Card, Holiday, Mixed Media, Process Video, Stencils

Mixed Media Christmas Cards

Do you have a collection of mixed media items you want to use? The Christmas cards I am sharing today are fun to make and allow you to experiment with your embossing powders, texture pastes, stencil butter, and other mixed media items you might have in your collection.  

three christmas cards created with mixed media using the rabbit hole designs mid-century modern stencil and one line holly stamp
SUPPLIES | Mid-Century Modern Stencil, One Line Holly Stamp, Embossing Glaze, Embossing Powder, Frosted Crystal, Opaque Texture Paste, Transparent Texture Paste, Stencil Butter, Versamark Ink, Metallic Thread, Blue Gems

All three card backgrounds were created using a layered stencil from The Rabbit Hole Designs. This stencil is a four-part stencil designed to work together, but each image can also be used on its own.

red christmas card created with mixed media using the rabbit hole designs mid-century modern stencil and one line holly stamp

Making these designs gave me an opportunity to play with my texture pastes, stencil butter, embossing powders, and glazes and I had so much fun experimenting with the combinations.

I was able to create three unique designs with just one set of stencils. On the first card, I combined embossing glaze, transparent paste, and frosted powder which created a lovely tone-on-tone design.

red christmas card created with mixed media using the rabbit hole designs mid-century modern stencil and one line holly stamp. watercolor holly card

These are more traditional colors with a red background, green holly images, bits of silver thread, and gems. The sentiment is a black heat embossed image that adds to the Christmas feel.

For the second combination, I wanted a more retro feel so I selected an avocado green background and paired it with gold.

green and gold christmas card created with mixed media using the rabbit hole designs mid-century modern stencil and one line holly stamp

This card doesn’t have a sentiment on the front. I liked the simplicity of the gold, green, and white with the soft watercolor image.

Each of the One Line Holly image is shaded using watercolors. The backgrounds are so bold so I softened the design with watercolor.

red christmas card created with mixed media using the rabbit hole designs mid-century modern stencil and one line holly stamp. watercolor holly image

Where the first card has holly in more traditional colors, the other two were shaded to match the card. These soft brown tones with bronze and gold berries creates such a charming design.

After designing two cards that were more traditional holiday colors, I decided to make one that was bright and full of color.

blue christmas card created with mixed media using the rabbit hole designs mid-century modern stencil and one line holly stamp

Blue is one of the colors I enjoy using at Christmas time, so I selected a soft background and paired it with turquoise stencil butter and white snowflakes.

The holly is less traditional, too, with blue-green leaves and purple berries, but it fits the background perfectly.

red christmas card created with mixed media using the rabbit hole designs mid-century modern stencil and one line holly stamp. blue watercolor holly image

This is one of my favorites. I adore that shine on the stencil butter and how it contrasts with the matte texture paste.

If you would like to learn how to use a few of these mixed media items on your cards, I have a simple video tutorial for you.

These cards gave me an opportunity to pull out some of my pastes and powders and play.  Sometimes you just need a reason to grab all the things you have collected and find a new way to use them.  Each of these cards was created as a Christmas design, but you could easily change up the colors for a birthday or holiday. 

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. If you have any questions about the project or the supplies I used, feel free to post those in the comments below. 

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