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Spray Mist Technique

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Hello! Michelle here with you today to share an easy technique for using your mists. I have long loved the mixed media look and have tried several times to recreate this look on my own pages. I have had some minor successes with this technique, but for the most part I couldn’t seem to get past my own “heavy-handedness.” What looks light and airy on others, looks like a warped blob on mine.

Recently though, I stumbled upon a “packaging technique” that finally gave me the look I was trying to achieve and I am super happy to be sharing it here with you.

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For this kind of application all you need is a piece of plastic packaging and a spray mist. I used a piece of plastic that I cut from the Thickers packaging from the October Scrapbook Kit and a Color Shine Spray in Coral.

What made this technique work for me is that it gives me a watercolor look with minimal effort.  The simpler the application or process is, the better results I have. Here’s the basic process, broken down into steps:

  • Spray the mist 2-3 times directly onto the piece of packaging.
  • “Smoosh” the plastic together to move the spray around. I also like to tilt the plastic to let the mist drip down. **If you skip this step your mist application will look like you sprayed it directly onto the paper.
  • Now, lay the plastic down onto your layout-mist side down-and press it down gently.
  • Pull the plastic off and repeat these steps as desired.

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As you can tell this application is really quite simple, but it gives a lot of impact. I have some sort of artistic block when it comes to applying watercolors, yet you might not guess right away that I didn’t paint the color onto the layout. Fake it until you make it, right??

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I had one of those “ah-ha” moments when I first tried this technique out and my hope is that it inspires you to give it a try yourself. If you do find some time to play with your spray mists make sure and load your projects into the gallery–I would love to see them!  

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Jill’s August Process Video

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Hey guys, I made a process video!  I didn’t film the mixed media/stitching but I’ll give a quick rundown of how I created that part.

I started with one of the Life Pages cut files, resizing it in Silhouette Studio to make it a large title. I used a Silhouette Sketch Pen to draw the title instead of cutting it, then used a piercing tool to poke holes for hand stitching. The mixed media aspect of my page starts with a thin layer of clear gesso and several colors of Shimmerz paints and Mister Huey’s ink, smooshing them onto the background paper.

Here are a few layout detail pictures:

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Not a ton of embellishing on this page, just enough to highlight the photo and the hand-stitched title. I used items from the August Main Kit, Life Pages Kit and Life Pages Add-on.

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Thanks for watching my video, happy creating!01

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Hangry Layout

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Hey guys! Today I’m going to take you through my process of creating my “Hangry” layout from this month’s Main Life Pages kit and printables.

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Since this is a full photo layout, I choose to keep any extra details to a minimum. I printed some Main Kit printables and put aside the “favorite” and heart wood piece from the Main LP kit. Prior to printing out my photo, I added some digital accents to it using Photoshop; a few dotted lines, a dotted circle and some asterisk’s did the trick and added some extra colour to the project.

I also added some text inside the white of her t-shirt and I’ll be outlining how I achieved that, a little latter in this blog post.

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TEXT LAYER PROCESS

If you’re like me, I need a visual to understand those more technical steps a scrapper takes when creating a project. Sometimes words just aren’t enough and this is why I decided to include screenshots to show you exactly how my text layer was put together.

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1- Duplicate your photo layer.

2- Create a type layer (directly above both of your photo layers) roughly a little larger than the white space you’re trying to cover and type your text out.

3- For now, go ahead and hide your text layer, we’ll be coming back to it a little latter on.

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4- On your first photo layer, choose the “Polygonal Lasso Tool” from your left tool bar and click around your white space as shown above until you see the “moving/flashing contour” as shown above.

5- While you’re still on your first photo layer, select “Inverse” from your top tool bar (Select,Inverse) and then click “Delete” on your keyboard.

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6- This should delete most of the first layer photo/area, leaving behind the highlighted white space (shown above).

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7- Unhide your text layer and make sure everything is spelled out correctly before moving on to the next step.

8- Choose to “Rasterize” your text layer (Right Click, Rasterize Layer). Now that you’ve done this, your text can no longer be modified.

9- Move your text layer directly underneath the cut out white space layer (in this case her white shirt).

10- Go to your cut out whitespace layer, select it (Right Click, Select Pixels) and choose “Inverse” from your top tool bar.

11- Go back to your text layer and click “Delete” on your keyboard. You can now delete your cut out white space layer as well.

After your’ve gone through all of these steps, you should be left with your text, cut out to fit exactly into the white space your’ve chosen to fill up. You can leave it as is or like myself, choose the eraser tool (set to the brush setting) to soften the ends of the text.

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