Monday, 31 October 2016

Bonus Blog Project with this month's FREEBIE!

Monique Van Dijk has made this fantastic canvas using the FREEBIE that comes with Issue 2  - a stunning digi image drawn for us by the wonderful artist Rick St.dennis. Isn't it fantastic that Rick has supplied this fantastic freebie for us? You can see more of his images on his Etsy and Zibbet stores.

Here's how Monique created her canvas:

Products used:
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Snow White, Lamp Black, Desert Turquoise, Saffron Yellow, Jack O’Lantern Orange, Vivid Violet, Multi Surface Neon Pink
  • Stencils by DecoArt: Pixelated, Honeywire, Andy Skinner Whirlpool, Urban Ink Seadog
  • DecoArt Media Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Americana  Decou-Page - Napkin
  • Digi “Where’s the Party” by Rick St.dennis
  • Inkadinkado Stamp: Modern Flower 
  • Kaisercraft Stamp: Bubble Wrap
  • Canvas board 29.5cm x 24cm

For this canvas board I printed the digi 25cm high. I coloured it and cut it out (you can cut off the whiskers and the wire the spider is hanging on and draw them on your canvas after gluing the image down, that makes life much easier!).

For the background:
1) Gesso both sides of the canvas (this prevents it from warping).
2) Paint the canvas Saffron Yellow (make sure every layer of paint is dry before adding the next).
3) Use the Honeywire stencil and the Jack O Lantern Orange, then the Whirlpool stencil and the Vivid Violet paint.
4) The next layer is the stencil Pixelated with white paint (I think white gives depth).
5) For the sentiment I used an Urban Ink stencil called Seadog and black paint. First decide where your image will be and then decide where you want to put the words. If the image covers some letters it doesn’t really matter, your mind fills in the blanks - I wanted to use the name of the digi. I made the image 'stand' on the word 'party' so it is not floating on the canvas.
6) Next I used the Bubble Wrap stamp withNeon Pink paint and the flower stamp with Desert Turquoise paint.
7) Use Decou-page or gel medium to glue the image to the canvas (I used the speciality Napkin Decou-page because it works well with thin paper). Add the Decou-page under and over the image, work from the inside out so you can push any air bubbles and and wrinkles out.
8) Finally, I added some Vivid Violet around the edges of the canvas to finish it.

Huge thanks to both Rick and Monique for their contributions to this issue - what an enormous pleasure to work with them both.

I'd love to see what you make with your digi, so please post a link or share your make on our Facebook page.

Warm wishes,
Katy x

Issue 2 on sale 1st November!


Issue 2 is out tomorrow - 1st November!

92 - yes 92 pages of awesome crafting inspiration!

Our cover stars are the amazing Birgit Koopsen (main pic), Mark Gould and Julie Ann Lee.

Your FREEBIE is this deliciously quirky digi image from the wonderful Rick St.dennis!


Four fantastic ways with DecoArt Liquid Glass (project by Candy Colwell)

Upcycling with Asia King

Get started in stamp carving with Jane Royston

Amazing art journaling with Mimi Bondi

Christmas crafting with Kim Costello

Yupo Part 2 with Helen Chilton


We chat to Cristin Stevenson about her incredible art

Wonderful wintry makes in our Gallery

Learn to paint pretty Remembrance poppies

Terrific Tando Shrines

Fake it with faux mirror glass


For information on how to purchase visit the Mixed Up website.

Hope you enjoy this issue!

Katy x

Friday, 7 October 2016

Did you see our freebie?

We all love a freebie right?! FREE with Issue 1 is this printable sheet of words, great for adding to tags, ATCs or journal pages (if you are searching for it, you'll find the link on the Editor's Hello page).

Reader SuzeJo O'Connell has already made great use of hers on this journal page! I love the flippy tag with a washi hinge, don't you?

More freebies to come in later issues (they are 'real' freebies too, there will be no increase in cover price when a free gift is included). 

