Monochrome Mixed Media Layout

Merry Christmas! I hope you’re having a wonderful time.

It’s Lou here with a mixed media layout for you.

I hadn’t been very well lately, but was dying to do something crafty so I settled for doing a load of stamping and fussy cutting it out ready to use in a project. I love to use versafine clair ink as its a really juicy ink and gives great detail at ease even for inexperience stampers like myself. If you’d like any details of any the stamps I have used please feel free to email us at:

I wanted to make a page using these stamps and wanted to stick to the monochrome feel so i chose a dark woodgrain from Mintay Papers Dear Diary pad. I chose 2 stencils – tiny circles by TCW and AB Studio stencil ID-70  For the paste I used Fabrika Decoru texture paste.

To keep with these theme, I used black impasto paint from Finnabair to extended the lines of the stenciling using a Maremi’s Small Art stencil.

Now I had a good background, I began to work on building up the page. I stuck down some of my die cut stamping with tape and some on foam tape to raise it. I added some other plain die cuts. I also used some acetate butterflies from 13 arts and some Prima moulded pieces I had a prima resin round frame I had made previously, but not used and it worked great for this piece. This was stuck down with Fabrika Decoru 3D gel

I finished the embellishments with some metal cogs painted with impasto paint, melange clear pebbles  and the ‘memories’ word, which is a Maremi’s Small Art word sticker backed on card, distressed and inked with black ink. I added just a touch of colour by adding very watered down prima metallique paint in bronze over some of the stenciling and die cuts. The lady is a Finnabair art daily sticker again backed on card and cut out. The piece was finished with a large Prima fabric flower painted in black gesso and distressed with white gesso and the bronze paint. I’d also added  little bit of mini art stones mixed with the Fabrika 3D gel and spread it again where the stenciling was to exaggerate the lines.

This page was made over a process of 2 days and it really helped me think more about my work. When we slow down and enjoy the process we can really make some great work as I’m really pleased with. Enjoy the process folks and have a wonderful Christmas and new year.