It is my turn to post up a technique over over on the Scrappin’ Patch blog.  Sometimes I find it quite hard to think of different techniques to share…  mostly because I think everyone must know how to do everything already!  Of course this isn’t true at all…

I decided to do a little tutorial on how I go about creating backgrounds using mists and masks.

As you all know I just love to layer on my layouts and I usually start off by adding a layer of colour to my layout using my mists and some masking templates.  It is a perfect way of adding extra dimension to your layouts without bulk and adding interest via colour to make your photos and any patterned papers really POP!

There are so many cool templates out there at the moment and really the opportunities are endless… this is a layout I created using the last of my MME Miss Caroline papers from my design kit.  But first, I created the background using some glimmermist, The Crafter’s Workshop Chicken Wire mask and butterflies masks by Studio Calico.   The chicken wire mask is my favourite mask at the moment as it provides subtle background interest without being too over the top!

To create this background:

Firstly, set up a misting station, I generally use an old pizza box as this tends to contain the mist.  I grabbed a piece of plain white cardstock and thinking about where I wanted the focus of my layout to be I then added some pink glimmermist (Strawberry Shortcake).

Then I added my butterfly masks to the top left hand corner and sprayed over them with Slate Glimmermist.

To balance out the butterflies, I then added the Crafter’s Workshop Chicken Wire template to the bottom right hand corner and resprayed with the Slate Glimmermist.

That’s it!  Super easy.. the hardest part is choosing which colours to use,   making sure you build up lightly with your mists and adding the elements in a complementary way.  As you can see in my layout, I have used a triangle shape to my design which is a great way of achieving balance on your layout as well as drawing your eyes into the focal point of my layout which is of course is my photo!

//Michelle

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  1. Good luck with #3…it sounds a bit tough atm….I saw your misting/masking tech over at that blog….didn’t connect it with you???!!!! It was REALLY good to read through ~ just sort of reinforced what I was doing; it’s surprising how seeing someone else do things actually helps make you do them better…fi that makes sense! I’m glad you did it, so thank you:):):) Hope you’re enjoying the Easter ‘down’ time:):)

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