Hello, Emily here with a quick and easy tutorial using Mister Huey's and any punched or die cut image. I made a butterfly background for my November Napa Valley gallery using the Making Memories die cut butterflies as masks and three different mists by Studio Calico.
Today I'll show you how to make the same type of background, only using snowflakes instead of butterflies. The look you get depends on the colors you use and how many different layers you decide to do. I did three layers for both the butterfly and snowflake backgrounds, but there's no reason you have to stop at three. Mister Huey's do a beautiful job when you layer them, and masking allows you to get a very subtle effect if you stagger the die cuts/punched images just right. There's no wrong way to do this technique, just play with it until you get the look you want. Here are the products I used: Mister Huey's Warm Calico, Lunch Tray, and Calico White, Martha Stewart punches in Himalayan and Scandinavian, This to That Glue Dot Runner by American Crafts, White Orange Peel Cardstock by Bazzill, and a Studio Calico cardboard box.
To keep the snowflakes in place, I used a small strip of the This to That Adhesive in permanent. I love this adhesive because although it's permanent, you have a bit of wiggle room when reusing a mask.
Attach the snowflakes randomly to the cardstock, making sure some of the snowflakes overlap the edges.
Lightly mist with your first color. I tried this technique a couple of times, first with the Lunch Tray, then with the Warm Calico, just to see if the order I applied the mists mattered in the final product. It doesn't really matter with these three colors. I also adjusted the number of snowflake masks, the first time I used about 20, the second attempt I used 28 masks. It gives you a more complex look the more masks you use.
Carefully lift and reapply the masks, overlap some of the original snowflakes, so you'll still have bits of the original white cardstock showing through after the second layer of misting.
Add your second color of mist. It's really important to LIGHTLY apply the mist. I held the bottle about two feet above the box I was using. The image below shows what it looks like after you start to remove your 2nd round of masks. (I took some of the masks off to photograph.) Remove all your masks, then you'll reapply them as in the last step, making sure to overlap the original images.
The final step is to mist your masks with the Mister Huey's Calico White. You can go a bit heavier with how much mist you use with the white. This step may not appear to do much at first, but as the mist dries, the effect is beautiful. Any place that has the original white cardstock showing will almost glow, and the spots you've had masked for this third layer of misting will be subtle. The image below is after I've removed my 3rd round of masking.
Let it dry fully, then use the background in any manner you'd like. I love the subtle layers the different mists create. It looks like a snowstorm, yet if you look carefully, you can see each layer of misting. It's really a fun technique.
Try it with other die cuts/ punched images, play with your mist colors. I found that doing the white last gave me the most beautiful surprises, but try it in a different order if you'd like. The possibilities are great.