Friday, March 25, 2011

Color Mixing with Different Mediums

I am so excited to be back as a featured guest on Ideas for Scrapbookers! Today I want to share some techniques on color mixing. I was thinking about how my scrapbooking budget has been decreased slowly over this past year and how I can make my supplies last longer and work for me more. I can’t always buy every color that a product comes in… even though I may want every color! So I started playing and discovered what neat effects you can create by mixing colors using different mediums.

Faded Jeans Distress Ink + Viva Pink Glimmer Mist = Purplish Stamped Image!
Below is a card that I did using the above combination. 
1. Rub your Distress Ink onto your craft mat.
2. Mist lightly with your Glimmer Mist.
3. Stamp your stamp into your mix like it was a stamp pad.
4. Stamp in desired place.
It is that easy!

I used Tim Holtz’s new stamp collections… (this is where my scrapping allowance went!), “Papillion” & “Reflections”. As soon as I saw the Reflections stamps the idea for this card came! I love that they are backwards in order to do reverse type techniques, but on my card I just stamped as is, which is backwards. It becomes a fun twist on a “Thinking about You” card.

I made my card a pocket so the “inside” of the card is actually a tag that slides out…

There are a lot more different ways you can mix colors. Here are a few my playing yielded:
(from the left)
The first is the combination that I did on my card. The second is actually three different mediums, which created a very pretty multi colored look. Some spots are the original colors and the others are where the colors blended. The third was really fun! I used the Snow Cap Paint Dabber to “ink” up my stamp. I then sprayed the Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist directly onto the paint and then stamped my image. The last is colored Gesso. I was able to get a very textured stamped image using Gesso and it doesn’t have to be white!

Think of the color possibilities using this technique! You can get so many colors from just using a handful of supplies! I urge you to play and see what fun color combos you can create!

When using Paint or Gesso with your stamps you want to clean them immediately! You do not want these products drying onto your stamps. I used water and a stamp scrubby pad to clean mine.

If you have never checked out the Ideas for Scrapbookers Blog I really recommend it! It is a place full of inspiration and great techniques!

Have a great weekend!

(Finish It Friday will be back next week!)


  1. This is so cute, Christine. I love the curvy writing that you did---it is absolutely perfect for the saying!
    Sandy K

  2. Beautiful project! Thanks for the great tips on combining things! It adds so much depth :)