Is there something you'd really like to see? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Katy x

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Issue 1 On Sale NOW!

Issue 1 is on sale NOW

Get yours via, or search 'Mixed Up' in the Apple, Google Play and Amazon Fire app stores (you can find full details on the Mixed Up website).

In this issue:
12 step-by-step/video tutorials including...

Helen Chilton gets creative with Yupo paper

Create impactful mixed media jewellery with Nikki Killinger

Brenda Brown shares a stunning aged metal effect

Gorgeous acrylic paint techniques with Tracy Weinzapfel

DIY storage as beautiful as it is useful with Tando Creative

Make a delightful stamped printer tray with Jean Hardy

Choose a different surface with acrylic Stacks from That's Crafty!

Make your project shimmer and shine with IndigoBlu Luscious powders

We interview mixed media guru Andy Skinner
Visit our frighteningly good gallery of Halloween inspiration
And much more!

Hope you enjoy it!

Katy xxx

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Steampunk Bird Step Out

Each month in Mixed Up we have a feature called Creative Play. In this feature four designers work with the same products or substrates to create pieces of art in their own unique style. 

I decided to play along for the first one and we worked with gorgeous acrylic and MDF Stacks from That's Crafty! - above is s sneak peek of my make. I promised you some more detail on how I put my piece together, and so here it is.

MDF panel: After undercoating with gesso I painted the MDF panel with DecoArt Media Metallic Silver paint (one coat - this stuff is amazing!). I then stencilled cogs with silver embossing paste (stencil and paste both Dreamweaver).

2mm acrylic panel: On the next layer I repeatedly stamped the Andy Skinner blueprint stamp from the Industrial set (Stampendous) with Teal StazOn. I added a little more stamping than shown here in the end because it didn't show up well enough. However it's best not to overwork the layers as you want them to be a cohesive unit and not compete with each other. StazOn is really the only ink to use with acrylic as it dries pretty fast on the shiny surface.

2mm acrylic panel: So before I did this panel I actually stamped the bird onto acetate so I could work out where it would be on the top layer. I used this as a guide to position the clock (Andy Skinner) and key (Stampendous) where they would line up behind the bird image to add detail to it. I worked over the back with silver Sakura Calligrapher pen - these work amazingly on the acrylic (Krylon would work too). I stamped in StazOn once again.

4mm acrylic layer: My top and final layer. I stamped the bird with black StazOn then flipped it over and added more Sakura pen, this time in gold and silver. I used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Bora Bora and a green paint I mixed up from several colours to shade the bird.

Here's what it looked like when I flipped it over before adding the other layers behind.

To finish I added lots of cool metal cogs and parts from old watches to give yet another layer.

On the finished piece you can see the clock and key enhancing the bird collage, the subtle but important pop of the blueprint stamping and a hint of the silver cogs behind (these are more visible when the stack is seen at an angle because they are 3D being made with embossing paste) - but you'll have to buy the mag for that - sorry!

I hope this gave you a bit more insight into how I created my piece and how the Stacks layer up. If you'd like to get your hands on your own then hop on over to That's Crafty! for a little bit of retail therapy.

Katy x

Launch Day!!!

I don't mind telling you I am stupidly excited today - I feel like it's been months and months coming and, after a lot of work (and some tears and tantrums!) launch day is finally here! I feel a celebratory beverage may be called for, don't you?

So here are the details you've been waiting for - and all this info has also been added to the website today on the 'buy' page.

Single issue: £2.99
Month-on-month subscription: £2.29 per issue
Annual subscription: £20.99 (41% off!)

Where to buy:
Full info on the website:
We are distributing through

ONE purchase enables you to view the magazine on ANY platform using the Pocketmags app. You can view the magazine on your PC or Mac desktop, on Apple, Android and Microsoft branded phones and tablets, and on Kindle Fire tablets.

I really hope you love the first issue. Please do check the note on the Editor's Welcome page as we want your feedback and there's a prize up for grabs for sending us your thoughts.

Katy x