Sunday, 24 August 2008

Misting technique

It’s been a frantic few days but at last I have chance to post something. Although I should be preparing for a class I’m holding next weekend – I’m the world’s biggest procrastinator!

To make up for my laxness (laxity?), here’s a mega post – with three samples and lots of pix, which will probably take me ages to post and make me very irritable.

I’ve wanted to try this technique for ages – it’s Misting. The only thing that was holding me back was a lack of misting bottle – but I found one in the garden centre last weekend. No I didn’t want to use my Stampin’ Mist; that felt wasteful.

The technique is simple, although there are many variations of it. I tried Misting with Watercolour Wonder™ crayons. As I soon discovered that you can’ take photos of your own hands, I roped in a mini hand model!

1. Use the crayons directly on to the stamp. This way you can get different colours on different parts of the image.

2. Spray the stamp lightly with water. Then stamp.

Alternatively, spray the paper lightly with water then stamp.
You can also combine this technique with inking your stamp with ink pads or markers. You get more intense colours that way, if that’s what you want.

I tried several variations of this technique. The first four use Watercolour Wonder™ crayons:

1. Naturals Ivory cardstock, sprayed paper.

2. Naturals Ivory cardstock, sprayed stamp. These two were very similar, although a slightly wetter effect was achieved by spraying the stamp.

3. Whisper White cardstock, sprayed stamp. This creates a very washy effect as the cardstock is not absorbent.

4. Whisper White cardstock, sprayed paper. My least favourite as the cardstock doesn’t absorb the water and the cardstock had a speckled effect, although this did dry eventually.

5. For this one, I used ink on the stamp then sprayed it and stamped on Naturals Ivory cardstock. The colour is much more intense.

I have three samples to show you; the supplies are roughly the same for all of them, so only one recipe to avoid repetition:

Stamps: Heartfelt, En Francais, Basic Phrases
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke, Rose Red, Whisper White, Naturals Ivory
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke
Accessories: ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon – Always Artichoke and Elegant Eggplant, 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon – Old Olive, Rich Regals brads, 1 ¼” circle punch, Watercolour Wonder™ crayons – Rich Regals, misting bottle.

All products apart from misting bottle by Stampin' Up! Please email me to order a catalogue, or click the picture of the catalogue on the right to view it online.


  1. They both look awesome! I particularly love the pink one :)

  2. I love the look of this tecnique...beautiful cards!

  3. This is such a great tutorial. I am going to have to give it a try =) Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love all of this. What a fun way to achieve such stunning results. I'm adding it to my ever lengthening list of things to try.

  5. Wow! these are fantastic!

  6. Great job! I love it! Will be trying that too as I have that stamp set! LOL! TFS

  7. Great tutorial! I've been wary of the crayons but you make it look so easy.

  8. Thanks so much for the tutorial...

    Someday, I will try it for sure. These days, I seem to do more blog hopping and less card making. I seem to be developing an addiction!!!

    Love your cards,



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