Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Flying the coop!

Hi everyone! I'm back with one more vintage layout using the Evening Stroll kit. I told you I was going to using lots of vintage photos with this kit...the colors and embellishments are just perfect for it! I have a couple photos of my mom when she was a little girl that would work great with the included hexagon stencil as a chicken wire.

Here is what I put together...

And a few close-ups...

I love the mists that are included in the kit, but they can be intimidating to use, even for an experienced mister. The outcome is always a little unpredictable. I want to share a few tips that can help you get the results you want and make it a little less scary to get them out and use them. Ready? Let's go...

Rule #1...let go of your expectations and go with the flow (or the mist because they have a mind of their own), lol!

Rule #2, place your layout inside a box when misting. I keep a box slightly larger the size of my layouts by my desk and place my paper inside of the box when I want to mist.

Rule #3, wipe the outside of the nozzle before misting. Sometimes they become clogged which can cause a problem when you mist. I keep baby wipes in my craft room. They are very handy for this.

Rule #4, test your mist on a scrap piece of paper first. Always! I can't tell you how many times this has saved me from disaster.

Rule #5, mist away and embrace imperfection.

Here are a couple tips to help you get the look you are going for on your layout.

Tip #1, it is best to spray lightly, let dry then add additional layers of mist for more intensity. This will also help keep your paper from getting over saturated and warping so badly. However, some paper warping is to be expected when misting.

Tip #2 hold you mist high above your paper when misting for a softer effect. You can always add more.

Tip #3, for the splattered effect, take the cap off the bottle, hold it over your paper and tap the cap until you get mist drops on you your paper. Again, embrace imperfection, you can never anticipate exactly where those mist drops will land.

Tip #4, use your mists to color the wood veneers that we have in the kits. Give it a try on the birds from the Evening Stroll kit or on the super fun speech bubbles that are in Student Council kit.

Tip #5, lay your photos and embellishments on your paper, without permanently adhering them to get an idea of the empty spaces where you want to mist. Make a note of the general area, remove all items and spray your mist. Let it dry and then proceed with attaching your items to the layout.

I hope I have provided some tips that can help you overcome any misting fears you have. If you have any questions, post them in the comments and I'll be sure to answer them!

Thanks for coming by!


gssfam said...

Love this layout Diane! I may need to lift this one! :D

Jen said...

Lovely Diane! As a misting novice I appreciate all the tips!!

Virginia said...

Great tips Diane!