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It's kinda crazy how dies have changed the way we make cards these days... I remember when there was talk of having your own "personal die cutting machine". I swore up and down I didn't need one... I didn't scrapbook so I would probably never use it... Now look at me! I think it's a safe bet to say I use my Big Shot during practically every creative session!!!
This time, I thought it would be fun to use my Savvy butterfly die to create my own mask and spritz over it with some Mister Huey's Color Mists. I love the effect and while being a control freak and not typically not a fan of "unpredictability", these mists always seem to be an exception to that--the colors are so gorgeous and it's such a quick/easy way to add splashes of color to a design!
- I like to use a big cardboard box to catch the overspray and protect my work surface
- Shake the bottle side to side, instead of up and down; it you're using any mists with shimmery effects, this helps prevent the nozzle from getting clogged
- Lately I've also been lining the box with a piece of scratch paper, so if I'm doing a number of pieces at the same time, I can change out the typing paper quickly when necessary, without having to do any clean-up in between
- The further away you spray, the softer the intensity of color and the closer, the heavier
- Spray firmly, depressing the nozzle down all the way quickly to get the most even distribution of mist; if you hesitate, many times that creates uneven "blobs" and splotches--altho that's not necessarily undesirable, depending on the effect you're going for
- The Zig Two Way Glue Pen can be used on the back of the die to create a temporary bond; it will go on blue, but allow it to dry completely clear. NOTE: If it is applied while still wet, it will create a permanent bond
- I like using a heavier weight card stock, such as the White Linen for this technique--it makes a sturdier mask...By the way, hang onto that die cut butterfly after you've misted it... it will look awfully handsome and you can use it on yet another card! *wink*wink*
Another thing I'm fond of doing to give the illusion of more layers without adding bulk, is to outline the edges of the focal panel with a fine-tip black pen; in this case, I also added a few scribbly doodles to compliment the flower and leaf doodle images from the stamp set.
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