Hey friends! Brianna Lepper here today for Mixed Media Monday! I absolutely love Mixed Media Mondays and I’m super excited to share this layout with you. My challenge for this week was to demonstrate a blending technique and I chose to do that using a few Distress Oxide inks. I have a process video up on my YouTube channel towards the bottom of this post, make sure to check it out! Here’s my layout using the September 2020 Kits:
Since I planned on blending the Distress Oxide inks on my background, I thought, why not take it a step further and emboss on my layout using the stamp from the Stamp Kit and then blend the inks right over it? So, I prepped a piece of white cardstock from my stash with gesso and stamped the Pinkfresh Studio stamp with Versamark ink and sprinkled on some copper embossing powder. Then I took my heat tool and embossed the entire image.
Since the embossing was complete, I got to work with the blending. I took one color and dabbed my blending tool into the ink and pounced it on my glass surface. In doing this, it helped to eliminate a bold circle shape with my first application on the cardstock. I blended the colors using smooth and easy circular motions and when I would switch to a new color, I would alternate back and forth making sure that the transition was seamless and the colors blended well.
Next, I took the Lindy’s Magical Powders from the Color Kit and sprinkled them around the page. I also sprinkled clean water around and took a napkin and soaked up the splatters to reveal the oxidation process. I love the look of this technique, it gives so much more added interest and texture to the background.
Now that my background was complete, I took the specialty Amy Tangerine vellum paper from the Paper Kit and fussy cut a floral piece and some leaves. I love that the foiling on the vellum matched the embossing on my background. I didn’t even plan that and it makes me so happy! I then took one of the Crate Paper papers and tore it and adhered it to the left side of my page. I used it as a grounding point for my photos and embellishments.
Next, I took the Pinkfresh Studio stitched embellishments and added those next to my photo. and also tucked in a few of the Jen Hadfield wood veneer pieces around the page. (Both from the Embellishment Kit)
For my title, I used a sticker from the Marigold Sticker Book (Pocket Life Kit) and added to it using the Pinkfresh Studio Mini Alphabets (Main Kit). I also added that cute puffy squirrel sticker from the Marigold Puffy Stickers that’s also from the Pocket Life Kit.
For some finishing touches, I added tangled thread around my page and added these cute birdhouse stickers from the Jen Hadfield cardstock stickers in the Main Kit.
That wraps up my layout! I hope that I’ve inspired you in some way today and I hope that you’ll give this blending technique a try! It’s always fun to emboss an image and blend some inks right on top of it. Thank you so much for being here and I’ll see you in my next post!