Hey, Friends! Today, I am so thrilled to be sharing a video on 10 fun ways to use the new Mixed Media Inks.

For me, half the fun of mixed media is experimentation. I love to find different techniques to use with products; as a result, I experiment a lot! If you are familiar with my work, I make my products work hard. Therefore, for my post, I made a video tutorial showing the versatility of these inks.
The Design Team and Guests shared many different ways on how to use the inks in the recent Video Hop! Be sure to check out the inspiring videos shared by all the participants.

10+ Ways to Use The New Mixed Media Inks

Mixed Media Pigment Inks – An Overview:

The new Mixed Media Inks are a water based, pigment ink. In other words, they have slightly more opaque qualities compared to dye inks. I certainly love the coverage that these inks have and are an absolute dream to stamp with. They blend beautifully together with the Ink blending tool. I can see myself using them to create ombre backgrounds with the stencils!

10+ Ways to Use The New Mixed Media Inks

As you can see from the photo above, you can stamp the ink on dark cardstock! Please do note that it can take several layers to build up the color to that level of vibrancy. I used the solid triangle from the Trigonometry Stamp Set to create my swatch. As demonstrated in my video, it sure is worth the effect! I love the look of dark backgrounds in my work, and this way, I can create some high contrast projects.

10+ Ways to Use The New Mixed Media Inks

As you can see in the above photos, the colors of the inks are smooth on white cardstock too! This is just from one layer of stamping. Because of their pigment properties, the Mixed Media inks do not absorb into paper. Firstly, they will sit on top of the surface more so than dye inks. Secondly, it is because of this property that the ink remains wet for longer. Therefore, the inks when used with an ink blending tool will blend seamlessly together to create effortless ombre effects.

You can heat emboss with these inks too as they remain open for longer! Simply sprinkle embossing powder over the still wet ink and heat set with a tool. In the below card, I used the Ink Blending Tools to create the background with On the Plus Side Stencil. I used Coral Berry Mixed Media Ink which is a lovely warm pink. Emboss the top half with clear embossing powder and the bottom half with Antique Gold Embossing Powder to get that fun look with texture.

10+ Ways to Use The New Mixed Media Inks

The ink is acid-free and archival, that is to say: it will not fade and will remain intact and well-preserved for a long time. The Summer Fun Mixed Media Bundle has 8 color inks, in two sets: Red Cosmos and Green Fields. The Mixed Media Inks are available individually as well.
You can use the inks on lots of porous and non-porous surfaces: such as paper, fabric, wood, and much more! As a result, this makes it a very versatile ink to have in your collection. It is permanent once heat set with a heat gun or iron, which means that if you do this on fabric, it will be machine washable.

10+ Ways to Use The New Mixed Media Inks


As these are Mixed Media Inks, I had a lot of fun experimenting which you can see in my video below. Watch as I make some fun and fresh discoveries while having a play!

For more detailed instructions with voice-over, watch how I made these three projects in the video below! Feel free to watch it on Altenew’s YouTube Channel HERE:

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I wanted to to get a distressed ombre effect, so I applied the inks onto my paper with a brayer. I stamped a radial design using the Geometric Elements Stamp Set using Evergreen Mixed Media Ink. The butterflies were made with a mix  of the Red Cosmos Inks, which I diluted with water and Iridescent Shimmer Ink Spray. They were die cut with the Mix and Match Mariposa Die Set!

10+ Ways to Use The New Mixed Media Inks

Mixed Media Inks Cheat Sheet:

To summarize my post, here's my handy reference guide for the Mixed Media Inks:

  • Apply ink with stencils, stamping, brayers, blend with Ink Tools, or even your fingers or use the ink pad direct to paper!
  • Use on fabric, wood, cork, vellum, cardstock, synthetic papers, glass, metal, glossy papers etc!
  • Build up layers to get vibrant colors on darker cardstocks and surfaces.
  • Mix it with other mediums: embossing paste, sprays, and layer other dye inks on top.
  • It dries slowly, so you can heat emboss on it. Consequently be careful not to smudge the ink while it is still wet!
  • Once the inks are dry, they are permanent.

I hope that you all enjoyed the video tutorial overview of the Mixed Media Inks and my projects. You can check out more of my mixed media work and videos by clicking here. If you have any questions, please do leave a comment on the video on Youtube or here on the blog. Take care and have a great day!


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Patricia Wilson July 16, 2020 - 11:36 am

Beautiful page! I was surprised that you were able to use those geometric shapes and come up with such a lovely background. Wish my mind worked that well. Thank you for sharing your inspiration.

Elise S. July 17, 2020 - 9:43 am

Love, love, love these tips! I ordered the entire bundle and I’m still awaiting its arrival! I can’t wait to try all of your suggestions! Thank you so much for sharing these! Your projects are so beautiful!


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