One of the fun things about working for Paper Crafts is that you get to see all the new crafting trends as they unfold. In the past several months, we’ve seen more and more paint and mist being used in projects. Cath on Moxie Fab World recently showed paint splatters as a trend she’s been watching. You’ll also see more on paint in upcoming features for Paper Crafts Magazine as well.
It was only natural then, that we use our craft time this month to play with mists and paints. And thanks to our friends at American Crafts, we had some Mister Huey mists and other American Crafts product to play with.
This was my first misting experience. Against my better judgment, I’m sharing this silly picture Holly took of me.
Nobody else seemed to have the same nerve-racking experience to misting as I did. (Of course, the prospect of misting was a bit too messy for Susan’s crafting nature! After trying it out, I might even be in the same boat.)
For all of your newbie misters out there, here are some things I learned about misting:
1) Mist sprays farther than you might think. You’ll definitely want a large paper under your misting area. A misting box works well. (See the box on the table between Melinda and Jennifer.) I also used my craft sheet, which worked well for a quick clean up.
2) Practice on a scrap piece of paper first. I’m not sure why this didn’t occur to me until after I started misting. It seemed to take a pump or two to get the flow of the mist going properly.
3) If you don’t want the big drops on your paper, aim away from the paper to get just the edges of the misting on your project. This was Jennifer’s tip, which she helpfully supplied AFTER I tried misting my project.
4) Air drying misted projects takes a while. We used a heat tool to speed up the process, which worked nicely.
5) DO NOT WEAR WHITE PANTS when misting. You can’t see it in my picture but I was wearing white pants. I think I made it through the day unscathed but it was a close one!
After all of our playing with mists, Melinda was the only one who actually used her mist panel in the card she made.
The rest of us still had fun playing even if we didn’t use our misting “tries” in our cards. I definitely need more practice misting before I’ll feel completely comfortable using it.
I’m hoping the next card design trend will be a little easier and cleaner than this last one!
I’d love to hear what trends you are seeing in card making or if you have any other tips for misting. Leave your comments and I’ll randomly pick a winner to receive some Tattered Angels Mists to play with.
All comments must be received by Monday, May 21st at 5 pm MDT. Good luck!