mixed media with cardboard

Do you have so many pieces in your art stash that you don’t know what to do with them?  Exactly how old are those pieces?  months, years?  Get inspired and learn how to use blue box finds to create beautiful mixed media with cardboard, glass and flowers that makes for an awesome piece of art.

You’ll find a supply list below, but please explore changing out some of the elements to what you have in your stash.

Mixed Media with Cardboard

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Change Up the Flowers
Instead of using flowers, use seashells, small stones or gems.

Blue Box Finds
Creating mixed media with cardboard is a fantastic way to build up texture just by looking at your recycle box.

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Don’t Have Any Die Cut Birds?
Look at your stash, do you have printed paper with birds on it?  if not, check out The Graphics Fairy.  Karen has a ton of printables that you can download for free and use in your art.

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Love Mini-Stamps to Create Custom Quotes
Don’t Have Stamps for the Quote? This is an easy one…hand-write it.  Don’t like your writing? (mine is terrible)  Load up your typing app, type the quote, use your favourite fancy font, change up the colour, print it out.

Enjoy the Video Below


  • 5″ x 7″ Masonite or other sturdy surface


  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
    • Viridian – DMF44
    • Transparent Red Iron Oxide – DMFA41
    • Green Gold – DMFA14
    • Yellow Oxide – DMFA47
  • DecoArt Metallic Lustre Wax Metallics
    • Lavish Green – ML10C
    • Cosmic Blue – ML12C
    • Champagne Ice – ML04C
  • DecoArt Media Mister
    • Primary Cyan – DMM01
    • Purple – DMM07
    • Yellow Green – DMM04
    • Shimmer Turquoise – DMM09
    • Custom Green (Refer to this short video on making the custom DecoArt Media Mister green used in this project)

Prep and Mediums

  • DecoArt Media White Gesso – DMM18
  • DecoArt Media Black Gesso – DMM19
  • DecoArt Media Liquid Glass – DMM14
  • Americana Decou-Page – Matte – DS106

Stamp Materials

  • Quote is:  breathe
  • Stamp Pad – blue ink
  • Stamp Pad – black ink
  • Mini Alphabet Stamp Set
  • Random text or shape stamps
  • Dictionary Paper (anything semi-transparent)

Specialty Products

  • Die-cut of a bird (you can use anything for this, such as a sticker, digital print or stencil print that is cut out)
  • Paper or fabric flowers in various sizes
  • Mosaic Sea Glass
  • Leaves cutouts (You can hand draw and cut leaves.  I’m using a cut file from BirdCards.com)
  • Corrugated cardboard and cardstock/chipboard scraps


  • Royal Aqualon
    • 1/2″ Glaze – R2700
    • #8 Shader – R2150
    • #8 Round – R2250
  • Royal Soft-Grip – #8 Bristle Bright – SG1425
  • Clear Choice Stencil Brushes
    • 3/16″ White Bristle – 1111
    • 1/4″ Short Length White Bristle – 1112

General Supplies:

  • Royal Brush Square Brush Basin – RD325
  • DecoArt Application and Texture Tools:  DAS221
  • Unstick Reusable Arts and Crafts Sheet
  • Mister Bottle Filled with Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby Wipes, Kitchen Wipes or Kitchen cloths (for dry rub application)
  • Heat Gun
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers

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What did you think?

Do you have any other ideas that you can use corrugated cardboard in your mixed media art?  Share in the comments below.