Mixed Media Postcard Art Tutorial

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To celebrate our 4th birthday, Michelle hosted a crafty online tutorial to create mixed media postcard art along with give-aways (now closed), a challenge and blog link swaps, all thrown into one action packed tutorial!

Together we will review our favorite mixed media techniques and put them together to create postcards that we can share with our friends and family. Regardless of your current skill level or preferred style, you will come away inspired to get creating for the Holiday season, as well as “meeting” member of our Mixed Media community.

Using gesso and acrylic paints to create postcard art

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Postcard Tutorial

Thanks for coming along and playing with us. If you missed our tutorial, here is the recording

Our competition to win one of our fabulous postcards is now closed! The winners are (16 in total!):

  • Jasmine – Ottawa
  • Lucille – British Columbia
  • Carol – Winnipeg
  • Meredith – Calgary
  • Marsha – Des Moines
  • June – England
  • Jean – Australia
  • Karen – Virginia
  • Jan – Ohio
  • Marilyn – Alabama
  • Clemencia – Florida
  • Sue – Pennsylvania
  • Virginia – Texas
  • Janet – Missouri
  • Dana – Ontario
  • Marion – Germany

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Why Postcard Art?

And WHY postcard art? you ask. We will play with many mixed media techniques that can be as simple, or as complex as you like. Regardless of your preferred style, you can create wonderful backgrounds that can then be turned into postcards, ATCs, bookmarks or greeting cards. We’ll look at postcards that are easy to make and easier to post to our global mixed media community.

mixed media art on cereal box cardboard

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For more inspiration:

our Mixed Media Art Technique Sheets ~10 projects and techniques available for immediate download ~ are here

Mixed Media Art Technique Sheets

or buy them individually here ~ just scroll down and choose the one you want NOW!


or our Creating Layers in Mixed Media Art book

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 Share your Postcards

Whatever has inspired you in this months online tutorial, whether it’s to create your own postcards or something else, we would love to see what you’ve created.

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Postcard Art


Materials list:

  • Cereal box cardboard
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic paints – two colours
  • Foam stamps
  • Found object stamps
  • Black ink
  • Spray Varnish

mixed media painting

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Embossing Resistance with Paint

handmade greeting cardWe are most delighted to welcome Marion Wood as our first Guest Artist here at Mixed Media Art. She has created a brilliant tutorial on Embossing Resist with Paint. This technique is used to build up complex designs, colour, depth and texture to your work, by embossing an image with clear powder over pattern paper. Here we see Marion applying this technique to a greeting card, an art journal page and a scrapbooking layout.

Thanks Marion, for sharing this technique with us!


Embossing Resist with Paint

Step 1: Use pattern paper or stamp a background image on the paper which will show through the embossed design. In the case of the Journal page (see below) the background was stamped with newspaper print (Imprint Rubber Stamps) onto bright green paper and on the scrapbook page I used the subtle pattern paper (Delish: Bistro Fresh-Entrée Reverse).

Step 2: Stamp over the background paper with a bold design with an embossing pad such as versa mark. Emboss image with clear embossing powder. I used foam letter stamps (Making Memories) for the title on the scrapbook page and water splash image (Innovative Stamp Creations) and for the Journal page I used a corner sun image (From the Garden by Fancy Pants Designs)

Step 3: Paint over the embossed image with contrasting colour and allow too dry slightly. If your paint is too thin apply a second coat. With the Scrapbook page I used the credit card technique and scraped over a number of different blue acrylic paints and spritz with water and for the Journal page I used brown acrylic paint and a brush.

Step 4: Wipe over the design with a damp cloth which will expose the embossed image. Allow to dry. Then decorate the as required. If the background paper warps too much, sit it under a heavy book overnight to flatten it out.


Art Journal Page


Greeting Card

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Scrapbook Layout


Marion Wood, also known as Maz, has been interested in mixed media art, rubber stamping and scrapbooking for over 20 years but only really started to dabble 13 years ago. She used to teach cardmaking and scrapbooking and has been on design teams in the past. Her favourite things besides art and design is chocolate and reading. She lives in Wollongong with her DS and and dog and regularly attends a local stamping and scrapbooking group called the ‘Gong Rubber Bugs.  You can see more of her work at http://techniquepossibilities.blogspot.com/ or contact her via  maz_wood [at] yahoo [dot] com [dot] au




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New Technique sheet out soon!

The Mixed Media Arts team have been busy with credit card painting today.  The detailed technique sheets are now available here ~ Mixed Media Technique Sheets.


Hope you have had a creative day!


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