Mixed Media Decor with a Clean & Simple Twist + Hop

Mixed Media Home Decor with a Clean & Simple Twist | Nina-Marie Design

Happy Thursday everyone! I’m very excited to share my very first mixed media project with you! This project features the Enchanted Iris stamp set from Altenew’s new May release, which is simply beautiful.

Mixed Media Home Decor with a Clean & Simple Twist | Nina-Marie Design

Mixed media is an art form I have always admired. When I think of mixed media, what comes to mind is vintage elements in a visually intense collage. This is a look Tim Holtz and many others are extremely gifted at achieving. I however cannot do that; it’s just not my style. So I am happy admiring that style of artwork while I create in the style that works for me.

Enter – clean and simple mixed media! Mixed media can be anything you want it to be; mixed media is basically just a term for using a variety of media and mediums together to create the finished result. So if vintage collages are not your cup of tea, don’t worry; you can still be a mixed media artist!

Since the basis of mixed media is the use of multiple mediums together, let’s take a look at what I’m using in this project…

Mixed Media Home Decor with a Clean & Simple Twist | Nina-Marie Design
Mixed Media Home Decor with a Clean & Simple Twist | Nina-Marie Design

The thought process of creating this mixed media project was a bit new to me; in my head I had a vague idea of what I wanted. A metallic shadow-boxed styled piece framing some Copic colored irises in a scene that evoked delicacy and simplicity. Something with an ethereal feel.

I also knew I wanted to add glitter, but at first I wasn’t sure how and where. As I stared at the piece of glass from the photo frame sitting on my desk – brainstorming what my course of action would be – it suddenly hit me. To best achieve the ethereal mood, why not create a glittery glass texture behind the irises?

Mixed Media Home Decor with a Clean & Simple Twist | Nina-Marie Design

The frosty, glittered glass makes me think of an early morning; the sun is just barely above the trees as it hits the dew-laden flora and fauna on the ground below. The dew glistening across the grass as far as the eye can see – creating an ocean of glitter and green. The birds singing their songs; everything is waking up to start the day. This is the picture I had in my mind during my brainstorming and is what drove the project to the finished result.

Mixed Media Home Decor with a Clean & Simple Twist | Nina-Marie Design

After creating the frame and the glittered glass panel, the next step was coloring my stamped irises. As I had said earlier, I used Copics for this. I know many of you enjoy knowing which markers I used for the coloring process, so I have them listed here for you:

Mixed Media Home Decor with a Clean & Simple Twist | Nina-Marie Design
  • Dark iris petals: Vo5, RV63, RV66, RV69

  • Light iris petals: RV00, RV52, V01, V15

  • Yellow iris accents: Y00, Y18

  • Green leaves: YG11, YG06, YG07, YG09

I did not show this on camera, but I also added a few stripes of purple in the darkest petals with a Prismacolor colored pencil (from the full set of pencils). I felt that the added finer detail “veins” of the petals would add additional interest to the coloring.

Mixed Media Home Decor with a Clean & Simple Twist | Nina-Marie Design

In the video I go through all the steps I took to bring everything together and build my project. One of my favorite aspects of the piece is the dirt – am I crazy to get excited about dirt?? Well when it’s dirt made from glitter, I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t love it! Again taking inspiration from the dew-drop morning scene in mind, I used Tonic Studios’ Golden Sunset glitter drops to create the soil that my irises are growing from. Can’t have blooming flowers without it, now can we?

To achieve a more realistic look, I made sure to apply it a little unevenly. Not too uneven to make it look messy; just imperfect enough to carry a soil appearance. I think it dried beautifully!

Mixed Media Home Decor with a Clean & Simple Twist | Nina-Marie Design

Once the entire scene was built, my shadow-box mixed media project was just about finished. But next came the dilemma of how to display it. Technically I could have just hung it, but that would not allow the light to reflect in my shadow box as well. So I decided to take apart one of my Ikea Tolsby frames and use the white base as the stand for my wooden frame.

Hot glue was the best adhesive to adhere the two pieces together. I left it cure and set overnight; by the next day I was able to pick up the frame and hold it without the two pieces coming unattached.

Mixed Media Home Decor with a Clean & Simple Twist | Nina-Marie Design

I now have the scene sitting in my studio which looks fabulous! This was such a fun project to make and I hope you will be checking out the video below to see it all come together!

I actually have two videos for you to see. The first is the entire project from start to finish and the second is the coloring process at a slower, more relaxed pace. The full project video has a sped up and more condensed version of the coloring.

Thanks for visiting me today and keep on hopping in the Altenew May release hop… all the details and giveaway info is listed below!




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Mixed Media Home Decor with a Clean & Simple Twist | Nina-Marie Design

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Thursday, June 1st at 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on Saturday, June 3rd.

I’m also giving away a $30 gift certificate to Altenew! To qualify for this giveaway, make sure you leave a comment here on this post by May 31st. I’ll announce the winner here on my blog on June 2nd.



Mixed Media with a Clean and Simple Twist + Hop | Nina-Marie Design

233 Responses

  1. Lynne Ingram says:

    Anyone would be proud to hang this gorgeous project I their craft room or anywhere else in their house.

  2. Riecy says:


  3. Wow, what a beautiful creation. Would love to see more mixed media using Altenew stamps as it is definitely something I’m interested in. I’m now a follower too!

  4. Janet F. says:

    Love all your work and the new release as well!

  5. Maria B says:

    I like the glittery soil, which is rather like the mica-infused soil of North Carolina.

  6. I agree with you! Mixed media does not have to be disorganized and messy to be true! Great ideas, thanks for the inspiration!!

  7. Shawnette S. says:

    Absolutely lovely… and I have some of those frames. Thank you for the inspiration.

  8. Kim M Jacobs says:

    Simply stunning! Love it

  9. Teresa Godines says:

    stunning project. I love this stamp set. Thanks for sharing

  10. Nice mixed media project!

  11. Love this project! Thanks for the details!

  12. Gail Plaskiewicz says:

    My sister takes photos and puts them on handbags and cosmetic cases and other things. She has a web site on-line and she does craft fairs. She would love this card that you did. She loves flowers like I do and like you do. She has done purses with lots of flowers and people love the photos of flowers that she takes. I love to color and I would love to color this stamp! You did an amazing job on it and the way you displayed it is right where it should be. Thanks for letting us see it and for giving us a chance to win something. I hope I win!

  13. nancy faith says:

    Such a gorgeous project. This is quickly becoming my favorite stamp from this release

  14. Jessica S says:

    Simply Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your talent & for giving me inspiration

  15. Nana Griffin says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous! It makes a perfect waqll hanging.

  16. clara hanni says:

    The coloring is awesome. So realistic. Blessings!

  17. Jude says:

    So creative. I’m definitely going to have to try to make one of these!!!!!!

  18. Maranda M. says:

    Wowza!!!! I’m in awe of your creativity with this new release. Absolutely stunning work!

  19. Rose J says:

    Very creative & so pretty!

  20. I love the iris stamp and hope to add it to my collection. Your coloring is beautiful and I love how you used your own mixed media to make a picture. Very pretty!

  21. Holly Paplow says:

    This is beautiful! The flowers are gorgeous, beautiful colors!

  22. This is so beautiful. I love the color of the frame and that iris looks real!

  23. Liz mcallister says:

    I love the bud stamps, but now the iris is on my wishlist!

  24. Sharon Thompson says:

    Love the colors and techniques used. Very beautiful picture. Nice to see different medias used. Great inspiration.

  25. ooooooooooo soooo very pretty. I love how you have made this into a frame, so very clever and beautiful. Hugs Jo

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