Make a Mixed Media Christmas Card

Homemade mixed media Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Wondrous Wreath stamps from Stampin' Up!

Mixed Media Christmas Card

Today’s mixed media card is a reminder to everyone (and most of all to myself) to not get too uptight about Christmas, card making, and even blogging. We all need to take a little time to just play.

This card began life at the Crayola Experience, where there are about 20 different art projects and activities for kids to do. There are also two jungle gyms, which are a huge draw in MN in the winter. Clearly we were there for our two year old son, but I’m not going to pretend that when Mr. Stamp Witch gave us the 5 minute warning to come out of the jungle gym I wasn’t a little surprised by how quickly the time had flown.

Mixed media Christmas card bu Natalie Lapakko with Crayola crayons and stamps from Stampin' Up!

Melted Wax Fun

One of the activities you can do is paint on cardstock with cotton swabs and melted crayon wax. So fun! I was not even thinking of cards when I playfully painted these Christmas trees in between playing with the giant light-bright board and molding my own car shaped crayon. When I got it home, though, I decided I liked it enough to turn it into a quick and easy mixed media Christmas card.

This process was so fun and freeing! It would be lovely to figure out how to do this at home… but it might take away from the carefree creativity to be worried about messes, burning myself, or setting something on fire.

Maybe I’ll just go back to Crayola again. Little Mr. Stamp Witch would certainly be for it. Plus we could play in the jungle gym again.

Homemade mixed media Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Wondrous Wreath stamps from Stampin' Up!

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Mixed Media Christmas Card Directions

  1. Go to Crayola Experience. Have lots of fun.
  2. At some point stop by the melted wax painting tables. Paint a green tree and a purple tree with wax.
  3. Back at home, cut a Whisper White card base.
  4. Trim the trees image the same height as the card base and 1/4″ (0.6 cm) more narrow.
  5. Put a piece of washi tape along the left edge of the card base.
  6. Adhere the tree panel to the card base.
  7. Stamp a sentiment onto Whisper White cardstock with VersaMark ink, then emboss it with silver embossing powder.
  8. Fussy cut the sentiment and adhere it to the card with a dimensional. You may have to scrape off a little wax to have a flat place to stick the dimensional; I put mine in a little gap between the two trees so I didn’t have to.
  9. Add a bunch of rhinestones just for fun!

Homemade mixed media card by Natalie Lapakko with Crayola crayons and stamps from Stampin' Up!

Playful Color Combination

Today’s color combination is inspired by Crayola crayons! The crayons aren’t labeled at the melted wax painting station, but my best guess is that the colors are Violet, Jazzberry Jam, Forest Green, and Inchworm. I also added silver, for fun.

Color combination: Violet, Jazzberry Jam, Forest Green, Inchworm

Homemade mixed media card and color inspiration by Natalie Lapakko featuring Crayola crayons and stamps from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Materials

Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark

Stamps: Wondrous Wreath (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Silver embossing powder, embossing heat tool, melted crayons, cotton swabs, washi tape, dimensionals

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