″
To make a 5×7 card cut card stock in this dimensions: 7″ in length and 10″ in width – score and fold at 5″
If you want to make a larger card just remember to cut the width double what you want the folded width to be then fold it in half.
Once you have your card base (I usually cut and fold a bunch in different colors when I have spare time, that way I’ll have them when I need them. I also buy packages of card bases and envelopes when I find them on sale. ) the creative part begins!
You can layer your media directly on the card base or you can cut smaller panels of card stock, or paper and stamp them with ink, paint backgrounds, or emboss them before you glue them to the card base. Here’s how I made the cards for the twin’s second birthday!
I made 5×7 card bases in black.
Painted the background on 4×6 watercolor paper with watercolors.
Printed and cut Mickey and Minnie, #2, and cupcakes, and poem using my Cricut Explore Air and printer.
Cut 5.5 x 6.6 panels in red glitter paper, and red card stock.
I used a glue runner to attach the layers on to the card base, but you can use any kind of glue, yes, even Elmer’s. But when you use liquid glue I suggest you spread it on with a paint brush to distribute a thin layer so it doesn’t feel heavy and your layers look even. You want to avoid streaks or clumps of glue, when you try to flatten them out it tends to seep out from the edges and gets pretty messy.
I glued the glitter panel to the front of the card. Be sure the edges are glued flat.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
I glued the watercolor painted background over the glitter paper.
I then glued on the die cut images. I used my Xyron Sticker Maker (affiliate link) to glue on some of the images and double stick foam tape for others. The double stick foam tape lifts the images up for added dimension. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Once I was happy with the front of the
card I glued on the red panel and poem to the inside of the card. Then I was done!
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Here are some of the cards I made recently in my craft room. I’ve been busy making Halloween Cards, that’s very fun! I hope these cards inspire you to make your own mixed media cards!
This card for my grandson’s 3rd. birthday is made exactly the same way I made the twins’ cards. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
This Halloween Card is a die cut witch from Cricut’s Design Space, it’s part of the Cricut Access plan I subscribe to. I mounted her on a die cut circle which is mounted on a watercolor background.
These haunted houses are mounted with double stick foam tape on watercolor backgrounds.
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The grave yard scene is made with printed and cut images from Cricut’s Design Space, mounted (the front 2 with double stick foam) on watercolor background, and framed on 3 sides with glitter washi tape.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
The Raven and Costumed Bears are made the same way as the grave yard scene. The Monster Mash is similar, just no watercolor background.
I hope these cards inspired you! Check back soon, I’ll be showing you how to make more fun Halloween cards including step cards, flip cards, and swing cards. Those are fun!
By the way here’s a cute idea! I made these tags for my grandsons. Their mom’s will be using them for the classroom treats the boys will be giving their classmates!
I printed the boys names on white cardstock, then cut them into 2×4 tags. I printed and cut the Halloween images on my printer and Cricut Explore Air then mounted them on the tags with double stick foam tape. If you want you can punch holes in the tags and tie them around the treats or better yet pick up some clothespins from the dollar store and pin them on to a treat bag!