Hello Studio Calico friends! It's Lisa here today, and I've got some insider tips on misted backgrounds for you.
I love the look of masking + misting on my pages, but I'll be the first to admit that it takes a little planning to pull off. After all, you need to mist the background paper before you add anything - but you have to know where your major elements are going to be before you mist! To get around this catch 22, I start building my page on a plain background. I don't add all the embellishments and details, but I make sure I know where my photo, title, journaling and any large pieces of patterned paper will be. Once I've got everything planned, I add the masks to my design and draw in some light guidelines to represent the elements on my page - this makes putting it all back together much easier!
Next, I get ready to mist. I remove everything on the page that I don't want covered in mist and put my page into an old Studio Calico shipping box. For this page, I misted in two layers - first with Mister Huey's Clay, and then went back over it with Mister Huey's Shine. I knew I wanted a gradient affect around the butterflies, so I held the bottle closer than normal - about 4inches away - and then misted 2-3 times directly over each butterfly mask.
Once the mist is dry, it's time to start putting elements back onto the page. From there, I add in accents of patterned paper and embellishments - for this page, I also added some stamping with the new Studio Calico stamps made by Hero Arts.
(supply list : cardstock - Vanilla ; patterned paper - Memoir Love Bird, Autumn Press Die Cut Bracket Light Blue, Autumn Press Frolic ; stickers - Addy Alpha Green, Kraft Stars ; veneer - Astericks ; mist - Mister Huey's Clay and Classic Shine ; stamps - My Happy stamp set, My Best stamp set, banner stamp from Thespians add-on ; ink - Jenni Bowlin Studio Seedpacket & Weathervane ; other - border stickers & little letter stickers from Glee Club, Tiny Attacher, circle punch, button, gems)
Misting the background of a page may take extra planning, but I love the finished look. I hope you'll give it a try on your layouts!