Mixed media layout tutorial

9:18 am kavitha 15 Comments

Hello everyone,
Its Kavitha here today to share a tutorial for making a "Mixed media layout" using the new release collection "Ephemera".This collection is so soft n shabby with beautiful pastel colors and floral prints which inspired me to create a girly soft shabby chic style layout.

So here is my layout,the papers are of high quality,holds the colors well n perfect for mixed media projects

So lets see the process:

I took two pattern papers of purple shade from the pack,torn the edge of one of the paper,distressed it and glued it to another one.

I cut some pattern papers from the same collection to 3*4 and 4*5 inches in size for layering,and also took few journal cards from the paper pack.I roughly planned my layout and marked it down.

Leaving the marked area,applied clear gesso to rest of the paper where  i am going to add colors.Once the gesso dried i used a stencil n modelling paste to create some texture around the arrangement.

Now i started to glue down all the papers except the pic(which i will add at last to prevent it from staining of colors).As you can see i made some changes,added  some horizontal lines as well as couple of doilies inbtw layers.I also used chipboard for few layers to add dimension 

Now its time to add some colors(my favorite part).I used silk acrylic glaze n twinkling H2o's from colourarte. I used few shades of purple,started from lightest color of purple n moved onto to darker shade.

As you can see in the previous picture,the colors look separate from the page,so i took some white gesso in finger,applied it  to the edges of the colors n blended it well with the paper,now  you can see the smooth transition of colors,soften the edges well to make it look one with paper.I also added some ink splatters with the darkest color.

I did some stamping with kaisercraft texture stamps n archival inks.Then applied some soft gloss gel randomly and sprinkled finnabair glitter, and silver glass glitters.

Now its time for embellishments,the "Ephemera" collection comes with  gorgeous coordinating die cuts.I added few of them-the flowers,butterfly postage and the title"Beautiful".I also added adhivise buttons from previous collection and some prima flowers to finish off.

Here is some close-up of the details for you.

I hope you all enjoyed my tutorial and find it useful,feel free to ask any questions if you have,i will be more than happy to help.Keep checking our blog for more amazing inspirations.

Happy crafting,

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  1. Beautiful n thanks foe tutoria. Can i use rangers distress colours.

    1. You can use distress paints or stains,you cannot use distress inks

  2. Gorgeous..I loved the step -by step tutorial !

  3. What a gorgeous LO, Kavi. . . Beautiful details and colours! Thank you so much for the tutorial too! Totally loved it :)

  4. Very pretty layout.thanks for the tutorial.

  5. gorgeous page Kavitha, so well explained too, thanx !!

  6. Stunning page, Kavitha. Loved the tutorial as well. :)

  7. As Beautiful as always, Kavi...Thanks for tute :)

  8. Wow!!! Beautiful beautiful layout Kavi... Totally love it, n equally beautifully explained tutorial... Thanks a lot :-D

  9. Mind.blown. <3 <3 <3 Your work is so elegant, Kavitha! Thanks so much for teaching us too!