Hello, friends! It's Nathalie here, sharing an idea on using mixed media in memory-keeping layouts, featuring alcohol inks and some of the latest Altenew releases!

Using Mixed Media In Memory-Keeping Layouts

There is nothing more rewarding than starting with white cardstock and transforming it into a one-of-a-kind project!

For this post, I combined alcohol inks, hot foil, stamps, dye inks, and a bit of ingenuity in this new layout.

@altenew_ Using Mixed Media in Memory-Keeping Layouts by Nathalie DeSousa

I love how this layout turned out, especially with the uniqueness of the page. I owe that to alcohol inks and how they bring an airy feel to the page.

The Magic of Alcohol Inks

@altenew_ Using Mixed Media in Memory-Keeping Layouts by Nathalie DeSousa

Let's take a look at how alcohol inks can be used as the foundation of using mixed media in memory-keeping layouts.

There is really not an exact method or science when it comes to using alcohol inks.  It's all about playing with the medium, some isopropyl alcohol, patience, and a bit of color theory.

I used Pink Mauve, Rose Quartz, and Eastern Sky Alcohol ink to create the anchor pieces for my page, and Vanilla Cream Alcohol Ink to create the title and small embellishments that tie the entire layout together.

@altenew_ Using Mixed Media in Memory-Keeping Layouts by Nathalie DeSousa

The contrast in the two mixed media backgrounds is what makes this layout cohesive as well as very impactful.  I used color theory to avoid mixing yellow (Vanilla Cream Alcohol ink) with the other 3 tones and creating a dark uniform color.

Time To Start Mixing Mediums!

@altenew_ Using Mixed Media in Memory-Keeping Layouts by Nathalie DeSousa

Alcohol inks tend to dry really fast unless they are at the outer rim of a color pool, or at the junction of two colors.  Usually, these areas remain wet a little bit longer and are the perfect spot to add a bit of shine.

I used the new Brush Gold Mirror Hot Foil Roll to add a bit of a gilding look to the background.  I pressed the silver side of the roll onto the wet spots of the background, and the foil stuck to the area, thus adding a bit of shine to the page.

I love the marbled look it adds to the background!

@altenew_ Using Mixed Media in Memory-Keeping Layouts by Nathalie DeSousa

Confining The Mixed Media

Using mixed media in memory-keeping layouts can be a scary idea for those who prefer a clean and well-constructed look.

I chose to die cut the backgrounds (Nesting Oval Die Set, Slim Labels Die Set) into smaller pieces, still bringing that artsy look to the page without overtaking it entirely.

@altenew_ Using Mixed Media in Memory-Keeping Layouts by Nathalie DeSousa

Mixing More Mediums for A Unique Look

What better way to go about using mixed media in memory-keeping layouts than to mix a few mediums to create embellishments for the page?

I started with the new Sweet Jasmine to create the floral die cuts on the page.  I colored them with Fresh Dye Inks (Dried Petals and Forest Trail sets), then added extra details to the die cuts with the new Firewood Garden Artist Markers.

@altenew_ Using Mixed Media in Memory-Keeping Layouts by Nathalie DeSousa

I also chose to mix die cuts from the Vanilla Cream paper on the page.

For the title of the spread,  I die cut the Tiny Sentiments Hello Die.  I also got a second die cut from the Brushed Gold Metallic Cardstock to add a layered look to the page and add that extra pop of shine.

To tie the entire layout together, I used the Zero Waste: Hearts Aplenty die to bring some of the small hearts to the page.

I have created a process video on how this page comes together, you can watch the video here, or in HD on the Altenew YouTube channel:

I hope this inspires your next crafting project! And if you have any creative requests for upcoming posts, don't hesitate to reach out to us HERE We'd love to hear from you!

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