Mixed-Media Monday|Suzanne Austin|August 2021

Hey everyone!  Suzanne here, on this fine Mixed-Media Monday, to share with you my very first layout using our August Hip Kits!   I am a huge fan of using mixed-media on almost ALL of my layouts, so I was a little giddy to participate in today’s designer prompt!

This month’s color kit included three ink pads from Catherine Pooler.  I wanted to create a background color that matched the peachy/apricot tones seen throughout the embellishments and papers in the kits.

I began by adding the pink and yellow inks onto a piece of packaging plastic-allowing them to mix by adding water.

Using the smooshing technique, I simply added the mixed ink colors onto my white cardstock.  Here you can see that the peachy color is trying to come through, so I continued to dilute the inks by adding water until I was happy with the results.  I dried the background half-way with a heating tool and blotted the remaining moisture with paper towels.  Just a note-these are dye inks and very colorfast, therefore, this particular technique wouldn’t work if you added the inks directly to your unprimed cardstock.

I had a little of the ink mixture leftover from the background so I decided to add the remaining color to these very fun fabric resist border stickers!  They easily take color, and a little goes a long way.  I let the strip air-dry because of the adhesive on the back.

All of the embellishments work perfectly with the papers!  I love the Say it in Crystals from Prima.  I added a bit of tulle and sewing to the background as well.  The stripes behind the photo come from one of the patterned papers included in the Main Kit.  I cut the strips that matched my layout and sewed them in place!

I hope I’ve inspired you today to get those hands messy and create!  Thank you for stopping by!



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