Mixed Media Monday With Monica Maldarella

We are back with another Mixed Media Monday, it is so interesting to see each designer’s take on Mixed Media and the style that evolves.  Monica’s project made a few jaws drop in the office when we saw it, we love all the texture, use of wire and stitching – and yes she did stitch with wire!!!!


By Monica Maldarella (Mybonnetbee)

When the Chameleon HQ asked Monica to do a Mixed Media project she panicked! Then she turned to the Tim Holtz who she says lives inside her and she accepted the challenge! She said ” I had a lot of fun, that now I am sharing with you.”

Materials Used: Chameleon Pens: Bisque (NU1), Spring Meadow (YG3), Warm Sunset (YO3), Aqua Marine (BG4), Royal Blue (BL6), Seville Orange (OR4), Fawn (NU3); Stamps: Hero Arts (Large Flower Background), Kaisercraft (Texture-Butterflies), Inkadinkado (Reach for the sky); Ink pad: Versamark, Versafine Vintage Sepia, Distress Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmelade, Vintage Photo, Mowed Lawn, Walnut Stain, with blending tool; Card: Neenah Solar White card, craft paper, black card stock; White embossing powder; Texture Paste (Ranger) with spatula; Hexagons stencil (ColorBox); fine tip scissors; foam glue pads.


  • Let’s start from the background. With the Distress Ink Pads (except Walnut Stain), prepare a background on the craft paper using the wrinkle-free tecnhinque.  


  • When the paper is dry, stamp the Large Flower Background with Versafine. Using the stencil and some Texture Paste mixed with Distress inks, add some hexagons to the left bottom of the card and let all dry.


  • Cut the exceeding paper edges, then enhance the colors (also on the hexagons) using the blending tool and Distress Ink Pads.  Intensify the edges of the card with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.


  • Add some gold spray, then glue the craft paper on a black card stock and sew all the edges using a metal wire. Now the background is ready.


  • With the Versafine, print the same flowers used for the backgound onto Neenah paper.


  • Using the brush nib, infuse the Bisque pen for 5 seconds and color the bigger petals of the first flower; then using the bullet nib, infuse for 3 seconds and color the smaller petals.


  • Do the same with the other flower, infusing the pen twice for each petal.MixMed7


  • Using the bullet nib, infuse the Spring Meadow pen for 4 seconds and color each side of the bigger leaves of both flowers, then infuse for 3 seconds and color  the smaller ones.


  • Cut out the flowers and blend all the edges with Vintage Photo (you can see the effect on the left flower).


  • Attach the flowers to the background using some foam glue pads.


  • Stamp the butterflies onto Neenah paper and color them respectively with Aqua Marine and Royal Blue, Warm Sunset and Seville Orange, Fawn and Seville Orange. Infuse the colors for 5 seconds for the bigger areas and 3 seconds for the smaller. Cut out them and blend all the edges with Vintage Photo.


  • Cut about three pieces of 2 inch. (5-6 cm) of wire and bend them to make the butterflies bodies and antennas.


  • Complete the butterflies with the wire part, then add a couple of them to the background.


  • Stamp the sentiment on a black card stock stripe and emboss it with the white powder, then glue it to the bottom of the card. Complete the sentiment with the last butterfly.





What is your favourite part of this project? We can’t decide as there are so many cool techniques, so let us know in the comments below.  Oh and incase you are worried that Tim is now stuck inside Monica we would like to assure all readers that he is back in the world and none the worse for wear!

2 Comments on “Mixed Media Monday With Monica Maldarella”

  1. Patt H.

    Amazing project! I love the gorgeous background & the colors on the flowers & butterfly are stunning. I love it all!!

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