Friday, March 9, 2012

Misting with Masks!

Misting with masks is my absolute favorite way to use mists! And I have yet to actually use a company made mask. Although I do have this cute one by Studio Calico...
I love butterflies and this will be perfect to use one day :)

But for my projects so far using masks, they have all been "home made". I like to find product within my scrap supplies that will make great masks.

This is actually an 8x8 page I made for a "5 Things" album I am creating about my husband. Another page is "Five U2 songs that make me think of you" :)
Anyway, I had that giant manilla envelope and tag from Melissa Frances to use for a DT assignment. I thought the envelope would make a great "pocket" to hold my tag with my list of reasons, but it was too plain.
Digging into my stash, I decided to try some of these Doodlebug border stickers with the Tattered Angels glimmer mist. Since it was a thicker material than patterned paper, the envelope didn't curl up when I sprayed it a few times with the glimmer mist over the border stickers. I actually started to peel the stickers up when they were still a tiny bit damp and came up with the effect you see in the layout.
This layout also uses stickers as a mask. Some of my favorite stickers ever! Thickers by American Crafts. I was inspired by my love of Thickers to try this idea, but it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. And I actually had to start over from scratch once! The first time I sprayed too much mist over the same areas with each color and it just looked brownish. The second time, I made sure to cover the areas where I wanted just one color to show. I also placed two rectangles of plain white scrap paper in the sizes of my photo and journaling block so they would stay white and I could add the words later.

A tip - do not use the foam Thickers. They were a pain to peel off. I found the ones that didn't have as much adhesive on the back worked better as well. Easier to pull off after everything was dry.
For this layout, I used a sweet piece of lacy trim as my a mask to embellish my tag a little. Trims are great for masks. Especially the fancier, lacy ones :)
I actually used a piece of patterned paper to create the star mask for this layout of my nephews.
By cutting out three of the stars on the right, I had the perfect mask. I was able to just lay it right on my cardstock and spray away with two different colors. I like to layer colors a lot it seems :)
Then I turned around and use the stars I had cut out...
on this layout of my two :) I have to say though, I felt like I was a little heavy handed on the mist for this one. And I may redo the base someday, but it's not high on my list of priorities. Now I try to mist as lightly as possible when spraying my backgrounds. For me, less is more :)

And my last project this week is one you have seen recently, but it goes along with my home made mask theme today...
This was the layout where I used the heart shape from a Maya Road Acrylic key chain to create a mask. I traced three connecting hearts on a scrap of cardstock and then cut it out.
So like I said, I really like to make my own masks! And I think it is something I will continue to do as long as I am misting on projects :)

Misting Tip from the Internet
One more thing I would like to share is this great tip I found on soaphousemama's blog this week! She had a great tip on using a Tim Holtz distress pad, paintbrush and water to create droplets on a layout in place of mist. You can see her post here! She has a great step by step description of how she created her layout and talks about the tip in there. I love reading her blog because of her step by step's :)

Thanks so much for coming by this week! I really enjoyed putting this series together and hope everyone was able to take away at least new misting tip :)
Have a great weekend!


  1. Your layouts are fabulous and thanks SO much for mentioning my blog - that is so sweet :)

  2. Love all of your great examples! You are inspiring me to pull out my mists and find a mask!

  3. Great layouts. And a wonderful technique I need to try!!

  4. Super creative, Mary Jo! These layouts are awesome- I love those stars!

  5. Awesome, awesome, awesome! I love that these are all homemade masks :) The start one, that you used two different ways, is my favorite!

    Hope you can find some creative time in your busy weekend!

  6. MJ you are rockin the mist and mask!! WTG!!
    Really love all the fun ways you used your mask!!
    One of my favorite things to do when I mist!!
    The Apple Picking LO is so precious with your son and love the big brother LO too!!
    Thats where I learned about the droplets through Tim Holtz love taht technique!!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

  7. oh your misting is so awesome!!! too cool!

  8. wow! I love all your homemade masks!! so creative!

  9. This has been a great week here on your blog. Love that you used things on hand to create your mask. If I could leave you with a tip, before you stick your letters down, stick them to your shirt or jeans to remove some of the stickiness. This will help eliminate some of the glue that holds on to your page.

    1. Definitely a great tip, Dani!!
      One I always forget.

  10. You inspired me to get the mists out today when I scrap! I have so many colors but never use them. Time to change that!

  11. Very fun! You do such a great job at misting.

  12. I so do this myself! Love being part of the misting club, eh? :) :)

  13. Very cool idea! I will have to give that a shot.

  14. I love using masks with mists also. I have bought a couple TH masks & thats what I mostly use. I have thought about using my own tho. Just havent gotten around to it. Thanks for the tips.

  15. what a great post, so many awesome examples!

  16. you are totally on a misting roll! great examples. :)

  17. What an awesome post!! First of all, I LOVE ALL of your layouts! Your misting tips are wonderful - you have thought of some really great ways to mist!! TFS

  18. Fabulous post MJ! I love those stars- all great layouts!

  19. Wow, wonderful layouts.
    so neat to see all the different things you use to use as a mask.